Tree Rings Turned Into Music

Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck’s “Years” plays the rings of a tree like a record.

It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.

Link via BoingBoing.

Age of Limits Conference


Those of you who read this blog in a blog reader may have noticed that we said we were going to the Age of Limits conference at the Four Quarters Interfaith sanctuary in Pennsylvania this past weekend. In this interest of privacy, we decided not to let the entire world know we were leaving our house for the weekend, but somehow the announcement ended up on the blog temporarily. Apologies to those who tried to comment on a non-existent blog post.

We did, in fact, go to the conference which featured John Michael Greer, Dr. Carolyn Baker, Dmitry Orlov, Gail Tverberg, Guy McPherson and Albert Bates.

Both Kelly and I are exhausted and still processing the information. We’ll get around to writing about it soon.

Saturday Linkages: A Log Lounge, Tiny Apartments and Poop Scrubbing People


Log chair via Decor Hacks.

Log Lounge Chair …

Luxury trash Chandelier …

Tiny Apartments
Freedom Rooms: Micro Apartments Designed by Prisoners | Designs & Ideas on Dornob …

Manhattan shoebox apartment: a 78-square-foot mini studio …

Questioning 3d Printing
3D Printing in the Home: Fad, Fantasy, or the Future? : TreeHugger …
Laxative ad promises tiny poop-scrubbing people for your colon: …
Keeping Fit
Susan Orlean: The Power of Walking While Working …

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