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How do you measure time?

28 Oct

There’s an inflection on the ‘you’ in that question. Is it by the watch on your wrist, your smartphone or a computerclock? Imagine if you would mark your local time by

“the movement of toads and the fluttering of moths, by the scent of oranges and coconut, by bear births, eagle marriages, and salmon deaths”.

That is a breathtaking sensual assault; distilled from the writings of Jay Griffiths on her experiences among peoples native to perhaps wilder and remoter regions of our world – and – described by Lewis H. Lapham in his article Captain Clock in Lapham’s Quarterly current issue TIME (Vol. 7, Nr. 4, fall 2014).

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Blue Morpho butterfly (Morpho peleides) Image credit: Ricardo Jimenez

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caterpillar of the Blue Morpho – Image credit: Ingmar Gerckens

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caterpillar of the Atlas moth – Image credit: John Horstmann

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Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) – Image credit: Andrew Cooper

 More fabulous butterflies and moths pre- and post-pupate here

Maybe also take a meander by The Dark Mountain Project here and read the 8 Principles of Uncivilisation here.

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Stadtgärtnern

5 Mar

“Der Garten ist der letzte Luxus unserer Tage, denn er fordert das, was in unserer Gesellschaft am seltensten und kostbarsten geworden ist: Zeit, Zuwendung und Raum.

Er ist Stellvertreter der Natur, in dem wir Geist, Wissen und Handwerk wieder gebrauchen in sorgsamen Umgang mit der Welt in ihrem Mikrokosmos, dem Garten.”

Dieter Kienast – Die Poetik des Gartens: Über Chaos und Ordnung in der Landschaftsarchitektur (Buch)

Danke für den Hinweis an Martina Hasewinkel, Convivienleiterin Slow Food Bielefeld/OWL

On the value of gardens

5 Mar

“The garden is the last luxury of our days, because it demands what has become most rare and most precious in our society: time, care and space.

It is a representative of nature, in which we use mind, knowledge and craft again, in headful dealing with the world in its microcosm, the garden.”

Freely translated from Dieter Kienast’s book: Die Poetik des Gartens: Über Chaos und Ordnung in der Landschaftsarchitektur

Thanks to an owl for sharing the find (^v^) Martina Hasewinkel, convivium host Slow Food Bielefeld/OWL

Wie man Interesse an Kram, Krempel und Zeugs loswerden kann

2 Mar

„Wer ein interessantes Leben führt, verliert sein Interesse an materiellen Werten.“

Yvon Quiniou, Philosophie Dozent, Frankreich

gesehen bei Prof. Dr. Gustav Bergmann “Marketing in Einrichtungen der Sozialen Arbeit: „Steuerung“ der Außenbezüge”
4. Fachtag “Sozialmanagement” zu dem Thema „Systemisches Management“ in der Sozialen Arbeit, Münster 2014

s.a. Yvon Quiniou zu Gast bei Raphael Enthoven, Sonntag, 090214 auf ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) im Programm Philosophie – Planet Marx (Bonus)

How to lose interest in material goods

2 Mar

“Who leads an interesting life, loses their interest in material values.”

Yvon Quiniou, French philosophy lecturer

gleaned from Prof. Dr. Gustav Bergmann’s presentation “Marketing in Einrichtungen der Sozialen Arbeit: „Steuerung“ der Außenbezüge”
4. Fachtag “Sozialmanagement” zu dem Thema „Systemisches Management“ in der Sozialen Arbeit, Münster 2014

You can see Yvon Quiniou as guest of Raphael Enthoven in the German/French programme Philosophie – Planet Marx (Bonus), which was aired on Sunday, 090214 on ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne), a Franco-German TV channel with a predilection for the areas of culture and the arts.

Does a pig have the right to play?

28 Nov

Last Friday we took the second half of our B.Sc. students (Course: Nutrition Ecology) on an excursion to a local commercial pig farm with about 2.000 swine. The course is built around a value chain approach to the food system and thus includes a ‘chapter’ on food production where we look at typical and alternative production forms. The piggies we saw had an outside stall area in addition to the inside stall. The outside stall had  playthings: a chain with a piece of wood on which the piggies can chew, which they like to do.project-buta-tot-zo-ver_001-540x405_klein

That pigs like to play is not new. Thus you can find many shops with hog toys such as this one. As a matter of fact there is a Dutch research project on this: Playing with Pigs. The project is an outcome of research on “Ethical room for manoeuvre in livestock farming”, a collaboration between the Utrecht School of the Arts, Wageningen University and Wageningen UR Livestock Research. Within the project, a game which allows interaction between pigs and people was developed; see it in a clip on vimeo here. The researchers say one of the things they’ve discovered is how much pigs like to play with light.

playingwithpigs_kleinNot just pigs like to play. Many animals have been observed, photographed and filmed at play – within their own and across species borders. I still have an old National Geographic edition with the title story Animals at Play.

23594676[1]One of the animals-at-play featured was a crow that was photographed lying on its back and sliding down a snow-covered incline, only to get up and repeat the process. This has been filmed and featured again and again, and many other stories too, such as here as well as this whole entry on tail-pulling by mischievous crows on Jenn(ifer Campbell-Smith)’s lovely Corvid blog here.

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Dis-Assembly instructions

3 Nov

Swedish assembly instructions for furniture? IKEA. Assembled ingredients in a Swedish kitchen? IKEA’s cookbook Hembakat är Bäst (Homemade is Best) – even when deconstructed. The neatly organised ingredients and the knolled baked goodies are best seen on this project page which also gives all credits due: Evelina Bratell (styling), Carl Kleiner (photography), and many more.

deconstructed almond shells

deconstructed black forest cake

deconstructed black forest cake

deconstructed cream puff

deconstructed cream puff

deconstructed vanilla crescents

deconstructed vanilla crescents

deconstructed cinnamon horseshoes

deconstructed cinnamon horseshoes

deconstructed somethingsomething tartlets

deconstructed somethingsomething tartlets

deconstructed toffee cookies

deconstructed toffee cookies

deconstructed princess cake

deconstructed princess cake

deconstructed almond buns

deconstructed almond buns

The icing on the homebaked cake: The droll app Kondis (stamina). You get all of the book plus how much to exercise to eat said recipe results – and some audio motivation too. It features a granny (yay, granny!) baking cinnamon rolls and jogging through green fields to work up the right caloric deficit.

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