Signal-boosting much appreciated!
Do jellyfish dream of gelatinous sheep?
Ephrat Livni @ Quartz: Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses
Gloomy octopus males seem to spend a great deal of time chasing each other out of dens.
Ed Yong @ the Atlantic: Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes
It’s impossible to say if their prolific use of RNA editing is responsible for their alien intellect, but “that would definitely be my guess”
Greta Keenan @ New Scientist: Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds
Nocturnal predatory fish use calls to stay together to hunt, while fish that are active during the day use sound to defend their territory.
Armed with this notion, I headed in to work. After some further failures with the potato (I didn't happen to have radishes sitting around at work), I decided to try cutting thin slices without any extra support, but working under the dissecting scope instead.
And, success. The scope made it much easier to position the razor blade at just the right spot to get multiple beautiful sections. I know it worked well because I was then able to compare growth rings for Day 0 adult crickets (hint: zero growth rings) versus Day 6 adults. Here's a photo of the Day 6 adult:
I also did a bit more reading about methods for preserving stuff on microscope slides. Apparently I'm not the only one who has wondered about this. Our lab storeroom had little bottles of clear nail polish for sale next to the various flavors of slides and coverslips, so I figured I'd give that a try at first.
As of today, it looks like it works well! This is really good because it means I can work in batches and don't have to do each cricket one at a time. So now the rest will be fairly routine: prepare and count rings for crickets of known adult ages to make a calibration curve, then prepare and count rings from the field crickets.
I'm really enjoying the chance to play with the compound microscope we're borrowing from another lab.
A Gala Performance (They're Playing Our Song Remix) (1577 words) by Gramarye
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri & Victor Nikiforov & Yuri Plisetsky, Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Katsuki Yuuri, Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky
Additional Tags: Operas, Post-Canon, Invisible fandom, Remix Revival
It's pure coincidence that the Mariinsky's current opera season happens to include Enrico Bruni's La Forza dell'Amore, with its well-known aria Stammi Vicino. It's anything but coincidence that Viktor Nikiforov has bought out an entire box for its opening night performance.
Protein Peanut Butter Dipper with Pretzel Sticks: The name of this pretty much says it all. It has 130 calories and 5 grams of protein. It’s not very exciting, but it is a good snack for times when you need something that feels reasonably substantial.
Twist of Black Pepper Popping Corn: This is 130 calories worth of microwave popcorn with a little bit of black pepper. You wouldn’t think that is revelatory, but it really is ever so much tastier than ordinary popcorn. The serving size is perfect, too. So good.
Baobab and Raspberry Clusters: This is a mix of baobab and raspberry coconut chips, dried apple pieces, and pumpkin seeds. It has 130 calories. I like the moderate level of sweetness and the mix of textures. Interesting and tasty.
Thai Tom Yum: This is a soup paste, that you reconstitute with hot water. In addition to paste, the soup also has zucchini slices, red pepper, and rice noodles. It has 50 calories. It Is a bit high in sodium (810 mg) but still not as high as most soups. Overall, it’s nicely spicy and a reasonable light lunch.
Jelly Doughnut: This is a mix of vanilla cookie drops, raspberry fruit strings, and almond slivers. It has 120 calories. I think it’s one of the more convincing deconstructed dessert items Graze offers. That is, it really tastes a lot like a jelly doughnut. Delicious.
Veggie Protein Power (new): This is a mix of edamame beans, spicy chickpeas, and black pepper cashews. It has 130 calories and 7 grams of protein. I was surprised by how much I liked this. It has lots of both spicy flavor and crunchy texture, so perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised. An excellent savory snack.
Summer Berry Flapjack: This is a typical Graze flapjack, i.e. a soft oat granola bar. In this case, it has dried cranberries, some of which are infused with strawberry and raspberry flavors. It has 240 calories. That would be a downside, but this is filling enough to be a meal substitute. And, really, Graze’s flapjacks are awesome. This isn’t my favorite of them, but it is still quite nice.
Lemon Almond Cookies and Tea (new): This consists of two cookies and a bag of black tea. It has 110 calories. The tea is just ordinary black tea. The cookies are fairly tasty, though they could be more zippy. They were good, mind you, just milder than I would have preferred.
We went on an adventure through Blackwood River National Park
never actually seeing the river.
Stopped by the farm properly we always admire on Caves Rd,
because it's just somehow very beautiful to us.
There was a tiny welcome swallow
about the size of my little finger,
where we were staying.
So there's photos of him too.
