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Inflatable sharks

June 29, 2011

From the web article

“A treasure trove of hundreds of new species may have been discovered in the Philippines, including a bizarre sea star that feeds exclusively on sunken driftwood and a deep-sea, shrimp-eating shark that swells up to scare off other predators.

Scientists braved leeches and a host of venomous creatures from the mountains to the sea to uncover more than 300 species that are likely new to science. These findings include dozens of new insects and spiders, more than 50 colorful new sea slugs and a number of deep-sea armored corals “which protect themselves against predatory nibbles from fish by growing large, spiky plates,” said researcher Terrence Gosliner, dean of science and research collections at the California Academy of Sciences and leader of the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition.

Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences and their colleagues from the University of the Philippines and the National Museum of the Philippines conducted a 42-day expedition this past spring to survey Luzon Island, the largest island in the Philippine archipelago, as well as its surrounding waters. [Image Gallery: Colorful Creatures of the Philippines]”

 

I thought it would be interesting to share

full article here: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/inflatable-shark-among-300-species-discovered-philippines-135007930.html

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The Digital Immigrant

May 21, 2010

I am of an age and from a place that when this internet thing happened I had enough in me to understand it, but also old enough not to understand it.

Where I am now, I sort of get the net. Somehow I really don’t. But really who really understands the net? How can you understand the internet when, as of March 2009, there is an estimated 1 trillion unique URLs.

It is amazing, again… 1,000,000,000,000 unique URLs.

What is even more amazing is that no one is in charge. The internet is this living, growing, moving thing that is seemingly moving on its own without anyone really standing up to the plate and is saying I am in charge.

Who is the President of the Internet? Who is the CEO of the internet?

There’s got to be someone at the steering wheel or is it like what Jeff Goldblum’s character (Dr. Ian Malcom) in Jurassic Park said “life will find a way” it always does. Is the internet finding its way on its own?

Anyway, another Jurassic Park quote…”just because we can does not mean we should” but let’s do it anyway…

Here is a the top 5 most visited websites in the world according to http://www.alexa.com :

1. http://www.google.com – Do I even need to explain what they do? USA, India, China, Germany and Brazil are the top 5 coutnries that visit google. They apparently use GMAIL a lot.

2. http://www.facebook.com – Facebook who? Just ask your mom who they are…. Again, the USA and India top the list of users of this website. The French, Italian and the Brits are the most frequent visitors

3. http://www.youtube.com – Another google franchise. The Americans again lead the way, followed by the Japanese, Indian, Germans and then the English. Yes you know who you are. I am amazed how many of you guys visit the site on a regular basis just to get your dose of watching cats on skateboards. Yes you know who you are… : )

4. http://www.yahoo.com – I actually love yahoo! This is the only site on the top 5 where the top 5 users are from Asia. 1. USA; 2. India, 3. Taiwan, 4. UK, 5. China

5. http://www.live.com – Finally from Microsoft. Again it’s the Americans, Mexicans, Brazilians, French and the English are the driving force for live.com. Great URL! Just love it I must say, I have never used Live.com before. Amazing they beat Wikipedia!

Again just because we can…

In Asia, here are the top 5:

1. http://www.baidu.com – China baby!

2. http://www.Qq.com – Sorry, can’t read the website. 100% China

3. http://www.taobao.com – another Chinese site?

4. http://www.sina.com.cn – Chinese… still

5. http://www.yandex.ru – Яндекс From Russia with love! (Russia is strictly not Asia… but hey I would like to think they are practically Asians : p )

What’s the stats on our blog!? Nothing… we got nothing… : )

Anyway…. That’s it for now!

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Channeling Creativity

November 6, 2008

There have been many things that I always wanted to do but never really knew how to do it.

I recieved a message from The Drunken Blog and I am writing this post because of him/her.  The Drunken Blogger is working his/her way up to buying a digital camera as soon as possible.  But in the meantime the Drunken Blogger mentions he/she will try to live photography through me and possibly others.

In many situations, I have many ideas, but had not the skill nor the creative mojo to bring these ideas to fruition.

So in line with that let’s try to channel creativity through each other.  

What I propose is that we post a few ideas and concepts and let each one of us here to try to interpret them in photography terms. Anyone can propose a theme.  (Please keep it as clean as possible… you know what I mean)

For now… to kick things off, I always liked the idea of connection hopefully someone can interpret this in photo terms.

Please spread the word that we are doing this little experiment.

So I am crowd sourcing my creativity. : )

For now, here are the “rules”

1. The photographer will continue to own the rights to the photographs and where possible mention who shared the idea and/or concept for the photograph.

2. Each photo should have a title.

3. The photo creations must be your original creations

You can link your creations from the comment page on my blog or email me directly.   You can also give me sugegstions on how / where we can upload photos for sharing purposes.

I especially like it when I recieve feedback on my blog.  So please leave a comment or two if you can.  Even just to say hello.

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the Generic Asian

p.s.

This is a big leap for me and a possible ego buster… given that i only have about 3,000 hits on my blog, so please help me spread the word!!!

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http://thegenericasian.blogspot.com/

June 25, 2008

I will move my blog here someday until I figure out how to use wordpress…

For now please visit my other blog at http://thegenericasian.blogspot.com/

I also have a flickr page here http://www.flickr.com/groups/749393@N25/

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the Generic Asian