VLOG (Video Blog)
What's this page about? Here I'll post (mostly) non-science videos that address the topics of Stone's Map. (For my science video courses, please click on SCIENCE on the menu; here is my video course Complexity 101: How Nature Works.)
NOTE 1: If you've been to this page before, please reload/refresh your browser tab to see the latest videos.
With these VLOG videos, I'm trying to provide a bit of context for Stone's Map and my science video courses so that viewers can understand more about who I am as a person beyond a talking head science teacher, and can experience my intimate connection to nature that I promote. I consider these videos as much an art as informationals, attempting to use photos, videos and music in creative ways. I hope you'll find them engaging, informative, and even entertaining.
I plan to post one every few months, with the latest video at the top.
Currently, the second video on this page -- my Yule Greeting -- is linked at the end of the first. Actually, what's linked is the 6-minute trailer for the Yule greeting, and at the end of that is the full Yule greeting, which is set up in a modular fashion. The most important part is the first 27 min, after which you have an option to either watch the remainder (photo and video tours of my spaces) OR clicking right over to the Complexity 101 series which is in the page linked in the first paragraph above.
NOTE 2: Some viewers are experiencing "hangs" when the video freezes during playback. There are two known causes of this behavior. 1) The Firefox browser sometimes freezes videos from Wistia; the latter is working on a solution. 2) These videos are produced in 1080p (HD), but if your bandwidth is not sufficient, it may freeze. If so, select the small "wheel" icon on the lower part of the viewer, and reduce resolution to 720p or 540p. Ideally, that should happen automatically.
An afternoon walk in central Maine
September 1, 2019. Come along for my afternoon walk (video is 30 min) in Central Maine, just across the highway from my base camp studio (apartment where I live and produce videos) on old land that has been inhabited by Mainers for hundreds of years (and native Americans before that). You'll visit a cattail pond; a cistern with an interesting history; an old abandoned root cellar; an old shed that was a home for wild turkeys; a church turned tavern and dance hall that collapsed last winter under the snow load; an old car lost in the woods; a beautiful swamp; pine groves; and my hammock camp to be.
At the end, you'll find a link to the video just below on this page: my tent and tiny house project for Nova Scotia.
A tent & tiny house in Nova Scotia
August, 2019. This video is 34 minutes about my newest project to move to western Nova Scotia, and live in a large, really amazing tent -- called a Sibley bell tent -- at least for a year or so while I build out my tiny house built using a used shipping container. Initially, I will build out only part of the container to be used as my video studio.
This addresses also two related components of Stone's Map -- adaptability and bushcraft -- in a fun way. This project is a demonstration of a minimalist, yet elegant, mobile shelter that I think will be very desirable during the remainder of this century as large-scale migrations begin to the north in the face of abrupt climate change.
Beyond Politics & Economics:
Addressing Climate Change
Here is one of my two VLOG entries for March, 2019. (The second one about Scotland is in production.) This 56 minute video is one of the most important I've ever produced in terms of explaining the relevance and importance of my Earth Studies Program. The thesis is represented in the title: political, economic and legal changes are necessary to effectively address climate change, but they are not sufficient. My thesis is that widespread knowledge of both complexity sciences and geophysiology are equally important, especially by those who are seeking political, economic and legal changes.
In fact, my assertion is that without widespread knowledge of complexity and geophysiology, the probability of the long-term survival of our species in truly ecologically sustainable societies will decrease significantly. That's because our entire civilization is founded on incorrect views of nature, Earth and life that emerged from the mechanistic paradigm during the last three centuries. We must replace those views with the radically different views offered by complexity sciences and geophysiology that are simultaneously fascinating and awe-inspiring. That is, this is not merely academic or philosophical interest.
Below is a quote from Dianne Dumanoski in chapter 8 of her book The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth, in which she advances exactly the same view that I spoke of just above. I produced this video with that firmly in mind.
"Rethinking the big questions is not a philosophical luxury, but rather a practical matter that bears directly on the questions we ask as we grapple with this long emergency and debate the strategies to pursue."
A Winter Wonderland (10 min)
Here is my entry for January, 2019. It's a 10 minute video tour of two spots here in my small town in Maine: 1) the partially frozen Piscatiquis River from a bridge on December 27, 2018; and 2) the woods behind my apartment (Base Camp Studio) during a very interesting recent snowstorm (January 9, 2019) featuring previously uncharacteristically (for January!) wet snow which coated everything quite thickly, creating a beautiful winter wonderland perfect for snowshoeing!
My Annual Yule Greeting, Report
& Update, 2018-19
Here is the main video that will allow full screen viewing, unlike the thumbnail above.
That's a 2 hour video. Here's a 6-minute trailer designed to offer a glimpse, but also the big picture of what the full video offers.
After missing a VLOG for November, here's my entry for December: my annual Yule greeting and update to friends, students, associates, and supporters, current and future. I have attempted to make it interesting, very relevant to the times, engaging and entertaining.
Description: Imagine that you could hop into your transporter and beam up to central Maine for an afternoon for a conversation about the perilous state of Earth and civilzation; why what's being done by humanity now (proposed political, economic and legal changes) to address the crisis is necessary but not sufficient; and how the new view of nature and how it works offered by complexity (see Complexity 101) are equally necessary, along with an intimate human reconnection to nature.
Then I offer you five tours: 1) my video studio (Basecamp Studio: minimal, functional, & mobile); 2) a map tour of central Maine;
3) a slide show of one of the most beautiful places on Earth (IMO): Pollywog Gorge in Nahmakanta just south of Mt Katahdin; 4) my bushcraft studio, including an introduction to the most comfortable sleeping system ever designed; and 5) a tour of my South View Trail Network, where I integrate science with nature experiences.
All in a mere two hours! Enjoy!
Here is a recent (October, 2018) short (11:22) update to friends, students and associates announcing Complexity 101, the video course. I am starting to like using videos for this kind of communication rather than email or blog posts because it adds a more personal touch. Here is the main video that will allow full screen viewing, unlike the thumbnail to the left.