Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Mbuti Pygmies wading in Congo rainforest feeder stream

Mbuti Pygmies with hunting nets

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Papuan women with net bags (bilum, noken) making fire

Papuan women carrying baby in net bag
Sago palm flour oldest pancakes of Papua

Sago palm pith pounding with proto-adze (origin of dugout canoe)

Ancient Papuan Highland stocking cap? (cf Venus figurine)

Papuan Yali Pygmy

Melanesian blonde woman with net bag

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Classifying Language Roots

Simplified table from Merritt Ruhlen's Origin of Language

Monday, July 11, 2016

Update on Bio-Char / Terra Prieta soil improvement method
My comment: "...converts nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland" (from link)...

Unfortunately this usually results in loss of rainforest and production of extremely poor variety of cultivated crops, many of which are inedible.

Rainforests are extremely efficient nutrient recycling systems, most nutrients are above one's head.

Rainforest soils tend to be very poor, most of the minerals are in the plants, not underground.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Roots of Language Families

from M Ruhlen, table of language family roots (simplified)
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Match up roots to families [English at top], identify A - F are which family below:

Dravidian, Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Kordofanian(Bantu), KhoiSan, AmerInd, Afro-Asiatic

Saturday, January 9, 2016

3 Foresters/Arborists/Penghutanan you should know:

Patrick Matthew/Scotland: Described Theory of Natural Selection for Charles Darwin  &

Joseph Monier/France: transplanted trees by inventing metal-reinforced concrete

Karl Drais/Germany: transited through forests by inventing the bicycle