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Crazy4Microbes
04-22-2006, 06:59 AM
I wnet to a school with my Aunt yesterday and she put me in a class where there wasn't much to do. So I took out some paper, pom poms, googly eyes,and glue and made little germs out of them. As soon as I got home I posted them online. So take a look you guys!:)

Giardia
04-22-2006, 10:55 AM
Those Are Exellent!:D:D:D:D

kskerr
04-24-2006, 10:12 PM
Must go buy poms with what little money is left in bank...

kskerr
04-24-2006, 10:13 PM
Seriously that is too cute and clever!!! I love them all, make more :D!!!

Giardia
04-25-2006, 05:53 PM
Yes, make more, make more!:D :D :D :D

kskerr
04-26-2006, 11:07 PM
Why aren't there more yet, glue faster!!!! :D ;)

Crazy4Microbes
04-27-2006, 06:22 PM
ok but i will have to get more pom poms. They did not have much of a selection. I will definately make more. There was this little girl coping me while I was making ulcer. She had no clue what I was doing though and made a purple version. :D

kskerr
04-27-2006, 10:55 PM
Sweet, indoctrinating the youth, more future microbiologists :)!!! I have to get milk, hmm, I'll get it at Walmart and then swing by the craft section and see what they got... I think I'll get pin backings if they have them, make little microbe pins, I can wear them on my lab coat (maybe I'll actually wear one for once then...), or on my hoodie and backpack, coolness!!!

Giardia
04-28-2006, 10:00 PM
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!:D

kskerr
04-29-2006, 12:07 PM
OK, so I go the goods, and it is raining so I can't garden (:mad: grrr) so perhaps after my hike into the woods to reexamine a footprint I found there yesterday I will get to craftiness! Think I'll try making other kinds of bugs besides the ones there are plushes of, perhaps that would give the company come ideas :D!

Giardia
04-30-2006, 03:42 PM
You could send in the pictures!

kskerr
04-30-2006, 07:31 PM
I need to get a digi camera. If they look half way decent and I finally get the camera then sure I'll figure out how to post them... My romp through the woods was sucessfull, the footprint I wanted was washed away in the rain (it has been going like nonstop for the past 2-3 days) but I found another one and dragged a friend out and she agrees it is a cat print, she thinks bobcat, but it could be mountain lion, they are back in IA, it is one of them...

Giardia
05-01-2006, 10:52 PM
coooooooool:D :D :D :D

kskerr
05-01-2006, 11:37 PM
You are the first person to respond like that :D, so far most people are all like "oh that is so scarey, be careful Karen, don't get attacked Karen, are you sure you should be playing in the woods Karen...." So far there have not been any attacks and I read about how to prevent them, if I see one I scream and flail, don't run or they want to chase... Me stay out of my new play area, never!!!

kskerr
05-02-2006, 12:08 AM
A pink ulcer would be more appropriate than a purple one, it is a Gram negative, but it would be purple if one just used crystal violet so purple is not too far off... If they were all based on Gram stain it would be rather boring, only purple and pink (though I have heard of other color stains being possible for the Gram for color blind people, not sure what color they are...)

Giardia
05-02-2006, 11:10 PM
I think you're supposed to spread your arms, walk backwards slowly, facing the whatever-it-is, and sing jingle bells at the top of your lungs...:rolleyes:

kskerr
05-03-2006, 12:13 AM
Is that how the Canucks do it??? Not sure which is less dignified, your way or the flailing and screaming. I doubt I'd do either, I'd probably just stare at it in awe. It is extremely unlikely it would let me see it though, they are very shy and very aware of a person before the person is anywhere near close enough to see it so they tend to avoid us.

