Showing posts from March, 2014


Spring 2014 is an ongoing series of surprises and a chance to reconnect with the fringes of the property. I went down the north slope of the main finger that spurs off from south of midpoint between admin and the cafeteria. I dropped into a familiar old gully in the fold and then up over the tail spur of the ridge that drops from the women's residence hall. This put me high in another fold that now has a pipe in it.

Trails rise up from above and to the west of this area, one towards the male residence hall, one back towards the female residence hall.

A trail down into the valley that may connect the Yapese hut area to the valley floor.

A trail rising from the area of the former shot.

Arlen working in the cemetery.

The jasmine plant just barely visible in the mid-foreground.

A rock pile I used to mark the location of the plants when I did the transplanting. The pile proved useful today.

Rotick and Arlen working in the cemetery.

Rain settles in over the class. Sother Junior and Mona…

Leaf shape walk in Paies

SC 115 Ethnobotany spring 2014 is night at the improv. The Palikir ethnobotanical learning garden was bulldozed as part of the effort to level ground and landscape north of the entrance road. I had been planning to shift the walk to a southern route to Haruki, but midday I learned that tree cutting was occurring along the southern slope, with the contracted cutting team moving into the cemetery after lunch. The cutting team would be working on taking down the Falcataria moluccana - a hundred footer - and the garden would be far too dangerous. I began by covering leaf parts, arrangements, and shapes on the white board in A101, an atypical start for this particular class. I used no models, just the white board. Then the class headed to the Terminalia catappa and on to the east.

Documenting the new trek route, I spun around to photograph the group headed up the road. The camera shy scattered for the side of the road, the camera hungry headed to the middle of the road. Sandra, Carie-Ann, …

Speed of Sound

Laboratory nine, the speed of sound, went well with the usual drop in estimated sound speed from the 8:00 section to the 11:00 section. 8:00 had a 313 m/s estimate (332 m/s if y-intercept forced to zero). 11:00 had a low 218 m/s (299 m/s if y-intercept forced to zero). Not sure how to counter that speed drop, a drop that is consistently seen term after term.

Wendolin on the long echo track.

 Reed claps the boards while Jermy  times.

GPS distance measuring in the afternoon.

Foods of Micronesia

Food presentations in SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany

Carlinda, Leona, and Maylevlynn presented uhten ruk sukusuk: boiled pounded Chuukese banana.

The base ingredients for taro balls: ground taro (mwahng) and coconut. The mix dried out in the air conditioning and would not form balls by late afternoon. The balls are best formed if the taro is still hot.

Rais dol uht. Rice and banana boiled together, pounded together, coconut milk mixed in at the end.

Merlina Edward and Jenny Gabriel presenting their rais dol uht.

Yuuch yarong (Ulithi), pa'aw (Yap), rorren uuch (Chuukese).

LillyJane John and Carie-Ann Yauwelmong

Mwahng idihd, ground taro.

Senioreen and Westcot presented mwahng idihd.

Hanae Shimizu presents Japanese rice

Japanese domestic rice is a more glutinous rice.

RipStik Sine Wave

Physical science chapter nine wave forms began with a RipStik run as in prior terms. Again this term, as I did last term, I did not walk down to A101. I opted to again use the covered walkway on the east side of the library. The poster pad was still in my office from the ethnobotany gymnosperm presentations, so I opted to run the swizzle first.

This term I used a tape measure in lieu of meter sticks. Due to wind, all edges had to be fully taped down. A bar of soap is holding down the one corner.

The tape measure proved a handy adaptation.

A practice run. Westbound, uphill, works better than downhill, but a steeper slope might help. Having four waves on the paper, rather than two and change, would be better I suspect. I have used the steeper slope, but that location is also closer to the B building. I remain concerned about noise spill over.

My wave form was not as stable as I might have liked, and I crossed the paper faster than I had wanted to. Hard to have both a stable wave form an…