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Category Archives: Interesting Miscellania

#OccupyWalk | The 99% will march across America to promote social and economic justice on February 11th!

What a brilliant idea! Hats off to #OccupyWalk. As a long time fan of Peter & Barbara Jenkins, authors of A Walk Across America I am envious of these adventurous Occupiers. Wish I could go with them and maybe I will join them when they near the Mid-West.

All you Retweet Jammers out there, follow them #OccupyWalk. You know I will.

#OccupyWalk | The 99% will march across America to promote social and economic justice on February 11th!.

the DNA of a City

the DNA of a City. by analogmutant caught my attention this morning. The descriptions of a journey in time attached to everyday objects, long abandoned by the owner and forgotten by the rest of us, piqued the anthropologist in me. The poignant reflections of the past reminded me why I study anthropology. Worth the read for anyone who has mucked around in the backyard and discovered a mystery.

Today’s Bread and Butter

I was just walking by and . . . money shot!




















If this is not a money shot, I do not know what is. I happened by the OccupyGR homebase to see if anyone needed a shift-change; lo & behold there is today’s bread & butter!

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Occupy Fort Wayne; an outstanding example of outreach

Vreedwrites recommends the Occupy Fort Wayne website as an outstanding example of thoughtful outreach to Fort Wayne Indiana and surrounding communities. Thank you Occupy Fort Wayne for setting an outstanding example. I personally aspire to such good work.


Occupy Fort Wayne would like to state to the community of Fort Wayne and surrounding locations, that while we do stand in solidarity with the global Occupy Movement, including Occupy Oakland, despite the violent confrontations between the Occupiers and the Police forces that may have been the result…[visit them!]

Restaurant, offices planned for Fulton & Division | News – WZZM

Via Scoop.itheartside

Restaurant, offices planned for Fulton & Division | NewsWZZMThe developer is looking at bringing a restaurant on the first floor of the historic Heartside building, and office space on the second floor.
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Amtrak reports record Michigan ridership

Via Scoop.itheartside

Ridership on the Pere Marquette line from Chicago to Grand Rapids was up nearly 10 percent from the last fiscal year.
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Expanding content, really

The aquatic part of this blog migrated two-ish years ago to: http://aquagillie.blogger.com searchable as “aquagillie.”  However, this site continues to get much more feedback than the new site. It is time to broaden the horizons of this blog.

The contents may still include summarized blurbs about the info posted on Aquagillie.  In addition there will be content from the local news I curate on Scoop.it and some content from other feeds.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tank Cycling Follow Up

We posted a link to an interesting article from the National Science Foundation regarding the behavior of bacteria on our main site; aquagillie.blogspot.com.  We thought our readers here might like the link as well:  National Science Foundation June 30, 2010.

Follow-Up to DIY CO2 & Bed Bugs

For those who are skeptical about DIYCO2 rigs attracting bed bugs, we have a little vid backing our claim in the form of a Bed Bug Detector.  This product is designed to attract bed bugs in apartments, houses or rooms suspected of being infested.

Read the rest here . . .

CO2 use in Aquariums and Bed Bugs

Usually we just post an excerpt from our main blog: aquagillie.blogspot.com because this blog gets much more traffic than our main Google/Blogspot based blog.  Yeah, we do not get it either.

Anyway, because an infestation of bed bugs is a pretty serious deal in terms of expense to get rid of them, preparation to have them exterminated and potential health problems including serious allergic reaction to the bites; we reprinted the whole blog post.

We consider this our public service announcement to those who are considering or are already using CO2 to enhance plant growth.

We promised We would document our tank experiences honestly; the good, the bad and now the very ugly.

Standard disclaimer:  we are not scientists, we do not pretend to be.  We are keen observers of cause and effect, enabling us to draw conclusions.  Our conclusions herewith were confirmed by the professional bug-guys.

By now most everyone who listens to a radio or watches TV is aware that there is a rise in bed bug infestations in the States.  Hotels in New York city were the first to be reported upon a few years ago and now apartment buildings and single family homes in both urban and suburban areas have been infested.  The major reason cited for the rise in bed bug infestations is the discontinuation of the use of DDT, for sound reasons.  However, bed bug infestations are one of the unplanned for consequences.

So, you might be wondering what that has to do with the aquarium hobby.
Plenty if you are injecting CO2; both the DIY and the cylinder versions.

We had found a long-lasting combination recipe using a two 2L bottle rig.  We had found a way to eliminate leaks in the form of our brine-shrimp hatchery caps.  We were getting great CO2 distribution for a solid three weeks before having to replace a  bottle solution.  Life was good, plants were pearling even under reduced lighting, fish were not distressed.  The couch was moved right next to the fish-rack to allow an up close and personal view of all the hard work, weeks of research and buckets of ducats spent.

Then the bite marks started showing up.

It seems our apartment building has had an infestation for some while.  Somehow our apartment was never an attractive place for the voracious little beasties to investigate, until we began juicing our aquariums with DIY CO2.

The first thing the bug-guys said was; “Move the couch away from your tanks.”  The second thing they could have said, was not necessary.  Now we go completely low-tech.
All broad-leaf and moderate to low light plants.
NO CO2 of any kind.

Next we get to have a clear-out in preparation for the bug-guys.
Every exposed shelving unit must be cleared, except for the one where the tanks actually sit.  The closet shelf must be cleared, the clothes must be washed in 180F water and sealed in plastic bins.  All the furniture must be moved away from the walls.  Everything that can be put in storage, must be put in storage, sealed.  You can be sure I will be throwing a lot of stuff out just to avoid having to deal with it.  All the fabric I have collected for rag rugs will go, the yarn is in plastic bags.  It will be sealed in more bins with diatomaceous earth on the bottom of the bins.  All the bedding has already been thrown out and the bed removed despite the fact that neither showed any signs of being infested.  Sleeping on the couch is a habit that I am glad I did not break.  I have super easy to clean modular furniture which sits 18″ off the floor and has no skirting for the beasties to climb up.

The bug-guys have to come out and treat the apartment three times before it will be reasonable to presume the beasties are d.e.a.d.  So pretty much the whole summer the apartment will be empty, my loom will not be warped for use and I will be living in my work out clothes, sleeping with my pants tucked into socks and hands wrapped to prevent them from getting to my arms.  I am taking antihistamines one to three times per day to keep the itching tolerable enough not to scratch and cause secondary bacterial infection.  And yes, they itch like crazy.

Bed bug infestation is not due to poor housekeeping.
It is due to one thing; bed bugs are attracted to CO2 – carbon dioxide, and they eat one thing – blood.
They hide in the walls, carpets, cloth furniture, wall sockets, heating and cooling duct work, cracks, crevices and crannies.  You almost never see them because they are nocturnal.

Some people have used diatomaceous earth as a dusting everywhere on the floors to kill the bugs; however inhaling diatomaceous earth is as bad for your lungs as it is for the bugs.  So you have been warned.

Reference Links:
BrickUnderground.com NYC Landlords may have to disclose bed bug infestations to potential renters going back five years.

Harvard School of Public Health “Repeated exposures to bed bug bites during a period of several weeks or more causes people to become sensitized to the saliva of these bugs; additional bites may then result in mild to intense allergic responses.”  However, bed bugs are not known to carry any diseases like mosquitoes do.

Treating the bites: http://www.bedbugsguide.com/bed-bug-bites.htm

And yes, there are forums and message boards:



Please consider the expense of new mattresses, bedding, bed-bug proof mattress bags, exterminators, clothing, shoes, antihistamines . . .

and sanity.  Proceed with caution.

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