Giardia
05-28-2006, 02:27 PM
that's what we learn in wilderness survival!

kskerr
05-31-2006, 04:20 PM
I'll believe you since as a stater I believe that Canada is basically a vast wilderness and ya'll live in cabins and such :p! Bet that walk to the outhouse is mighty long through all that snow! (just kidding :p)

Giardia
06-03-2006, 06:01 PM
My bathroom is across the hall, about six feet from my bedroom. And my house is really big. And it snowed for 5 minutes once this winter.

kskerr
06-04-2006, 09:42 AM
You keep destroying all our beleifs, when will it end :eek: ;)! Reminds me of the story of when my dad took my mom to meet his family on the farm in Indiana. He laid it on real thick giving pretty much every hick/redneck/farm stereotype he could think of, my uncle supposedly had a beard she had to compliment, there was an outhouse and such. She got there to my uncle without a beard and indoor plumbing, and my grandma was not too pleased with my father (20 years later she was still sore on the subject). My mom got my dad a little wooden outhouse to remember it by.

Giardia
06-04-2006, 11:44 AM
That reminds me of a Garfield cartoon. John is dressed up in a really stupid farmer's outfit, and says "Guess where we're goin, Garfield?" And Garfield, looking totally un-impressed thinks, "To a hayseed convention?" And John says "Yesiree, we're gonna see mom and dad on the farm. We're gonna slop the pigs and chickens, boy howdy, we're gonna have us a time." And Garfield thinks, "That is, if your father doesn't beat the heck out of you for doing that stupid stereotype."

kskerr
06-04-2006, 10:56 PM
I think my Grandma just about did :D!

Giardia
06-04-2006, 11:22 PM
lol. the cartoon lives!:D ;)

kskerr
06-04-2006, 11:33 PM
Garfield rocks!

Giardia
06-04-2006, 11:34 PM
I know. i have the first 7 books.

kskerr
06-04-2006, 11:50 PM
I have quite a few, not sure how many, a friend gave me them, some are in rather bad shape...

Giardia
06-07-2006, 04:42 PM
have the heck read out of them, do they?

kskerr
06-08-2006, 11:43 PM
Yes, yes they do, by quite a few people, they've lived a full life bringing joy and amusment to all :)

Giardia
06-20-2006, 11:18 PM
And milk, water, and other fluids on the floor, for those dumb enough to drink and read them at the same time....

kskerr
06-21-2006, 03:01 AM
I generally didn't but that could certainly happen :eek:!

Giardia
06-21-2006, 08:11 PM
Tell me about it!

kskerr
06-23-2006, 01:11 AM
I'm going to guess that you have a lot of experiance in such matters ;)

Giardia
07-02-2006, 11:42 AM
oh yeah, my book is waterlogged on one page from me drinking water and reading at the same time...

kskerr
07-05-2006, 12:17 AM
I generally do not eat/drink when reading, I concentrate on the book too much to remember to take a bite or sip!

Giardia
07-31-2006, 10:56 AM
On a cold day, I like to lie on the couch with a blanket on, some hot chocolate, and a good book.:D

kskerr
08-04-2006, 01:12 AM
I am now a big fan of throw blankets, I adore the new microplush material!!!

Giardia
08-04-2006, 10:51 PM
I just borrowed five garfield books from the library...that will keep me going about a day!

kskerr
08-06-2006, 12:19 AM
My mom brought a bunch of books for me to read, I like it when they are her books and not the library's since I can read them at my leisure then, have not had much time to read lately. I probably won't read too much this week and next anyway, this week Mommy is here and next sister, niece and Daddy come. Then classes start again, I get two micro courses :D, food micro and advanced food micro (funny since food micro is supposed to be taken before adv food micro but the prof said it was cool :D), I look forward to playing in my micro courses :D!

Giardia
08-06-2006, 01:24 PM
the library does give you a whole month...and you can always renew!

kskerr
08-07-2006, 02:42 AM
Wow, they sure are generous in Canada, perhaps they figure your snow dog might get tired traveling over the tundra to return it or you could get snowed in or something :p just kidding :D! It depends on which library (there are quite a few in the chicgoland area within driving distance because of how suburbia works) and if it is a new or old book but I think the average is 2 weeks, sometimes you can get 3 if it is old, and many can renew but often not. The mommy library is however long I need with no late fees =).

