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Off the Face of the Earth

Posted 2014.12.27 8.26 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I haven’t actually dropped off the face of the Earth, though it may seem that way.

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Dealing with issues and stuff. And work and stuff.

Also, working out logistics for a server move / migration. Possibly in the next week or two.

Definitely still here though.

End of the World is Nigh?

Posted 2011.03.12 9.18 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Normally I’m pretty skeptical about this end-of-the-world stuff – 2012 and Nostradamus and all that stuff. Typically I take all that with a grain of salt, there’s always simpler and more-rational ways to look at it.

While reading all the information about the recent disaster in Japan however, I came across one thing that made me stop and think. They’re saying that the earthquake has shifted the Earth’s axis by a few inches.

Wow. I didn’t know that was possible.

I mean, I know the Earth’s axis moves on its own, there’s a sort of progressional wobble thing that it does. But the idea that it could move a few inches from a big earthquake – that just sort of struck a chord in my mind.

A little while before reading about that, I had seen more information about the earthquake, about other recent earthquakes, volcanic activity, and the ongoing honeybee crisis.

Honeybees, plate tectonics, and the Earth’s axis: a disparate collection to be sure. Maybe it’s a coincidence. A collection of unrelated things. Or maybe it’s just all leading up to the winter solstace of 2012…

Either way, we’re all going along for the ride.

Ladybugs…

Posted 2010.02.07 13.59 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

They’re the armour-plated extra-terrestrial six-legged mechanical carnivorous turtles of the insect world.

Here we see Force Commander Tentamushi Aki inspecting some Earth technology. He is unimpressed.

Barefoot in the Forest

Posted 2009.09.30 16.55 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I was walking through a parking lot today and stepped on a really hard, really pointy, somewhat large rock. It was big and hard and pointy enough that it really hurt, even through the sole of my sandal. Granted, these aren’t exactly steel-toe industrial-grade sandals. They’re fairly cheap. What is the point of footwear though, if not to protect the feet? (Everyone who said ‘fashion’ gets detention.) Stepping on a rock in a parking lot shouldn’t hurt. Then it struck me – what if I was barefoot? How much would that have hurt?

The answer – probably not so much.

Why? When you walk barefoot, you tend to be a bit more careful. And when you walk barefoot over uncertain ground, you tend to walk a bit lighter too.

Have you ever walked barefoot in a forest? I mean in the wild, not a carefully manicured park with trees.

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I believe it is a special experience. Those first few steps are tentative and uncertain, right after you take the shoes off. There is strange crud underfoot, a layer of chunky organic matter between your feet and the dirt. For a while you take it slow, worried that you’ll step on something pointy or icky. Gradually though, you grow accustomed to it. And realize just how good it feels. To have the wild Earth against your naked sole.

Barefoot in the grass is ok, don’t get me wrong. A nicely manicured lawn where the grass is all evenly decapitated at just the perfect length can feel great. Barefoot in a forest is less ‘safe’ and in some ways, less… tender I suppose is the word I want. However, barefoot in the forest is more tactile, more ‘real’.

I bet being barefoot in other wild terrain is the same – not just forests. I haven’t had the luxury of being barefoot in a desert, or barefoot in the mountains, or on the plains, jungles, et cetera. But barefoot in a forest.. barefoot in a wild remote area of the Great White North, is very, very nice.

Take your shoes off and bare your soles to the Earth.