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This Changes Everything



Useful Species

Reviewing the list of useful species to be included in the inventory of the Nam Sa Bi Village Management Area (see Nam Sa Bi VMA). Timber trees, rattans, bamboos, thatch palms, and medicinal plants. Daw Myint Myint Oo (WCS Myanmar Program) leads the discussion. [NOTE: There were about 15 villagers in the room helping us put the list together].

Respect For Things

From Suzuki Roshi's Not Always So:

"Instead of respecting things, we want to use them for ourselves, and if it is difficult to use them, we want to conquer them".

Both things and people. Worth reading over slowly and reflecting on the current state of politics, and human rights, and the environment. [NOTE: Thanks to Kyosho Valerie Beer for sharing this last night].   


Solar Home Lighting System

A  bit more about the solar system used to light the basecamp at Nam Sabi (see Basecamp). Made locally, output for three light bulbs, and apparently light enough that it could be carried with a small solar panel five miles out into the forest. Need a spot open enough for the solar panel to work; edge of the Hway Taung Kaw (Thawtan stream) worked nicely. Big step forward for fieldwork in remote areas.   



Video and music by Nigel Stanford. "If you will spare a little of your imagination, this is a film that will describe to you the effect of cymatic frequencies on matter". Very cool. Definitely full screen with sufficient volume (maybe headphones if you're at work). [NOTE: The clips showing how the video was made (scroll down a little to Behind the Scenes) are also worth a look].  


Growing Peanuts

At the end of the rainy season when water levels in the Chindwin River fall, local residents typically plant the newly-exposed, fertile sediments along the bank with peanuts (Arachis hypogaea L.). I was told that buyers from Homalin and Monywa have already spoken for the crop, and that some farmers may have gotten some cash up-front to plant peanuts. The individual fields, as well as the forest behind them, seem to glow in the afternoon sun.