A new zine by Mikael Kennedy. Published by Done To Death Projects.
As California dries up, desperate farmers and vineyard owners are turning to water witches to locate underground water sources. Using only divining rods and their intuition, popular witches can make $500 or more per site visit.
American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga by Alexis C. Madrigal
A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state
Is this drought in California going to last another 2 years, or 200? These are questions going through scientist’s heads as they study the long-term climate patterns in the Western states. Through tree ring and other earthly data, researchers have identified multiple 10-20 year droughts occurring over the last 1000 years, and even worse, “ancient megadroughts” happening from 850 to 1090 and 1140 to 1320. With the Colorado River being run dry, and Arizona in the midst of its own 14-year drought, the outlook isn’t too great for a quick return to the ‘wet’ years of last century. So what will happen if this drought continues for a decade or more? Farms will disappear, desalinization plants are likely, and most importantly, Californians will adapt. It won’t be the end of the world, but man, will it be expensive.
A picture of California’s drought from space. Taken one year apart. via, io9
By Andy Rementer and Margherita Urbani for Apartamento magazine.
For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Eric Beltz to share his favorite place to eat. Eric is an artist based in Santa Barbara, CA, whose hypnotically detailed drawings describe worlds filled with rural magic. Working in series with titles like American Visions, Back to Eden, Elementary Forces and Trance Farm, he blends history, religion, shamanism, nostalgia, origin myths, the vernacular and botany. Continue reading for his answer.
“The Oarfish is traditionally known as a messenger fish from the sea gods, and it’s tidings are usually grim. The fish can grow up to five metres in length and usually found at depths of 1, 000 ft. Long and slender with a dorsal fin that runs the length of it’s body, the fish resembles a kind of steam-rolled snake.
According to folklore, the fish will come ashore and beach itself to warn of an impending earthquake and there are scientific theories that bottom-dwelling fish may very well be susceptible to movements in seismic fault lines and act in uncharacteristic ways in advance of an earthquake”
Photographs by Julius Schulman
Southern California slang with the Surf Punks and some valley girls.