TED Talk Thursday – Why wildfires have gotten worse and what we can do about it by Paul Hessburg

According to TED.com : “Megafires, individual fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are on the rise in the western United States — the direct result of unintentional yet massive changes we’ve brought to the forests through a century of misguided management. What steps can we take to avoid further destruction? Forest ecologist Paul Hessburg confronts some tough truths about wildfires and details how we can help restore the natural balance of the landscape.”

“Paul Hessburg is a research ecologist who builds models of historical and modern era conditions in large forests and studies what factors make them behave as they do. In fact, much of his research is trying to decipher what is normal. In his research, Hessburg wants to know how the forests we inherited worked before we changed them. What did “natural” look like, and what specifically did we change about naturalness? What’s still working well, and what could use a hand down?”

“Hessburg has spent most of his adult life (35 years) in his dream job. He works for the USDA, Forest Service, at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, where he is stationed at a field laboratory in Wenatchee, WA, US. That’s located about five blocks just east of heaven, he says. He has a doctorate in Forest Pathology from Oregon State University, and he has been working in forestry for 40 years. He’s also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.”

Why wildfires have gotten worse and what we can do about it by Paul Hessburg

 

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

And here a brief summery of TEDx programs: “TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere — celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. TEDx events are produced independently of TED conferences, each event curates speakers on their own, but based on TED’s format and rules.”

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

Mandala Monday – Stenciled Canvas Mandala Wall Art by Hometalk

Stenciled Canvas Mandala Wall Art by Hometalk is the tutorial for today. This tutorial is full of tips, “do’s and don’ts” and step by step instructions for the creation of this stenciled canvas mandala. Here is what Hometalk has to say about this video:

“We hope you’ll enjoy this Hometalk video about stenciled canvas wall art! This is just one among the many wonderful DIY projects we have in our Home Décor DIY wall art section on our website, which you can check out here: https://www.hometalk.com/categories/home-decor/wall-decor.  Everyone loves a well-put together piece of wall décor, and we at Hometalk are no exception. Let Michelle from Cutting Edge Stencils show you some great techniques for painting canvases, and putting cool patterns or designs on them with stencils, so you have some breathtaking wall art for your living room or bedroom! Make your paintings as big or small as you want; make just one, or achieve the really awesome effect that Michelle does by splitting a single design across four different canvases and hanging them all up together! The possibilities are endless!”

Stenciled Canvas Wall Art Mandala by Hometalk

TED Talk Thursday – Tiny House Movement by Andrew Morrison

According to TEDxColoradoSprings: “Andrew Morrison and his wife, Gabriella, are the creators of “hOMe”, the 207 SF (+110 SF in lofts) modern tiny house on wheels. They live and work in hOMe full time, off grid, and debt free. With the extra time and money that they have they travel and enjoy time together as a family.”

“Andrew Morrison has been a professional builder for 20 years and has been teaching people how to build their own homes in his hands on workshops since 2004. In that time he has personally taught over 1,400 participants how to hand craft their own homes and has seen again and again that anyone with passion and perseverance can build theirs too. Andrew and his family’s personal experience with tiny housing came while living in the “American Dream” home. Frustrated by feeling like slaves to it, they got rid of 90% of their worldly belongings, bought a pop up tent trailer and spent nearly five months reassessing what “home” meant to them while living in Mexico. “

Tiny House Movement by Andrew Morrison

 

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

And here a brief summery of TEDx programs: “TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere — celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. TEDx events are produced independently of TED conferences, each event curates speakers on their own, but based on TED’s format and rules.”

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!