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  1. Micromegas

    I am a 31

    Perception is a semantically loaded word to begin with so it makes the debate difficult to begin with. But if "Perception is a filter that we use to fit incoming data into our personal model of the universe" then we are in fact perception 'at out core' because we can't get outside of it. Indeed the idea of having a core is a concept of perception, what Kant called the 'unity of apperception', which is the unity of our experience which is an a priori requirement for any knowledge of objects and about which self we can have no deeper knowledge that it is thing which perceives. Now Kant did not deny the existence of external objects and things, which he called noumena, but argued that human beings can only have knowledge of phenomena, which arise through the (unity of ap)perception (again it's slightly the wrong word) which has senses which are affected by impressions and an understanding which modifies them (gives them form) into appearances. Thus we only know the world as appearance (phenomena) and never the world as absolute (noumena). The 'true nature of reality' is not knowable for human beings, only human worlds are knowable. There may be some entity that can directly intuit noumena (things-in-themselves) but we are not one of them. Kant put will into the field of ethics, as a modality of human knowledge that relates to action in the world of appearances. I just thought i'd chime in cause you guys seem more or less on the same track. As for programming, there are certain human modalities (like time, space, causality) we are locked into as a requirement for perception of objects, and I don't think we can un-program them. But if the human world is a world of appearance, and particularly when we go beyond objects into the world of pure ideas (like theistic or anti-theistic concepts, the immortality or not of soul) then we have a necessity to be indoctrinated in a sense, by opinions. In the Althussurian sense, we don't live free of ideology but here we do have the will to choose, but historically humans have a tendency to remain embedded in the system they are raised in, for better or worse, and ever now and then there is a moment of radical change when social minorities or undercurrents overturn the system, often precipitated by some environmental change (sound familiar). In any case, i enjoyed the story of the personality test and like the idea of dual conscious-unconscious scoring system.
  2. Micromegas

    WBs random photos

    My ters x psych0 is a mongrel. spiny ugly skinny thing, but flowers now. no where near as good as ters or pycho0 on their own. but that is the seed-grown lottery i suppose.
  3. Micromegas

    Noob's cacti

    Well as you will find as your hobby progresses, repotting cactus is a pretty standard thing to do, and trimming the roots is best practice, at least this is what I have found. The fine hairs at the ends of roots are damaged no matter how carefully you repot, and in a pot that stays wet a lot, sometimes he root will have died at the end anyway, so trimming roots just make more surface area for the very fine hairs to regrow, and gives less chance of the plant becoming pot-bound by having long roots dangling ready to wrap around the inside of a pot. Not all plants should be root pruned during transplantation, and not all plants like being moved. But trichs love being moved, especially when they are unhappy, and trimming roots helps them settle in fast and recover more quickly from being relocated in my experience. It might not solve your virus issue, but i have found an excellent way to rehabilitate sick plants (plants that aren't growing well, plants that have gone yellow, and plants with scale) is to move them. On the other hand, I try very hard never to move plants that are growing beautifully.
  4. That will be fine. In fact, cutting of the tips will cause the pups to grow faster. It's a little hard to see from the photos exactly which plant is doing what but here's a hypothetical... If I had a 30cm trichocereus that was procumbent (lying on the ground) when it shouldn't be (not a naturally procumbent plant) but had a 10cm upward, healthy tip, but also had two pups coming from close to the base and looking like they were going to grow well and upright, I would chop off the 10cm tip and make a single plant (this will be the best plant). The I would cut out the middle section, say another 10-15cm. These I would lay down in a pot per HD suggestion, so it grew roots from the bottom. This plant would grow pups of its own, upright. This would leave another 10cm section, with a root ball and pups. This I would leave in its existing pots, so the pups could grow out, to a size where they could be removed (i.e. next season). This would turn one procumbent 30cm plant into - a healthy single column, a pup 'factory', and a healthy root ball with pups. Also it looks to me that you have one, nice already upright plant that is growing a small pup from the base. I would remove the pup from this particular plant (coz it's diverting growth from what appears to be your most upright plant), and repot the plant deeper than it currently is, as it doesn't look like it's sitting in much soil at all.
  5. Basically you did well to grow those plants, especially from 21 seeds! And whatever conditions they are in now are better than b4, otherwise they would not be growing upright, with healthy epidermis, and in the shape of club (the tip is slightly fatter than the middle/bottom). You have options now, being what I have said, what HD has said, or let them keep going as they are in these better conditions until they are bigger. You could try a variety of options as you have enough to test a few things. To answer the original question though - those pups are not large enough to grow on their own and if you cut them, you will need to graft them. Good luck!
  6. Micromegas

    SP health / scab

    well while i am at it, do you have a picture of the entire plant (because it matters how close it is to the bottom and top of the cutting with respect to what you do next) and is that black patch still moist and rotting? plants that get damage will sometimes rot like this, and then heal, and the plant continues to grow fine. for me, about 5% of my plants per year rot in one areole where the spent flower bud does not properly detach. this is rare (since I'm talking many plants and many flowers and just a few that rot) and produces an unsightly scar that never really grows out, but eventually the plant is so big you won't notice. but if the rot keeps spreading, you have to cut it. sometimes you can excise it, if you can get all of it, without cutting the column (like removing a melanoma). This works best on healthy actively growing plants when the rot patch is not too large. But sometimes, especially on cuttings that are not actively growing, you have to cut the column to produce a clean part that will grow into a new plant without rot (like amputation). thus, to give proper advice one must know - is the rot still active and where is it located on the plant and is it a cutting or an actively growing plant. to me it looks dry, is a response to damage, and if there is enough healthy tissue at the bottom, stand upright and plant it, it will grow. for me, rot usually starts as a response to damage (like flowers buds not detaching, frost etc.), and occasionally apparently spontaneously (in bridgesii esp.), will usually resolve on its own in a dry climate (but sometimes migrates into the base, then the roots, and kills the whole plant), but is ideal to chop out when small on particularly favoured plants.
  7. Micromegas

