Monday, December 29, 2008

Rock, River & Renewal

The Ephemeral art of Andrew Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers & Tides

New Year is upon us. Happy Peaceful New Year, Salam Muharram, Slainte Hogmanay, Selamat Tahun Baru, Bonne Année, Gungheefatzhai, Feliz año nuevo...
The Karuk people tradition of World Renewal: The altar is built in the form of a crescent up to eye level in height. It is within this wall that the Medicine Man Healer gathers the powers given to him to make medicine for his people - to bring an abundance of fish from the river and good hunting from the forest. The spring from which the Healer drinks is also sacred and kept covered to protect its purity for the next World Renewal Ceremony.
A central act in the Wiyot people's spirituality is an annual World Renewal Ceremony held at Tuluwat village. Indian Island, formerly called Duluwat Island, was and is the center of Wiyot world. On the island a ceremonial dance was held to start the new year. The ceremony was called the World Renewal ceremony. All people were welcomed, no one was turned away. The people ate mostly clams and acorns and made long carved log canoes. Healers and ceremonial leaders were mostly women, who got their powers on mountain tops at night.

I re-cycled a small woven sphere left there for renewal.

New Year celebration, colorful geodesic sphere at New York City Times Square.

200 years since Darwin: Grand Rounds ~ Evolutionary Medicine

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Hajj pilgrims

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Round stone tool & round basket craft

Great apes construct woven tree shelters, using triangulated branches with a coil of leaves inside serving as a lining. Central African Bambuti people construct geodesic woven-branch domes externally covered with a coil of leaves to repel water. Were the first boats made from dome-derived baskets? Were they the arc (teba) of Moses (Hebrew) & Horus (Egyptian, eq. to Torus? see bottom of post), baskets covered with bitumen tar/pitch?
1560s, from L. torus "knot; cushion"

Roman Coliseum
Shark vertebrae
Basking shark vertebrae, from Coastal Paleontology [Unrelated to post title, but cool, like this stonehenge animation]
More info on roof, and how the stones were moved, quite similar to Dick Parry's
idea of how the Giza Pyramid stone blocks were moved in 1/4 circle wood cradles.
rock n roll
pyra-cone roof

"No one knows what this crescent-shaped tool was used for, though it has turned up in association with Clovis points elsewhere. While the tool's middle edges are dull from grinding, its ends remain sharp. It is made of chert from the Green River Formation of southwestern Wyoming and contiguous parts of Utah and Colorado. This is not far from where the cache is believed to have been found, the three corners area where Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho come together."

Crescent-shaped knapped stone (scraper?) from the Holocene have been found at Lake Baikal, Siberia and San Miguel Island California and the the Great Basin of Utah and coastal sites, often of obsidian or chert. Neat pic.


Thuyen Thung chai round basket boats, using woven split bamboo and plant sap as water sealant varnish

round basket using similar weave

typical woven pack basket

Video on hyper-origami. Math * Computer -> a single flat sheet of paper can form super complex forms. Used for folding metal stents in arteries, and folding mirrors in outer orbit space.

I made a paper sphere by making a takraw ball of 6 paper strips, then another long strip to make 12 trefoil knots (pentagons) which filled in the pentagon holes of the takraw ball. Cool. I'm sure it's possible to make a sphere from one single folded sheet of square paper, but it would be complex hyper-triangulated.

Knots and lashings

Torus: knot or cushion, Latin (Egyptian. Horus?)
"upright slab," usually inscribed, 1820, from Gk. stele "standing block, slab," related to stellein "to set in order, arrange"
direction to printer to disregard correction made to text, 1755, from L. stet "let it stand," third person singular present subjunctive of stare "to stand, stand upright, be stiff," from PIE base *sta- "to stand, set down, make or be firm" (cf. Skt. tisthati "stands;" Avestan histaiti "to stand;" Pers. -stan "country," lit. "where one stands;" Gk. histemi "put, place, weigh," stasis "a standing still," statos "placed," stater "a weight, coin," stylos "pillar;" L. sistere "stand still, stop, make stand, place, produce in court," status "manner, position, condition, attitude," statio "station, post;" Lith. stojus "place myself," statau "place;" O.C.S. staja "place myself," stanu "position," staru "old," lit. "long-standing;" Goth. standan, O.E. standan "to stand," O.N. steði "anvil," O.E. stede "place;" O.Ir. sessam "the act of standing").
Stalactite = stylos, galact = drip... did the first temple columns derive from cave stalactites?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Aquatic Theory

Datum: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 20:31:31 -0800 (PST)
Onderwerp: Elaine Morgan: 88 Years old and still head and shoulders above
your typical anthropologist

Anyone interested in human ancestry at the seashores should see Elaine Morgan talk on
the subject.

At 88, she is still knocking 'em cold with her common sense and logic.

Here's footage of a talk she gave recently at UCL.

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Part 4:

And here's an interview she did earlier...