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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).


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


caterpillar of the Blue Morpho – Image credit: Ingmar Gerckens


caterpillar of the Atlas moth – Image credit: John Horstmann


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.


A new perspective on what luxury is

26 Mar

“Good food is no luxury for us, quite the contrary, bad food and then even paying for it, that is luxury!”

Free translation of something said by Imanol Jaca, Txogitxu, San Sebastian, Spain

Plucked from the article “Die fette alte Kuh und ihr Liebhaber” by Vijay Sapre (text) & Andrea Thode (photos) in Effilee, no. 24, Spring 2013

Der Mann hat Perspektive

26 Mar

“Gutes Essen ist für uns kein Luxus, im Gegenteil, schlecht essen und dann auch noch dafür zahlen, das ist Luxus!”

Imanol Jaca, Txogitxo, San Sebastian, Spanien

Aus dem Beitrag “Die fette alte Kuh und ihr Liebhaber” von Vijay Sapre (Text) & Andrea Thode (Fotos), Effilee, #24 Frühling 2013


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

Nobel prize winning physicist designs stove

4 Mar

Maybe it’s not news to you, but it was to me. And we’re talking 1912 Nobel Prize for Physics here! It went to Gustaf Dalen, a Swedish physicist, who was employed as the chief engineer of the Swedish company AGA (Aktiebolaget Svenska Gasaccumolator). Yes, by now you’ve guessed it: Gustaf invented the AGA cooker, a stored-heat cast iron stove today manufactured by Aga Rangemaster Limited.


This dapper Gentleman physicist, as the story goes, invented it because his wife was exhausted by constant tending to the cooking range. Someone, get that man a museum! Oh, they already have one in Stenstorp, his birthplace, about 140 km (87 miles) northeast of Göteborg (Gothenburg).


Somehow, I get the sense that these are the stories we should be telling children. If they’d told my child-me choose physics and you can go on to design a country kitchen dream stove some day, maybe, just maybe, I would have chosen physics. (via the magazine Living, No. 1 2014, p. 37)

P.S. Autocorrect wanted to make a Dalek out of Dalen; maybe you’re thinking Dr. Who? … (ok, I’ll show myself out)

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)