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N.101/ Feeling, Believing & Seeing.

N.101/ Feeling, Believing & Seeing.

Welcome to issue 101.

Hi. Sammy here.

After being sick for a week and then hiking out of town to embrace the rugged interior of Victoria, I am back on the page and ready to offer some curious and considered parts of the internet.


What sort of hotel is this?

HELLO, I’m Sammy Haywood and you’ve signed up for the Making Hay: Whilst The Sun Still Shines a weekly newsletter, which primarily features a curious, creative, and considered look at the world in internet form.

Below you’ll find an instalment of the newsletter, which contains a variety of items, some of them with a bit of additional commentary from me, and a closing note.

As always there is a one click unsubscribe at the bottom.

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More Than Just Parks

For National Park Nuts

Each ultra-HD video is only 3-4 minutes long, extended trailers for the beauty and grandeur of parks like Zion, Grand Teton, and the Badlands and forests like Black Hills, Green Mountains, and Bridger Teton.



Shazam for birds

This app will identify a bird from its song or chirp. Even if the bird is hidden, or not close, this app will usually identify the species. In the app you can play a pre-recorded bird song of that species to confirm it is correct. Merlin can also ID two bird sounds at once in the same place. It’s free for iOS and Android.


The Odor of Things

Scott Sayare | Harpers Magazine | 12th Nov 2021

We tend to experience the olfactory realm as a shapeless suffusion, forever shifting, eluding description the way fog eludes the grasp of one’s hand. Smell does not produce objects in our minds so much as auras, but these can be the most vivid of our sensory experiences. Smell is the sense most deeply entangled with memory and emotion.

This was an interesting ride into the world of smell production.



Explore the human anatomy

A hugely detailed, visual breakdown of the human body. You can keep zooming and expanding every section of the body to get the exact name, description and location of even the smallest of body parts.


The earth’s secret miracle worker is not a plant or an animal: it’s fungi

Giuliana Furci | The Guardian | 11th Nov 2021

When most people think about fungi, they tend to associate them with decay. Many people mistakenly believe fungi are plants. However, fungi are neither plants nor animals but rather organisms that form their own kingdom of life.


Most People Don’t Know How Bikes Work

Veritasium | Youtube | 29th Nov 2021

How do you steer a bike? You turn the handlebars to the left to go left, correct? Actually, you don’t: you turn the handlebars to the right to go left…at least at first. And also? Bikes don’t even need riders to remain upright…they are designed to steer themselves.


Ephemeral Compositions Use Sand and Stone to Create Hypnotic Works on Land

Grace Ebert | Colossal | 19th Nov 2021

Jon Foreman neatly arranges rocks into colorful sculptures. He also does similar sand, leaves, debris, and shells.

They are very soothing to look at longingly.

Thanks for your time, energy and presence in making it all the way to the bottom.

Spelling mistakes, glaring omissions, furious rants or grudging tips of the hat, I welcome it all.

Till next time,


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