from the sea


The mists gave way before them, ragged grey curtains parted by their prow. The Titan’s Daughter cleaved through the grey-green waters on billowing purple wings. Arya could hear the cries of seabirds overhead. There, where Denyo pointed, a line of stony ridges rose sudden from the sea, their steep slopes covered with soldier pines and black spruce. But dead ahead the sea had broken through, and there above the open water the Titan towered, with his eyes blazing and his long green hair blowing in the wind.

maedhroswhy liked for a starter!

“Nelyo?” he called softly. His cloak was ripped and stained from the journey–three years of constant traveling had taken its toll on the garment–and his weapons were still on his back. He was tired, very tired, and wanted nothing more than to go back to his own warm bed and sleep for an age, but he had to find his gwador first. “Neeeelyooooooo?”


The Big Answer to Wrangling Oil Spills Could Be in This Tiny Mesh

With nearly a quarter of America’s oil delivered by oceangoing tankers, and hundreds of offshore rigs pumping crude from below the sea floor, oil and water unfortunately do mix with unfortunate regularity.

When they do, the environmental impacts can be devastating, and the cleanup a decades long endeavor.

So it’s hard to believe that a tiny piece of stainless steel mesh sitting in a lab could be the answer to reducing the messes left behind by oil spills.

But that is just what its inventors, scientists at Ohio State University (OSU), claim to be true. They say the material traps oil, but lets water pass through, thanks to a non-toxic oil-repelling coating on its surface.

“Oil contamination is a major issue, so the goal here is to separate oil from water,” Bharat Bhushan, a professor of mechanical engineering, said in a statement. “We’re doing it on a small scale, and we believe that it can be scaled up, so that in a larger scale, this technology can be applied.”

To test the material, the researchers mixed water with oil in a beaker before pouring the mixture onto the mesh. The water filtered right through, while the oil collected on top of the mesh. Thanks to the coating, the oil rolled off the mesh and into a separate beaker.

“You could create a large fabric, with a wire mesh with this coating, and this could filter out the oil rather easily, depending on size of fabric you use, and how you mechanize it,” Bhushan said in the statement. “It should be relatively simple to do that.”

If the mesh could scale up to handle a real-world oil spill, it might be a welcome alternative to more destructive cleanup methods, such as use of the chemical Corexit, which is proving toxic to marine organisms.

It might also be cheap. Building a large mesh net could be done for less than a dollar per square foot, researcher Philip Brown estimated in the statement.

Bushan’s inspiration for the coating came from nature itself. He has been studying lotus leaves for the past 10 years. Their unique texture gives them water repellency unmatched in nature—great for a plant living in typically muddy habitats.

“We’ve studied so many natural surfaces, from leaves to butterfly wings and shark skin, to understand how nature solves certain problems,” Bhushan said in the statement. “Now we want to go beyond what nature does, in order to solve new problems.“

To help nature “repel synthetic materials like oils,”  Brown said. "We need to bring in another level of chemistry that nature doesn’t have access to.”

The research papers on the mesh and the coating were published in the February and March issues of the journal Scientific Reports.

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A young boy hand line fishes from a dock in Mandi Ubgigandub, Guna Yala, a collection of islands off the Panamanian coast—home to some 40 indigenous Guna communities that under pressure from population growth and sea level rise, have become increasingly inhospitable. A process is well underway to resettle one of the largest of these communities—Gardi Sugdub—on the mainland, but this process is anything but simple. Neighboring island communities like Mandi Ubgigandub are looking to Gardi Sugdub for a possible path to moving a community in advance of inevitable climate change-induced disaster. But what will it mean for the social systems, economic structures, and culturally identity of an autonomous indigenous island community to abandon their home for tierra firma?

Thanks to funding through the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, I’m in Guna Yala and Panama City now reporting a story for Orion Magazine about the case of resettling Gardi Sugdub. 

Image and text by Zachary Slobig on assignment in Guna Yala and Panama City, 2015.

Silhouette of a woman.

Words will start to stammer ,
For to express you is to speak of the finest stars of a galaxy unknown.

This silhouette you wear ,
This raiment of imagination ,
Of a fabric made to feel yet is only touched .
The threads so entwined yet so harmonious to untangle .

Oh mystery beneath the blinding light
Come forth , so I may set eyes on you
And bathe in your Earthen love
And feel your wilderness in the wild wind
And taste every tear that seeps from your limitless sea
And annihilate into the void that is you !

Engulf me in your fire
If ashes are the only dust we can ever be together.

please wake me up as i feel the rain approach
calm my nerves with songs of love and change
but please don’t forget me i need this connection
from the city to the sea a fire peeling back the skin of apology contraption
 i took this undoubted caption
spinning shallow thoughts like incense growing intimate with friction
taking the very heart of action with anticipated tension
and everyone i knew was there with smiling eyes that told me where my answer lies to me uncertain of this tabletop connection 

and i know it’s taking me longer
to find out what i do means to you
and i’ll stay closer than ever
please don’t forget my close attempts for you 



New photoshop video from my ‘Maiden of the Sea’ series.
Photos will be posted up over the coming days so keep an eye out!


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NOTE: Because of many people’s similar reaction to my previous post, I feel the need to clarify that this series isn’t intended to have a Hans-apologist kind of vibe. My purpose here is not to excuse his behaviour in the film or to get people to pity him. I just wanted to add a little bit of ‘depth’ where it was suggested there were stories behind his actions. I’m basically trying to figure out a possible background and progression that could explain why and how he was shaped into a villain, if we accept some villains are made rather than born. But I get some people want this character to be evil for the sake of being evil, and that is completely fine! So please don’t get too upset over these, keep in mind this is just my take on a hypothetic past, loosely based on hints from the movie and what Frozen directors have revealed so far.

Inspiration from rennydraws for the 8th panel and donc-desole for the last one.