When Artist and Designer Asher Jay asked me for a quote about my feelings for the sea for a new art installation she was preparing, I had no idea of the magnitude of the project, or the luminaries of ocean conservation that would also contribute.
Sylvia Earle, Captain Paul Watson, Fabien Cousteau, for example, all contributed quotes for Ashers Message In A Bottle exhibit, as did our friends Astronaut Rick Linnehan and oceanographer Eddie Widder.
(You might remember me posting in the past about Ashers fantasy nation built on islands of tragically real floating refuse, called The United Flotsam of Garbagea. I can't wait to get my Garbagea Passport. We have been working together on the Floating Living Island Project too.)
But now that her ambitious project, called SeaSpeakSphere, has had its grand opening on World Oceans Day at Green Spaces New York, and is present on the web, we can all get a chance to marvel at her work.
Great work, Asher.
When Pepita and I arrived in Nevada last week with our cargo of scientific equipment and spare parts for the Robot, I noticed our route went right by the proposed location for the new 10,000 Year Clock, as well as the home of some contenders for The Worlds Oldest Living Thing, the Bristlecone Pine.
Would I be too early in the season, and blocked by snow from communing with the Ancients?...
Partially obscured in this photo is an 80,000 year old fellow named Pando. can you see him despite the trees?
Before I had heard of Rachel Sussman and her intriguing quest to photograph the oldest living things on the planet, I had an inkling of my own to do the same.
So last week when I found myself not far from what might well be the record holder, I snatched up the opportunity to commune with such ancient wisdom., and left a few hours later better off for the excursion.
The question remains, on the grade of old-timers on the planet, is an 80,000 year old the oldest? Or just old for an Aspen Clone?...
The origins and future of human exploration are amongst my favorite subjects. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes Magazine Contributor and science journalist writing about over-the-horizon technology, wrote this exciting article comparing the amazing neolithic seafaring accomplishments of the Austronesian ( and Polynesian) navigators and the future of space flight and colonizing other worlds.
Next Stop Proxima Centauri?
My Name is Eric and My Job is Scientific Exploration.
That means I'm lucky enough to join expeditions to excavate sunken cities, climb volcanoes, find missing bombs, and Sail old research vessels, while searching for the mysteries of the natural world.