Friday, February 03, 2006

It's movie time!

The answer to yesterday's mystery image was: dust.

Neil, to answer your question, I would love to put out a book. Anyone know anyone who publishes that sort of thing? I have a proposal ready to go.

Vanessa, the oatmeal is an actual type of oatmeal which is cut into pieces instead of rolled and cooked like the quaker oats type. You can get McCann's Steel-Cut Oatmeal at Trader Joe's. It takes longer to make than Quaker Oatmeal but it's worth the wait.

Now, today we are doing something a little bit unusual. The QX3+ Microscope also has a video capability and I thought I'd take some movies of some of the little critters living at the bottom of my aquarium. They usually move too fast for a still picture or don't look very interesting unless they're moving, so I decided to take some (very small) videos of them. All of the videos are under AVIs which are less than 1 megabyte to download. After researching various video hosting sites, I decided to just put them on my own webspace.

Apologies if any of these are misidentified. This is from memory and guesswork. All movies are at 200x.

(if you are having trouble viewing the video in your browser, right click on the link and save it to your computer first)


Cyclops 1

Cyclops 2

Cyclops 3


Here's the mystery pic at 60x. I have to take the weekend off. Back on monday!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Grab Bag

Guess people didn't like yesterday's multiple choice. For those interested, the answers are: 1) Sucralose (Splenda), 2) Aspartame (Nutrasweet) and 3) Saccharin (Sweet & Low)

Today's pictures:

The head of a pin at 200x. You can see the reflection of my finger in the metal.

A piece of steel cut oatmeal which apparently took a small sliver of the steel along for the ride. 60x.

Baking powder at 200x

An undeveloped grape still on the stem at 60x

What is today's 60x mystery image? Guesses in the comments.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Yesterday's mystery image was a used Gillette M3power razor cartridge at 200x. Here are two other views at 60x.

Today's mystery picture is actually going to be mystery pictures. Below are three different common sugar substitutes, ones you would find in any store or restaurant. All three are 200x. Your job is to guess which image (call them 1, 2 and 3 starting at the top) corresponds to which artificial sweetener.