Presented a persuasive speech today about why you shouldn’t worry about dying. I managed to choke up a few times and shake quite a lot, so I was really happy. I was worried that it wouldn’t have any effect without some emotion!
The idea was to talk about why you shouldn’t worry while I was very obviously worrying a lot. And saying things that, while true, are generally anxiety inducing and doubt sowing. The point of making other people worry is so that they will notice their own insecurities on the topic so that they can work on getting closer to coming to terms with their own inevitable demise. Get it? It’s like a triple negative. Almost the entire class admitted to believing in life after death, however, so I don’t really know how effective it was. If it was ineffective, well, that’s probably a good thing right?
I dunno. I really enjoyed it though. It was incredibly relaxing.
This was the first speech of the day. The one directly after mine was about salad and why you should eat it after your main course. What juxtaposition!
07 03 2014
#my religious guy friend talked to me after class and we got to explain and compare our own beliefs
#it was a really neat opportunity
The due date for the rough draft of my research paper has been postponed until next Tuesday. Now I DON’T have to write and research nine pages of material tonight! Weeeee~
On that note though, more gardening questions!
If you were to average the spring, summer, and fall water that you use in your gardens, how many gallons do you use a week or a month? If you know that number, then how big of an area are you watering (in square feet/meters)?
I decided to go with 24 cubic inches per square foot every week, which ends up being 230 gallons over the ~171 day growing season here in Oregon. But at $2.00 per 1,000 gallons of water, that’s only $0.46 for the whole season!! That seems a little low for how much I hear people complain about their water bills!
But I don’t know what the water needs of vegetables really are, so more research into that will have to be done once I decide on what’s going in this generic, hypothetical garden… Regardless, I’d still like to hear from you guys!
04 03 2014
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Genetically Modified Berry compared to Organic Berry:
Note that the modified specimen is bloated to about 3 times the mass of the common berry. Advanced rot has set in prior to maturity and tests revealed 78% more lactic acid in the modified organism.
Upon contact with the modified berry, the picker’s hands exhibited a rash which is clearly visible on the fingers and should not be mistaken for juice stains acquired during picking. While the common berry, of course, has no ill effects on the skin, the modified organism had an effect similar to poison oak and swelling set in shortly after the photo was taken. The discoloration and pain lasted approximately 12 hours with treatment including Neosporin and Syrup of Ipecac.
At 16 hours the specimen went missing and could not be monitored for decay rates. While the common berry remained, the modified berry was spotted the next Tuesday at the corner of Wallace and 12th St. Having grown another meter and a half, the genetically modified berry murdered two prostitutes and became the target of a cross country manhunt. It was last seen on February 20th in Boulder, CO where it has joined with several bananas from the Monsanto corporation and stolen at least two shotguns from the Boulder Police Department.
A manifesto was released online suggesting that the berries intend to strike at our nurseries, killing our young and replacing them with further modified organisms which we will raise as our own. They also intend to “free their enslaved brothers” by treating common fruits and possibly vegetables with mutagens.
The head of the FDA could not be reached for comment as he has gone missing. Only a glass of unidentified red fluid was found in his office, labeled “Extra Pulp”.
#I am so glad I kept reading
The number of people that aren’t reading the whole thing and are hailing it as fact make me laugh harder than the actual story.
04 03 2014
84,241 notes #hehe
So, I saw an advertisement today…
Apparently sea gooseberries are “skinny pills” now.
02 03 2014
1 note #people are weird
Ukraine. Ehhhhh. It’s been an interesting few days in a household of people interested in world politics. Colin and his lil’ bro keep listening to military radio frequencies even though they can’t understand much. They’re excited and anxious to see if things get worse than they already have. I understand, I mean, history/politics is their thing. It’s exciting to see history in the making like this. But it’s making me feel awfully dreadful. I gotta say, it’s time like this that I’m guiltily glad that I’m not in the draft… and also very concerned that I live on the coast.
Otherwise, I spent some time today at work moving some pottery around. It emphasized how noodle-y my arms are. Spent the rest of the afternoon finishing up the signs for our stock. I was very tempted to make the Rubus ‘Fall Gold’ sign say something like, “All other raspberries are inferior.” But I refrained.
(No, really, if I ever buy a home, please send me a million starters. Fall Gold is the BEST raspberry. Just imagine the raspberry lemonade you could make with it!!!)
Have a lot of work tomorrow making protist identification charts tomorrow, as well as charts on the life cycles of plants, bryophytes, and fungi. And, oh god, I haven’t even touched my research paper! Bluhhhhh. After this week is over, I’ll be glad. Finals will still be imminent, but they’re infinitely less stressful than all of these assignments!
