I’ve been to two events with Jon Young now, one of them a videotaping for this wonderful project: Please support his Kickstarter! This is amazing, powerful, vital work. He’s bringing the knowledge of nature-connected cultures from around the world to all of us.
From AJ+, videos from Al Jazeera I love this story, such the perfect illustration of what I call tradigital stories, where there is an intervention of binary-code empowered contemporary technology, fused with and inextricable linked with a traditional technological art. It’s like the story of the pilots crash-landing or parachuting into New Guinea, during World… Read more Life saving string story: Aymara weavers plug holes in hearts
Just checking out the Twitter chat, and the #CLMOOC references–love the beach plastic project, and I just shared with Dan, my colleague in the F2F group, about the burlap bag project. More on that soon. Here’s an embed of the egrets:
[View the story “Connection” on Storify]
Friday I had an adventure with a chemical spray applicator in our protected wetland Slough. Here’s a couple of shot of egrets feeding today, and there were egrets closer than this to him as he was starting to spray:
The idea that anyone could think to use chemicals near an active waterway like this, with exquisite wildlife like this rearing their young nearby, was so outrageous I could not imagine what he thought he was doing. Turns out that Wetlands Watch [!] has an agreement with the City authorities to do a long-term native plant restoration, and this was supposedly because there was no other way to eliminate the invasive blackberry vines.
My protective instincts surged up, and I spent an hour on the phone with the Project Director and the Deputy Director of Public Works for the City, and got the project suspended for now. I have many ideas for alternative blackberry elimination strategies, and I’m going to submit one of them as a Make for the final week of the #CLMOOC, since it blends so well with the themes of Connected Learning and Making and Doing.
A suggestion from Google led to a newly discovered string story, quite wonderful:
Excited to have this new place to present my string figure work to the world…