My Pal, Meili 

This little guy brightens all of my days!  Meili is turning 4 years old next month. 

He has traveled with me across the country for work the in last several years, at my side whenever possible. 


Photo taken in San Diego, 3/13/16.
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Introducing Meili

Meili the French Bulldog… he is the best.

This 3-year-old pup spends his days traveling the globe… most recently the West Coast.

What a cool dude.

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Overlooking the Valley of the Moon, on our road trip from Tucson, AZ to San Diego. This spot is somewhere in the Jacumba Mountains. Hot, hot heat and beautiful sights!
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Photo taken after landing safely in San Diego, CA after a weekend trip to former home-base in Chicago,IL. Meili had a great time seeing friends and family, but is happy to have 4 paws back on the West Coast… Time for more adventures!

Fish, from the inside out

Here’s an intriguing perspective on your fishbowl friends.

These artistic photographs give us an interesting and beautiful look at the inner structures of these aquatic animals.

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Photograph by Adam Summers.

Creator Dr. Adam Summers has made the photoset accessible to the public, placing the images on display at the Seattle Aquarium.

The exhibit, called Cleared: The Art of Science Photography, features 14 large-format photographic prints of fish specimens that were specially stained with dyes to make their skeletal tissues brightly stand out.

Each image is supplemented by poetry by Sierra Nelson.

With the help of longtime friend Ilya Brook, Summers re-shot and digitally manipulated his images through the use of Photoshop, this time with an artistic intent rather than his usual scientific approach.

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Summers, “The Fabulous Fish Guy,” who was a science consultant for the film Finding Nemo, observes that what makes these images so fetching is the almost unlimited level of detail in the aquatic bodies.

“The images allow you to look really, really, really closely but they also allow you to step back and sort of appreciate a large form. To get to that level of fractal detail is somehow viscerally appealing to people,” said Summers.

The key to creating these outstanding fish prints? It’s all in the technique. Two dyes are used to highlight the many bones in the interior of the animal: Alcian blue for the cartilaginous parts, and Alziarin red for the mineralized tissue that has become hard, like bone.

After that, the fish are lightly bleached with peroxide and an intestinal enzyme is used to dissolve flesh. The animal is then placed in glycerin, which makes them transparent.

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A little bit of work with a huge payoff- the mesmerizing and unexpected look at our underwater friends.

“It was completely suprising,” said Summers. “To take pictures that are not intentionally scientific has been great fun.”

The exhibit will run until Spring 2014 at the Seattle Aquarium.

BarkBox, Keep Your Pup Entertained

An effortless way to keep Fido’s mind and body in top shape, BarkBox is a subscription service that makes monthly deliveries of presents for your pup.

When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets.

A monthly box of goodies will arrive, specially chosen for your canine companion.
A monthly box of goodies will arrive, specially chosen for your canine companion.

At BarkBox.com, you input your dog’s size so that the toys and treats are tailored to thier liking; and then you choose a monthly plan. There are several purchase options on the site, bundles starting at $19/month.

10% from each box will go to help doggies-in-need. Shelters, rescues, training programs, low-cost spay and neuter programs, search and rescue organizations and sanctuaries all benefit from BarkBox’s donations.

BarkBox is an easy way to keep your pup entertained and feeling loved. On an average month, you will buy a few new toys and treats. This way you can ensure that you won’t forget, and even better- the toys and treats are all-natural and always unique.

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www.barkbox.com

 

Get into it: Aquaponics

Fishtanks are awesome. Not only are they nice to look at, but they also house colorful little dudes who get to exist along with you in your home zone.

Aquaponics is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals, like fish, in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.

Your aquatic pals’ excrement is broken down and used by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.

We found an easy Aquaponics startup for you to grow fresh produce right in the comfort of your own home – beans, basil, thyme, baby greens, oregano, mint, parsley, spinach and many others.

An Oakland duo called Back to the Roots manufactures the at-home Aquaponics system they’ve named AquaFarm.

This closed-loop ecosystem uses the fish waste to naturally fertilize the plants above. In turn, the plants clean the water for your pet fish.

AquaFarm is available from Back to the Roots’ website, and we’ve even spotted some in Whole Foods aisles throughout Northern CA.

The Aqua Farm is easy to use and nice to look at.
The Aqua Farm is easy to use and nice to look at.

http://www.backtotheroots.com