Facebook   |   Share Tompkins   |   The Eutopian   |   Empowered

Things our house and land have taught us

We moved to our new place a little over a year ago now. I keep thinking of this thing Ed Begley said, something along the lines of, “A house is like a ship. You have to keep the ship running.” I heard those words back when we were living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, living in a […]

Three Special Caves

Caves are so interesting. They’re as large and beautiful as cathedrals or temples, but they’re natural. No one had to haul stone to make these huge spaces – they just grew that way. Here are images of three caves so mysterious and awe-inspiring that they’ve become religious pilgrimage sites… 1. Batu Caves, Malaysia (Photo by […]

Clearcutting and whalehunting

Now I’ve seen clearcutting for the first time. Forests so deep and rich they’re like cathedrals, the trees dripping with moss and ferns, alive with singing birds, and then – acres and acres of silent dry land and dessicated stumps. I visited a museum of Native American culture and read a lot of texts celebrating […]

The Most Astounding Fact (Neil DeGrasse Tyson)

I ♥ science! And Neil DeGrasse Tyson!

Remember Our Roots

“There are a whole lot of historical factors that have played a part in our being where we are today, and I think that to even to begin to understand our contemporary issues and contemporary problems, you have to understand a little bit about that history.” – Wilma Mankiller

Animals with other skill sets

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – Yeats “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” – Rachel Carson “I have seen the weapons of mass destruction called […]

Video: Support Wild Things Sanctuary

I just finished making this video for Wild Things Sanctuary, an amazing local nonprofit that “is dedicated to helping native wildlife through rescuing and rehabilitating debilitated and orphaned/displaced animals until they are ready for release back into the wild.” Watch the video!

Video: Grafting and Pruning at Eve’s Cidery

Ari is working on a new website for local organic orchard and cider producer Eve’s Cidery (coming soon) and I am making a series of videos that illuminate the various processes involved in bringing their products to market. Here are the first two videos: Grafting with Autumn and Celia from Shira Golding on Vimeo. Pruning […]

Local weirdness as seen on Google Maps

Right around 2200 Niemi Rd. and 1500 Warren Dr. there are some bizarre configurations of square water pools. What are they? I don’t know, but I figured I’d blog about them. Enjoy. Read on for an utterly uninformed tour of weird local things seen from the air.

Cross-Sections: Burrows, tunnels, buildings, layers of earth

Derinkuyu Underground City If you can’t tell from looking at our home page, I love cross-sections. Something about the way they reveal what is usually hidden is very intriguing and delightful. Without these graphics, some of these things would be impossible to see and understand. It’s interesting how similar the spaces made by humans and […]

  • Preview our movie!

  • Find Us on Facebook

  • We make things for you!

  • Press

    We have been featured in the NY Times, Yes! Magazine, Shareable.net, Treehugger, Forbes.com, Positive News, The Ithaca Journal, Alternet.org, The Ithacan, ABC News, more...