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Walter Wu

Acer palmatum ‘Atrolineare’

I went with some friends to shop for some bushes at some of the local Nurseries.  I ‘ve wanted a linearilobum (thin, narrow, strap-like leaves) Japanese maple for awhile, and I have been looking at these having one of these two:Villa Taranto:

(photo from http://www.essenceofthetree.com/)

or

Koto No Ito:

(photo from http://www.essenceofthetree.com/)

However, I found Atrolineare and it was at such a low price, $25.00USD, I decided to get it.

(especially since I haven’t heard back from the place where I purchased my last Japanese maple tree from)

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Godzilla vs. Biollante (ゴジラVSビオランテ, Gojira tai Biorante)

Video: http://youtu.be/Qf0gVn29sZI I’m trying to catch up on Heisei era of the Godzilla movies.  I finally watched Godzilla vs. Biollante (ゴジラVSビオランテ, Gojira tai Biorante).  It originally came out in 1989 (Second movie of the Heisei series) and hasn’t had as wide of a release in the USA as some of the earlier Godzilla movies.

Due to complicated interference of some terrorists, a scientist mixes the DNA of his deceased daughter with that of a rose and some Godzilla cells (“so she will live forever”).  Unfortunately, his plans go awry and he ends up creating Biollante.  In this movie, they also introduce two new weapons against Godzilla.  First is the Super X2, a flying machine which not has missiles, but a cluster of man made diamonds which act as a reflector – it takes Godzilla’s atomic breath, amplifies it, and sends it back to Godzilla.  The other weapon is “Anti nuclear bacteria” – I’m not sure why they didn’t try using this in latter movies. Video: http://youtu.be/Ot8q1GIzndI This movie also introduced the character of Miki Saegusa, (played by Megumi Odaka (小高恵美) a psychic girl who would also appear in the later films of the Heisei era.

An interesting movie (for the Godzilla franchise), but I wished that Biollante was a more formidable foe.  She does spear Godzilla’s hand in the movie with one of her tendrils (which have Venus flytrap like “mouths” at the ends).  Supposedly Biollante does not die; she can dissolve into spores and return.

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Godzilla 1994 (ゴジラ)


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MFS-3 Type 3 Kiryu Mechagodzilla (MFS-3 3式機龍)

I also treated myself to an S.H.MonsterArts - MFS-3 Type 3 Kiryu Mechagodzilla (MFS-3 3式機龍).  It too is on it's way.  From the movie, " " ( ゴジラ×メカゴジラ) and "ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ SOS). Yumiko Shaku ( 釈由美子) is in both movies andMiho Yoshioka ( 吉岡美穂) is only in the latter movie.

http://tamashii.jp/item/10410/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_g3EbffSDA

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King Ghidorah (キングギドラ)

Yes, I treated myself to an S.H.MonsterArts - King Ghidorah (キングギドラ) figure.  It's on it's way!  I hope mine doesn't have the wing joint problem that everyone is talking about.

From the 1991 movie, " " ( ゴジラVSキングギドラ).  Megumi Odaka ( 小高恵美) is in the movie. http://tamashii.jp/item/1781/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a76Xn4d6h_s

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Korean Windows 8 CM

Windows 8 - Beautiful and Fast

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SevcybjIqRQ

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Korean doll that farts!

I've never seen a doll that does this before! 

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyihdm_IivQ

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋節 (zhōngqiūjié)

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋節 (zhōngqiūjié)!!!! Now, if you're Vietnamese, it's Happy Tet Trung Thu and if you're Korean, it's Happy Chuseok (추석). For me, it's a good reason to eat the super calorie laden moon cakes (about 1,000 calories for an entire moon cake).

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Miss Daegu 2013 beauty pageant contestants

Some people are saying all of these South Korean contestants look the same (as a result of plastic surgery).

What you you think?

Here's some more in another article.

http://gawker.com/plastic-surgery-blamed-for-making-all-miss-korea-contes-480907455

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Croatan National Forest part Two

Here's a group of Venus Flytraps with their flowers poking up. Some of them grew where they were surrounded by some tall grass.

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Some of the VFTs had very bright red interiors on their traps.

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This one had red interior traps and a red stripe.

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This one had a red interior and a nice red coloring around the edges of the traps.

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This one was growing among some Drosea.

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Others had a more orangish hue.

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Others had a nice light green (almost yellow) color overall - no color inside their traps.

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This one had a couple of strange mutant traps.

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Tick on my pants. Permethrin can kill ticks in about a minute's time, but the first time when I saw these, I freaked out and was told to: grab them, crush them, and toss them, so that's what I did. I didn't wait to see if they died and fell off (I'm guessing the ones which came in contact with my shirt, hat, and backpack, eventually died and fell off, because after we came back from the field, I didn't find any ticks on me).

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Sometimes the VFTs would be found growing in live sphagnum moss.

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