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Neutrality 2015

(what follows is an email I just sent to my tenants. In theory I should send this every year; in practice I forget to email most years, but at least I typically remember to buy the offsets.) Hello! This is … Continue reading

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Ghost

Some days you just want to sit on a beach and shoot video of ghost crabs. For roughly my whole life I’ve wondered why white-sand beaches only have white crabs and black-sand beaches only have black crabs. I figured that … Continue reading

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El Yunque

At the tail-end of a series of meetings in Puerto Rico, my work department took a tour of El Yunque National Forest. I was extremely excited to find the shrimp along the edge of our swimming hole and spent a … Continue reading

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Lysmata, 30 days

A month later all 7 little Lysmata shrimp are doing fine. Three of them had a netbox to themselves, and two of them were paired up. I didn’t have any trouble with cannibalism, and the shrimp grow slowly but visibly. … Continue reading

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Lysmata wurdemanni

After several failed attempts, I’ve just now succeeded in raising my first peppermint shrimp from egg to post-larva. I took a bunch of photos and videos, and they’re all terrible. This species has a reputation for being fairly easy to … Continue reading

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Ladybirds

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Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo

Up close, everything about elephant seals is hideous. They’re smelly, noisy, shapeless and angry, and they can barely wait to abandon their young. They are also terrifyingly gigantic! I’m really glad I got to see them, but after the graphic … Continue reading

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Saigon Aquarium, Livebearers, Discus, misc. (5/5)

How many guppies do they raise here? This many: There were nearly as many ponds devoted to other livebearers: platys, swordtails, mollys. In the case of the swordtails a single giant pond was subdivided with hanging nets. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Saigon Aquarium, Tetras (4/5)

After a short bus trip down a very bumpy road (and past some cows, buffalo, and cornfields) we arrived at the main farm. The main farm is enormous (10 hectares, 24 acres) and runs alongside a canal that provides a … Continue reading

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