It’s surprising how many ecological transformations are possible given a salt lake bed and a patch of common reed to begin with. So many in fact that it’s taken a few days of sorting through all of my artist’s impressions to pick out a series that’s not merely arbitrary, but seems to comply with my basic idea of how reforestation works, but this is more like a regrasslandestation. Here we see what is basically the original salt lake bed, except I’ve cleared some haze out from the background to improve the view. You can almost see the low mountain range on the horizon.
Salt lake - Gippsland
The next step involved planting a nice green lawn in the salt bed.
Salt lake with lawn
I’m not sure what species of grass it was, but it clearly thrived on the saline conditions; it even outcompeted the common reed grass.
It strikes me now as I weigh up the pros and cons of this transformation that where there were at least three biomes before (mountain range, salt lake bed, and common reed patch) there is only one biome now (if you don’t include the sky). So there is nowhere for two communities to meet and integrate as per the definition of an ecotone, unless you include the sky.
The obvious thing to do here is to define the sky as a biome, thus permitting whatever community happens to be there to transact with the one on the overgrown lawn. This in turn leads one to wonder what kind of transactions occur between the other side of the sky, and, say, the surface of the moon. The result of this kind of wondering I found turns out to be mostly very silly, but I did start to wonder about how one would go about terraforming another planet to make it suitable for life as we know it on Earth, and that’s not so silly to wonder about. For instance, can the terraforming process manufacture a wide range of ecotones where biomes from different communities can meet, integrate, and produce edge effects? I’ve not seen any such consideration given to this question in the literature of terraforming. And if it can be done, how many salt lakes should there be compared to lawns and common reed patches? Which countries on Earth will the salt lakes and their vegetation be introduced from?

While filming a raven

While filming a raven raiding a jam-packed garbage bin at a shopping centre car park in a Western Sydney suburb, a regular ABC Radio National listener accidentally records the sound of an unidentified stationary motorist adapting a personal safety device to the purpose of warlike behaviour blaring over the program he’s listening intently to.

The listener notices a woman in the car on the opposite side of the garbage bin becoming visibly distressed and can’t tell if it’s because she can see the camera pointed in her direction, or because the motorist leaning on the horn is right behind her and she wants to reverse out. The raven takes off with a brown paper bag from McDonald’s, and with nothing more here to see the listener brings the film to a conclusion. He plays it back on the phone to see how it looks and thinks, ‘Cool! It couldn’t have ended sounding more sweetly than that if I’d planned it.’

The following afternoon, the listener goes to the local DVD retailer and asks a young bloke at the counter for anything directed by Rolf de Heer. The bloke finds a box set collection of six Rolf de Heer films in the system, but they only sell it during Christmas. The bloke writes the catalogue number down for the listener so he can order it online, then the listener browses the shelves to see if any of the other films nobody ever has when he’s looking are maybe there this time. To his delight he finds two of them:

a) π: faith in chaos (A Film By Darren Aronofsky)
b) Grave of the Fireflies (A Film By Isao Takahata)

The bloke from the counter wanders over and mentions the 20% discount on all DVDs and Blurays that ends today, so the listener checks the price on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and decides that at five bucks a pop if they’re as emotionally unfulfilling as he suspects they will be, they’ll be just what he needs to restore his façade and face up with cool, calm collection to the world after

a) π: faith in chaos
b) Grave of the Fireflies

have shot, he’s long been expecting, his emotional order to pieces.

Sunset on a Golden rectangle with Fibonacci Number white-out

This image of a stunning sunset in Paynesville, Victoria was databent by resizing the dimensions of the image to a Golden Rectangle (1618 x 1000) and then using #FF to ‘white-out’ the Fibonacci Hexadecimal Numbers in the RGB values: #01,#02,#03,#05,#08,#0D,#15,#22,#37,#59,#90, and #E9 were all converted to #FF.

Sunset on a Golden Rectangle with Fibonacci Number white-out

Sunset on a Golden rectangle with Fibonacci Number white-out

Can’t touch this

y=1/x²+2. Similarly,
1/y(x²+2)=1. Since
1/1=1 then
y(x²+2)=1, so

x²=(1-2y)/y, and

There is no x for y=0!

Sydney to Ceduna return – Photo Essay (Part 14)

Apart from this brief introduction, there are no words for Part 14. Only a series of photographs that lead from views of wide open spaces of pure solitude along the Limestone Coast of SA to the point where I was overwhelmed with a desire to touch it and feel it course through my body.

Purposefully purposely

A visualisation of purposefully purposely corrupted digital image information.
Image information data

Heritage and Takamine

I’ve barely touched my guitars for over 5 years now. I may never play them seriously again, but I can’t bring myself to let go of them. The best I can do, I suppose, is consign them to history.
Heritage and Takamine 2
Heritage and Takamine