Jo's Journal

I'm an Australian artist. I draw, paint,make music, silly films, design costumes, props and all sorts of other interesting things

indevan:

simonjadis:

carry-on-my-wayward-butt:

emeraldcharos:

wessasaurus-rex:

kikojaharo:

This is the most accurate gif of Florida I have ever seen.

 ”What the fuck?” 

She’s not even scared, she’s just mad and confused.

baby gators are basically confused sharp bunnies who wander into other people’s pools for a dip and some sunbathing and might gnaw on u. mommas are the scary ones.

confused sharp bunnies

i’d argue that you don’t even have to worry about mommas.  alligators are literally stoners.  like don’t fuck with their stuff and they’ll just chill and leave you alone.

indevan:

simonjadis:

carry-on-my-wayward-butt:

emeraldcharos:

wessasaurus-rex:

kikojaharo:

This is the most accurate gif of Florida I have ever seen.

 ”What the fuck?” 

She’s not even scared, she’s just mad and confused.

baby gators are basically confused sharp bunnies who wander into other people’s pools for a dip and some sunbathing and might gnaw on u. mommas are the scary ones.

confused sharp bunnies

i’d argue that you don’t even have to worry about mommas.  alligators are literally stoners.  like don’t fuck with their stuff and they’ll just chill and leave you alone.

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neil-gaiman:

If you think this is not the best thing in the world, I am afraid you are wrong.

sixpenceee:

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a way to use sound waves to levitate individual droplets of solutions (Video)

sixpenceee:

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a way to use sound waves to levitate individual droplets of solutions (Video)

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About Gutes, Gotlands, Vikings & Hobbits; Sheepishly unravelling the confusion.

About Gutes, Gotlands, Vikings & Hobbits; Sheepishly unravelling the confusion.

In the Baltic sea there is an island and that island is called Gotland.
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It was the home of an ancient people called the Gutes.

Wikipedia tells me:

Because of Gotland’s central position in the Baltic Sea, from early on the Gutes became a nation of traders and merchants. The amount of silver treasures that have been found in Gotlandic soil during the Viking Age, surpasses that of all the other…

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Change of Theme

As much as the Wordpress theme I previously had looked arty and delicate. It was hard to navigate around for both myself and reader.

Change of Theme

As much as the Wordpress theme I previously had looked arty and delicate. It was hard to navigate around for both myself and reader.

nellachronism:

FLY, YOU FOOLS.

nellachronism:

FLY, YOU FOOLS.

(Source: awwww-cute, via driftingfocus)

Viking Age and Living History Wools in General

Viking Age and Living History Wools in General

Getting wool from local sheep in Australia which the Vikings may have worn around 700AD onwards isn’t viable. Our breeds of sheep are very well up the evolutionary line. The first breeds of sheep documented in Australia were only arriving in the late 1700s http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/agriculture/produce/wool”>and were Spanish Merinos and South African fat tailed…

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Spring Rains and Woad

Spring Rains and Woad

Well, I am lying in bed, after my wonderful husband bought me breakfast. The rain is pattering on the roof and its the first day of spring in Adelaide, South Australia. I’ve finally got around to having a WordPress account and so to put it to work.

Some time back I started a journey involving rare wool breeds (mostly wools not found in Australia) and ancient natural dyes. The first wool I got…

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Spring in the Back Garden

Spring in the Back Garden

She’s definitely been here, sprinkling new life into the trees. IMG_3825.JPG

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Out in the back garden this arvo while hubby turns and rakes our precious vegetable producing loam. The nectarine tree has its first flowers and a million buds for more , which tells me that a bumper crop of nectarines may be on the menu this year. The Avocado tree we call “The Orlando” (named after my son who planted it as a seed,…

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glukauf:

An employe of Russian Space Training Center hangs out to dry space suits (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)

glukauf:

An employe of Russian Space Training Center hangs out to dry space suits (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)

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Madder Springs Forth

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It’s another beautiful spring afternoon and I’ve just been out in the front garden checking my Madder plants. More about Madder here http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubia_tinctorum.I’ve had them in the ground near on three years now. Each year they sprout out of the ground look lush and green and take over their allocated garden nook and then die back to brittle, detritus. In the picture you can…

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Vikings and Linen and Woad Oh My!

