ABC's of native hawaiian plants

i just looked at Bytemarks' twitter page and thought,
"oh cool, he has Metrosideros polymorpha in the background! He must know native plants!"
but uhhhhh... it's actually a common plant known as `ohia lehua and who even cares if you know what it's called- it's a nice picture.
lol... sometimes i forget that people don't follow me around at work and stuff. 
i even laughed out loud at myself for calling it by the scientific name first!
been making too many NPH cards. ahahahhahaaaaa....
back to the bacteria.  :)
so much to study...  

In My Room: 1943

i can never get enough of shorpy.
real vintage photos, FTW. the dof on this is amazing- i bet it was taken with a hass or simillar. i know that in the 40s, the millitary issued kodak 35 and canon f1 but those were 35mm. this is a medium format so i'm thinking hasselblad.
<3 !!!!


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January 1943. Washington, D.C., war workers at home. "A radio is company for this girl in her boardinghouse room." Medium-format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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i see too many shifty things and hear too many unusual stories.
there are also too many of them wandering around with a smirk and they don't come when called.
i don't trust police.
i would rather call an EMT or maybe a fireman.


return of the polaroid!?!!?!
I support The Impossible Project:

Fwd: IOU numbers


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Becky
Date: Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 12:27 AM
Subject: IOU numbers
To: TJ, ING, Miss C.



I will send over the numbers after work today.  The HeLa cells were fed today.  If any of you are on campus, could you look at the cells.  I forgot to mention that someone had to feed the HeLa cells.  I think one flask looked ok and the other flask the cells were not too happy.


Need to look at the data to see which times were the best.


Sorry, my body says its 5:25 am instead of 12:25 am, will send the numbers later today.  Thanks again for counting the plates and checking on my transformation.



Top 10 Tricks MacGyver Would Be Proud Of [Lifehacker Top 10]


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via Lifehacker by Kevin Purdy on 8/22/09

When they draw up the Complete History of Lifehacking, Angus MacGyver will certainly merit a chapter. We pay tribute to the creative can-do secret agent this week with 10 tricks that make extraordinary use of truly common objects.

Photo by PoweredByLarios™.

Note: The following snippets are works of MacGyver fan fiction (hopefully the non-cringe-inducing variety). Any resemblance to events transpiring in the seven-year run of MacGyver, or any subsequent television specials, are coincidental, if a little inevitable.

10. Diffuse a camera flash, no gear needed

MacGyver works hard, no doubt, and likes to enjoy the days and nights off as much as he can. So when professional or consumer-grade cameras threaten to wash out party photos, he's prone to using a converted cigarette pack, reversing the lining foil to channel an SLR flash into a manageable beam. A coffee filter can also work, as can a ripped out piece of tissue or very fine piece of cloth. As a result, you'll never see a red-eyed, washed-out MacGyver flashing a thumbs up in any Flickr stream. (Original post)

9. Pack a lunch in a CD spindle

Bagels, with their central fitting holes and wheel-like shape, are an improvisational thinker's kind of sandwich bread. Rodrigo Piwonka's Flickr stream shows off a CD spindle bagel holder MacGyver would totally dig, and it might just inspire you to reuse your own Memorex/FujiFilm/Kodak spindles for culinary transport purposes. Angus would probably also note that, turned upside-down, the round plastic cylinder that caps the spindle works great for holding your salad. (Original post)

8. Make an iPhone dock out of ... anything

If MacGyver had access to an iPhone, you could totally see him leaning back at his desk between missions, syncing the tracks from Live Aid to his device while it rests on—just about anything, really. A dollar bill or business card, perhaps, or maybe a piece of cardboard. The iPhone case itself can work, as can a binder clip, or, if MacGyver had, say, 5 minutes, the plastic the iPhone was shipped in and a piece of wood molding. Really, though, we'd have to go with the paper clip stand as the true choice for the secret agent of Scottish ancestry—he always seemed to have one handy.

7. Relieve a bug bite with nail polish (or toothpaste)

Minutes after escaping certain death in the Pacific woodlands, MacGyver finds himself completely covered in itchy, concentration-breaking mosquito and chigger bites. This is bad, because it will take every ounce of effort and attention to rig together a makeshift rope bridge to get across the chasm four miles ahead. Digging deep into his seemingly infinite pockets, MacGyver has to decide—will the clear nail polish he uses to paint over rusted dents seal off the itches? Should he instead reach for the aspirin, vinegar, or toothpaste? All of them are slightly more non-obvious than reaching for the off-label use of Bengay for bug bites, but any of them need to be applied real quick, before Murdoc's henchmen break through his makeshift lock jam and catch him scratching away. Photo by 416style.

6. Dry a doused cellphone

The Phoenix Foundation's star agent successfully disarmed the bio-agents set to be released into the city's water supply, then escaped from a third-story window using makeshift suction cups. His helicopter pick-up is only a phone call away. He reaches into his pocket and—drat! That brief dive into the reservoir killed his phone! Or so we all thought, until MacGyver noticed the Indian buffet restaurant just down the road. Using all his Richard-Dean-Anderson-like charm, he talks his way into the kitchen, borrows some rice and a bowl, and waits until the gadget-killing moisture has been sucked out. Why didn't he just make the call from the restaurant phone, you ask? It's a secret number! The encryption only works on a MacGyverBerry! If the All-Night Tiger hadn't been open, Mac's next best bet would have been to find a house with some kitty litter, or locate some rubbing alcohol, neither of which is all that difficult in the world MacGyver lives in. (Original post).