Prevelly - we went here between storms, and ate sushi, while watching the very choppy surf. We watched two women with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels go to take the spaniels for a walk on the green, and the spaniels quickly looked very unimpressed to be in such a windy, salty, spray-filled place.
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and White-Bellied Sea Eagles.
Pretty sure the White-Bellied Sea Eagle is a juvenile,
that's nearly got all it's adult feathers.
The White Goshawk is the white morph of the Grey Goshawk.
It is not an albino.
It is the only regularly naturally occurring entirely white bird of prey in the world.
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===We are still in the season of spiders, but the drunken and upset Yellowjackets, Hornets, and groundbees are making themselves rather known. They still hunt and support the hives, but are very surly about it. They know the fermenting fruits and (if urbanish)trashcans are a sign that the land is not theirs for much longer.
===I do occasionally consider the ripples in the human world...the White Faced Hornets are rather surly as of late. European Hornets have been making a lot of noise outside around lights at night. (my beehives are sadly depleted...I have some reason to believe that the hornet harassment may have made them abscond. The hornets are nested in a tree by the church up the way.)
===Autumnal tides are here. Shifting towards a grounding into hearth rythms and resources.
"For both men and women the first step in getting power is to become visible to others, and then to put on an impressive show ... As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as WOMEN see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we'll all be better off for it." -- Sandra Day O'Connor (b. 1930-03-26; US Supreme Court Justice 1981-09-25 to 2006-01-31)
Dinky Hurricane Lee not a threat to land
Dear Dr Jeff Masters, should you really taunt a storm like that? Especially if it's come back from being dismissed as "done"?
Also, Tropical Storm Pilar? Where did N go? (Ah, whew, that's an East Pacific storm.)
And Jose, still?? "After 70 advisories, enough is enough," said the NWS on Friday. Indeed.
I've no idea what i was surprised about yesterday.
It looks like autumn. I went out for maybe 15 minutes. It's not hot, but i am dripping wet. Ah, i've calibrated. Apparently it is, "85°, Feels like 86°" outside. I was mowing with the reel mower, so that's some exertion.
I called my Grandmámá this morning, after examining some of my "oughts" in therapy this past Wednesday. I ought to call her, i tell myself, because i want her to know i care about her. But 9 am -- which is apparently the good time to call her -- comes and goes with my attention on other things. Just before Hurricane Irma, i decided Sunday mornings would be good. It's not a work day, but since i'm headed off to Meeting it's not as fluid and Christine-focussed as Saturdays.
So i called, and it *is* a good time to talk to her, because we actually talked for almost a half hour. She shared stories she's shared before, but new ones too.
I was talking with "oughts" with my therapist because I want to thrive. My therapist asked, have i ever ... thriven?
(thrives, thriving; past throve |THrōv| or thrived; past participle thriven |ˈTHrivən| or thrived) from Old Norse thrífask, reflexive of thrífa ‘grasp, get hold of.’
We talked a little about college, when "adulting" was novel and i was successful at it. Now i reflect on bad habits that could be graduating from college, i ache when i see Christine trampled by elephants again.  ... and since i am committing to examining my thoughts for distorted thinking -- even if i have procrastination habits that are decades old, i have also gone through periods of success and vibrant creativity. It will happen again.
Leaving my therapist, i thought about Laughingrat and her frustrations with cognitive therapy. There is a frame where "I'm thinking wrong" is just one more thing wrong with yourself, and it's so easy to stand in that relationship with the distorted thinking practice. I don't think i could successfully do this work if it wasn't for some of the far more somatic work i did some years back. I'm learned then how to have compassion for myself in a way that's hard to describe. In a way, i think Noelle coached me in a mindfulness practice that never mentioned the mind and focused on my body. This practice with disordered thinking will, i hope, be another mindfulness practice, this time focusing on my mind.
 For new readers, to give my spouse Christine some privacy and to yet talk about my experience of her experience, i refer to what's going on with her as "elephants," as in "the elephant in the room."
Down the Garden Path (and what Alice found there) (4517 words) by El Staplador
Fandom: Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
Additional Tags: Dreams and Nightmares, Dreams vs. Reality, Non-Linear Narrative, Board Games, Pastiche, Poetry, journeys, Nursery Rhymes, Werewolves
Alice throws a six, and finds herself on the square of the hypotenuse. But she's been here before, and she'll be here again, and perhaps she's already here...
- which I feel is rather obviously mine, though not in a fandom I'd previously attempted.
(Why do I not have an Alice icon?)