    Noob's cacti

    Nice start to your collection noob. I'm not sure what the problem is exactly with the virus stuff, but when my cactus are not doing well, I yank them out, trim the roots, and plant them back in a better spot (all my plants are in the ground but this method still usually works for resolving issues). I would try with the worst of them, pulling them out, cut the roots back by a third, and put them back into a better growing medium in a location that has more airflow and sunlight. I would also do away with the rock mulch you are using, at least for a while. The soil may be staying too moist especially if your conditions are already humid. It looks great but i am not convinced that rock mulch is good for cactus, especially or particularly if you are in a humid (subtropical) environment where you want the soil to dry out regularly. I think humidity might be your main issue so anything to assist in getting it down will be helpful.
  8. What! You grew these from seed? That's a good effort, but these have been inside, in too little light, in a too-humid environment, for a very long time. I don't understand the climate location Cfb, but in a decent temperate climate, I would chop off the nice, upward growing, undiseased tips, callous them, plant them in good soil and put them outside in a sunny spot but with protection from strong afternoon sun. All the upright ones will improve outside in good soil and will quickly surpass the current growth levels. The rest you can keep and lay them down in good soil outside, on their sides, they will grow roots from the sections touching soil and grow pups that stand upright - but some look diseased, scale or some such, so keep them away from your healthy ones. They will survive as they are but if you want healthy nice fat plants, basically get them upright, in good soil, in bright light, preferably outside.
  9. Micromegas

    What did you do to your cacti today?

    Ten years in and she popped for Christmas. I purchased this plant in 2007 or 2008 from SAB as a T. poco seedling. It went straight in the ground at the size of 250ml red bull can, never really provided supplementary water. Merry Christmas SAB.
  10. Micromegas

    Crested id

    it's a trichocereus, and a nice one.
  11. Micromegas

    What did you do to your cacti today?

    That's a beaut! how tall do you think the body will grow?
  12. Micromegas

    Visitation by birds

    I spent about 5 years having an intimate relationship with birds. With all birds generally, and with some species specifically. I had methods by which I could 'call' certain species to appear, and my thoughts were synchronistically linked with bird behaviour in general. As time went on, i refined my relationship with certain species and could understand by the context in which i saw them (i.e. in relation to other birds, their activities, or my own activities at the time I saw them), the quality of the decisions I was making in my life, which is to say, my level of 'agreement' with the 'flow' of the world. There was a time in which my ability to 'call' birds became dramatically refined, and the quality and frequency of the sychonristic moments that occurred begger belief. For a while, this ability progressed to terrestrial animals, especially snakes and lizards, sometimes dingoes. At a certain point, the path in which my connection to birds was founded, became somewhat anathema to me, as I became cynical, the level of synchronism ceased, leaving only a relationship to a few key species, and with far less frequency - but from time to time still delivers some MAJOR synchronisms. I also cured my cynicism and these days, I view the world through a 'theoretical' lens, but 'bird coincidences' are curious for sure and the topic of synchrony is one of the most pressing, ontologically. And birds themselves are perhaps more suited to act as 'messengers' than other animals, and maybe this is why we 'see' messages from them, as Levi-Strauss once said, “Birds are given human christian names [in mythic societies] in accordance with the species to which they belong more easily than are other zoological classes, because they can be permitted to resemble men for the very reason that they are so different. They are feathered, winged, oviparous, and they are also physically separated from human society by the element in which it is their privilege to move. As a result of this fact, they form a community which is independent of our own, but, precisely because of this independence, appears to us like another society, homologous to that in which we live: birds love freedom; they build themselves homes in which they live a family life and nurture their young; they often engage in social relations with other members of their species; and they communicate with them by acoustic means recalling articulated language. Consequently everything objective conspires to make us think of the bird world as a metaphorical human society: is it not after all literally parallel to it on another level?” In this, calling your magpie 'Claude' (Levi-Strauss) is curious! But one can see how natural it is to construct inverted and externalized relationships with ourselves via the perception of birds, a justification of the verisimilitude of our own lives. From here, as Alchemica noted, it is question of understanding what your inner world is expressing to you in objectifying parts of your life in the acknowledgements of birds - something that, as 'Claude' is pointing out, is something humans have done time since time immemorial.
  13. Micromegas

    Favourite Ethnobotany related books?

    yes me too, but actually the 4th book is the most important and delivers a fully articulated, cogent philosophical system that i suspect has its roots in transcendental idealism. a cactus odyssey is a rippa, and is freely available as a pdf on the web. Gathering the Desert by Gary Paul Nabhan, is a beautiful read. edit to agree that One River is superb.
  14. Micromegas

    What did you do to your cacti today?

    yes would be cool to see this flower.
  15. the dog is a samoyed and eats everything, but has given up on quandongs apparently. every morning she goes and plucks one carob off the tree sits down and eats it, to start the day. the tree is about 80m from the house, has trained my mum to let her out so she can go and get her daily carob. she also once got bitten by a brown snake, trying to eat it, and we rescued four lizards so far this year. has eaten socks, bits of string, dead things, once she came home with a fox that was freshly killed. but she looks so innocent. but anyway, i am surprised about the birds eating the fruits. or rather, i have been surprised birds don't eat my fruits, and I have all the general fruit eating culprits, parrots, cockatoos, wattlebirds. i also have around 10 sandalwoods, they don't fruit as prolifically and nothing eats these either.
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