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What's It Wednesday: The Revival

by Djerrid

New Year’s Resolution: Revive Dawn’s weekly feature.

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  1. Right on Djerrid! Love it.

    It’s a lovely neon green sea creature… you must have just returned from an exotic holiday!!!

    • Since Mike is laying on a beach in Hawaii somewhere, I guess I have to step in and set you yokels straight.

      The source of this image is instantly recognizable to those who have read Dan Simmons’ Ilium and Olympos (although some readers may have mistaken these books for fiction – there’s no accounting for the naivete and over-the-top capacity for denial among old-style humans). In the first of those reports we’re treated to up-close-and-personal descriptions of the eyeless green sewer lizards that Caliban dined on, and anyone who has read them should instantly recognize this shot as a disturbingly detailed cross-section of one of the lizards that’s been bitten in half and allowed to drain and ripen for a couple of days in the steam caverns deep below the orbital city.

      The real question here is what photographer had a large enough deathwish to enter that environment and risk getting eaten him/herself?

  2. Oops. I guess I was distracted by all the…um…sand. Yeah. That’s it. 🙂 But I’m returning from my travels in the morning and hopefully I’ll be a bit more in tune next week. I’m happy to see that Dawn’s work has been taken up by another.

  3. Welcome back What it is Wednesday! Although I missed yesterday. Well, I didn’t miss yesterday, I just didn’t come into work, so I didn’t have time to goof off on the computer.

    Good first pic, I had no idea what it was.

  4. Frankly, i’m a little confused because i’ve never seen a kiwi without seeds. I tried to use the intertubes to find a seedless variety but came up with nothing (which does not mean that they don’t exist).

    So was this a very immature kiwi? It looks plenty ripe in the Picasa picture, and i’d imagine that being unripe enough to be seedless would also make it pretty gross to eat.

    Was it sliced to avoid the seeds? (maybe that’s the most logical explanation)

    If not either of the above, i would have to conclude that it’s been sprayed with a type of horticultural hormone that causes seedlessness. I can’t remember the name of the stuff ottomh, but i know it’s out there (used for making sure that parthenocarpic varieties remain seedless and do not, as they are prone to, express hermaphroditic phenotypes).

    I’ll assume careful slicing unless i hear otherwise.

  5. Um, the seeds are all in the center of a kiwi. This was sliced towards the edge. I was just slicing one up to eat a couple of years ago and noticed it looked pretty cool held up to the sun. No chemistry or genetic manipulation involved.

  6. You can tell by the lines. Also, that brown speck is unmistakably kiwi fuzz. I love me some kiwifruit.