Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Discovery: Marquetry in OC fair 2017...........

After four year gap, I visited OC fair gain, this summer...........
I was looking forwards to the marquetry collection in the museum..........
They were fabulous as expected.......








Hats off to the carvers..........

Monday, September 18, 2017

Though: My inspirations for a meaningful life........

Every morning, before anything else, I do check my gmail..
Hoping for some good news..
Good news for me means, the acceptance or even revision request for some of the dozens of communicated manuscripts..
Yeah, for us researchers, 'publications' are our best legacy.......
I don't generally get any such mails..if I get any that's about rejections and how the Editor regrets to inform that..I delete the messages... its time to move on to another journal..
To add to the agony, lots of mails inviting to submit in open access journals or conferences would have crammed the inbox...both of them are interested in extorting some money, and they annoy me..
I frantically keep removing these mails...
Then I stumble upon some emails from the past months-weeks-days, which I had not read yet..
From Chinese PhD holders who want to pursue postdoctoral studies in my lab (they assume I have a lab)..
Highly-educated Indians who live in the US, bound by the law and can't work, willing to volunteer for projects with me..
A bunch of papers from my Pakistani colleagues needs immediate attention..
Collaborative works with friends in Canada and Korea..
Researchers from Nigeria to Indonesia seeking my published papers as reference for their work..
Some Pharma labs inviting to be part of their drugs safety survey in exchange of some remuneration..
The esteemed publisher Elsevier asking to review a book proposal..
Not to mention the mails from common people...their relatives are suffering from cancer, diabetes or terminal illnesses...and they want to know if the mushroom, propolis or plant extracts I had reported as promising therapies will work??

I understand the articles have far-flung effects....they generate expectations and I have multiple responsibilities....my conscience says rise above your personal conflicts...no time to sulk, carry on with the works...and yet another loaded day unfolds..

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Flora: Plant identity, anybody?...

I have seen this plant since the past six years.......
Somehow, yet to identify..does anybody know, what name it goes by?


Will be thankful, if helped with the identity.....

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fun: Penguin statuette as the photography subject......

It is a candle holder......a gift..
I take the porcelain penguin with me sometimes......as a subject of photography.....



Friday, September 15, 2017

Passion: California poppy galore in my garden.....

I used to marvel at these tiny flowers in the canyons and meadows while hiking the chaparrals of South California....
But, a palmful of speed sprinkled on the pots did wonder in the Spring......




I would cut some of them and put in vases......They will last for several days........and I will see the petals have grown in size each day!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Passion: Lovely gladiolus blooms in my garden in Spring..........

I had pushed the onion like bulbs in the winter........the sword-like leaves emerged....
I thought that's it, they will not bloom in the pots.......
But, then they surprised me with stalks after stalks of stunning pink flowers.........

Thats an inflorescence with matching-colored Iceland poppy..........



Plant: Brugmansia or Angel's trumpets..

Brugmansia or Angel's trumpets from Solanaceae family thrive in South California..

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Observation: Wind pumps..........

Wind pumps are quintessential symbols of Wild West..
A wind pump installed in a parking lot in South California town..

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Knowledge: Chitin and chitosan from crustacean shells...

Our relation with animals is complex..........
They can harm us...but, we have circumvented that to use them for our benefits..
Threats are there..some we know, some we don't..

Like this crab shells...


They have chitin...a polysaccharide that can manipulate our immune system to make us sick...
But, human has learned to derive chitosan from it...using it for food and pharmaceuticals...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Place: Summer path to Laguna beach......

If its weekend, summer and afternoon...........the path leading to California beaches are clogged with cars heading for the beach..........


Its agonizing......the pace is sluggish.......

But when you glimpse this view, it seems worth the wait.......its one of our favorite Laguna beach.......

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fauna: June beetle......

Thats June beetle........it can be seen on the Southern magnolia blooms.....


Come summer and they show up.......

Their exoskeleton is glittery like a gem..........

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Food: Fruit juices and shakes........

Nothing can beat summer heat like fresh-squeezed fruit juice........
I made different juices with the fruits in my pantry............
Coconut water..........

Water melon juice...........

Carrot cilantro juice..........

Banana almond shake........

Mango juice.....

Apple juice.........

Pineapple juice............

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Place: Centennial Farm in Costa Mesa.......

OC fairground in Costa Mesa..
It is the Centennial Farm ....veggies, fruits and flowers were growing when we visited in summer...








Got to see butterflies, pigs, chickens, rabbits, cattle, horse, peafowls...



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