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    Monday
    Jun102013

    Bodega Land Trust - Rediscover the Wild

    By Vince Goble

    Science and technology, although smart, are not necessarily healthy for the relationship between humans and the planet. Look around; your comfortable home, your smart pocket device, your speedy car are all convenient for the lifestyle that you live. But where is life taking you, or rather, where are you taking life? Hmm, "taking life;" does life take? Or is life shared? Are we symbiotic expressions of stardust and space; light and dark; particles and waves; rain clouds and oceans? Do we arrive from the dark and nurturing womb; through the female opus; and into the light of consciousness to tear through space like a phallus?

    Surrounded by sci-fi and weapons masses we observe vicariously the distant expressions of our collective energy. As nation members we are committed to moon walks and exchanges of torture for security; whether we agree to or not. We, all, are compliant, as members of the monetary tax base, in the system of mass extraction and production. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the American Testaments to our own governance and philosophy; religion. Those documents were written before the industrial revolution, at a time of slavery and genocide. We have pushed those foundational pillars abroad and into our culture of imprisonment as our machinery has become more efficient at scarring the Earth and supporting our hoards in the cities.

    Few, now take the time to ponder their place in the human experience on Earth. Where do we begin to consider the predicament of humans and the planet? Many simplify this fundamental question by having blind faiths. Beliefs in God, physics, money, Jesus, Allah, fate, jobs, mates, space travel, aliens, TV, information, secular law, distract us from nature and its offerings. Nature are the rocks and the water; the plants and the animals. Nature is night and day; heat and relaxation. These movements grow and change and metamorphize spontaneously and freely; without inhibition, but intuition. The time is now to embrace these elements of the planet in a different way. Let us discontinue our relentless desire to control nature. Stop bottling it for monetization. No more modules ad infinitum. To quantize life is to be dillusional; it strips us of soul and its creativity. Allow life and there will be breath. Play Go

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    http://www.bodeganet.com/landtrust/

    Sunday
    May192013

    "It's not pixar, it's my backyard."

    By Vince Goble

    Sometimes we drill the Earth in search of a wellspring and we find a pocket of geothermal activity. This geyser in Nevada's Black Rock Desert is such.

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    http://www.thecircumference.org/fly-geyser

    Friday
    Mar152013

    Pacific Ocean as seen from Jenner, CA

    One of the many beautiful beaches in Northern California is located just north of Jenner, where the mouth of the Russian River spits out into the Pacific Ocean.  Here's some footage I took from Highway One.

    Seals eating a salmon:

    Sunday
    Feb032013

    Solenopsis, Glaucus Atlanticus, Elysia Chlorotica, Macropinna Microstoma, and Latinus Maximus 

    Well whoop-de-do.  It's pretty amazing how these little guys band together to form a living raft (complete with air pockets for the submerged ants to breath).  Video here.

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    Image from National Geographic.

    Look at the spectacular Blue Dragon, or Blue Sea Slug:

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    Another pretty sea slug is Elysia Cholortica, or the Eastern Emerald Seaslug, which is quite amazing because it uses chloroplasts from the algae it consumes to convert sunlight into energy and lives off it like a plant. 



    If you're interested in seeing more photographs of nude nudibranchs, National Geographic offers a slideshow and informative video.

    And no presentation of random animals would be complete without the barreleye fish that has a transparent head:

     

     

    Monday
    Jan282013

    Continent of Plastic

    Plastic in the Pacific, a short documentary from KQED Quest, explores how some highly proactive groups are taking steps to clean up the massive plastic cesspool called the North Pacific Gyre, aka the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  One suggestion is to burn it, thus creating a hardened plastic landmass.  (The Vice people also went there and produced a piece called Garbage Island.)

    If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in coastal conservation opportunities, you may watch to check out the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association website (I've heard excellent things about their Beach Watch program). 

    Also, if you want to learn about overfishing, check out the documentary End of the Line - A World Without Fish.  Here's the trailer:

    Lastly, Dr. Callum Roberts, author of The Unnatural History of the Sea, provides a general depiction of marine degredation in this episode of Micho Kaku's radio show Exploration.