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An inordinate fondness for beetles

Postby robymilling » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:17 am

An inordinate fondness for beetles

The biologist J.B.S. Haldane is reputed to have been asked what could be concluded about the nature of god from a study of his creation - his reply was that he has - "An inordinate fondness for beetles."

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... les_7.html
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The Conscious Patch - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:52 am

What's it like to be a Starling?
Is a Starling conscious?
Does consciousness exist on the patch?
Is the patch itself, in any way, conscious?

Blog post http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/the-conscious-patch.html
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Autumn birds music track - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:07 am

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... dance.html

Autumn has been officially inaugurated. It has for me at least. A skein, 110 strong, flew over the patch last Saturday - a fluxating chevron of south-bound Pink-footed Geese.

By way of celebrating I produced this track made just from samples (raw or processed) of the patch's autumn birds. The bird species are identified in the comments on the time line.
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Dealing with Environmental Grief - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:52 am

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... y-how.html

We are in the midst of a mass extinction. These are rare events in the Earth's history, the last one wiped out the dinosaurs. This one is the result of human activity.

How is it possible to deal with this? Psychologically how do we cope with what can be a depressing sense of things getting worse?

The fact is we do cope - we carry on.
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Fungi - what's not to like! - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:57 pm

Fungi are brilliant!...here's why...

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... -like.html

p.s
my top ten of fungus names
1) Hairy Nuts Disco
2) Mousepee Pinkgill
3) Twisted Deceiver
4) Upper Crust
5) Destroying Angel
6) Funeral Bell
7) Dewdrop Dapperling
8) Dead molls fingers
9) King Alfred's Cakes
10) Dog’s Vomit Slime Mould (slime moulds aren’t now classified as fungi - I can’t leave this one out though)
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Mushroom Man - it lives!! - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:57 am

His name is Guy and (predictably) he's a lot of fun. Guy was a science-whiz orphan who mistakenly ate a radioactive mushroom, which turned his body into fungus. Along with average strength, Fun Guy gained the ability to rot wood. He's probably not in the top eschelon of superheros, being neither a hero nor super.

Click on the mushroom icons to see the species

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... lives.html
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Absolutely Barking! - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:49 pm

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2017/ ... rking.html

I produced a downloadable tree bark poster

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Bark is like almost everything in nature – the more you look the more you see. If you walk through a wood you will, of course, be aware of the trees, but only have a vague sense of the variety of bark. Once you stop to look you’ll see that every tree species has its own kind of bark, and even amongst trees of the same species – no two are alike.

My latest patch project has been to photograph an example of the bark of each of the tree species on the patch – the result being the photos on this page. A quick glance through these is enough to show the range of bark types, colours and textures to be found - as well as their beauty . Some are rough, others smooth, some have vertical fissures others horizontal. Still others are patterned with ridges, sploges or square-shaped markings.
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Buds Ahoy! - downloadable poster - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:50 am

Some stuff about buds https://goo.gl/SfUu6v

and downloadable buds poster

If buds are an arboreal version of a bird’s egg, then the miniature shoots are the chicks encased in eggshells. All over patch these embryonic shoots are breaking out......

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'Life is great & there's lots of it!' - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:39 am

Life is great & there's lots of it!' blog post goo.gl/kgTWsb

Life has bestowed upon this, would be, barren surface a green cloak of living organisms. The breathing, growing, reproducing, eating, feeding, singing, scurrying, flying, flowering, beautiful exuberance – that is nature...

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Summer Birds Music Track - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:51 am

Summer Birds Music Track - Roby Milling

To celebrate the arrival of the first of the migrants I made this track.
http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... ummer.html

It comprises exclusively of samples of the calls and songs of Summer migrants I've seen on the patch.

The percussion is Winchat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler.

The fluty, synthy and bassy notes are all sampled and processed notes of Blackcap and Garden warbler song - slowed down then put through (virtual) guitar pedals or vocoded.

There is also Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Tree Pipit, Spotted flycatcher, Swift and Cuckoo.
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