Wednesday, 20 July 2011
I've been asking myself of late as to the motivation behind my love for 'the built environment' (more now thanks to the stress of my dissertation and the lack of time I have at the moment to properly give it my all).
I guess thinking of home (Aji Chombo Land) was one of my main reasons for becoming enamored with the topic.
Bit of a strange thing, since, and I write this in earnest, it can at times be an amazingly ugly city.
Traffic Jams left and right. People building what they want, where they want. One hundred buildings over 40 stories high...
...and not a single fire engine that can reach even the middle floors in the event of a fire.
But this is, in my optimistic eyes, the diamond in the rough.
All of the grime that covers urban planning in AC Land needs to be lifted so that the true beauty of the city (and indeed the country) may be fully appreciated.
And there is a lot to appreciate.
I love the challenges inherently present in cities.
Cities have order and chaos, euphony and cacophony. There is motion, change and evolution within them, and at the same time, there are elements that remain as constant and ever present as the sun.
Looking at a city and seeing ways to clear the clutter.
That is what I love.
It's not so much about establishing order as it is about solving problems.
Or better still:
identifying the potential for problems so that they do not happen in the first place (after all, problems only occur when we don't foresee them and stop them from materializing).
Bizarre and beautiful dance this is, urbanism.
Because it never depends on one person, either (can you imagine if dancing was limited to one person in a vast space?)
Much like in dancing, you will most likely have a partner. Much like in dancing, there will be other couples of varying degrees of experience on the dance floor with you, and rest assured, heels will be clipped and toes will be stepped on.
But it cam be immeasurably rewarding if 'the rhythm gets you'.
It is a convoluted thing, planning.
But one which I enjoy thoroughly.
In a convoluted way...
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Friday, 8 July 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
Hoy en la noche, AjiChombo land faces off against Mexico in the U-17 Football World Cup...(bizarre, I only just noticed after writing this that it was done so in Spanglish...my brain is definitely not working).
Cruzo mis dedos como todo fanatico y espero que le podamos ganar a Mexico y que continuemos nuestra experiencia en este Mundial de Futbol.
But I digress...
Aphids are having a field day with the plants and I am slightly annoyed. Thankfully they have not become an uncontrollable pest as of yet. Sticky tape and water sprays and SB plant invigorator have been called upon to do battle with the sugary green menace!
The Cashew Apples are living up to their reputation as problematic anywhere that is not 100% tropical. We had a relatively cool night a couple of days past where the temperature dropped to 8-10Celsius. One of the plants had severe burns on the leaves...grumble.
By the by, si usted es fanatico de la arquitectura, le recomiendo el siguiente libro:
The book is the work of one of the greatest Panamanian Architects of the 20th century, and a fantastic journey through over 50 years of architecture in Panama.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
It is kind of an awkward situation, working in groups. I am never particularly good at telling people off, unless I have complete control of a group, and then I am slightly (lie!) megalomaniacal (hence the reason why I shun leadership nowadays, even though some people do need to have someone giving them a good ol' kick in the head!), therefore when people are not working to my standards it does tend to frustrate, vex, irritate, and disappoint me (much like I am sure it does the same to others when I am not up to scratch).
But such is life.
Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and get the ulcer for the sake of the greater good (the greater good!). And sometimes you really should just tell people:
'Your work was below par, and I am dissappointed in this.'
But that is usually done by a supervisor...
Aaanywho, enough whingeing. On to the more amiable side of things:
The chillies are doing swimmingly. The Stromboli has pods, one of the Lemon Drops has pods, one of the Ring of Fires has pods, the Golden Cayenne has pods, and they are all flowering! I moved the fatalii again, this time to share a bit of space with the rest of the plants, so maybe the sight of all them flowers and pods will make it go 'hmmm, I bet I could produce hotter pods than all of them put together!'. See, a little bit of 'capsicum psychology' ;-P
Here's a few pics (apologies. Took them with my phone, and sent them strait to photo bucket, so not re sized):
These are the Golden Cayenne. I'm quite looking forward to these, as I only had a couple of seeds and only one germinated. Well doe little guy! :-)
The stromboli. The pods are less pointed than the one I grew two years ago, but it still grew really tall and slender before giving a cluster of flowers.
One of the windowsils. That one had (until this morning, I have since moved things around) the Goatsweed, two Ring of Fire, and Lemon Drop. The pods from the LD are really nice and big. Looking forward to those as well.
The Strawberry Guava! It is really not climbing much at all in terms of height, and after six months it still looks pretty much the runt of the litter, compared to the chillies, but it looks fantastically healthy. It may take years to reach 'shrub' status, but heck, I can wait...
SURPRISE! This is Anacardium occidentale, the cashew apple. You can probably see the remnants of the cashew nut at the base of the seedling. This is an ultra topical plant that runs away screaming at the first sign of frost, so trying to grow it in THE NORTH! might be a bit of a problem.
But hey, life is all about the challenges.
I will try to get some more detailed photos up as soon as I can (coursework permitting)