The Bear clan must be reading these blog posts because after I mentioned how Christopher's kite ride ended in the last post, Mrs. Bear sent Little Bear to the house to deliver a photo she took of the two of them together when Little Bear gave Christopher a ride home. Here is a picture of Little Bear waiting in the front yard to give me the picture.
And here is a picture of them together. Evidence of a crash landing, I'd say!! And I didn't know until now that Christopher lost a shoe during the adventure. Tsk tsk. Oh well, I guess there was no harm done and he had a very good time!!!
Gentle Reader, once again, I've fallen way behind as far as keeping you apprised of the progress of the broadband project. (If you're just joining us, please see earlier "episodes" by clicking on "Broadband Projects" in the category list to the right.) So we have here some photos from about a month and a half ago (and the work has moved along since then!)
First off, to review the "gist" of the project (at least from Annie Laurie's perspective!) - to incorporate cell phone genes into American Chestnut trees and create green cell phone towers.
Sudha had just been to a Sons of Canute lodge meeting as a guest speaker - hence the nice clothes!! (And also this is to show Mary Sue that these girls are scientific AND "looking pretty" too!!) Annie Laurie hands her her lab coat to protect that pretty yella' dress. (Hey, anyone reading this who remembers when yours truly wore dresses, panty hose and high heels in the lab most days??!! Guess I got it out of my system back then!)
First order of business was to extract the genes from the cell phone cells (isn't it nice that they are cell phones and have cells!!??)
Annie Laurie extracted several beakers full of cell phone cells. Her next task was to separate out the genes and then prepare them for introduction into the new hosts (and Sudha and Annie Laurie are following several other pathways besides the chestnut one.) Various complicated (and secret) procedures were followed. Here you see Annie Laurie placing a beaker of cells into some sort of incubator, I think.
And here she exposes a beaker of cells to super duper ultra violet radiation (SDUVR). I include a photo using black light film that shows just how vigorously the cell culture is growing!!!!
Meanwhile, Sudha is approaching the problem with the idea of incorporating the cell phone genes into lichens that grow on the trees, instead of into the trees themselves. You may remember when last we saw Sudha and Annie Laurie, they had "hired" Christopher to go up into the trees harnessed to a kite to collect lichens for Sudha. That was not a success since Christopher got so "high" flying around in the trees that he didn't collect any lichens and ended way down the side of the mountain, almost in the next county! (Happily for him, an obliging bear gave him a ride back up the mountain.) But shortly after that, we had a very bad hail storm, one result of which was that lots and lots of twigs and branches were knocked down from the trees - so Sudha collected samples of various lichens without having to leave the ground!
There are an amazing number of different kinds of lichens here and Sudha made a very thorough study of each. In the photo on the right you can see the variety she has chosen to work with - a kind with a flattened, leaf-like thallus. She told me the Latin name for it, but I've forgotten already. Sorry.
So, for the time being, we leave our two lab mates: Sudha hard at work separating the alga cells from the fungus cells in the lichen and Annie Laurie checking her lap top for emails from fellow scientists (or is she watching the puppy cam??? http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/service-puppy-cam )
Almost too late, but not quite!!! Happy Bastille Day too!!! R. (If it isn't self evident, click on the little icon above the picture to hear Mimi's song.)
In 2005, on impulse, I bought my first resin BJD - Narsha by Dollmore. I had been curious about BJDs for a while and when I saw Narsha I fell head over heals for her - she seemed to me to be the modern embodiment of the wonderful early 20th century gofun dolls of Japan; pale, serene and somewhat other-worldly. She is a bit bigger than the rest of my ten inch gang - much the same size and proportions as Tonner's Betsy/Pru/Sandy McCall size (in fact she wears Tonner Betsy and Pollyanna clothes) but "fits" with them as a slightly older child.
As I say, it was impulse and I knew nothing about the features of the various types of resins being used. It was only later that I learned that my Narsha's French resin has a tendency to turn strongly yellow over time. For a while I thought that, with care, we had avoided this dreaded occurrence, but quite suddenly she succumbed to a bad case of jaundice. Heart breaking!
In 2009 I bought an unpainted Narsha head made out of "regular" resin, thinking I might do the face-up myself. Then not. Then waiting and waiting and waiting for a recommended face-up artist to return to doing commissions after a break to move. Then seeing the work of a new face-up artist and, in April of this year, sending young Narsha's head off on a journey to New Jersey!
And yesterday she arrived home again and I placed the head on a Customhouse Petite Ai body, put on eyelashes, put in eyes and ..... voilà!!!!!
Sam (as in Samantha) McLaughlin is the extremely talented face-up artist. Please check out her website for other work and better (close-up) pictures of Narsha (currently third from the left in her film strip; clicking on the thumbnail will take you to her Flicker site) - http://bjd.meenist.com/?page_id=7
You can see more of her work at http://www.bjdcollectasy.com/articles/spring-face-ups.html
I'm so happy to have a new, still-serene, Narsha again! And I must admit to being very proud of myself regarding the job I did putting on the eye lashes. This is the first time I've done this and having seen a lot of "Horrors!!" about the task on the 'net, I figured I'd botch it for sure - glob glue all over Sam's beautiful face-up, etc etc. But no - they went on just fine! Beginner's luck perhaps??! I gave her a spare pair of Tonner Sophie eyes (14mm) [don't worry, all my Sophie's have eyes, just one of them has a retrofitted pair of 12mm's instead of 14mm - refer to the "Seeing through new eyes" section of "New Looks".] I think the head fits well with the Petite Ai body and now she is just a little taller than the Tonners - about the same size as my articulated Sophie (who has Petite Ai arms and legs). Her facial features and 14mm eyes are just about the same proportion as many of the other ten inchers. Her cranium is a bit bigger, but most wigs will camouflage that.
Oh what fun!!!! Thanks Sam!!!! R.
I just learned from the ME blog (http://maryengelbreit.com/archives/5226) that Mary has badly broken her foot while vacationing in Maine. Boo hoo!! BIG boo hoo!!! I'm sending my best wishes for a speedy recovery and offering any extra leg or arm parts that she might want.
Get well soon Mary! R.
In the last couple of days the gang has learned some new vocabulary while I've been grappling with a poorer and poorer broadband signal. I may or may not be able to share my July moon entry with you ...... let's hope!
It's a video!! I had a lot of fun last year teaching myself the rudiments of the "movie" program that comes along with Windows. As you will see, this is a tiny little silent "movie". The players includes (from left to right) Andreas (a porcelain doll from Germany), Pepper (a Creedy BJD), Annie Laurie (Tonner head on Luts Cutie Delf body), Yoi (Secretdoll BJD), Goldie (Effner Ashton/Drake on Tonner legs) and Zandri (a modified Creedy MagneKid).
Please check out the "about us" pages to find out who's really typing these words.