cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (FailCafe)
Yellowstone Wolf Pack Exterminated:

The adults of the Cottonwood Wolf Pack in Yellowstone were killed earlier this week as well as other adult wolves.  Pups were not killed, but they WILL NOT survive without adults.  Starvation is what they face now...

Thirteen years ago, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone on a trial basis.

The elk population was booming and elk were eating everything and then starving.

Since then the Aspens and willows that were almost gone have come back.  Why?  Because the elk were eating saplings before they could grow up.  The wolves caused the elk to be always on the lookout, ready for flight, and so they spent less time in the copses munching on aspen and willow.

With willow came beaver.  Which were extinct.  So now we have beaver, beaver ponds, fishes, and songbirds singing in the willows that were not there before.

Also ravens, magpies and foxes are doing better because of wolves leaving elk carcasses around.

And there were minimal or no livestock deprededations.

WE WERE DOIN IT RIGHT goddamit.

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cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (Rainbow)

I’ve been seeing so much recently on the ‘webs and in society in general about “usual” people “most people” the idea that there’s one standard that people should live up to or that there’s some cosmic totem pole we’re all arranged on from best to worst. That the “Norm” is inherently better, that the “outliers” are inherently better.

 

All of these rely on the idea of the holy “norm”.  The “norm” is defined as the people or things that are one standard deviation away from the average.  On a graph that’s generally a bell curve. The outliers are the ones that are out on the edges of said bell curve.  Now the mathematics that go along with this are complicated and hella fun (if you like complex math :P).  But what’s in the norm is directly dependent on what you’re comparing it TO.  It’s not inherent.


 

 

Now I’m a staunch advocate of diversity, but to be diverse you need DIFFERENCE!  No one person or type of people is inherently diverse within themselves.  The norm needs the outliers, not only to continue to exist, but to be the norm in comparison.  Same with the outliers.  In ecosystems you need the norm to go about the vital everyday tasks of capturing energy, photosynthesizing, symbiosis, eating and being eaten.  The Norm needs the outliers, the extremophiles, to break new ground, inhabit “hostile” environments, fill fringe niches, capture and make available to others rare minerals, etc.  Same with humans, we need people who are good at working with people, but we also need, farmers, mathematicians, architects, people who see the world in the same way we do, people who see the world opposite of how we do.  And we all need all of them.

 

Diversity is necessary for sustainability.  We are all interconnected and we all need each other.

 

The “Norm” in our society wears a halo, and I want to do nothing more than to rip off that halo and let the norm be what it is – a useful piece of statistics. (In my angrier moments I want to rip it off and trample it in the mud, hard.)  This idea that simply because someone else is doing something you should be doing it is not useful. You don’t like to have sex the way that the person next to you does. Fine. Whether you like it more kinky or more vanilla than they do, with guys or girls or someone in between. That’s cool.  If you learn differently from the person next to you, or are good at different things. Once again – fine! We NEED you.

 

The halo should belong on all of us.

 

POSTSCRIPT:  Another Idea I’ve been thinking about is: everybody has a “center” and the farther away from you your center is, the more energy and resources you lose. (I’m not talking here about being self – centered.) For instance if you’re a woman and the center of your world is a theoretical man, then you get less resources, and not only that, but you waste more energy because everything is taught in a way to be easy for a man to do it, but with a different body construction, center of gravity etc. it’s not so efficient for you.  One of the reasons that southwestern cities are using so much water, is that eastern cities are taken to be the model. So everything is done to get rid of water.  Sidewalks that slope INTO the street for better drainage, non-native plants, swathes of grass.  All these things were thought until recently to be beautiful and the way a city SHOULD be.

cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I'll elaborate more later but three things:

1. Conserve water whenever possible (in arid areas).  Water in the evening and water smartly.

2. Treat material items as precious: Reuse/recycle whenever possible. Plastic is made out of fossil fuels, which are going to be rare. Metal is pure awesome!  It can have immense strength without shattering - it just bends! Electrically conductive,makes nice wires and sheets, SHINY....

3.  I'm planting a garden, in part for enjoyment, but also to get more foods locally.  Most imprtantly to start figuring out what ways of growing food are right for our area.  I could just go back to the Native American/Spanish days... but if I want to be more modern I have to figure it out myself. :)

cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (Chani)

So much is going right in my life right now.  Raven and I have had the most incredible conversations and we’re very close right now – doors opening that have never been open (at least in words)  I’ve got what’s pretty close to a taste of my dream job in the form of an internship.  I’m (hopefully) going back to college soon. The girl from the bus and I have been hanging out. I am at home with my loved Desert. There’s this bubble of happy that keeps on popping up.  And that in and of itself is a good thing.  A year ago I wouldn’t have felt that, I was too burnt out and used up in the aftermath of trying to make myself work where I couldn’t and trying to appear normal. I’m healing. Not that life is perfect, though.  I'm in a sea of paperwork, and sometimes the adrenalin brings back the old tightness in my lungs and a hint of the burned-out feeling.  but still.

Postscript:
I should write more about it later. But here's a summary.
I spent time before not just scared but also using adrenalin to hotwire my body into "normal" speed via fight or flight.  It worked (pretty much) but the slightest bit of adrenalin became painful (and forget about endorphins) but now I've been rationing it for life and limb purposes and it's receeding.

cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (Sandworm)
[Error: unknown template qotd] If I had my choice I would just be buried out in the desert somewhere.  Water is life and I'd like to think that my life is out there begetting more life or easing desperate conditions for some plant.  The body is something like 70% water, that's a lot of water!  Even the most ardent conservationist has to drink something to keep the reservior full.  It would be good to give that water to something or someone else.

Personally, I would love to invent the Deathstill.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fremen#Collection

The legal authorities discourage do-it-yourself burial, so my hope is simply to get buried in such a way that my corpse benefits something living.


cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (Default)
This is an interesting documentary and ethnography of the history of the web as we know it today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE

Seeing the way that computers and us have both had to adapt to each other has really cemented my sense of computers and us having a symbiotic relationship.

We feed them electricity and allow them to reproduce.
They allow us to type, create art in new ways, become immersed in video games, and communicate with other people with computers at far distances.

It makes me feel awed - a little like I'm playing with fire.  :)

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