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New Science, Space and Nature Documentaries

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, with a round-up of the best  documentaries we’ve seen this week, and that are available on the BBCiplayer to whoever can access it.

 Forming, Diving, Mixing, Copying

  • Seven Ages of Starlight provided a good overview of stars from start to finish, with the best explanation of how hydrogen forms into helium to power stars like our sun we’ve seen. It’s available until this Saturday night.
  • Space Dive told the story of the work that went into Felix Baumgartner’s amazing freefall dive over two years, and lots of coverage of the historic day that showed it was not as straightforward as it looked. It’s available until November 14th.
  • Dara O’ Briain’s Science Club has a wonderful greenygrey collage to advertise it (see above), and an interesting study into how much Neanderthal DNA humans have, with the average about 3-4%. So humans are not so different to us werewolves. Maybe we’ll call you humanderthals from now on! It’s available until November 16th.
  • Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature had lots of nice images and some interesting information about how we’ve copied what animals do naturally. We most liked it because it had a long feature about G-force. It showed the effects of G-9, which looked pretty powerful. It’s available until November 26th.

Although we enjoy working at the Greenygrey, we think 2-G is enough thanks!

Mechanic Balloon
Mechanic Balloon (Photo credit: Blazej Mrozinski)
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Native American to Wolf: TV Documentaries Map Marc

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, back again due to public demand. Hope I don’t outstay my welcome today. Actually, we were going to have a shorter blog today, but just noticed that a couple of fantastic television documentaries run out on the BBC today and Sunday, so we thought we’d better blog them now.

East Africa Travel and Tourism 

They follow on from yesterday’s blog anyway, both in topic and relatedness to the life of Marc Latham and the Greenygrey world. First of all, Marc would like to say that if you did watch Ross Kemp‘s Extreme World documentary you shouldn’t let it put you off visiting East Africa. You are unlikely to be affected by the activity shown in the blog, and the region is full of nice people and natural beauty.

There are of course hazards in the region, but there are in most parts of the world, including the ‘West’.

Rich Hall‘s Inventing the Indian

And ‘Westerners’ do bad things too, as shown in Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian, which is available on the BBC until Sunday. During the documentary, Hall showed how the ‘Indian’ image was created in twentieth-century Western films after the nineteenth-century wars, and how the real Native Americans are very different.

Ceremony (The Cult album)
Ceremony (The Cult album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It also showed how Native Americans are protective of their real image and culture. Marc Latham had a real experience of this when he showed his ‘Native American’ tattoo to a ‘Native American’, thinking it would impress, but was met with the opinion that it was inappropriate for a non-Native American to have such a tattoo. Marc wasn’t too shocked at this, because The Cult had been sued a few years before for using a Native American image on their Ceremony album cover.

That experience was one of the catalysts for sending Marc in search of his real identity, culminating in him finding himself as a ‘Native Briton’. The pre-Roman Britons had a very similar life to pre-European Native Americans anyway; sharing an interest in art, pagan reverence for nature, honourable warfare between tribes and innovative farming techniques.

Wolves in Natural World

Marc didn’t become completely whole though, because he joined us in the Greenygrey world! Being a vegetarian wolf advocate, Marc had mixed feelings watching Natural World: A Wolf Called Storm, which runs out on the BBCiplayer at 9pm tonight (Friday) GMT.

Storm's First Day Outside
Storm’s First Day Outside (Photo credit: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Wolves)

The programme was mostly made up of wolf hunts, which were sometimes harrowing. Marc would prefer more of the nicer points of wolf life, such as fun and caring within the pack, and there were some of those too.

Probably the most amazing part of the documentary was when Storm ran past all the buffalo herd they were hunting, having seemed to ‘sense’ a sick old buffalo that seemed to be hidden within some trees.

The pack followed Storm, and the old buffalo laid down and died overnight, providing the pack with an easy meal. If only nature and meat production was always like that!

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Chaos and Order Within the Poetry Universe

This ‘poem’ derives from the Secret Life of Chaos documentary that was recently on the BBC.

I thought the documentary describing recurring patterns and nature reporting back to itself fitted quite nicely with the Folding Mirror theme, so I created this ‘poem’.

The programme showed how a process known as self-similarity means that nature replicates itself in ever smaller identical patterns known as fractals. Some examples of this are body organs, tree branches, or river systems.

The documentary also talked about how chaos means that even simple mathematical equations describing natural events that should work perfectly are never foolproof, and it is this ‘chaos’ that creates change over time. Humanity is thought to have been evolving for over 3 billion years.

In line with the idea of order being thrown into chaos and change happening as a consequence, the second ‘half’ of the whole poem, below the middle line, has been changed slightly to the top half. Can you spot the change?

The Poem

The Secret Life of Chaos

self-similarity replicates at every size level it wants
fractal property the same on all scales
body organs and rivers to the universe
patterns spreading out in repetition
complex systems rely on simple mathematical equations
in the loop of nature life reports back to itself from its environment
in the loop of nature life reports back to itself from its environment
complex systems rely on simple mathematical equations
patterns spreading out in repetition
body organs and rivers to the universe
fractal property the same on all scales
self-similarity replicates at every size level it wants

evolutionary tweeks gradually mutate life and form

self-similarity replicates at every size level
fractal property the same on all scales
body organs and rivers to the universe
patterns spreading out in repetition
complex systems rely on simple mathematical equations
in the loop of nature life reports back to itself from its environment
in the loop of nature life reports back to itself from its environment
complex systems rely on simple mathematical equations
patterns spreading out in repetition
body organs and rivers to the universe
fractal property the same on all scales
self-similarity replicates at every size level


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