‘Environmental Refugees’–Days Of The Week

Tuesday

By Ansgar Walk (photo taken by Ansgar Walk) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons• 2013-11-19-db came by with a painting i did in ’78; later, sue and i watched an episode of a park for all seasons–wood buffalo (pictured is pine lake in the park–besides bison, the park is also home to the whooping crane, peregrine falcon, bald eagle, and many others–but they’re stressed by upstream pollution; the tar sands are nearby), then great canadian rivers–the french (which i paddled in ’74), plus rick mercer and this hour has 22 minutes.

Wednesday

Elizabeth_May-by-Karen FoxOur woman in Warsaw (at COP19), Elizabeth May, writes that she and Australian Ian McGregor, both independents with limited access, joined the small Afghan delegation as advisors and gained full access, becoming ‘a new variety of “environmental refugee.” … Our own national governments are so dreadful that we are better able to be productive as “refugees”–taken in by another national government.’ Are you an environmental refugee too?

By Brian Snelson from Hockley, Essex, England (Wild horses?) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons• 2013-11-20–we had dinner with others of the guesthouse b-o-d at explorer’s café, followed by its a-g-m at knox. afterwards, we watched horsepower on tvo.

Thursday

WBy Food and Agriculture Organization FAO (http://www.rlc.fao.org/en/about-fao/iyq-2012/) [FAL], via Wikimedia Commonse have some quinoa, and trying to figure out what to do with it discovered that 2013 is International Year of Quinoa, ‘in recognition of ancestral practices of the Andean people, who have preserved quinoa as food for present and future generations, through knowledge and practices of living in harmony with nature. The objective is to draw the world’s attention to the role that quinoa plays in providing food security, nutrition and poverty eradication, in support of achieving Millennium Development Goals.’

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.• 2013-11-21–we watched the nature of things–a dog’s life.

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Friday

thich_nhat_hanh-from-viewonbuddhism.org.jpgI am reading the ‘Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism‘ by Thich Nhat Hanh (pictured). I find Guideline 4 especially hard: ‘Do not avoid suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering, including personal contact, visits, images and sounds. By such means, awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.’ Ceramic_Tile_Tessellations_in_Marrakech-from-wpI currently am com/passionate about Douglas Adams–who seemed to not avoid suffering but handle it rather well. I’m also curious about tessellations, like this ancient, Islamic mosaic in Marrakesh, Morocco (more on Sunday).

Saturday

douglas adams inspired "Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy" H2G2Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (HHGG), ‘described himself as a “radical atheist”, adding radical for emphasis so he would not be asked if he meant agnostic…. Despite this, he remained fascinated by religion because of its effect on human affairs.’ By Ammit (selber Fotografiert) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsIn this videoParrots, the Universe, and Everything, he fleshes out his fascination. At about 40 minutes, he gets into a hilarious though tragic explanation of why the Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundationkakapo population has plummeted. The irony is, as he explains, that as we humans find out more and more, we do stupider things. I guess knowledge is not power. He relates the fate of the kakapo (pictured–a flightless parrot that lives on the ground) to ours. He concludes with the observation that we don’t have to save the earth, but we do have to decide if we want to be part of it. During the Q&A, he discusses conservation, towels (pictured is a towel from Towel Day, May 25th), digital watches, and faucets.

carlsen-anand-from-fide.comBy the way, FIDE reports that ‘Magnus Carlsen [pictured–left] of Norway became the new World Chess Champion after defeating the previous champion Viswanathan Anand [right] of India by 6,5-3,5’. (thanks to sh)

Sunday

United01-by-pklWatch this inspiring video about what it looks like when Canadians in communities across Canada come together to #DefendOurClimate.

I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide.Tessellation. Note that ‘this form of the aperiodic Penrose tiling has two prototiles, a fat rhombus (shown blue in the figure) and a thin rhombus (green)….Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. A honeycomb is a natural tessellated structure.’ Some flowers are natural tessellated structures too (such as the Colchicum flower)This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. and some rocks (such as The Giant’s Causeway of IrelandPermission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation or those at Eaglehawk Neck of Tasmania).This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.However, a Voronoi diagram (such as the one below) is not natural.This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. Artists have used tessellations through the centuries, such as in Roman mosaics:pd or the Alhambra:

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. ‘Tessellated designs also often appear on textiles, either woven or stitched in or printed.’This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.‘In graphic art, tessellations frequently appeared in the works of M. C. Escher, who was inspired by studying the Moorish use of symmetry in the tilings he saw during a visit to Spain in 1936.’Well known illustration of the artist's work using highly characteristic symbols.

solomons-mines-by-pkl-from-ng-doc• 2013-11-24–while snow squalls threatened, we quested for solomon’s mines on tvo, a national geographic special full of archaeologists uncovering the remains of a huge copper mining and smelting operation in the middle east, ten to seven centuries bce. there is a strong supposition that slaves did the mining, living perhaps months in the mines, perhaps dying there too.

Monday

milk-drum-by-pklI missed these video antics in the Eighties (pictured is the milk drum) but unfortunately not the songs.

stompa01-by-pklCan’t get enough of Serena Ryder and Stompa?
Here’s a live version.

gh-man-and-dog‘On behalf of our many guests and volunteers… all the best to you and yours through the holiday season. Never stop caring… ’tis one of the better aspects of being human.’–BB of The Guesthouse.

tom-shadyac-from-imdb• 2013-11-25–we watched I AM, by the guy who made films like ace ventura: pet detective and bruce almighty, tom shadyack, who…. well, you gotta see this doc–it’s totally unlike ace ventura and bruce almighty. it affirms a few things:

  • who i am and the journey i’m on
  • we are interconnected, not just with other humans, but with everything–the isolated ‘self’ is an illusion
  • buying more stuff and hoarding stuff do not mean having more happiness
  • life is more about cooperation than competition
  • in fact, in aboriginal societies, selfish, hoarding, competitive acts indicate mental disorders
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