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Hyphal Fusion Network

@notplants & I have created a mycology forum to provide a friendly & inclusive space for sharing in-progress experiments & cultivation logs - species & strains under cultivation, substrate recipes, environmental conditions, harvest quantities etc. - with the idea that we can improve our craft through detailed note-taking & generous sharing.

We hope the forum will be inviting & accessible for all cultivators, regardless of skill level or expertise.

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I'm really into William Hope Hodgson's fascination with fungi.

Both "the Derelict" and "the Voice in the Night" are amazing horror short stories with weird mushroom.

They even inspired a 1963 Toho film: Matango (below). I will need to track down a copy because it looks amazing.

Now I am getting ready to tackle "The Boats of the Glen Carrig" as it promises more mushroom weirdness. We'll see if I can tackle a whole novel of Hodgson mimicking eighteenth-century prose 🤔

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Terana caerulea: a corticoid fungus commonly known as the cobalt crust fungus.

Photo credit: Martin Bemmann. Shared without modification under a CC BY 3.0 license.

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if you have ever overthought an image description i recommend this piece on "alt text as poetry"

I'm looking for some recommendations and perspectives about cameras / phones for making videos. There are so many options out there and I'm finding it a bit overwhelming.

I'd primarily be making videos about mycology, mostly "in the field" (outdoors in daylight), so there would be landscape shots and close-ups. I'd probably also do some cultivation videos (indoors with decent lighting).

Do I go with a phone, point and shoot, DSLR? My budget is small so low- and mid-range options are best.

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Installing an adblocker is the gateway drug into anti-consumerism, which is in turn the gateway drug into anti-capitalism.

Tell all your friends how to install adblockers.

In the ashes of capitalism we will emerge en masse, offering up the fruits of our artistry with love and celebration, providing sustenance for our peers and kin in the forest so that life may flourish anew.

Long live the underground! 🖤

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In the Year Following Fire, a Mushroom Bonanza

"There is at least one other place that morels are known to fruit abundantly and reliably: in the ashes of fires in the conifer forests of the western U.S."

"Native Americans in California knew about and collected burn morels. They may have even set their own fires to “plant” future crops."

"Burn morels tend strongly to cluster, so finding one is a good clue that it has buddies nearby."

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something I realized just now is that one of the best things about Merveilles.Town :merveilles: is that everyone of us can represent ourselves as artists and there's no shade thrown.

that means a lot to those of us bombarded by the volatility and hostility of other (cyber-/meat-) spaces.

so, thanks for making this place accessible to folks! :tealheart:

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A few highlights from 2020:

- participated in hyperjam
- grew a lot of oyster mushrooms
- redesigned my personal website
- created artwork for extrasolar & inktober
- established a daily qigong practice
- enjoyed many heartwarming connections with family
- learned to identify more local plant species
- cooked a lot of tasty & nutritious meals
- made progress on peachcloud
- slowed down a lot

Lots of Pompilidae (so-called spider wasps) around at the moment. They are very active hunters. I was stung by one earlier in the year and it was not an experience I'd rush to repeat.

Here's a photo I took in 2017. The wasp had already stung and immobilized the spider at this point and was dragging it through the undergrowth toward a nest.

Incredibly powerful, the little winged ones.

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“Japan to create first wooden satellites that completely burn up on re-entry to eliminate space junk”

Seeing this headline, and then thinking about traditional japanese joinery techniques ...

Propolis is seeing renewed scientific interest in light of the current pandemic.

Here's a recent open access publication which offers a comprehensive summary of the antiviral properties of propolis, possible interactions with SARS-CoV-2 and the limitations of our existing knowledge:

Propolis and its potential against SARS-CoV-2 infection mechanisms and COVID-19 disease

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Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.