Tuesday, June 30, 2009

No more Nemo...

While we've been discussing "nature" in class, I've usually been picturing forests and other parts of "wilderness." But today when Clara told me about the coral reefs in Florida where she lives, I remembered that "nature" encompasses underwater life as well.

If anyone's interested in oceans, check out this report about the problems humans have created for coral reefs: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/threats.htm

Here's one of the main sources: "Beach nourishment projects, in which large volumes of sand are re-located from offshore to onshore, can cause severe impacts to reefs." (I owe Clara for letting me know about this)

Does anyone think that humans, because they need to keep dumping sand on the coasts, shouldn't be allowed to live so close to the shore?

The way I see it, it's a shame to destroy the incredible diversity of animals in the reefs. ):

Primitivism isn't all it's cracked up to be!


As pretty as the Hudson River School makes it look, nature has a dangerous side....

Sr. Wendy!

Here is Sister Wndy- the famous art historian. The interview is not the best quality, and there is a slight delay, but its worth a watch.


Monday, June 29, 2009

Indian View on Owning Land

This is a link to a letter sent by the native american, Chief Seattle, to the president of the United States in response to an offer to purchase his land. It addresses the idea of property and the native american view that land cannot be owned (we briefly touched on this during discussion today). The famous quote, "How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land?" comes from this letter...


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thoreau, for kids

And yet not to be underestimated. Author DB Johnson has written and illustrated three Thoreau-inspired children's books which NPR's Scott Simon and author Daniel Pinkwater read out loud. A real treat. Bonus points if you can match the books with Thoreau's works.

From these links you can download the podcasts, about 8min each...

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Henry Builds a Cabin

Henry Climbs a Mountain

Friday, June 26, 2009

Persistence hunting

Here is a video of persistence hunting. This is one of the methods described by Louis Liebenberg in his book The Art of Tracking: The Origin of Science.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bruegel's Games

This website describes 20 of the major games depicted in the picture "Children's Games" if anyone's interested. I thought the Knuckle Bone game and also Who is to be my Love? were especially interesting! 

Is Robin Hood Real?

Since we were talking about this in class, I googled it and got this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/middle_ages/robin_04.shtml. According to the BBC, "we would be fully justified in saying that Robin Hood was active during the reign of King John, but that his fame and popularity were such that within a generation his true identity had been obscured by legend." So we have no idea who he was, but he was probably a real guy. The article also acnowledges the impact of the forest, and the medieval game laws, on the legend of Robin Hood. Ironically, the king's forest, which was vast and protected for royal hunts, sheltered Robin Hood and his fellow outlaws. They used the king's own land to evade his game laws.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ape man lyrics


here are the lyrics to ape man!!! best song ever

here is ape man video


Debate between "environmentalists"

As a case in point of in-fighting between people who are probably interested in the same end goals, here are Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger on NPR literally saying "look in the mirror" to critics of their strategy for addressing global climate change (the strategy is itself an interesting story).

Gotta be careful calling these guys "environmentalists" though... they made themselves known a few years back with a provocative piece called Death of Environmentalism. A productive critique, or no?

natural burial


A local landmark, one of just a very few in this country (although arguably not a phenomenon worldwide). If you're interested in why someone might choose this option, the FAQ section... will also give a perspective on what, as implied in contrast, is currently the trend in "unnatural" burial. The landscape in the Photo Gallery is worth a view, too.

Gaston de Phoebus

Here's a link to a nice article about Gaston de Phoebus and Livre de Chasse titled "Art in Pursuit." The author does a good job describing the content and significance of the text, and she also discusses the "sporting" aspects of medieval hunting and the ideas of fair play that governed the activity.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kids raised by animals


here is a link about what we were talking about in discussion today. They are kids raised by animals BUT they are not healthy, have illness. Look at it its very intresting.

Excellence in nature reporting

hard to know if this is for real (reporting-wise, that is). Enjoy.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Welcome to Summer College!

Hi everyone,
I am looking forward to meeting you all and to reading your posts over the next several weeks. Welcome!