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.) Latest video is at the top, older ones as you scroll down.
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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.
Snow, Maps, Snowshoes, Trees, Eskers, Ravines, Rocks, Logs & Woodpeckers
January 1, 2020. This is a 28.5 minute video about a walk in the woods near my studio on New Years Day, 2020, along with some context about the larger project -- Stone's Map -- of which it is a small, but important part, along with a map tour of the region (again, for context) and a quick overview of my two pair of snowshoes: one modified bear paw, the other beavertails with very different characteristics for different kinds of snow and situations. It includes a visit to three large glacial erratics (granite boulders carry to the place in an ice sheet); the story of how a clear cut woodland will end up as a snowmobile drag strip; and a sad tour of a large log storage yard -- one of four adjacent ones -- that contain up to hundreds of thousands of logs at any given time. But it ends on a positive note with a drum serenade by a pileated woodpecker.
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.
Beyond Politics & Economics:
Addressing Climate Change
March, 2019. 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!