Seven soothing and hypnotic Slow TV experiences

Something about the slow and hypnotic journeys on train and boat make for cosy viewing. The same can be said for watching animals graze, relaxed and unaware of you peering at them. And also nature visuals and sounds. Here are some great slow TV/streaming video experiences that I really enjoy and have bookmarked to watchContinue reading “Seven soothing and hypnotic Slow TV experiences”

Comforting Thought: Hiding and hibernation are a part of the natural world

Hiding is a part of the natural world. It is in the protective quiet of the icy northern landscape. In the held bud of a future summer rose. In the snow-bound and slow pulse of a hibernating bear. We hide in our mother’s womb until we grow and ready ourselves for our first appearance inContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Hiding and hibernation are a part of the natural world”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #55

You know how sometimes you feel like the internet weighs a thousand tonnes and you have to exfoliate well in the shower to slough off all of the dirt and gross stuff? Well think of this website as your shower, me as your fellow shower-sharer and the words and visuals here as the loofah andContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #55”

Map Porn Part 2: The Most Beautiful Geological Maps on Earth

Where Art Meets Science Scientific visualisations often can look just like objects of visual art. The previous installation of this series, there were topographical surveys visualised on both our moon and Jupiter’s moon. This time, we are focusing on our own Pale Blue Dot. These maps are not only utilitarian and functional, they are worksContinue reading “Map Porn Part 2: The Most Beautiful Geological Maps on Earth”

The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

Here is another rough diamond plucked from the caverns of Content Catnip’s vault, this post from 2014 and resuscitated for your enjoyment. I still love megafauna just as much, even now. Introducing the Sky Bastard who once sparked universal terror in the hearts of my Māori ancestors. Common Name: Haast’s Eagle Scientific Name: Harpagornis moorei (DiscoveredContinue reading “The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand”

Eight Quirky Facts About The Kea: NZ’s Alpine Trickster

Kea Nestor notabilis are an endemic parrot of the South Island of New Zealand. Playful, inquisitive, bright eyed and stunningly beautiful, keas are also incredibly resourceful. Many scientists argue that they are the world’s smartest bird. Not convinced? Here are some more juicy facts to win you over. A kaleidoscope of colour The glorious coloursContinue reading “Eight Quirky Facts About The Kea: NZ’s Alpine Trickster”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #54

Haere mai and welcome to another action-packed edition of 10 Interesting Things, I hope you have packed warm and light because we’re about to mount a rescue mission for your mind, so that you can crack a smile once again. Get your crampons on your feet and get ready to bivouac with some langurs upContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #54”

Dolphins as Taniwha in New Zealand

Dolphins are mystical beings full of intelligence, compassion and consciousness. For different Māori iwi, dolphins hold sacred significance and they are known as  taniwha. They are considered tapu (sacred) and possessing a powerful mauri (lifeforce). What are Taniwha? Taniwha (pron. tan-ee-far) are mysterious creatures that dwell in the sea, rivers, lakes or in caves. TheyContinue reading “Dolphins as Taniwha in New Zealand”

Book Review: The Book of Life by Alesha Sivratha

Alesha Sivartha’s enigmatic 1898 book The Book of Life: The Spiritual and Physical Constitution of Man, combines mysticism, sociology, theosophy, art and culture into a unique philosophy. Other than the obscure and bewildering ideas in this book, the illustrations and diagrams of the human body, mind and spirit are otherworldly and amazing. Sivartha was a manContinue reading “Book Review: The Book of Life by Alesha Sivratha”

Book Review: The Signature of All Things

Genre: Historic fiction Publisher: Penguin Random House Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 *No spoilers Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her world-wide best-selling autobiography Eat Pray Love which was about her own journey of self-discovery, spirituality and travel. This girl’s own adventure was music to the ears of many young women who were already embarkingContinue reading “Book Review: The Signature of All Things”