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Biomimicry

‘Imagine trying to design spring.’

A field that I find absolutely fascinating is biomimicry. I would love to have a job where I just got to learn about really smart people coming up with ways to use biomimicry, and then I just got to go around bragging about how cool it is. Wouldn’t that be a great job?

Biomimicry is imitating, or studying and attempting to replicate nature’s solutions to problems that we also face. Effective and efficient speed. Incredibly tough yet flexible ways of moving heavy items. So, so many problems nature has already solved in a brilliant way because had they not solved those, those animals or insects would be dead.

This is a lazy post, I’m just going to point to intelligent things others have written about this field … but I also wanted to highlight the field in case you’d never heard of it. Because it is super cool!

For example, here’s a TED Talk (an old one).

Here’s the place that TED Talk person is associated with.

And here is an article citing some specific examples.

It’s super cool stuff! It is neat engineering, science, and respect of the amazing world that we get to occupy.

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Attn: Ellen (9/5/18)

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The text of the postcard is

Dear Ellen,

It’s good to know that even in nature there are obnoxious siblings.

Sincerely,
DumbFunnery.com OR
@DumbFunnery

P.S. I bet he’s saying, “hey … your ear smells.” And the sibling is thinking, ‘do I really need to be a pack animal?’

Why am I doing this?

 

Attn: Ellen (3/14/18)

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Dear Ellen,

My how daydreams change. When I was in middle school I read RoboTech and fantasy books and pictured myself in their worlds.

Now I see beautiful national parks and think of packing up the car and going camping with my family.

Both are escapes, but my how daydreams change.

Sincerely,
DumbFunnery.com OR
@DumbFunnery

Why am I doing this?

 

Attn: Ellen (3/7/18)

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Dear Ellen,

Nature, like babies, can somehow be both terrifying and beautiful at the same time.

Sincerely,
DumbFunnery.com OR @DumbFunnery

Why am I doing this?

 

Mountain Cottontail Defense

God: NEXT!
Mountain Cottontail: Hey, I’m a –
God: You’re a fast little fella! That’s what you are. Ok, what can I do for you?
Mountain Cottontail: Well, I love my fur. Thank you for that. It’s just, …
God: You’re sick of the sex jokes?
Mountain Cottontail: Nah. Those I kinda like. But, I –
God: Wish you had opposoble thumbs?
Mountain Cottontail: Huh? You mean opposable?
God: No … It’s like … It’s a joke I’m working on where a human has two opposable thumbs but they hate each other. They’re opposite! It’s … it’s gonna be good, just give it time.
IMG_20171108_072129292~2Mountain Cottontail: Can we …
God: Right. Yes. Go ahead.
Mountain Cottontail: It’s just that, I see other animals running away from predators, or fighting back, or even some animals aren’t hunted at all, and I wish I had a different defense.
God: You’ve got a great defensive instinct! I thought that was a neat trick!
Mountain Cottontail: Neat trick or a joke?
God: Um … kinda both, to be honest.
Mountain Cottontail: ‘Hey kids, today we’ll learn about how to evade a predator! You just stand there. Super still. Don’t move!’ It’s embarrassing.
God: No, see, it’s –
Mountain Cottontail: ‘But dad! Isn’t that how mom died?’
God: Oh come on, it’s –
Mountain Cottontail: ‘Yeah, and twelve of my twenty brothers. They waited till the last second, tried to run but NOPE. DEAD.’
God: (audible deep breath)
Mountain Cottontail: Can you please do something?
God: Ok. Sure. I’m going to make your poops tiny, adorable little pellets.
Mountain Cottontail: How does that –
God: Look! Ploop ploop! Look at those! Hahaha how adorable!
Mountain Cottontail: (audible sigh)
God: NEXT!

Attn: Ellen (4/12/17)

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Dear Ellen,

I wonder how many photographers have taken a magical picture like this only to get home, look at the picture, notice a giant horse penis.

Sincerely,
DumbFunnery.com OR
@DumbFunnery

Why am I doing this?

Attn: Ellen (12/14/16)

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The text of the postcard is

Dear Ellen,

With Christmas fast approaching and shopping areas turning into horrifying parking experiences wrought with feelings where you smash the palms of your hands into your eyes as though that’ll help – I’d recommend people have nature documentaries … wait no, those can be depressing … How about just pretty pictures of animals? Have those at the ready. See, isn’t life better just remembering how pretty things can be?

Sincerely,
DumbFunnery.com
Card via underatreeprints.com

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