Giardia
08-07-2006, 10:31 PM
brand new books, old books...doesn't matter, you get them for a month! Media, such as tapes and software and dvd's are only two weeks

kskerr
08-08-2006, 02:47 AM
And I thought the ones where you got 3 weeks for old books was generous!

kskerr
08-08-2006, 02:48 AM
I think CDs and such are 1 week if that.

Giardia
08-13-2006, 01:01 PM
our libraries are alot more generous

kskerr
08-13-2006, 09:42 PM
Quite possibly due to my snow hypothesis :p

Giardia
08-15-2006, 11:54 AM
it snows here for one day, then it melts.

kskerr
08-16-2006, 12:37 AM
We got more snow in Ioway that you did last winter from the sounds of it...

Giardia
08-17-2006, 03:42 PM
it's very likely

kskerr
08-18-2006, 05:49 PM
Stupid snow!

kskerr
08-18-2006, 05:49 PM
My new neighbor is from FL, she has never played with snow before, this will be interesting... Poor thing.

Giardia
08-28-2006, 11:12 AM
Snow isn't that great...it just sits there, being cold and wet

kskerr
08-28-2006, 09:03 PM
Snow is awesome, if it is up in Canada or Alaska where it belongs :D :p!!! I hate the cold, woke up quite freezing, it was only 60, brrr :eek:!!!! Wore a sweatshirt and jacket, with the hood up. Funny I likely look more Floridian than my neighbor (I didn't see her so I'm not sure), not much colder and I'll be in my winter coat! Here and back home people often asked if I were southern (though me not having an accent should have tipped them that I am not) since I bundle up so much, not my fault I freeze easy. It is these people in shorts and flip flops in 6 inches of snow that are the freaks not me!

Giardia
09-10-2006, 11:02 AM
the chilly winds are here now...the sun is still warm, but the wind makes it chilly

kskerr
09-10-2006, 02:40 PM
It is chilly here, and raining, only 61 right now brr! I'm going to have to turn on heater soon, trying to stall on it since it will cause my gas bill to skyrocket. I usually have the heater set for 65, still cold in my opinion but since I have to pay the bill...:(

Tuburculosis
09-10-2006, 03:02 PM
its hot here:eek:

kskerr
09-10-2006, 03:20 PM
Give it time, the fronts that wack us eventually make it east.

Tuburculosis
09-10-2006, 06:37 PM
i hate cold,unless its icecream:D ;)

Pollock
09-10-2006, 07:03 PM
It is chilly here, and raining, only 61 right now brr! I'm going to have to turn on heater soon, trying to stall on it since it will cause my gas bill to skyrocket. I usually have the heater set for 65, still cold in my opinion but since I have to pay the bill...:(


I live in Texas... what's a heater? ;)

I kid, I kid. Usually down here, we don't have to turn on heaters till about late October, early November. And then we switch em off right after Valentine's Day. In Houston, 85 is considered cooler weather...

Thank goodness I go to school about 3 hours north from my house, so it gets about 15 degrees cooler at the univ. than it does at my house. I called my mom last semester around February 5th, and she told me they had warm weather and sunny skies, while I was getting rain/imitation snow (it only stuck for 2 minutes) and 25 F mornings.

Tuburculosis
09-10-2006, 07:16 PM
ok,,i dont usuallyuse a heater,i just wrap up in 1000000 blankets:D ;)

kskerr
09-11-2006, 12:12 AM
I should move to Texas! In february we are lucky to have 25 F highs it seems!!! I consider 85 warm, not too hot but a bit hot if I am walking to campus. It has been raining all day here, too bad this rain did not come in the summer when we were under a drought!

Tuburculosis
09-11-2006, 03:01 PM
its still hot here,but if i wait...

mazuac
09-11-2006, 03:39 PM
I wnet to a school with my Aunt yesterday and she put me in a class where there wasn't much to do. So I took out some paper, pom poms, googly eyes,and glue and made little germs out of them. As soon as I got home I posted them online. So take a look you guys!:)

yeah hi, erm, i am new here, how can i see the pictures?

mazuac
09-11-2006, 03:41 PM
how do i see the picture

Pollock II
09-11-2006, 10:40 PM
There is another part of the forum for pictures. Go there. People announce on the most frequented part of the board that they've put pictures in that area. I hope that helped. :)

kskerr
09-12-2006, 12:30 AM
Go on the main forum page and click on the share photos link, most of the pics are on that except mine which are linked to another site since I could not post on this one.

mazuac
09-12-2006, 04:53 PM
Go on the main forum page and click on the share photos link, most of the pics are on that except mine which are linked to another site since I could not post on this one.

ok thx! i will remeberr that!

