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"Mother, Mother Ocean, I Have Heard Your Call...."

The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

"Mother, Mother Ocean, I Have Heard Your Call...."

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Bobby and I decided a few weeks ago that we wanted to keep our SCUBA journals on LiveJournal so that other SCUBA-type people could easily read them. As our ideas tend to do, the initial innocent concept burgeoned to include our underwater photography, then our terrestrial photography, then the accounts of our hikes, then blogging about environment-related news items....

So we formed the community the_nautilus. As of today, the_nautilus is in business. Bobby started his first chemistry class tonight, so we will be using the community as a diary, a travel log, a dive journal, and a soapbox to rant about (and hopefully enlighten ourselves and others) about environment-related topics.

And we would like to invite anyone who shares our interest in nature to join our community!

Posting access is limited to us as the founders, but we hope that others will join us in conversation and that we can all learn a bit from each other.

The posts that I routinely make about our hikes and excursions will now be posted there. On occasion, when I think that there is something of general interest (like the butterfly pictures), I may post it here too, but the really down-'n'-dirty geeky stuff is mostly going to go there. Once we start SCUBA training, our dive journals will go there too, as will studenty rants that we will need once our schooling is really underway. (I.e., once we start organic chemisty....)

So if this sounds interesting to you, please check us out.

And that ends my pimp-post. I will now attempt to post our entire Ocean City adventure and pictures before bedtime. Ai....
  • So how long do you think it took me to join after seeing this post (especially after seeing the word "photography" in there)? ;)
    • Lol! I didn't expect many people on my flist to join this community, though I had a strong suspicious that you would.... ;)

      Speaking of photography, the SeaLife camera came the other day. We opened the box, drooled a little, and put it away until Christmas. Waaaah!

      (Btw, did I read correctly on your LJ that your icon [and header] photo is your own? It's beautiful! Please don't tell me that you did that with a throwaway underwater camera.... *envies*)
      • Speaking of photography, the SeaLife camera came the other day. We opened the box, drooled a little, and put it away until Christmas. Waaaah!

        Ooh, I envy the camera, but not having to wait to use it like that!

        (Btw, did I read correctly on your LJ that your icon [and header] photo is your own? It's beautiful! Please don't tell me that you did that with a throwaway underwater camera.... *envies*)

        Thanks :) Yup, that's my photo, and I took it with my old digital camera at the Mystic Aquarium. So it was only "underwater" in the sense that I was looking through a glass tank at fish-eye level. ;) (Mystic Aquarium is an awesome aquarium if you're ever in Connecticut, except that I'm approving less and less of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity the more I read about cetaceans (they have a few belugas there), but my Mystic Aquarium visit gallery (including that fish pic) is here if you want to look :))
  • as will studenty rants that we will need once our schooling is really underway

    *points and laughs* *shouldn't be, really, as she is about to go write a studenty rant herself*
    • Yes, I can't wait to begin them myself. *rolls eyes* And I already know to expect to hear from you, when I complain about chemistry, probably of the "nyah nyah nyah I'm done with that" variety. :^P

      (Especially considering that Bobby was looking into graduate programs in marine science on Monday...and most recommend or require a full year of organic. Fudgenabit!)

      (PS--Sorry for the double post. Attached the wrong comment again. *twirls blond hair*)
      • ^_^

        probably of the "nyah nyah nyah I'm done with that" variety. :^P

        Well now that takes the fun out of it. :P

        PS--Sorry for the double post. Attached the wrong comment again. *twirls blond hair*

        The sad thing is, I figured as much. :P
  • I don't envy you organic chemistry, those carbon chains all looked alike to me. I think it single-handedly derailed my ChemE dreams.

    So yes, organic is good for a rant. I could probaby still do one on the subject years later.
    • Yep, I am officially scared of organic. It's one of those things that every bio major complains about. Strangely, in general chem, the organic section is always my strongest, but I have this bad feeling that there are secret, hidden ways to torture students that they don't tell you until you've already registered and paid for the class....
      • It can be done. Just remember, lesser mortals than you have taken it and passed.

        It's just a lot of rote memorization; I myself just didn't realize that until years after I took it.
        • That's actually...good. For me. I have an unusually good memory. (Just ask my husband who has to endure "But five years ago you said...." I also did exceptionally well on SAT and GRE for my ability to memorize word and etymology!)

          It's vague conceptual stuff that eludes me in chemistry and such. I like things to be concrete. In CHEM102, my professor spent an undue amount of time on this thing called the Carnot Heat Engine that couldn't even exist in real life. That was all I need to hear to start blanking out.

          I can memorize. Just give me a few blank notecards and a slow afternoon and the good ol' DPP WAU, and I'm good to go. ;)
          • It is disconcerting to reflect on the number of students we have flunked in chemistry for not knowing what we later found to be untrue.
            --quoted in Robert L. Weber, Science With a Smile (1992)


            I have a mind that soaks up useless trivia - which maybe you've noticed from my posts. Too bad I can't seem to make room for more important things.
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