Photosynthetic Animals

Photosynthetic AnimalsAt a question-answer website of which I am a suspended member now, I was asked the following question, “Are there any photosynthetic animals? Please list, if any.” Most of the answers were unaffirmative. My answer was a resounding yes, highlighting the known ones, lo and behold to my amazement the answer got many views and upvotes, how can I not share it here! You’ll be astounded by how beautifully the eukaryotes and prokaryotes intertwine and interrelate. The taxonomic distinctions blur, underscoring the beautiful unity in diversity.
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Valentines from my son

Valentine Heart Dog

There was a Valentine celebration at my kid’s elementary school. The festivities and jubilation were expected to be observed in the spirit of love for one’s own family, pets or homeland. My son with his impartial sense of comradeship for one and all created and distributed these cute little dogs so no one was left out. He’s already such a charmer, he wins hearts without being crafty!
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Poetry in pattern

Create your own custom pattern on fabricI and my kids created this for their school’s Powwow. My daughter’s third grade teacher Mrs. ‘L’ is the inspiration behind this, requesting us to make one of these.  She gave us a legend that deciphers all the interesting Native American symbols and what they mean.  My son experimented with the fabric-crayons hence, emerged the true colors. My daughter embellished the poncho with lively landscape and jovial figures. I was the iron lady behind this endeavor, just kidding! continue>>

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A glimpse of our puzzle

Wikipedia turns 15 Over the weekend we accomplished completion of our longish and extensive pursuit. My husband and my kids were engrossed, so was I, finishing this 500 piece jig-saw puzzle. We all naturally gravitate towards what’s unsolved, perhaps that’s the beauty of mystery. A part of us always wants to piece together, to try and arrange out-of-place pieces just to see, if the whole makes sense, perhaps this is the beauty of harmony. Being constructively busy and rejoicing at the same time, that is the beauty of life, all around the world. continue>>

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What does Wikipedia mean to you?

Wikipedia turns 15I am very pleased to announce that today marks Wikipedia’s 15th anniversary! Please share your thoughts and let the world know what you think about Wikipedia:

https://15.wikipedia.org/?pk_campaign=bison&pk_keyword=anon

To me, Wikipedia is an online treasure trove and an amazing platform for gathering and sharing open source information and media. continue>>

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Please have some Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Kheer or Eggless Rice PuddingToday I would like to share Kheer(rice pudding) recipe, on the occasion of full moon. Full moon is also known as  पूर्णिमा(Purnima) in the Sanskrit language. People celebrate this event with kheer. My mom makes magical kheer, I remember, on Purnimas our neighborhood/community would gather under the moonlight  in our yard/terrace to enjoy this sweet dish. Though a full moon occurs once every month, but, when it occurs twice a month it is referred to as a blue moon, though it is not blue colored, it occurs “once in a blue moon” – a phrase to mean a rare occurrence. When the year has 13 full moons instead of the usual 12, the “extra” moon is the blue one. It was a blue moon yesterday! continue>>

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Create Transparent Text with GIMP’s Xach Effect

How to Create Transparent Text with GIMP's Xach EffectThere are times when you add solid text on to an image and the beauty of the image is hidden. Especially the pictures of Nature or a beautiful artwork with detailed intricate patterns and engravings, you don’t want them concealed by solid text. The solution to get around this is to create transparent text by using Xach effect in GIMP. I like transparent text, it is like water you can see thru it. There are complex tutorials with tedious steps showing you how to make the text transparent by using masking layer, that is not needed. You can implement this cool effect in few easy steps by using this simple tutorial without the need for masking layer. Here’s how continue>>

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GIMP’s Xach Effect for ink-saving stencils

How to make stencil with Xach Effect in GIMPI happen to be a not-so-active member of an online GIMP forum, a user had this question. I have shared my answer there. But, then I felt the need to share the answer here as well, incase anyone wants to apply this effect. This blog seems like a good broadcasting platform for sharing this type of stuff. My first response would be to urge everyone to manually draw the letter by hand without opting for a stencil, however if one is still inclined to use a graphic editor tool for this task, I would suggest using GIMP to accomplish this. Here’s how continue>>

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