5. Boost a Wi-Fi antenna with a drinking straw

There's a hacker with a laptop who can hack the violent dictatorship's mainframe, but he's been locked in a secret room that MacGyver and a fairly attractive spy can't get to. The hacker can't make a solid wireless connection for more than a few seconds. Luckily, MacGyver has located a small bit of copper wire, a drinking straw, a single wood screw, and a Crème brûlée torch to stand in as a soldering iron. General Tigerfang, your days are numbered. If you find yourself stuck in a similar, perhaps less dangerous scenario without access to, say, drinking straws and copper wire, try one of our top 10 Wi-Fi boost, tweaks, and apps to give Sergei, or your spouse, the network juice they need. (Original post)

4. Start a fire without matches

Out in the countryside, MacGyver and the son of an esteemed diplomat are tired, exhausted, and hungry after dismantling a tank and escaping a military prison with corrugated cardboard, vanilla extract, and a magnet-tipped screwdriver. They have no matches or fuel to start a fire, but they did ransack a few items from the galley kitchen on the way out. With a 9-volt battery or cellphone sparked against some steel wool, or a pop-top can and chocolate, they're well on their way to getting a little flame built. (Original posts: chocolate and Coke, cellphone battery, steel wool and 9-volt).

3. Smooth a scratched CD or DVD

Wherever MacGyver goes, he's amazed by the limitations of product marketers' minds. When you have a product that works perfectly well at filling gaps and polishing—like toothpaste, Pledge, or Brasso—why not market them to the owners of terribly scratched CDs and DVDs? But whenever he needs to get the codes to halt a missle launch from a damaged disc while in the jungle, supermarket, or monkey cage, MacGyver simply grabs a banana and some glass cleaner and gets to work. Assuming, of course, there's a downed plane with glass cleaner in the jungle, and that they'd happen to be cleaning the windows in the monkey cage. (Original banana post).

2. Bind paper without clips or staples

Not every single day at the Phoenix Foundation was spent at this or that reactor or helping unfortunate kidnapped souls. Somebody's got to expense report all those hardware store purchases, after all, but MacGyver occasionally ran out of staples and paper clips. Rather than run for the supply closet, he'd creatively fold and cut the edges, keeping up to 15 sheets of paper together with their own resistance. As a result, Amos in accounts payable always knew when a certain secret agent was expensing his latest shipments of wood glue, pipe cleaners, orange juice, tinfoil, Mountain Dew, and paper towel tubes. (Original post)

1. Fix a dent with canned air and a hair dryer

We'd love it if you shared your own totally possible, no-seriously-it-works fixes, tips, and stories in the comments. All you need is a computer and a commenter account, and neither require any impossible odds or access to an office supply store.


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i think i forgot to blog about last week saturday because i got home late and fell asleep with a half written blog on my itouch.
went to the lab, to meet becky, bright and early.
accomplished three major things:
invasion assay!!!!!!
passed my hela cells
counted hela cells

these are my hela cells.
they were alive and at 100% confluent growth after 1 week of not feeding them.
(the experiment was to see how long/well they would grow without feeding them. we were expecting them to die.)
but instead of continuing the experiment, becky showed me how to "pass" the cells. we changed medium and flasks so they will keep growing.

these are the plates i labeled for the assays.
81 of them in all! at certain points we streak out the bacteria soln at different dilutions to see how much will grow.

here's what they look like 72 hours later.
each dot is one colony (and we have to count them up).

more pictures/explainations at:

i was there for about 8 hours then le boyfriend came to save me- picked me up and we went to the beach with his cousins and friends. it was a good time, good company. i almost decided not to go, but i'm glad. no pictures, though. the best events in life are better taken in and enjoyed than seen through a glass lens. :) let's just say there was fishing, catching sand crabs and sand turtles, a camp fire, smores, badly burned pizza, swing dancing under the stars, and hearty laughter all around. i got home at... sometime after 1am, intoxicated with life but not intoxicated and promptly fell asleep.

so that was saturday.
i can't really remember what else was happening that weekend.
(it was a week ago! a long time!)

but i did go to a lolita meet up some time that week (maybe it was sunday? ok, maybe it was the week before? :/ )
and here's some pictures from that (by zarli and addison, clicking pics takes you to their galleries):

i'm going out soon.
eeking the last bit of summer out of the weekend.
can't believe school on monday! i need to study! haven't touched any mycology or parasites over the break.
(but hey, at least i'm one up on molec bio and tissue culture!)


Fwd: Horizon - Vertical View of the World

i have a horizon kompakt!  i love these vertical shots, i wouldn't have thought of doing it that way!
unfortunately the horizon has been out of commission- it's dreadfully hard to get scans or prints from the negs!

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Date: Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 1:00 AM
Subject: Horizon - Vertical View of the World
To: Miss C.

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Horizon cameras make panoramic-shooting easier, more fun, and more convenient and now they' re cheaper! Check out our Around the World Horizon galleries and send us your vertical panoramas for our latest rumble. Why not pick up a nice panoramic bundle or film deal while you're at it?

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