Tuburculosis
09-12-2006, 04:59 PM
yup,did you know kskerr,giardia and i are the only people who have posted over 100 times?:D :rolleyes: :o

kskerr
09-12-2006, 11:14 PM
Quality vs quantity....

Pollock II
09-13-2006, 10:12 AM
I had over 100 on my previous username... then I had a slight mishap.

Tuburculosis
09-13-2006, 07:15 PM
your pollock ?why 2 now?

mazuac
09-13-2006, 07:21 PM
he had a mishap... he is now missing his leg...

Tuburculosis
09-13-2006, 07:21 PM
your joking,right?

mazuac
09-13-2006, 07:23 PM
no.... yes... maybe... oh the pressure.... :(

Tuburculosis
09-13-2006, 07:23 PM
:confused:

mazuac
09-13-2006, 07:25 PM
no, i was joking:) lol

Pollock II
09-13-2006, 08:34 PM
First of all, I'm a female.

Secondly, my mishap was that my other account on here (Pollock) ran into some problems, so I had to make a new account, and to keep things easier for my microphile buddies on here, I kept the same name, only I added the Roman numeral II after it, signifying this is my second Pollock account.

kskerr
09-13-2006, 10:31 PM
You might want to explain what roman numerals are, seems we have some slow ones in the bunch... Glad the issues are fixed and you are back (though there seems to be a lag on some of your posts from the other day...), would have been awful otherwise!

Pollock II
09-13-2006, 11:48 PM
I'll put it in lamens terms: Roman numerals- how ancient Romans write their numbers; they look like letters. For example, IV- 4 and X- 10.

kskerr
09-14-2006, 12:38 AM
And I = 1, if it becomes before another symbol that means you subtract 1 from it, like in the case of 4, IV, V = 5 and so it is 5-1=4...

Tuburculosis
09-14-2006, 02:35 PM
You might want to explain what roman numerals are, seems we have some slow ones in the bunch... (
me?;) i know,i know who your talking about.;) ;) ;)

Pollock II
09-14-2006, 05:41 PM
I can do it up to about 12 or 13, and then after that I'm at a loss.

I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
VIII
IX
X
XI
XII
XIII

Tuburculosis
09-14-2006, 06:43 PM
i knew up to alot,but forgot them.

kskerr
09-14-2006, 10:29 PM
XIV
XV
XVI
XVII
XVIII
XIX (I think...)

Giardia
09-15-2006, 12:46 AM
I've always had issues with remembering Roman Numerals...you don't see them much, so I don't really use time to memorize them

Pollock II
09-15-2006, 02:00 AM
XIV
XV
XVI
XVII
XVIII
XIX (I think...)

Looks correct to me.

Pollock II
09-15-2006, 02:01 AM
I've always had issues with remembering Roman Numerals...you don't see them much, so I don't really use time to memorize them


On fancy clocks and watches and usually in reference to acts and scenes in plays.

kskerr
09-15-2006, 01:28 PM
They are also in many of my text books in the beginning or end (either in the prefave and table of contents or in the appendices)

Oh and it is XIX, then XX and so on until you get to whichever it is that has a new letter.

Tuburculosis
09-15-2006, 03:31 PM
and C,and M,those are hundred and million i think...

kskerr
09-15-2006, 08:39 PM
There is an L in there somewhere...

mazuac
09-15-2006, 09:31 PM
plays? we are talkng about plays??? why can't we be talking in like, martian language? i once had a dream that osama benladin shot me in the leg !:eek:

Tuburculosis
09-16-2006, 07:19 AM
no,roman numerals!

