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an eclectic mix of arts, music, science, trends, current events, and more

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Industrial education has abandoned the old duty of passing on the cultural and intellectual inheritance in favour of baby-sitting and career preparation.
Wendell Berry, 1989
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Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity only as we love all other lands… Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism to revenge any national insult or injury…
— Declaration of Sentiments Adopted by Peace Convention - Boston, 1838

(Source: kingdomnow.org)

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This is Victor Borge in one of the most amazing piano improvisations I’ve ever seen. While you’re at it, his skit on phonetic punctuation is very funny indeed.

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I’ve been having this kind of day.

(Source: nfb.ca)

permalink Here’s a beautiful Passamaquoddy paddle from the National Museum of the American Indian. I hope to carve one like this sometime this winter, but with a bit of a different grip.

Here’s a beautiful Passamaquoddy paddle from the National Museum of the American Indian. I hope to carve one like this sometime this winter, but with a bit of a different grip.

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Ouch. Canadian politics are a scary joke.

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Heimo’s Arctic Refuge

From the website:

In 1980, Jimmy Carter established the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Alaskan Interior, cutting off 19 million acres of prime boreal wilderness from the mitts of fur trappers, oil tycoons, and would-be lodge owners alike. Only six families of white settlers were grandfathered in and allowed to keep cabins in the refuge—of them, only one still stays there year-round living off the land. His name is Heimo Korth, and he is basically the Omega Man of America’s Final Frontier.

Raised in suburban Wisconsin, Heimo set off in his teens to the Alaskan Bush to pursue the Davy Crockett lifestyle in more or less the only place it was still possible. Amid numerous setbacks and misadventures, Heimo gradually learned how to master his terrain, provide for his Eskimo wife, and rear children in one of the most inhospitable environments in North America.

In this premiere edition of Far Out, we take a bush plane to the middle of nowhere, Alaska, to catch up with Heimo and his wife, Edna—now reaching their golden years. Over the course of our ten-day stay, the Korths show us everything you need to know about fur-trapping, caribou-hunting, caribou-eating, river-crossing, boredom-staving, bear-avoidance, and bear-defense to live happily over 100 miles from the nearest neighbors. Vegans, you have been warned. Heimo’s epic journey and adventures have been documented in the critically acclaimed book, THE FINAL FRONTIERSMAN, written by Heimo’s cousin, James Campbell.

permalink This is a vintage Gibson banjolin. Check out the funky headstock and tailpiece. Neat.

This is a vintage Gibson banjolin. Check out the funky headstock and tailpiece. Neat.

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We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve, but to strive… When we say ‘striving,’ we admit at the outset that the thing we need must grow from within.
— Aldo Leopold, A Taste for Country
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Progress still consists largely of letterhead pieties and convention oratory.
— Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949