Posted by: Mark | June 30, 2016

Albino Gerbil

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Snowball, the original gerbil, has fathered dozens of babies. Most are brown like their mom but a few have been a combination of black, brown, and white. One set of children had a litter on June 21 and for the first time, there’s been an albino baby. I never really considered it but it appears albinism is a recessive trait. I’m just hoping the parents don’t eat him.

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Posted by: Mark | June 21, 2016

More and More Babies

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The bad parent gerbils had another litter. The last time their babies were almost weaned before they chewed the babies’ tails and hind legs off. Outside of Florida, humans hardly ever do that.

The picture above is of one of the babies from June 12, children of Snowball and Squirrelley, who rarely eat their children. Newborn gerbils are pretty much indistinguishable so it shouldn’t be a big deal.

Posted by: Mark | June 19, 2016


Another bad week. I’m hoping for a change of employment this week but the odds are long.

On the brighter side, here’s a low quality picture of a double rainbow from a few days ago.



Posted by: Mark | June 13, 2016

Resolution Update Update

Normally I go over all ten resolutions but I’ve done so little that it wouldn’t be worth it.

I added a few hundred words of creative writing, ran 1.1 miles, and added Philodendron, Tetra Glofish, and Sweet Potato.

I’m going to try for better this week but I don’t have great expectations.

Posted by: Mark | June 12, 2016

More Babies

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I thought the gerbils were done having babies but I was wrong. I believe there are four babies. My only hope is that some of the older ones die off so I have room for them.

Posted by: Mark | June 10, 2016

Sweet Potato

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This is either a sweet potato or yam that was lost in the back of the pantry. No idea how long it was there but it did pretty well without sunlight or soil. Still don’t know the difference between a sweet potato or yam.

Posted by: Mark | June 7, 2016

Tetra Glofish

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Glofish aren’t so much of a species as a product line. So far three species have been genetically modified and patented, sold only in the United Atates.Are they a scientific advancement or an affront against God and nature? I don’t know but have no interest in them

Glo-Oscars? I’d consider.

Posted by: Mark | June 5, 2016


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I was proud of myself for identifying this as a philodendron. Then I learned that as of September 2015, there are 489 recognized species of philodendron. Well, at least I didn’t try to say it was an oak.

Posted by: Mark | June 4, 2016

Resolution Update 23

School’s out. Things got rough:

1. Writing (Goal – 120,000 words/finish five stories):  No change – 25,427 words and four stories.

2. Publishing (Send out 110 manuscripts): seven.

3. Read Finnegan’s Wake: Finished the fifth chapter, 113 pages out of 540.

4. Read Shakespeare’s sonnets: Complete.

5. Visit five new libraries: Two–Blanchester Public Library and Green Township.

6. 5,000 Push ups/8,000 Leg lifts: 1,600 push ups; 2,535 leg lifts.

7. Running: Nothing.

8. Lose 26 pounds: ?

9. 100 photos of different species: up to 48 by adding Trashline Orbweaver Spider, San Pedro Cactus, and Crayfish.

10. Year of Mercy: No change.

Posted by: Mark | June 3, 2016


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Like “pop” vs. “soda,” I guess it depends on where you grew up to decide which is the right name.

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I can never bring myself to buy goldfish for my turtle so thought these little crustaceans would work better. Now I’m hoping they survive.

I guess I’ll get nightcrawlers next time. I never feel sorry for them.

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