Natural Connections

Notes for an outdoor game.

We want to facilitate thinking about connections between parts of nature. This is a game of categories, places, processes and things. It works by relating randomly-chosen things to each other.

Water is one category, and the rain cycle is a process within that category. Water might also be streams, ponds, puddles, nourishment for plants and animals, ice, snow, rain, and so on.

Animals is another category, be they invertebrates, birds, mammals, insects and so on.

The words (and/or pictures) each have a card. The cards are shuffled and turned face down. Someone picks a card and explains what it is. The next person picks a card and thinks of a way to explain the relationship to the first card. If it’s a close relationship, the second card is laid next to the first. If it’s a distant relationship, the cards are kept farther apart.

What connects a mouse to a cloud? How does one affect the other?

Maybe the cloud helps keep temperatures steady, and makes life easier for the mouse. Or maybe clouds stop birds of prey from seeing the mouse, and it can live longer.

At this point, there aren’t any other rules, so the game can be very flexible in the way it’s played. That’s an option worth exploring.

Post 1257 by dglp

Published on March 7, 2018 ~ 01:28 PM

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Bug Life


If a narrative is enlivened by imagery, and graphic novels are an example, then it would be fun to write a series of cartoon panels instead of a simple text post.

Cheeky pamphleteers of yore were adept at splicing their own commentary onto other people’s graphics. So rather than create my own drawings, here’s a panel of other people’s photos, turned to my own ends.

Now all I have to do is think of what to say.

Post 1250 by dglp

Published on March 6, 2018 ~ 03:43 PM

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I’d like to set a collection of stakes with reflective cards tied to them, to flutter in the wind.

The Challenge:

While it would be easy to do in the park, in a grassy area, that would probably elicit complaints.
So I’d do it on a brownfield site. But there, the challenge is to get anything into the ground.
So stakes have to be freestanding – yet resist the wind.

Possible Solutions:

  • Weighted stakes
  • Cement, Water, earth: all heavy, bulky to transport
    • Water would need a container – bottles found on site, perhaps.
    • Tripods: requires 3x the number of stakes, bulky to transport
    • Cement: heavy, requires transport, possibly water
  • Epoxy: relatively compact, lightweight, can be applied with a caulking gun
  • Trees: take a long time to grow!

Bamboo canes and epoxy seems like a decent solution.

Next Steps:

devise a pattern, perhaps using perspective;
get something to grow around the stake;
make some signage, verbiage.

Post 1197 by dglp

Published on March 3, 2018 ~ 02:42 PM

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City Fingerprints

Post 1194 by dglp

Published on March 3, 2018 ~ 10:57 AM

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