Vikings and Linen and Woad Oh My!

When you are interested in Living History you do things you never thought you would, like getting your son and husband to urinate in a bottle for science. Historically there seems to be a tradition of pubescent boys being the best source, and references to collection spots outside pubs. I can’t really see the girls getting into the act as we are not really endowed with the ability of “ahem”…

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Look at this awesome thing I made! That’s not shop bought yarn that’s spun with my hands on a a stick with a weight on the end and dyed, handwoven and embroidered by me also. Am I proud, heck yes! https://www.etsy.com/listing/202395489/watermelon-scarf

tyleroakley:

death-by-lulz:

You can change the direction this train is moving just by thinking about it.

This fucked me up.


This ought to keep you entertained for a few minutes

tyleroakley:

death-by-lulz:

You can change the direction this train is moving just by thinking about it.

This fucked me up.

This ought to keep you entertained for a few minutes

(Source: buzzfeed, via merrick77)

fluidfyre:

thatvegancosplayer:

vegan-pancake:

biomorphosis:

Climate change is pulling the sea ice out from under polar bears’ feet, forcing them to swim longer distances to find food and habitat. Long-distance swimming puts polar bears at risk of drowning due to fatigue or rough seas. 

A report published by the World Watch Institute in 2009 revealed that greenhouse gases produced by livestock comprise 51 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Methane gas, the gas produced most fervently by livestock, traps 100 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide within a 5 year period, and 72 times more within a 20 year period. The good news is that methane also leaves the atmosphere within a decade, whereas carbon dioxide takes several decades or even centuries. This means that a drastic shift away from raising livestock offers a very real hope that we can curb global warming.

*Watches as all of the meat-eating “environmentalists” pull out every “argument” in the book to defend their animal-consuming ways*


I’m a scientist that studies livestock and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Nothing gets under my skin more than irresponsible reporting on these issues, because they are DAMNED important. But more than anything… WHEN PEOPLE CITE SOURCES THAT HAVE NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS. 
I am not familiar with World Watch. I have never heard of them. The ‘report’ cited does not have any references to scientific literature or provide any indication where they are getting their numbers from. You want a valid, easy to read report that is backed by hundreds of dedicated experts and scientists the globe over? 
You go with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They provide all of their documentation for free online. The 5th assessment will be released at the end of October 2014. They also provide guides for policy makers and executive summaries, so you don’t have to comb through all the gory scientific jargon. Their reports are the work of hundreds of scientists that are the top in their fields. 
But given this is my jam, let me provide you with a few tidbits of information. Because this post is wrong. Greenhouse gases, especially in agriculture, are a complicated issue. 
1. Methane is about 34x more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Not 100.
2.You know the gas more potent than methane? Nitrous oxide (and accompanying derivatives, nitrogen is complicated), which is almost 300x more potent than methane. It is produced as a result of a variety of different processes relating to the production, use, and application of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture. 
If you want to know more about methane and nitrous oxide, let me know and I will post more on them! 
3. Livestock are not the enemy, our production systems are. So is the amount we eat. In many cases, livestock graze lands that are not suitable for cropland. And in some cases, their ranging techniques are done in such a way as to promote and protect endangered plant species. Did you know that livestock are vital to organic farming systems because of their ability to recycle nutrients on farm, and how vital manure is as a fertilizer for them? 
What is needed is a change to how farming is done in the western world, because right now, neither livestock production OR cropping is sustainable. They need greater integration with good crop rotation (that makes use of biological nitrogen fixation) to make use of how livestock benefit nutrient cycling while providing a high protein food source. 
4. Agriculture does not account for half of the world’s greenhouse gases. This is what bothered me most of all. Agriculture accounts for approx. 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions: 

Source: EPA 2010.  A great link and summary of the global greenhouse gas status. 
In the end, the greenhouse gas problem is such a huge one. But really, so much of it comes down to fossil fuel usage. People need to eat, and there are 7 billion people plus in the world. Livestock is not perfect, but neither are cropping systems in exclusion of one another. How we do agriculture right now is not sustainable, no matter what we’re growing. That is what needs to change. As do many other things (cough fossil fuelds) with how we live right now. 
And please! Question the credibility of everything you read, make sure it has sources, check the sources. Including this one! There is a lot said without anything to back it up. 
More reading if you’re interested:
Solutions for a cultivated planet by Foley et al. available from Nature. 
Livestock’s Long Shadow — a long one, a joint report with good citation. Approaching the problem of the impact that livestock has. Secondary links within to parts of the report.

