Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: a Plentiful film, a boggy sculpture garden, cell-to-newt and more!

Greetings, friends! I’ve got some excellent Quickies for you so let’s jump right in!

At the pinnacle of the heap of this planet’s urgencies is climate emergency, something you and I fret about constantly. As distressing as the topic is, I’m pleased to see that plastics and micro-plastics are in the news.

I found it deeply interesting that Jodeb (Jonathan Desbiens), the director of the nine-minute video “A Plentiful Feast,” an “ecological horror story about marine pollution” had this to say: “To get individuals to engage with a real environmental issue on an emotional level, you have to present it to them as fiction.” A Plentiful Feast is a “hauntingly tragic visualisation of a planet bereft of any bounty as a consequence of marine pollution. With a rising tide of plastics choking the oceans, fishing communities around the world continue to haul in emptier nets.”

View the video and read more about it.


An Irish Bog has been given a second life as a sculpture garden: “At Lough Boora Discovery Park, visitors can meditate on the important role of these wetlands in Ireland.” Seventeen years ago, a train “found its final resting place and is now called the “sky train” by visitors who see it as they enter Lough Boora Discovery Park’s sculpture trail. Today, opportunities to birdwatch, fish, walk, and cycle along more than 20 miles of trails dotted with dozens of sculptures brings 100,000 visitors to Lough Boora Discovery Park each year. The history of Lough Boora Discovery Park before its days of art and trails provides an interesting lens into a part of Ireland’s landscape that has deeply shaped the Irish people and way of life: bogs.”


ArsTechnica recommends their most anticipated books for the second half of 2019.

Their featured offerings include “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott; “Dr. Space Junk vs the Universe: Archeology and the Future” by Alice Gorman; “Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction” by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson among other.


Watch and be amazed by a single cell growing into a newt in minute

“Netherlands-based self-taught photographer Jan van Ijken has released a mesmerising film that documents the “miraculous genesis of animal life.”


Bonus Awesomeness:
I’ve dug Keanu Reeves forever and I know you have, too. In fact, I saw him interviewed by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show recently and he was positively delightful—thoughtful, respectful, charming, lovely, humble and a great raconteur. My message is: please do continue to love the heck out of this guy when you see this.


The Mad Quickies turtle who is our posterboy for climate emergency today was shot by Mark Fitz, a travel phоtоgrapher whо was оn Lady Elliоt Island, оn the Great Barrier Reef and you can see the full image here. Here’s the source of the story.



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  1. The book I’m anticipating the most is “The Testaments” from Margaret Atwood. 34 years is a long time way for a sequel … but really I’m grateful that we’re getting one at all.

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