Watched
Beau Miles traverses the Cook River in Sydney, providing an insight into the health of our urban rivers. One of the problems that he highlights is the way in which waterways are replaced with concrete. As Miles mentions, there have been projects to reclaim some such waterways, such as Moonee Ponds Creek.

On a similar note, Katerine Rapin discusses efforts to reclaim rivers using oysters and grasses.

Bookmarked The Goshiwon – Human Parts by Julladonna Park (Human Parts)

The bizarre thing about living in 50 square feet of space was that it didn’t change me; rather, I became the most extreme version of myself.

So much of how we know ourselves depend on how we adjust ourselves to the outside world, and live as others live. But in the goshiwon, there was no room for anything β€” or anyone β€” but myself.

Juliadonna Park provides some insight into life lived in a goshiwon:

A typical goshiwon unit is roughly 50 square feet, almost a tenth of a North American studio apartment. Communal kitchens are usually stocked with the basic necessities of survival β€” kimchi, rice.

The legal definition of a goshiwon is this: β€œA siloed space built to accommodate a scholar, with the facilities to feed and house them.” The β€œgoshi” in the name quite literally means β€œtest” in Korean; hence the goshiwon is a place in which test-takers reside.

In some ways, this reminded me of Beau Miles’ junked video about sleeping in a pod.

Bookmarked
In response to being asked to give a lecture about adventuring, Beau Miles decided to walk the 90 km to work as a point of stimulus. By slowing down, he captures aspects of the environment that often get overlooked. This is interesting watching alongside Austin Kleon’s collection of books on walking and Will Self’s discussion of psychogeography.

α”₯ “Jason Kottke “ in Walking 56 Miles to Work ()

Bookmarked Beau Miles (YouTube)

Beau spent his childhood looking for golf balls, secretly hoping to find a body part in the swamps and marshes. He still looks in odd places for much the same thing (and feeling). Being redhead means that sunscreen, big hats and old business shirts cloak him during outdoor life. He likes baths more than showers, homemade wine and licorice. By god he likes licorice.

Beau Miles explores nature and provides a different perspective on the world around.

Beau spent his childhood looking for golf balls, secretly hoping to find a body part in the swamps and marshes. He still looks in odd places for much the same thing (and feeling). Being redhead means that sunscreen, big hats and old business shirts cloak him during outdoor life. He likes baths more than showers, homemade wine and licorice. By god he likes licorice.

Beau is what happens when you cross Bear Grylls with Bush Tucker Man.

Sian Johnson provides a good overview for his work here.