Pollock II
09-16-2006, 11:37 AM
I once dreamed that I was being attacked by ninjas with syringes full of tranquelizers, and one hit me in the arm, and I woke up to find that the position I had been sleeping in made my arm fall asleep. Hence why I dreamed my arm went numb.

Tuburculosis
09-16-2006, 11:52 AM
:p :p really?

kskerr
09-16-2006, 02:31 PM
I dreamed my mother was doing either an ELISA or chromatography based test on me for a disorder that does not have such a test. Pregnancy tests use the ELISA, not sure of any that use chromatography in the public realm. It was very odd.

Tuburculosis
09-16-2006, 02:33 PM
my dreams are also odd.like the time i dreamed about how i was a pac-man ghost and was sleding in the snow in mid-july.then some houses disappered.then i turned into a prehostoric elephant!

mazuac
09-16-2006, 08:00 PM
weird... well... osama is not nice... and i don;t wanna catch e.coli!

kskerr
09-16-2006, 08:40 PM
weird... well... osama is not nice... and i don;t wanna catch e.coli!

Then stay away from raw bagged spinach, wash your hands before and after using the toilet, eat properly handled and cooked meat, make sure food prep areas are cleaned after they have come into contact with raw meat, and wash your fruits and veggies before you eat them.

I think pretty much everyone agrees that Osama needs to die but let us keep politics out of the forum.

mazuac
09-16-2006, 08:44 PM
lol, okey dokey~:) anyways, yes, santizatiation will keep the germs awway

kskerr
09-16-2006, 08:56 PM
It helps, though you can't rely on it entirely. I generally use ethanol as my sanitizer at work, well I was talking to someone who works with the E. coli 0157:H7 and they found that theirs was resistant to ethanol so if it were on my lab bench it would survive. Thankfully I work only with beneficial bacteria and so I wash down my bench mostly to help keep my plates from getting contaminated and not as much to keep from getting infected, heck there is a good chance I already have the organisms I work with in my gut since that is where they come from in nature.

mazuac
09-16-2006, 09:16 PM
wow, okay... erm, might i ask, what does nonpatheoginic mean? does it mean microbes that are benificial to the humaine society?

mazuac
09-16-2006, 09:25 PM
i also want to ask something else... what would be the easieest start on microbiology? i would like to learn about it...

Pollock II
09-17-2006, 12:36 AM
Then stay away from raw bagged spinach, wash your hands before and after using the toilet, eat properly handled and cooked meat, make sure food prep areas are cleaned after they have come into contact with raw meat, and wash your fruits and veggies before you eat them.

I think pretty much everyone agrees that Osama needs to die but let us keep politics out of the forum.


I have a phobia of raw meat. I can't touch it, or watch other people touch it. It freaks me out.

Tuburculosis
09-17-2006, 07:00 AM
i hate all raw meat or eggs,cant touch it either.but i LOVE raw cookies!

Pollock II
09-17-2006, 03:08 PM
Too bad raw cookie dough has raw eggs in it...

mazuac
09-17-2006, 03:27 PM
i LOVE eating raw cookie dough... eaven though i hardlly do... mmmm

Tuburculosis
09-17-2006, 05:31 PM
its really good!

kskerr
09-17-2006, 05:58 PM
wow, okay... erm, might i ask, what does nonpatheoginic mean? does it mean microbes that are benificial to the humaine society?

Nonpathogenic means it does not cause disease as pathogens are what can cause disease. Probiotics are bacteria that give health benefits if ingested live and in high enough numbers (current belief is 1 million organisms per gram food and I think it was 300-400 bacteria a week). There are industrial microbes, bacteria and fungi mostly, the are either a product (yeast, mushrooms, the bacteria that makes bread sour for sourdough bread) or make a product (yogurt, some sausages, wall paper paste remover and other enzymes, ethanol and other chemicals, sometimes medical products like insulin and human growth hormone), most of them are not ingested unless they are in food and in those cases they may or may not be probiotic.

