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Engineering physics student by choice, boring by nature.
I know I don’t write about my self quite often but I just wanted to say hello to all my followers. I hope you have a great week and don’t forget to put a big smile on your face even when things aren’t that great.
Long story short, century eggs are preserved eggs. They are also referred to as thousand-year eggs or millennium eggs, but are not preserved for a millennium, one thousand years, or even a century. The process actually takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and involves soaking eggs in a saline solution. Duck, quail or chicken eggs can be used. The solution usually consists of clay and salt, but can also include ash, quicklime and rice hulls. It causes the yolk of the eggs to take on a creamy, cheese-like texture, and transforms the whites into a dark-colored jelly.
They can be eaten alone, but are often served with pickled ginger root. They can also accompany congee, or rice porridge.
Century eggs have many names, including the aforementioned few. In China, they are sometimes referred to as “pine-patterned eggs.” This is due to the intricate, woodland-looking patterns that show up near the eggs’ surface.
The Thai name, khai yiao ma, translates as “horse urine eggs.” This is rooted in the misconception that the eggs are made by soaking in horse urine — a belief that is held due to their pungent odor.
According to legend, these eggs have existed for centuries, with their accidental discovery dating back to the Ming Dynasty in China. A resident of the Hunan province supposedly discovered duck eggs left in a pool or slaked lime and decided to try them.
How to keep your venus fly trap happy (and alive) - by flora-file
After my post about cutting the flower buds off when a venus fly trap flowers, I got some questions about how to care for this plant, and specifically people asked how I could possibly keep one alive for ten years. Just follow these handy dandy tips to keep your venus fly trap chomping small invertebrates for years to come.
- Sunlight - Unfortunately this plant is not a houseplant. It needs direct sun to survive, hopefully about 8 hours a day. Mine lives on my patio and gets a few hours of direct light in the morning, and then bright indirect light (which is different than shade) for the rest of the day, and it seems to do fine. Plants that don’t get enough light tend to have elongated leaves, stretched out by the plants hopeless attempt to grow toward some source of light. Happy plants have short leaves and lots of traps. They still need light to photosynthesize no matter how many flies or spiders you feed them.
- Distilled or Purified Water - These plants are very sensitive to minerals dissolved in water, especially the fluoride and chloride found in most tap water. Not even spring water is okay, as it contains trace minerals that may be detrimental to the health of the plant. Rainwater will probably work, as long as you don’t live next to a coal burning power plant or some other source of gross air pollution. This may be the most common form of venus fly trap neglect, as people that have killed their fly trap have usually not followed this important rule.
- Peat Moss or Coco Coir substrate - The venus fly trap is a bog plant that naturally grows in mucky, nitrogen deprived soil. The whole bug eating behavior arose from the need for additional nitrogen that was severely lacking in the soil. Both peat moss and coco coir have extremely low nitrogen content, making them suitable for the needs of this plant. I used coco coir when I repotted mine a couple years ago, and it worked great. Coco coir is much cheaper than peat moss, and also a better choice environmentally.
- A steady diet of…nothing! - Don’t give it fertilizers or chemicals, no Dr Shultz or Miracle Grow. And don’t feed it hamburger either, that’s just wrong. If it is healthy it will catch bugs all by itself, almost like its evolved to catch bugs or something. Keep the substrate constantly moist. I keep mine in a container that doesn’t drain and keep it in standing water constantly. Whatever happens, don’t let it dry out.
If you follow these simple steps your fly trap should grow old of the bulb and long in the tooth. I’m not saying this is the only way to take care of your fly trap, but its how I take care of mine. And after 10 years its still working. Good luck, and garden on!
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
— Isaac Newton
-Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (via wordsnquotes)
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Plate 9: Individuals with normal vision or tritanopia will see the number 56. Individuals with protanopia, deuteranopia, or achromotopsia will see no numbers.
Plate 19: Individuals with normal vision or tritanopia will see the number 5. Individuals with protanopia or deuteranopia will see the number 2. Individuals with achromotopsia will see no numbers.
Plate 34. Individuals with normal vision, tritanopia, or achromotopsia will see no numbers. Individuals with protanopia or deuteranopia will see the number 73.
From Tests for Colorblindness, Shinobu Ishihara, 1940. These plates will not be an accurate test because of fading colors and variations with monitors.
I think the best way to explain this is to compare it to the other states of matter so here is a run-down
Solids - molecules are structured rigidly and resist deformation of shape or volume.
Liquids - molecules can move passed one another, resists changes in volume.
Gas - Molecules can be separated by much space and fly around each other. Can be deformed in shape and volume.
Now, in a gas each molecule will be charge neutral. However, the molecules can interact weakly with each other through what is called van der Waals forces. These forces keep the cloud kind of together and explain some gas behaviour.
In a plasma all (or enough) of the molecules are ionised. That is, they have charge. So the molecules are going to interact in a much stronger way. Additionally, electricity can be conducted by plasma.
There’s not a huge amount of plasma on Earth. We’re talking; neon lights, lightning, electric sparks, fire. But stars are all plasma, so it’s actually the most abundant form of matter in the universe.
Not Pacman - a bursting spore of the arbuscular mycorrhiza fungus Rhizophagus irregularis - releasing oil droplets. Picture: Ruth Le Fevre