Hey folks, I feel like Saturday is a good documentary day when you can find the time for it. Though it was a tough selection to comb through and just pick one for the day, with the RNC and DNC now in the rear view mirror the choice was clear. This week’s pick is going to be Requiem for the American Dream, which is an amazing documentary that delivers all the points to how we may have gotten to the point we’re at today in the world of politics.
When we think about plants and sound, many stories of people reading or playing music to their plants comes to mind, but how? Well, as it turns out like a great number of other species on this planet, plants developed a defense mechanism allowing them to pick up subtle vibrations through their leaves to let them know when predators are nearby. Though they don’t use traditional auditory functionality, If you look at the shape of most they will have a broader section that reaches a point, much like cats ears.
It can no longer be disputed that we have entered the digital age of art, with graphic arts degrees and job creation on the rise and the video game industry ever chasing the infinite polygon structure we have been able to reach new levels, but what’s the sacrifice? Well, initially I found it quite difficult to connect to art on a personal level, as all the pen strokes were evenly spaced to point where you couldn’t differentiate the directions of the artists hand.
Post Life, Death and Philip Glass, I felt it necessary to start moving into the other forms of art and begin discussions on where it may take us into the future, and what roads have already been paved in that direction. Where better to begin our conversation than the master of artistic immersion and metaphor, Salvador Dali.
Let us take this moment to possibly think about the glorious gift that Mars is for us, the blank canvas awaiting the brush, the red gem that until now has been just out of arms reach. As far as the soil composition goes the red planet is pretty much ready for plant life, I personally believe the only thing you would need to get things going is some time, and proper implementation of microbial life to get things started, as the main problem I would see occurring would be that the soil is “dead,” for now. It has all the basic nutrients you would need for growth, you would, however, have to add in some “fluff” like coconut husk or ever perlite to help disperse the water to the roots and help break down the clay like quality that is the surface. Well, now we’ve figured out some of our potential soil issues, what’s left is dialing in light, atmospheric conditions, temperature, and last but certainly not least gravity.
So, let’s talk about gravity and plants for a short bit today. As many gardeners who chase growing larger and larger crops will tell you, gravity can be your worst enemy. So that leads to the question, how can we possibly grow plants to larger sizes than should be physically allowable on this planet we call home?
I felt the need to write about my experience with the Dead and Company Show I went to see last night at the Moda Center in Portland Oregon. Though my initial plan was to originally write about their performance and the experience I had at the show, which overall was an amazing experience, there’s a sort of low-hanging smoke in the air of the experience which really needs to be discussed. The exploitation of the movement for personal gains.
I spent a fair amount of time pondering where to go with our stream of consciousness, I came to the conclusion that the best thing would be to find out where our past has led us so far. This leads us to the, however, unfortunate widely ignored world of plant synapses and their communications with each other. The unfortunate truth is that many we meet tend to shrug off the possibilities that many of the creatures we share this planet with may indeed be more complex than we give them credit for, plausibly due to our own issues with superiority and the domineering versus nurturing path, it leads the vast majority down.
When we begin talking about music in this day in age, it holds a sort of weight to one’s character or essence, once their tastes have been learned. With new sub-genres coming out almost every week now it seems as though music is ever moving forward towards the horizon. What of the content of this sonic aesthetic that we hold so dearly, when you begin to ask that question you begin to see a completely different answer. It all sort of fades off into the grey, recycled beats and chord structures we’ve been using for millennia now. American folks songs, turned jazz, converted to rock, and then the latter, however, most unfortunate, is chopped up into soundbites and mashed together. Now I’m not going to say that I don’t appreciate the music of say Girl Talk or RJD2, but once one takes a peak at the man behind the curtain it brings to light what I feel is the most important question, where is it taking us? Are we supposed to believe all there is for mankind now is recycled fragments of music? To forever be overshadowed by the creation of MIDI?
Where better to begin our journey together, than arguably our beginning and one of the major sustenances of our existence. Though there are so many different facets of the microbiome that we could explore each one more intriguing than the last, today we will be focusing on the microbiome of soil and how their health and numbers contribute to the overall health of your plants.
“Knowledge is like a garden; if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested”
“Wise words are like seeds. The more you scatter them, the more they will grow into infinite gardens of knowledge.”