The vast majority of bacteria are just there, they do not hurt us in any way and they often are very important in their ecosystem and so may not directly benefit us but they generally do benefit us in some way. When most people think of bacteria they think of "germs" or pathogens and do not get past that and live in fear of microbes which are totally harmless. It is an ignorance that causes fear and is just ridiculous, I want them to teach reality in elementary schools so that the next generation is not so nutty as this one which has too much information but not enough knowledge on what it means, best to have a noninformed public than a misinformed public as far as I am concerned, give them enough to keep them safe (like the whole wash up after handling raw meat and such advice) but do not give them all this other stuff that just scares them but does not actually help them understand the world.

Tuburculosis
09-17-2006, 05:59 PM
yes,nonpathogenic microbes are are friends is kskerr signuture and quote.

kskerr
09-17-2006, 06:05 PM
Too bad raw cookie dough has raw eggs in it...

I "know better" but don't care, it is too good to care, I eat as much of it as I want when I want. Besides the instance of Salmonella in eggs is only 1 in 10,000. Pretty good odds I say ;). Though since I am an adult I do not eat as much cookie dough as I would have as a kid, back them Mom didn't let me gorge on it and now that I can choose what I eat I just can't eat that much sugar, sad.

I hate touching raw meat, it has nothing to do with bacteria though, I just do not like the feel of it, I'll do it though since I like meat too much to go veggie and my mommy is not around to do it for me...

Tuburculosis
09-17-2006, 06:06 PM
i dont care either.i changed my sig.

mazuac
09-18-2006, 03:21 PM
so basically, nonpatheoginic microbes are our friends means...

microbes that are benificial to the humaine society are our allies

kskerr
09-18-2006, 06:39 PM
so basically, nonpatheoginic microbes are our friends means...

microbes that are benificial to the humaine society are our allies

Yeah, something like that. Basically it is my way of trying to get out that not all bacteria are bad as most of the public seems to believe, the uneducated masses...

mazuac
09-18-2006, 06:56 PM
lol, i've known that baccteria, well, some bacteria is HEALTHY for you for quite some time now... butstill, yes i agree with you, the news get's there hands on whatever they can and reports it in a way that will make people want more and more and more...

kskerr
09-18-2006, 07:09 PM
lol, i've known that baccteria, well, some bacteria is HEALTHY for you for quite some time now... butstill, yes i agree with you, the news get's there hands on whatever they can and reports it in a way that will make people want more and more and more...

The media can be very irresponsible about a lot of things, microbiology related stories is just one of many examples.

Tuburculosis
09-19-2006, 03:57 PM
e. coli creates vitamin C!without that sometimes deadly bactiria we would die!

kskerr
09-19-2006, 04:42 PM
It colonises the gut and most strains are nonpathogenic, only a relative few are. There are likely more important members of your gut community, not sure that you would die without E. coli...

Pollock II
09-19-2006, 05:03 PM
It colonises the gut and most strains are nonpathogenic, only a relative few are. There are likely more important members of your gut community, not sure that you would die without E. coli...


We learned today that your large intestines have helpful strains of e.coli.

mazuac
09-19-2006, 05:29 PM
really? weird... well... okay?

kskerr
09-19-2006, 11:12 PM
We learned today that your large intestines have helpful strains of e.coli.

That it is :D! And my beloved research organism Bifidobacteria. A scientist asked for info by the company I am doing a project for told them that perhaps we should get the strains for the study from the source :eek:, I freaked when I saw that letter! I ran to my PI's office and said eww a few times (very professional yes), and she had a disgusted (at the idea not me) look on her face and talked about how much work it would be to go through the paperwork to get human subjects, knowing my luck and how these things tend to work I'd probably end up as one, double gross, I do NOT want to be that involved with my project, it already consumes the rest of my life. So the profs on the project and I are meeting and starting the No Poop Campaign. I just hope my PI's awesome reasons for why it is best to use commercial strains (already isolated and many proven to work) convince the company!!! It was gross enough working with cow poop in the lab I was in before, human :eek:, ewwwie :eek:!!!! Perhaps if they give me a huge raise...

Tuburculosis
09-20-2006, 06:15 AM
i ment vitamin K.

ultra T4
01-18-2009, 01:54 PM
those pictures are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!