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Pelicanese

Posted in Life pictorial by justescaped on April 15, 2007

Pictured by my friend Badri, using a Fujifilm Finepix 3200 camera in the winter of 2002 in Goleta, CA.

How to spend a long saturday evening?

Posted in Around the world on a tight budget, Mas despacio, por favor by justescaped on April 15, 2007

Go to London, England.

What’s that? How to get there?

Use directions given by Google Maps, silly.

But can one drive across the Atlantic Ocean?

Of course not, you swim! That’s step # 19 in the directions.

Google Maps tells you the directions to the best wharf on the east coast to jump off from.

Google also tells you it will take you 30 days and 4 hours to make the trip. So pack some extra sandwiches. As of now, its not known if you have to pay toll to cross the Atlantic or how the traffic is like in the shipping lanes, but you do have to carry your passport.

Atlanta trip

Posted in Around the world on a tight budget by justescaped on December 27, 2005
The world famous Georgia Aquarium , with its millions of gallons of water, hundreds of marine species and thousands of hopelessly bored fish gave us an intimate look at fish habitat and genitalia.
Particularly, the giant ‘habitat’ tank offers a cinemascope view of the ocean behing two feet of acrylic (more seamless than glass) barrier. Very impressive. Except the whale shark and its minion fish company (such a comical pairing) looked downright unhappy with the scheme. I bet the pair of ’em (Ralph and Norton) does some thousand rounds daily. See collage on left. Swapnil raised a valid question of the feasibility of housing predator and prey in the same room, and we all wondered for exactly 5.2 seconds before one of Ralph and Norton again made his sombre presence felt. A voice in room explained the mighty logistics of putting the aquarium together, rather than dispersing irrelevant doubts regarding the ecological meaning of it all.

Looking perfectly happy with scheme of things was the “ugly looking fish” (aptly named by H., collage bottom right) and its school of obsequious followers. The grave looking brute and its wraith of followers made a curious spectacle. The rest of the really dangerous sharks looked menacing as they lounged in the shadows of the sea bed, occassionally coming to bare their sparkleys. Then there was the entire cast of ‘Finding Nemo’, now presumably unemployed, strutting their stuff (see Squirt, Nemo, Brucy and his buddies among others). And then there were the really reclusive and exotic ones…. sea horses, sea dragons (neat!) and neon-lit jellyfish, looking mysterious in stark-blue-ly lit chambers. There were cute penguins, ferocious otters, more starfish than you could shake a limb at, giant Beluga whales that made up with size what they lacked in shape, weird looking Crustaceas and other shelled things that are neither cute nor dangerous and a few other honorable mentions.

To their credit, the people in charge have made a reasonable attempt to provide natural and voluminous enough habitats for these fish to have a comfortable existence. After all, it is dangerous out there. Im not a big fan of captivity for animals, but if done right, I can reason with my conscience that these animals are not suffering. Indeed, the Beluga whales did look mirthful and the some others should watch their diet. And we dont have to paddle up and dive to watch these truly wonderful creatures. I had bad dreams after watching “Open Water”.

We spent a total of 4 hours in the aquarium, some other patrons must have spent an equal amount of time outside in the long long queue. Thats us laughing at their fate.