Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday 26

Hooray! It's done! Please leave comments and let me know what you think!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday 24

There have been a few highly exciting things going on. The largest of these is my trip to Alaska next week. I'm leaving next Wednesday and will be gone until the 9th. I'm meeting my dad in Anchorage, where we'll sight see and take a side trip to another nearby city/town. Then we'll take a bus to Denali for about four days, and come back to Anchorage for some other things. I'm not entirely sure of the itinerary, but I'll have plenty to say once I've done it. I'm very excited for some tundra botany and wildlife. Many pictures will be taken.

The next big exciting thing that's happening is, following my return, I plan to acquire a corn snake hatchling of the snow color morph. Such as this one.
I already have a name for it--Bellis. Bellis is the genus of a common North American weed, the English daisy.

I have a penchant for things that are common and under-appreciated, but amazingly beautiful or interesting. Crows, snakes, weeds, frogs, rocks, or a sick little oilslick all fall into that category. Bellis' tank is already prepared for him/her, minus some substrate and a lid...the furnishings are all there. I need something to put the enclosure on top of still. And I need to move Slippy from his huge difficult terrarium to his new glass terrarium, and toss the old one. That needs to be done before Alaska.

Final exciting thing for today--I'm nearly finished with a video tutorial for a tshirt reconstruction that I'm entering in Threadbanger's contest. I want that book.

The look is inspired by Anna, from the fashion show. The collared halter and the pleated front panel are elements that she used to great effect. The shirt comes from an icee shop in the neighborhood where I grew up. I visited recently, and it was quite a trip. So many things were different, but so much was the same. The name changed, for one, from Doe Fang, to Uncle Clay's--A Taste of Pure Aloha. If you're ever on the island of Oahu, stop by the Aina Haina shopping center. My favorite (I don't remember it's new name) was originally "Broke da mout", with li hing mui, li hing powder, and kaki mochi on top. Killer.

When I get back from Alaska, I'll have tons of news, pictures, and lots to share about various projects I've done this summer (since I haven't been updating as they come). Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wednesday 15

Today I'm reviewing a fabulous shop from one of Threadbanger Guild's founders, the beautiful and talented Biohazard. Her shop is filled with killer accessories, including necklaces, bracelets, and purses. A personal favorite is her Lady Fingers necklace, made from high quality air-dry clay and painted jazzy with white splashes. Sophisticated enough for a formal outing, but fresh enough for a night of dancing, this piece (and the rest of the shop) deserve Your attention. For more of the wonderful works of TBguild members, check out, or for general information about the guild.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Monday 06

Today went well. At work I ran the products of last Thursday's PCR, and finally, after six or seven tries, I can distinguish the markers from one of my Chlamy strains. All that needs to be done now is figuring out how to coax the markers of the other strain into showing up. PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, is a technique that I'll be using a whole lot this summer. The reaction amplifies key regions from bits of the genome, called markers, that differ between Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and the field strain S1D1. The result is a collection of DNA segments that are exact copies of the markers. The DNA segments can be loaded into this contraption that separates pieces of DNA based on size, such as the differently sized markers from C. reinhardtii and S1D1. Later on, I'll be using this process to distinguish the inheritance pattern of chromosones from mutant C. reinhardtii that are mated with S1D1. By analyzing how the different markers sort after crossing the two strains, it will be possible to find out which chromosome the mutant gene is on.

The rest of my day at work went smoothly, though I have doubts as to whether my DNA extraction was successful. Previously, in extracting DNA, the solution progressively lost its color, and yielded a white clump of DNA at the end. Today the solution stayed a kind of murky brown-olive color...and the clump I got at the end was black. So I'm not too sure I'll be using that DNA later on...

I got home at about 6 and was met by an incredible surprise! Here is part 2 of I have amazing friends. In the mail I got a decently sized box from my first swap buddy ever, Tany! This is from our first planned swap, originally for Valentine's day, but we were both very late for that. Tany has gorgeous handwriting, and she packaged everything so beautifully.

First off is this little pillow to hang on my doorknob, though I put it on my lamp for now. It features a gorgeous golden green quilted fabric with tons of matching buttons, which are a common theme between everything Tany made.

This is a beautiful crochet hook roll that Tany made with pretty floral fabric. I really love it and have already loaded it with my hooks, cable needles, and double pointed needles.

Here's the grand centerpiece: a big beautiful tote bag featuring a giant peony and more of those awesome buttons. Tany called it a yarn bag, but I think I'll carry it with me as a purse. It's too pretty to keep at home.

Me enjoying some Valentine's day chocolate. Definitely still good!

Some botanical news?

Here's a tiny handful of tiny strawberries yielded by my apartment front garden, collectively named Shelly.

Here's my new terrarium! 40 gallons tall. I'm very happy with it. I just need to autoclave some more soil, finish landscaping, and buy a lid and a light, and it will be ready for Slippy to call it home.

Here's my moss garden now--the moss is dead, but it's been taken over by a beautiful wildflower.

The end for today, and if you read this Tany, thank you so much for everything!! It's all so incredible, I feel so honored to possess your creations!