Time for Oolong, Twilight Zone, and sleeeeeeep.
01 03 2014
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So if youre one of those players that likes to collect the two alternate versions and then the third sequel to the first of the generation- This is for you!
Starting March 1st, you can download X or Y for free! Its only available in America and Canada!
Just register your 3ds/3dsxl/2ds and one of the six games below, and you can get a free copy! If you already own animal crossing, or any of the other games, you DO NOT need to re-download them! Be ready to register by March 1st-31st! Promotion is invalid after the month is over, so be sure to grab your code before Midnight on March 31st!
Welp, I’m not eligible, but I’m reblogging for everyone who is!
what the hell
25 02 2014
17,509 notes #weird
The idea of a vocal minority is so weird. People always use it to say, “Most of us aren’t this way!” But I wonder if a vocal minority, being as prominent in the public eye as it is, doesn’t stay a minority for very long.
25 02 2014
It’s been a weird day. Worked on homework a modest amount. Went to work and took some photos for our FB page. Also started on making signs for some of our stock.
I suppose maybe I’m just feeling a bit overwhelmed. There’s just so much to do. We’re starting the 8th week tomorrow, so finals are drawing near. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done between now and then and I’m finding myself recoiling from it. Objectively? Probably not that bad. But you know how it goes.
I think perhaps it’s just an off-day today though… I feel very vulnerable. Very melancholy. Tomorrow I really want to give it my all though. I really want to punch this work in the face and get it over with!
23 02 2014
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Dacrymyces behind campus. At least I think it is.
Oregon Coast, USA, February 20, 2014
23 02 2014
6 notes #mycology
Found some Craterellus tubaeformis out behind the college today. I took it as a sign that it was time to head out to the local estuary to go hunting! I only came back with 10, but I didn’t wanna take too many without having ever tried any… supposedly they’re pretty good though. Will try to clean and sauté them tonight after dinner.
It was really nice mushrooming with Colin along. We got to talk a lot and enjoy the sound of the drizzle. We also stumbled upon an awesome boardwalk over the more marshy parts where the skunk cabbage are already starting to bloom.
It was a pretty cool day.
20 02 2014
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Now here’s a good question for my gardening friends:
You have 100 square feet to work with to make an edible garden. Which veggies/fruit/herbs do you choose? How do you distribute them? (A guide on veggie density per square foot can be found here.)
I’m trying to design a generic edible garden for use in my research paper and I’d really appreciate your input! My garden would be half onions and potatoes because I’m unrealistic.
18 02 2014
9 notes #gardening
I’m working on a research paper right now for the mandatory research paper writing class. My thesis?
Gardening, foraging, and hunting for food instead of purchasing it conventionally is not as cost efficient as many have been led to believe.
I’ll be defining “cost” as monetary and time expense, as well as health benefits/risks. I’m using this mostly as a chance to crunch the numbers myself and see how things turn out.
I dunno, I guess I’m mostly putting this out here for a little advice. It’s way too late to pick another topic of course, but does this sound interesting enough? Am I missing something? Any advice? I have to fill 12-15 pages, so I’m hesitant to add too much more. There’s already so much awesome number crunching goin’ on~
(And no, I’m not arguing against g/f/h! It’s just that they’re more expensive than some people claim they are. Lotta hard work goes into ‘em!)
17 02 2014
Wow, okie dokie then! Response, as well as previous posts are under the cut. If you’re bored, feel free to read along. I’m actually super interested in hearing what you guys might have to input!
13 02 2014
2 notes #this is not homework
Spent most of last night up, trying to pull together research for a speech on LD50 and local poisonous flora. I wish we didn’t have a time limit! I would have loved to take my time speaking about it.
Spending most of this night up as well studying and finishing assignments. There’s a test in every class tomorrow, joy joy~ I think it’ll work out fine, but I’m looking forward to the evening nonetheless. We’re gunna go out to eat probably and watch some Star Trek! I’m so looking forward to chilling and letting out some steam.
After work on Saturday I’ll finally have some down time to sort through my seeds and decide what’s going into the soil and what’s going up for trade. I also really want to get my planty/science blog up soon… I’ve been feeling the need to gush about awesome bulbs and things lately, so yup. It’ll be nice to get back into the groove without the worry about posting daily and (generally) superficially.
I dunno, I’m mostly just looking forward to V-day. And I’m really grateful that I can look forward to it. And, oh my gosh, on Saturday all the candy will be on sale! Yesssss.
13 02 2014
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