Monday, March 23, 2009

myBlogS 2009 - Malaysian Blog Survey

I have not been updating for a while - not because our garden has stopped growing, but because I'm well busy with this
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It's for my research into the monetisation of Malaysian blogs - I'm doing an anthropology PhD on the Malaysian blogosphere, focusing on how monetisation is affecting blogs, bloggers, and blogging.

If you read Malaysian blogs, please take the time (5-10 minutes for blog readers, 10-15 minutes for bloggers) to do the survey. As a token of appreciation, there's a prize draw for participants - the top prizes are Platinum Movie Suite vouchers. The summarised results will be posted online once I have compiled them.

And feel free to tell anyone you know who may be interested! :)

Click here to do the Malaysian Blog Survey

For the gardeners out there - here's a picture of some colourful iridescent beetles - I'm not sure if they are good or bad for the plants, but they look nice anyway :)
iridescent beetles

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Elephant's Ear propagation

We have an Elephant's Ear in the corner of our garden under a palm tree. It appeared by accident, but I think it's no coincidence as the Elephant Ear likes compost (according to this useful guide to 'General Aroid Care'), and that's where we put a lot of the larger waste that we can't fit in the compost bins.
elephant's ear and palm tree

The official name is Alocasia macrorrhizos, and another name is Giant Taro.
Elephant's Ear

As you can see, it spreads easily too - it is known as a hardy plant that can also survive in less favourable environments, and works as a house plant too.
young elephant's ear plants

It spreads by stolons that form corms - here you can see the roots, or stolons I'm not sure, coming out of the stem.
elephant;s ear stolon