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Sep 9, 2009
Cornfed (warning: Here There Be Puns.)
'Tis the season for cornfield labyrinths, and I thought this one was rather moooving.
I didn't take this picture, so please pay attention here: This picture is credited to "REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)". I want to be sure they get the credit they are due because this image simply jumped out at me in my Yahoo feed. And partly because I'm lazy, though mostly because there's no better way to inform about this picture (so why rewrite it?), here's what Yahoo had to say about the photo:
An aerial view shows a labyrinth in the form of a cow that is cut into a corn and hemp field in Marienfelde outside Berlin September 2, 2009. The labyrinth was created by the Federal Institute of Risk Assessment to raise awareness for healthy eating and dangers from harmful substances in food as well as to explain the digestion process in the stomach of a cow.
I really 'cud' not resist, especially in light of my "Haptic" labyrinth embroidery project in the current issue of the 'zine. It is true, though, that I love a good corn maze. I'd love to see pics and hear stories of mazes near any of you.
Does anyone else think "corn and hemp field" is a bit of a surprising combination? Doesn't bother me, I'm just thinking about some people's tendency to mix the harvested and processed results. Corn chips and... _________, anyone? (YARN, of course. What else could I possibly have meant??)
I'll be watching for interesting corn mazes this year! It's been a while since I've had a good maze-wander, so I think I'll have to remedy that. I'm thinking, however, I'd pass up the opportunity to wander around in some animal's GI track. I'm not squeamish, I just think it would poop me out.
ruminating and wandering,
Aug 28, 2009
Not for the Arachnophobic
I'm working on my arachnophobia.
It's the only reason I didn't go into entomology, you know. I love, always have loved, always will love insects. But it's hard to make a career out of something during which you must live in fear because the scariest of the scary is always Right There. Sort of like opening a wedding cake store when you hate white, sugar+saccharine, and the terrifyingly schlocky. (That's also my story.)
So this summer, when two Yellow Garden Spiders (closely related to Wood Spiders; they're both argiopes) took up residency on my back porch, I decided I would work at being at peace with them. It took surprisingly little effort; they've been wonderful neighbors, fascinating company, and their webs (I've always loved spider webs) have been breathtaking. In return, I've been leaving the back porch light on for them. I want them to catch lots of insects so they stay healthy.
I've been accused of spoiling my pets before. So what? It's not a crime.
So when I saw this video, I thought I HAD to share it with someone. And why not AntiCrafters? Who better to appreciate spiders?
Watch, and enjoy. You may even learn something.
What? It's all in the name of science.
I thought about conducting my own experiments but 1.) all caffeine in my household is to be used on ME; and 2.) no spiders are allowed in the house.
It just doesn't matter how snuggly we get out on the back porch. If they come into the house, they're only so much squished organic matter.
still laughing about Crack Spider "popping a cap in his arse",
Jul 25, 2009
Welcome to my Nuclear Family
Ok, so this isn't really a craft, per se, but it's still cool. The website is called "Damn Interesting" though, so I suppose that's a given.
So, the thing about nuclear waste is that it stays harmful for a very long time, about 10,000 years, give or take.. Long enough that we, and our great-great-great-grandchildren will be dust before the waste is safe for human contact. Therein, however, lies the problem.
How does one effectively communicate danger to a civilization we know nothing about? To figure that out, the Department of Energy assembled what they called the "Futures Panel" to solve the problem. They finally decided on a written message (which reads like something out of Orwell's "1984") along with scientific charts, and architecture designed to inspire a visceral response -- in this case, of avoidance.
Now, obviously, since this is a government facility, it had to be done as cheaply and efficiently as possible, but some of the proposed ideas are pretty cool. My favorite is the field of thorns, rather reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty.
The full article is here on the Damn Interesting website.