the korowai tribe, who live in the hot and humid rain forests of #west papua, communally build homes entirely by hand, some as high as 35 meters off the ground. they are large enough house a dozen, and offer better ventilation and protection from insects and ground flooding. photos by george steinmetz. video on bbc human plane
I make and sell terrariums as a little hobby that makes me happy and I hope makes others happy too :) See more: moss&bone
So in the effort to make my bedroom more work-friendly, I went back to an old hobby of mine, with a bit of a twist. You see, I used to keep a bunch of aquariums in my room. I enjoyed breeding Bettas and Plattys but the large tanks took up a lot of space and needed a lot of attention to maintain. This time I’m trying out small, low maintenance ‘nano’ tanks or ecospheres that just house a couple plants and shrimp.
The first image is of my attempt of making a closed ecosphere. It’s a large 5000ml boiling flask that my highschool chemistry teacher gave to me. Think terrarium, but with aquatic plants instead of normal moss and shrubs. If I balance things correctly, I should be able to seal this up and have it regulate its own nitrogen cycle so that all I need to provide it is light.
The green spheres of fluff you see in the other images are known as Marimo. It’s a unique ball-like algae growth native to Japan. They grow in the bottom of lakes, so little light is needed to keep them healthy. I intend to give away a few of them to friends. They make for some interesting company. =]
seawatertide asked: Thinking about being a parent recently, is it possible to have a child and not feel attachment - that idea that becoming a parent is 'committing to having your heart walking around outside you for the rest of your life', that the connection to a child sounds very like attachment in a relationship, any thoughts?
Western societies have trouble discerning love from attachment. Loving someone or something as if they are the personification of your heart is beautiful. That is just love.
Trying to keep your child living within and molding to your expectations is the real attachment. It reminds me of a Khalil Gibran poem:
"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
How your pet goldfish can help grow kitchen herbs
Back to the Roots, a company started by two UC Berkeley graduates, focuses on making products that promote sustainability in food. They’re behind those mushroom grow kits you may have seen at Whole Foods and now they’ve developed a product that uses aquaponics to grow plants. Above is a really great explanation of the science behind aquaponics food systems.