This!  The second half of it, that is!

fluidfyre:

thatvegancosplayer:

vegan-pancake:

biomorphosis:

Climate change is pulling the sea ice out from under polar bears’ feet, forcing them to swim longer distances to find food and habitat. Long-distance swimming puts polar bears at risk of drowning due to fatigue or rough seas. 

A report published by the World Watch Institute in 2009 revealed that greenhouse gases produced by livestock comprise 51 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Methane gas, the gas produced most fervently by livestock, traps 100 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide within a 5 year period, and 72 times more within a 20 year period. The good news is that methane also leaves the atmosphere within a decade, whereas carbon dioxide takes several decades or even centuries. This means that a drastic shift away from raising livestock offers a very real hope that we can curb global warming.

*Watches as all of the meat-eating “environmentalists” pull out every “argument” in the book to defend their animal-consuming ways*

I’m a scientist that studies livestock and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Nothing gets under my skin more than irresponsible reporting on these issues, because they are DAMNED important. But more than anything… WHEN PEOPLE CITE SOURCES THAT HAVE NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS. 

I am not familiar with World Watch. I have never heard of them. The ‘report’ cited does not have any references to scientific literature or provide any indication where they are getting their numbers from. You want a valid, easy to read report that is backed by hundreds of dedicated experts and scientists the globe over? 

You go with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They provide all of their documentation for free online. The 5th assessment will be released at the end of October 2014. They also provide guides for policy makers and executive summaries, so you don’t have to comb through all the gory scientific jargon. Their reports are the work of hundreds of scientists that are the top in their fields. 

But given this is my jam, let me provide you with a few tidbits of information. Because this post is wrong. Greenhouse gases, especially in agriculture, are a complicated issue. 

1. Methane is about 34x more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Not 100.

2.You know the gas more potent than methane? Nitrous oxide (and accompanying derivatives, nitrogen is complicated), which is almost 300x more potent than methane. It is produced as a result of a variety of different processes relating to the production, use, and application of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture. 

If you want to know more about methane and nitrous oxide, let me know and I will post more on them! 

3. Livestock are not the enemy, our production systems are. So is the amount we eat. In many cases, livestock graze lands that are not suitable for cropland. And in some cases, their ranging techniques are done in such a way as to promote and protect endangered plant species. Did you know that livestock are vital to organic farming systems because of their ability to recycle nutrients on farm, and how vital manure is as a fertilizer for them? 

What is needed is a change to how farming is done in the western world, because right now, neither livestock production OR cropping is sustainable. They need greater integration with good crop rotation (that makes use of biological nitrogen fixation) to make use of how livestock benefit nutrient cycling while providing a high protein food source. 

4. Agriculture does not account for half of the world’s greenhouse gases. This is what bothered me most of all. Agriculture accounts for approx. 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions: 

Pie chart that shows different sectors. 26 percent is from energy supply; 13 percent is from transport; 8 percent is from residential and commercial buildings; 19 percent is from industry; 14 percent is from agriculture; 17 percent is from forestry; and 3 percent is from waste and wastewater.

Source: EPA 2010.  A great link and summary of the global greenhouse gas status. 

In the end, the greenhouse gas problem is such a huge one. But really, so much of it comes down to fossil fuel usage. People need to eat, and there are 7 billion people plus in the world. Livestock is not perfect, but neither are cropping systems in exclusion of one another. How we do agriculture right now is not sustainable, no matter what we’re growing. That is what needs to change. As do many other things (cough fossil fuelds) with how we live right now. 

And please! Question the credibility of everything you read, make sure it has sources, check the sources. Including this one! There is a lot said without anything to back it up. 

More reading if you’re interested:

Solutions for a cultivated planet by Foley et al. available from Nature. 

Livestock’s Long Shadow — a long one, a joint report with good citation. Approaching the problem of the impact that livestock has. Secondary links within to parts of the report.

This! The second half of it, that is!

(via superiorvintage)