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Jag är så banal att jag tycker att skönhet är vackrare än fulhet

Kalle Lind: Jag är så banal att jag tycker att skönhet är vackrare än fulhet.
Hade man i förväg visat upp bilder på ett genomsnittligt nybygge för hundra personer hade nittionio sagt ”fy fan!” och den hundrade varit arkitekt. Jag ser mig runt bland husen i staden jag bor i och är väl inte imponerad av allt jag ser. Då och då får man rusa hem och badda ögonen med lut och hoppas kunna få ose somliga av groteskerierna.

Modernismen har varit förhärskande sedan 1930-talet. De arkitekter som erkänner sig till modernismen har sedan dess sagt att det är en vanesak. Konfronteras bara menigheten tillräckligt länge med huscontainrar som ser ut att ha släppts ner med helikopter så kommer menigheten att lära sig att uppskatta dem. Jag tillhör de dåliga eleverna. Jag är så banal att jag fortfarande tycker att skönhet är vackrare än fulhet.

Samtidigt vill jag inte gå med i den Facebook-rörelse som heter ”Arkitekturupproret”. Där visas jämt bilder av hus som skulle vara särskilt anskrämliga. Det som …

Chanting “La, la, la, I can’t hear you”

That latter point, I think, sums up the tragedy of William Catton’s career. He knew, and could explain with great clarity, why industrialism would bring about its own downfall, and what could be done to salvage something from its wreck. That knowledge, however, was not enough to make things happen; only a few people ever listened, most of them promptly plugged their ears and started chanting “La, la, la, I can’t hear you” once Reagan made that fashionable, and the actions that might have spared all of us a vast amount of misery never happened. When I spoke to him in 2011, he was perfectly aware that his life’s work had done essentially nothing to turn industrial society aside from its rush toward the abyss. That’s got to be a bitter thing to contemplate in your final hours, and I hope his thoughts were on something else last month as the night closed in at last. - JMG The world is collapsing, and all you do is chanting “La, la, la, I can’t hear you”.

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Fra forskning.no:

Å ha en naboprat øker spiring hos chili-frø, i følge ny forskning.

Selv når andre kjente midler for kommunikasjon, som kontakt og signaler formidlet gjennom kjemiske reaksjoner og lys, er blokkert, gror chili-frø bedre hvis de gror sammen med basilikumplanter.

Dette tyder på at de snakker med hverandre via nanomekaniske vibrasjoner.

Forskere fra the University of Western Australia forsøkte å gro chili-frø sammen med, og i fravær av, andre chiliplanter eller basilikum. I fraværet av en naboplante spiret chili-frøene lite, men når naboplantene fikk kommunisere med frøene økte spiringen.

Selv når basilikumplantene var adskilt fra frøene ved hjelp av sort plastikk, slik at de ikke kunne påvirke ved hjelp av lys eller kjemiske signaler, fortsatte chili-frøene å spire som om de fortsatt kunne kommunisere med basilikumen.

Forskerne registrerte også at dårlige naboer, som fennikel, påvirket spiringen negativt. (forskning.no/SPØ)

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The Holistic Flower

I’ve found a wonderful flower; I discovered it not long ago. Still, it’s not so much what I know about it that touches me, I’m just drawn to its colors. This flower is unique, it thrives in every country and climate, and adapts very well to the specific conditions of culture and place. Its colors, smell and form is therefore of unlimited variety and complexity, yet it is the same flower. It is the permaculture flower.


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The Village is the Basic Form, the City is an Occasional Blossoming

Ashley, I'd suggest a slight variation. Through most of history, the urban-civilization form of society supported itself on a foundation of decentralized villages; the latter is the basic form, the former an occasional blossoming, which runs its course and ends. Our current civilization, as I've argued in a couple of my books, is as brittle as it is precisely because it tried to replace the village system with factory farming powered by fossil fuels; as those run out, it's not going to last -- and then, as you suggest, we'll be reverting to a stabler form. John Michael Greer Rita, no argument there! You'll notice that the people who most often romanticize village life can usually be found living in expensive condos in big cities, and wouldn't move to a farm town if someone paid them to do so. - John Michael Greer