Archive for January, 2006

Eduardo Valdez he say HEY

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Friends and fans of Ed Vald may be interested in Eduardo Valdez he say HEY. Beware the Vampanda.


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

We got back from work today to find that Thelma, our female guppy, has given birth almost exactly one month after we introduced her to our tank. Everything is on hold this evening as we frantically try to track down and net the baby guppies and place them inside a segregated net compartment before they become snacks for the rest of the fish in the tank.

Guppy Fry!

They’re wily little critters and it’s hard to spot them hiding in the plants. So far we’ve put six in our creche, but one sneaky one managed to escape and is still on the loose. The average brood is somewhere between 12 and 30 fry, so quite a few are either eaten or hiding out of sight.

Update: I caught one more hiding in a plant late last night. The picture above doesn’t really show quite how hard they are to spot - each fish is about 6-7mm long and mostly transparent.

Really Though

Thursday, January 19th, 2006



or philosopher?

inherent in our very plastic neurophysiology is the point of our lives - to grow (within our lifetime) beyond what existed in history before you, to defy it and re-write it, and re-interpret it, but never to stay the same.

You can decide for yourself. Check out Mara’s new blog.


Friday, January 13th, 2006

Hookah just out of shot.

The Caterphiler and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterphiler took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.

“Who are YOU?” said the Caterphiler.

Mara’s Guymas Tale of Woe

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Oh magic 8 ball.... what do you see.... Outlook not so good. Aaaah!

Unfortunately that’s where the photo-diary stops - shortly after that last picture Sarah confiscated my camera because I couldn’t be trusted with it any more. Through my artful use of foreshadowing in the first picture you may be able to guess how the story ended.

Guymas 2006 statistics

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Well, I’m late, but it’s safe to say Guymas 2006 was a huge success. Guymas is fast becoming my favourite religious event of the year.

Here comes the science:

  • Words sung correctly in time with curry house karaoke version of happy birthday: 32%
  • Words sung correctly in tune with curry house karaoke version of happy birthday: 2%
  • Video recordings of happy birthday debacle: 1
  • People thrown out of clubs by bouncers: 1
  • Male reproductive organs doodled on foggy club window in front of said bouncer: 3
  • People witnessed crying after eating chili peppers: 3
  • Number of Phils: 1
  • Blurry or underexposed pictures taken with my new camera: 46
  • Visitors from Austria: 2

And comparing this year to last year Guymas historians will notice.

  • 300% more people
  • 100% less dungeon (boo)
  • 8000% more balloons
  • Guy’s studliness still at 100%

Check that last one for yourself.

What a stud!

Fish pictures!

Friday, January 6th, 2006

As promised yesterday, here are some pictures of my new fish. For reference, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 is not really what you need to take pictures of 3cm fish in an aquarium - I had a hell of a time getting passably blurry shots with the autofocus. Anyway - on with the show.

This is Bill. He was one of two guppies in the tank when it was presented to me on xmas morning. Bill and his compatriot Ted (not pictured) were born in Katy and Mike’s tank. His tail is most excellent. We’ve bought two female guppies, in the hope that we can breed some more of our own.


This is our small shoal of five harlequin rasboras.

The 5 harlequins

Here’s our crazy little Botia Angelicus loach, Horatio. He’s tiny at the moment, barely 4 cm long and very thin, but he’s very pretty and seems to have settled in fairly well.

Horatio! Horatio again!

I’m hoping he’ll grow fairly slowly and get on with the other fish for a while. If we’re unlucky he’ll balloon to five inches in six months and eat the rest of the fish in the tank.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Happy new year to everyone!

I had a fantastic week off between xmas and the new year. Most of my time has been spent peering into my new tropical fish tank - a present from Sarah, Ant and Sarah’s mum. Ant and Sarah spent a month setting it up and cycling the water in secret and managed to surprise me with a couple of fish on Christmas morning.

I’m now geeking out reading up on the various compatible fish to put in it. So far we’ve got four guppies, five harlequins and a tiny and somewhat inappropriate Burmese border loach. With 20/20 hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have bought the loach on impulse yesterday - though they grow slowly it could eventually get big enough to eat the harlequins and shouldn’t really be kept singly.

That’s enough aquarium nerdiness for the moment, but I will post some pictures soon.