Category Archives: Miscellanea

Posts that don’t quite fit elsewhere

Mysteries of Science Revealed: The Endosymbiotic Theory

This summer I’ve been taking a Biology class at my community college, and I learned a Thing™.


PD image by NASA via Wikimedia Commons

Organisms as we typically think of them are classified into two domains: Bacteria and Eukarya.  There’s also a third domain–Archaea–but you probably wouldn’t know any of those guys unless you have microscopic vision and hang out in extreme environments like deep-ocean vents, or spend a lot of time looking into your own navel.

Either scenario presents its own special danger.

Domain Bacteria contains microorganisms such as germs and cooties.  They are prokaryotes, with cells that lack the nuclei and organelles found in more complex organisms.

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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award of the Zombie Apocalypse

Very Inspiring Blog AwardLong ago, Ellen Gregory–fellow writer, blogger, and all-around excellent human–bestowed upon me the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award.’  In return, I bestow upon her this expression of gratitude:

Thanks, Ellen 🙂

As this award appears to be a vehicle for revealing seven pieces of information about oneself, I have unearthed these random facts…

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The Versatile Blogger Award: My Turn

When the incomparable Tami Clayton tagged me for the game that spawned These Questions Three, she also nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  As with the Liebster Blog Award, rules must be followed so that interdimensional beings do not awaken and devour our world:

  • Thank the person who nominated me.

Thanks, Tami!

  • Include a link to his/her blog.

The astute blog visitor will notice I already linked to her blog when I thanked her.  I’m efficient like that.  You should see my sock drawer–there are also pants in there.  If I need socks, chances are I probably need pants, too.

These Questions Three

Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.

-Bridgekeeper, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Okay, so really it’s more like “these questions eleven” than “these questions three.”  And instead of a mystical bridgekeeper with wild hair and skin in desperate need of a soothing ointment, we have the delightful and always-pleasant Tami Clayton, who was kind enough to think of me when it was her turn to tag people for some sort of question-themed blog game.

But I couldn’t pass up a chance to deploy a Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference, now could I?

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Guest Post @ Gloria Richard’s Blog

The Eye of Qegu

The Eye of Qegu

The ever-watchful eye never closes. Not for sleep.  Not even for birthday surprises.

Today I’m happy to share the story of Qegu, the Giant Fish of Wonder, at Gloria Richard’s blog.  Qegu’s battle against evil is tireless and eternal, but not thankless.

Be sure to check out the rest of Gloria’s site while you’re there.  Friendly and always entertaining, she can be followed on Twitter @GloriaWrites.

The Liebster Award: My Turn

Writer-blogger friend Sheila Pierson has bestowed a Liebster Award upon me.  Thanks for giving my blog its first award, Sheila!

According to legends that come to us from antiquity, the Liebster is meant for blogs that motivate, inspire, and have 200 followers or less.  Its apparent purpose is to summon new followers like some sort of mystical talisman, increasing the power of those of us who are just beginning.

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