HRS177|Spring2015

Lecture: Leila + Cary

I was not able to attend the workshop on fermentation, but I did listen to the evening lecture by Cary Peppermint and Leila Nadir titled, "Recover from Industrial Amnesia." They began their presentation with their 2011 project called "Indeterminate Hikes." It is a mobile phone app similar to Google Maps, but instead of giving the most direct route, this app takes people on an obscure trek through random alleyways, the wilderness, etc. and gives interactive instructions like in the picture shown below.

Beekeepers Reported Losing 42 Percent Of Honeybee Colonies Last Summer

First of all -- your blogs on the bee workshop are great -- I need a volunteer to pull them all into one document and save as a pdf so we can send it to Jason Fahrion. He will be so happy to see the impact he made! Also, just the other day, NPR had a whole feature on the alarming rate of bee colony collapse -- 42% -- in the last year! Hear and read: 

 

Portable Water

I was very impressed and inspired after hearing Alia’s presentation on delivering water filters to remote villages that are in desperate need of clean water. Her story along with Professor Vesna’s lecture underscores the fact that water is such an integral part of everyone’s life. Just take a look at the environment around you and note the number of people using water bottles everyday.

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The Growth of a Culture

We live in a highly industrialized and processed society. The Little House on the Prairie age of canning and making preservatives at home is long gone. Even the canned food you get from the grocery store is not true canned food in the sense that it contains modern day preservatives and chemicals in the canning process. Today, there is a growing awareness of the negative effects of processed chemicals and a movement towards more organic and natural sources of food. All organic fruit and vegetables are considered “cool” and an indicative of an indie lifestyle.

The Study of Water

The study of water in art initially involved by examining the different ways in which water has been represented creatively. Water has often been stylized in a variety of ways for a variety of different purposes. In class, Professor Vesna lectured about “water bodies” and discussed how each student has their own individual water bodies. As humans, we are emotionally connected to water, with a variety of stories and members of society serve as keepers of different spaces poetically and artistically.

 

Fermentation, Antibiotics, & Probiotics

During the Open Source Fermentation workshop, I was surprised that the only ingredients necessary for natural fermentation were vegetable and a little bit of salt. I was not expecting to be able to make sauerkraut from scratch without any chemical preservatives or unnatural ingredients. After the first night of fermenting, the juices of my sauerkraut spilled over into the collecting bowl. I have not tasted it yet, but it looks like it is going to be delicious when I try it in a few days.

The fermentation workshop (05/11/15)

Never have I thought about making those yummy fermented vegetables ever in my life. This food fermentation workshop taught me how simple and fun the procedure is! The salty and anerobic environment really made the micro bacteria to multiply and my jar is already given out the funkish smell. And I greatly enjoyed how we can DIY our own ingredients for fermentation. I chopped up a lot of cabbage in mine, as well as onions that really made me tear (it better tastes good...)

Viral and Flavorful Honey

I really enjoyed learning about honey bees and colony collapse disorder (CCD) from Jason last week and actually found the whole process of beekeeping very entertaining. I never really considered bees as much other than insects, but I would notice them time to time crawling on the floor of my front lawn. I always wondered why they had done so, but never really stopped to learn about it. I always thought it was simply due to the heat and that they were tired. Little did I know that honey bees actually suffer from a disease known as deformed wing disorder.

Honeybees

When I listened to Jason’s lecture on bees, I kept getting surprised on how importance of these little species to our nature. I have learned a lot about honey bees and beehive building. One of the parts in Jason’s lecture that captured my concerns is his talk about the movie “The Swarm.” While in the past, we had made such a sci-fiction movie about the invasion of bees, we nowadays have to worry about a rapid decline in honey bee colonies. This actually points out how much the environment have changed.

Honeybees

When I listened to Jason’s lecture on bees, I kept getting surprised on how importance of these little species to our nature. I have learned a lot about honey bees and beehive building. One of the parts in Jason’s lecture that captured my concerns is his talk about the movie “The Swarm.” While in the past, we had made such a sci-fiction movie about the invasion of bees, we nowadays have to worry about a rapid decline in honey bee colonies. This actually points out how much the environment have changed.

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