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New Phone
Posted March 28, 2008 at 06:17:06 AM by Bean
I need a new cell phone. I want to be able to get on the tubes, send and receive text messages and email easily, and make the occasional phone call. Music and video and whatnot would be cool, but not necessary. I prefer the Verizon network because it gets good reception everywhere I frequent and because most of my friends and family are on it.

Anybody got any suggestions?

Help!
Fich Again
Posted March 26, 2008 at 07:59:24 PM by Bean in the Obsessions category
So here's my basic tank setup. Notice the absence of most fish in the upper parts of the tank. It because that big orange one you see (#3 for those keeping count) chases everyone off, all day, any time they come out. He's gotta go, so I netted him for now. I'm going to try and sell (or give) him to the local pet store tomorrow.

Since the containment of #3, I've been able to get a few more pictures of the other peacocks in the tank.
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FICH!
Posted March 24, 2008 at 04:23:55 PM by Bean in the Obsessions category
So I guess since my fich obsession is in full gear, I might as well blog a blog about it. Heck, I'll even create a new category to go along with it.

My buddy Nathan didn't want his (full) 75 gallon fish tank. I offered to list it for him on craigslist for local pickup, thinking he could probably turn over a quick hundred bucks or so, and in addition mentioned that I'd take it off his hands if he couldn't sell it. He jumped at the idea of giving them too me sos he could still come over and see them. I thought that was a little weird, cause there just fish, but whatever (little did I know).

One day later that week I was at his house looking at the fish I was about to inherit and I noticed something - they were individually identifiable. That seemed weird to me because all of the fish I've had in the past were just, I dont know... fish. When one died, I'd buy another and it looked the same. Easy. But in watching these fish, seeing as how you can pick out individuals, you can begin to pick up on their personality. So I think of them of "pets" as opposed to "decorations", as has been the case with fish tanks in my past.

The tank contains 19 African Cichlids (well, actually 16 plus 3 babies or "fry") and 4 plecos to keep the algae down. Here's a few pictures of the 16 cichlids I can identify (can't really tell the babies apart yet), and here's what I think they are. Note that I am not 100% sure on any, and I am basing my guesses off what Nate told me and what people on the tubes told me:

1 - Aulonocara jacobfreibergi (Peacock, "Lemon Jake")
2 - Aulonocara hybrid (Juvenile "Strawberry Peacock")
3 - Red zebra-based hybird or a peacock... not sure. A big mean fucker.
4 - Metriaclima estherae (male, "Red Zebra")
5 - Metriaclima callainos ("Cobalt Zebra") or Metriaclima estherae ("Red Zebra")
6 - Cynotilapia afra (male "Cobue")
7 - Tropheops macrothalmus ("Red-headed Mac")
8 - Aulonocara something or other (unknown peacock, slight orange tinge)
9 - Metriaclima greshakei (less colorful version of #14)
10 - Aulonocara hybrid ("OB Peacock" currently holding)
11 - Labidochromis caeruleus ("Yellow Lab")
12 - Cynotilapia afra (female "Cobue")
13 - Tropheus duboisi
14 - Metriaclima greshakei (big, "Red Top Ice Blue")
15 - Cynotilapia afra (female juvie, "Cobue")
16 - Melanochromis joanjohnsonae (I think, "Exasperatus")

There lots of species of cichlids, and quite a few hybrids. African cichlids routinely mate cross species in captivity (and rarely in the wild), and you get, well, a mix. It's not quite like breeding dogs, because all dogs are the same species, but there is a bit of unpredictability when you have a lot of different fish in the same tank. Professional fish geeks hate hybrids for a few reasons, but I think it's just plain cool.

With the tank, I got all the accessories, so all I've really had to buy were filter cartridges, a few more big rocks, and some plants. Well, that's not true, I also bought an inexpensive wireless webcam so you can all see them live on the tubes. It looks through the tank from the side, so you can see all of the open water above the rocky bottom. Check it out:

Fichcam!.

The above link only works with IE or a heavily modified and customized version of firefox. That's why it was cheap. A good wireless camera with a better video stream and mo betta options is too rich for my blood right now. That is, use IE.
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Shit, Shower, Shave
Posted March 13, 2008 at 07:55:40 AM by Bean
Ahh yes, the basics of male hygiene. Well, maybe shitting isn't really a hygeine thing, but whatever. Here's how I roll:

Shit
For the most part, I only deposit at work, once per weekday. Seriously, in the past 3 years I bet I have used non-work facilities less than 100 times. Does anyone else share my unusual habit?

Shower
I used to shower religiously, every morning. I'd say for the past 5 years, though, I have averaged every other day. Exception: Any physical exertion that causes me to sweat requires a shower. I wonder what the national average is. According to the Yahoo!, I'm one stinky son-of-a-bitch. Twice a day? Every day? Come on.

Shave
I have no regular shaving frequency. I like to mix things up a bit with the occasional scruff, stache, or full blown beard. After some accumulated scruff, I usually default to a vibrating razor to shave in the shower, then follow up on the subsequent mornings with a Norelco.
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Rball
Posted March 11, 2008 at 12:46:49 PM by Bean
I'm happy to report that I have joined a gym with racketball facilities. The Louisville Athletic Club (Clarksville, IN location) has 2 courts that are reservable and very nice. I'm hoping to add ongoing racketball to my training efforts in order to get ready for the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon coming up in May.

If anyone wants to play - LET ME KNOW! I can bring you along up to 4 times before you have to pay a dime.
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