Hey folks, I am in the UK right now, getting some rest and walking down new paths. I will have plenty of writing and photos upon my return, but I am taking this week off from posting anything, so that I can fully devote my energy to taking this all in. Besides, I won’t have internet access.
Check back on July 8th for all your usual poetry, doomer, and Nietzsche needs.
Some helpful links:
A friend’s blog about living in the woods: A Wild Holler
A cool site about a backyard in Cherrywood: The Grackle
A paleo site about hunting, gathering, cooking, and other things: Hunt Gather Love
“L’essential est sans cesse menacé par l’insignifiant.” – René Char
From One Quality, the Finest
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’” – Hunter S. Thompson
From Savanna Louise Rose O’Malley McPherson
Got nothing to do right now and want to learn about carrying capacity in just a few seconds? Click here to bring up the rabbits and wolves simulator. I’ve spent many hours at work playing with it, and I still haven’t gotten bored putting in new numbers and seeing how the populations play out. You can change the starting number of wolves, rabbits, and trees, and then also alter their metabolism, birthrate, and other data. Then you click “start” and watch the rabbits eat the grass, the wolves eat the rabbits, and so on until the populations get out of balance and everything crashes (which happens every time). You can pause the simulation and bring up a population graph (or watch it move in real time), which is incredibly useful if you’re learning or teaching about carrying capacity.
I haven’t been able to find a set of numbers that makes the scenario sustainable, although when doing this with kids last week in a summer camp one group created a replication of just rabbits and grass, where the wolves had died out almost immediately but the number of rabbits and their metabolism rate were just such that the forest never fully died; it would get to the brink but then with little food, the rabbit population would dip enough for the forest to regrow slightly, starting the pattern all over again ad infinitum. The kids liked making crazy scenarios, like 200 rabbits to one wolf, or even starting with no wolves, and seeing how long they could perpetuate the populations.
If anyone does find a set of starting parameters that creates a sustainable environment, please share.