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Arboretum Database is On Line!!! July 28, 2014

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When I asked the curators about the locations and inventory of plants at the SF Arboretum I was shown a prototype database.  This was maybe eight years ago. Yesterday* (one of the most beautiful days on the year here in SF) I was at the Arboretum and asked again.

Apparently the database has been on line for YEARS, linking the Family, Genus, Species and Bed number.  The search page allows you to search by Common Name (Examples: Lily, Passion Flower, Bottlebrush, or Poppy), Scientific Name (Examples: Magnolia campbellii, Quercus, Brugmansia, or Bomarea caldasii), Scientific Family Name (Examples: Asteraceae, Poaceae, Rosaceae, or Fab*), Collection, Bed Number (Examples: 5A, 11B, 29B, 42C, or 74–they provide a link to the BED MAP, which you will need), Accession Number (Examples: 1987-0580, 1984-0276, XY-0578, or 2010) and  Flowering Time.

Happy hunting.

*I should tell you that the pictures I usually would take never happened because I was so entranced I didn’t want to break the spell.  Seriously, it was so beautiful it took my breath away.  Go now and be enchanted.

Great. Now I Want an Armadillo July 22, 2014

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VkMNEGP

An Outpost of Progress July 20, 2014

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faux NASA truck

Found this little gem in Podunk, California (nowhere near Hat Creek Radio Observatory).  Not sure who the owner is, or why this homage to space exploration is here, but it surprised the heck out of me.

Almost as much as this:

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Chicken coupe?

Pacific Crest Trail Hikers July 20, 2014

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This is Gretchen and Stephen, two of several hikers we met (Viola, Mike, the ukulele player whose name I have forgotten[Ryan!! I remembered!] over the Fourth.  We gave them water and cherries and a shady place for breakfast.  Ryan gave us a short concert:

These guys were hiking for the five days of the weekend…Gretchen is halfway through hiking THE WHOLE DAMN THING.

The Rewards of Heroism July 20, 2014

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My cow-orkers (hyphenation intentional) and I put in some long hours on a project recently, and our boss gave us each a pair of socks as a thank you, salary increases being outside of her authority.

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They are fetching, I grant you, but somehow not quite the reward one might have anticipated.

Serendipity July 20, 2014

Posted by stuffilikenet in Hello Kitty, Mutants, Toys.
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I was looking for a phone charger at Fry’s and found these:

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And this:

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Fry’s seems to be a one-stop shop for my peculiar interests.

Janus Cat July 1, 2014

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Diprosopus is caused by a malfunction in development in the sonic hedgehog protein (you think I’m kidding.  That’s its real name.  Should have been called “politician protein”…but I digress).

We might save time by referring to this animal as “Photoshop Cat”…except his name is Frank and Louie.

From https://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience?fref=nf, which is not misspelled.  Sent to me by my step-daughter, who fucking loves science.