Monday, October 31, 2011

Cicada Attack!

This article was read out loud by Prof. Y in class. Prof. Y is funny enough usually, but I haven't heard of something this ridiculous.I know I shouldn't laugh at people's injuries and misery, but this is ...

Prof. Y, you could be an actor!

Blame it all on the 17-year cicadas! Those insects emerge every 17 years in 100 millions. Lots of kids were hurt either because cicadas "attacked" them or they tried to attack cicadas. Some fell from the bike or run into the wall because cicadas fly into their faces. A girl was bitten by a dog because a cicada perched on her leg. Some kids were hit or stabbed because their friends were trying to kill cicadas by throwing soda cans or stabbing with a knife. One boy was injured because he kicked a cicada on a lawnmower's wheel (ouch!). Another boy's hand got ran over by car wheel because he planned to put a cicada under his dad's car.

I wish I can witness the emergence of 17-year cicadas too. Sounds like a gigantic insect party.

There're a lot more cases in this short article. I hope you can enlarge it and read. (click and click "show original")

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween This Year ...

I went out as a Harmonia axyridis!
I'm doing a library meta-analysis on this species this semester. Gees, look at me. I'm so into my project.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Green Porno

It's a whole series on Youtube. Prof. Y sent us the mantis one.

Green Porno Praying Mantis

Green Porno Bee

Why can this woman seem so serious but the videos are hilarious? Ahhahhaha!
And sometimes it's just sdkgjwieogdkmflgle ...
So pathetic to be a male insect.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Mysterious Worm

I don't remember in which exact year I visited Penghu, but I saw a creature on the ground near salty water that freaked the hell out of me. The worm was slender and long, soft-bodied, had numerous legs, and most weirdly it was light blue. I thought it was absolutely disgusting.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Indole-3-Acetic Acid

I have no reason to draw this molecule first, but we're learning plant biology in Biology 152 recently.
So this is Indole-3-Acetic Acid (IAA), who looks a little bit like my botany professor. ^ ^
He is not one of the drug molecules, but a plant hormone.

His greatest ability is to make plants grow roots, and then they'll grow new shoots.
Each of the four pockets on his shirt is full of different kinds of seeds.
If nothing changes my original character description, he's French!
He's also a distant relative of the Tryptamines.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Memory with French Horn Rebellion

Oct. 15, 2011, party with French Horn Rebellion

I chatted with the two members after the party until I was kicked out by staff.
They were impressed by my knowledge about electronic music.
An interesting group. I'll miss those guys.

They look adorable in these pics! Now they're busy at touring the world. Told me that they own a recording label in Taiwan, will they ever come to Taiwan to DJ?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Two Quotes from Prof. Y

Prof. Y., my entomology professor, is experienced, bright, very friendly, and hilarious!

Prof. Y., "(not exact quote) Everyone is wearing moth spit and eating bee vomit, and thinking they're things of luxury ... like the next time you wear silk and taste honey."

Prof. Y., *points at the picture of a dragonfly and looks at a boy* "Tell me what's the family of this sucker."
Me, "It's not a sucker. It's got chewing mouthparts!"
*the whole class laugh*
Prof. Y., "Okay ... *points at the picture again* This chewer."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

So Much Sacrifice

Entomology 1st lecture exam: 94/100
Biology animal physiology unit exam: 98/100

I sacrificed so many things that I feel like dying. DX
My head aches.
Thanks for the biology course coordinator's caring and talking to me.
Gotta fix many problems due to lack of sleep.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Straight Wings I

At this point of evolution, insects can fold their wings!

The current phylogeny tells us two things:
1) Termites are nothing more than social cockroaches.
2) Mantises are close relatives to cockroaches.

The Orthopterans are all legs ...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hello Non-Insect Hexapods and Primitive Insects

I feel so tired of doing homework ... but that's sort of preparing for my exam right?

This is the Insect ID Project for Entomology 302.
They are arranged from the most primitive to the most advanced, in the evolutionary sense.
Being primitive doesn't mean they're inferior, just means that they still possess more ancestral features.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


LOL nice photo set!
And so colorful too!


By the way, an interesting track.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Post-Midterm Movie

I had enough! I've been generally very busy, but since last week, I've done nothing except studying and eating, and have not gotten enough sleep.

Finally the midterm week ended (for me), so I decided not to study tonight.

I made myself Thai chicken and eggplant yellow curry and ate it with baguette.

I believe it's a Vietnamese thing to eat baguette with curry.
The baguette was the kind hard enough to hit people with. It was so hard to cut.
French people are so smart to invent this. If you carry a few while traveling, eat them when you're hungry, and use them as weapon when attacked by bandits.

Although I was tired, I went to the movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part II.
That was a great choice after midterm, wasn't it?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dill Grew Up

I was so worried that I would run out of dill and Dill would be starving. I knew butterflies in this genus eat plants of the family Apiaceae, but I wasn't sure if Dill would accept if I suddenly switched its diet. It turned out that it seemed to like parsley even more, and got fatter each day. I was so happy!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

How Early Chemists Analyzed Spectroscopy

The spectroscopy we studied in class was first used in the early 60's. In infrared NMR, the position of the peaks represent the functional groups the protons attached to. In proton NMR, the integral (area) under the peaks represent the number of the group of chemically equivalent protons. There were no computer to help draw the diagram or calculate the integral. How did the early chemists complete the task?

My chemistry professor said, they adjusted the infrared frequency a little each time, dotted down the absorption, and then hand-curved the dots.

How about proton NMR? Did they used grid paper and calculated the integral by calculus? It would be hard to do because the peaks are not perfect, smooth curves. They used a even more primitive method: printed out the diagram on paper of uniform thickness, cut the peaks, and weighed them to obtain the ratio.

Early scientists are great people ... Phew, I'm so glad that we don't have to do that today

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kooky Isomerism

Wait, those things are molecules? I hesitated for a second to decide whether it's a real molecules or just a flattened box.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Recipe: Golden Harvest

I actually made this dish last week. I got a bunch of radish and the farmer told me to eat raw. They were too spicy! So my initial idea was to cook it to get rid of the spiciness. I ended up adding everything left in the fridge into it.

It actually tasted great! I decided to write a recipe.
It's named because most of the ingredients came from FH King CSA, Farmers' Market, and Willy Street Co-op.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Watch Out the Action Potential!

Hi psychoactive molecules,

Neurotransmitters are generally pretty benign and non-aggressive; but if you do piss them off, some of them can drain your psychoactive power and some can fire out an action potential!
For your info, action potentials are fired out by excitatory neurotransmitters. When you meet inhibitory neurotransmitters, your power just doesn't work at all. Sometimes watch out for the tiny calcium ion bullets too!

P.S. The appearance/clothes of Dopamine and Serotonin are just temporary and random.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


I found out that the herb I put into my saute dish and rice was dill. There were a lot of farmers selling dills at the Farmers' Market.

I found a caterpillar on the dill. Because the idea of boiling it and making it into a specimen made me cry, so I decided to keep it.

My classmate told me it's a black swallowtail. Well, I'll have to keep it outside when it turns into a pupa so it can emerge successfully in the spring. That's what butterflies in cold places do.

Should I call it Dill? It apparently eats dill. lol
Good taste. This genus of butterflies only eat those aromatic plants.