July 5th, 2008

Theft of laptops and kidneys

Man, I got off the phone with kehrli concerning the Clarion West laptop theft, opened up my friends list, and NINE out of THIRTEEN entries were on the same topic. I might as well add to them:

I feel really badly for the people missing their stuff. I would be heartbroken if someone stole my laptop. I've reached, as perhaps many of us have, a point where I feel my technology is an extension of myself. I don't think I would be much more upset if someone stole one of my kidneys (though waking up in a bathtub full of ice would probably be an added misery). I hope you all get your property back, and I hope a black market organ dealer catches the responsible party.

P.S. I can't help it; my dad was a cop and he made sure I knew the distinction, and I feel compelled to pass it on. From dictionary.reference.com:
rob verb, robbed, rob·bing.
–verb (used with object)
1. to take something from (someone) by unlawful force or threat of violence; steal from.
bur·glar·ize verb, -ized, -iz·ing.
–verb (used with object)
1. to break into and steal from.

Guppy Canyon photos

My 22gal tank, featuring my favorite plant in the foreground, which I don't know the name of.

I bought a clown pleco (Panaque maccus) the other day! I'm naming all the fish in Guppy Canyon after the characters from Immortal Showdown: the guppies are "the demons," when I get my killi (Aplocheilus lineatus) it will be "Upjack" (who eats demons WHAT SPOILER?), and I'm trying to decide for the pleco. I don't know what sex it is, so I can just make it up. I was thinking Burke (crotchety retired gunslinger), or Huampo (querulous blind elderly native). I think I might just name her Jii, after the giant vegetarian lake monsters.

Anyway, here she is:

She's under the bogwood, hiding like a ninja.

ETA: That thickly-bladed plant in photo #2 came from the estuary by Iron Springs Resort--I scooped a few up, thinking they might do better in pure freshwater. So far, they're growing, but not as amazingly as the carpetplant I put in the other tank. That really liked getting out of the ocean. I'll put up photos of that later.