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January 9th, 2008
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Two things
1) Does anybody (preferably someone at a university, with access to scientific journal archives) have any idea where the species name of the beetle Cetonia baxil came from? Google fails.

2) Due to sudden and extreme poverty, I am going to have to skip Further Confusion this year. :-(

Between holidays (and being forced to sit out four workdays), a wave of vet bills for Ocras' kidney problems, and a little fiscal miscalculation, keeping up with expenses this month is completely flatlining our slowly dwindling financial reserves. To the point where even the gas for driving down to San Jose and back is starting to look like a luxury expense. Unless someone wants me at the con desperately enough to give me a complete Friday-night-to-Sunday-afternoon free ride, I'll have to take a pass and start saving up for 2009 once kadyg gets out of cooking school.

Unfortunately, it's likely this will be the case for Pantheacon as well. (And kadyg is hosting a ritual downstairs on that weekend, anyway.) Apologies to the people I was looking forward to meeting there.

Current Location: ~/Brainstorm
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: Indigo Girls, "Hammer and a Nail"
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From:mithent
Date:January 9th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
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There are no matches on PubMed or Web of Knowledge for "baxil", and the only two on JSTOR aren't useful (about yeast transformation and Jewish neo-Aramic dialects - both as images, so not easy to find out what the "baxil" was anyway).
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From:baxil
Date:January 9th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
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OK. Thanks for looking.
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From:krinndnz
Date:January 9th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear that about FC - I hope that the long-term outlook is still non-disastrous ?
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From:baxil
Date:January 9th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
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In the short term, we're not getting kicked out to the street or missing utility bills. In the medium term, my hours have been cut at work just enough that I'm barely drowning instead of barely floating. In the long term, I'm looking at replacing one of my two current jobs to get me closer to a 40+-hour workweek, or else trying to pick up piecemeal work (and/or eBaying off all my crap).
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From:kadyg
Date:January 10th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
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>and/or eBaying off all my crap

Might I gently suggest you consider this anyway? Mostly in the interest of reclaing some space in "your" room.

XOXO
Lovely wife
From:antwondotcom
Date:January 9th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear about your present financial crunchedness, Bax.

In the unlikely event that things change drastically and you do make it down for some or another event, feel free to give a shout - our apartment is a whopping eight minute drive from the DoubleTree in San Jose, and we can easily be conned out of a free dinner or the like. :)
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From:baxil
Date:January 10th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
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Hopefully, round about May, Lovely Wife kadyg and I will be attending BayCon, which is no longer at the Doubletree but is still in the area. If I don't drop you a line as Memorial Day approaches, give me a prod! I'd love to meet you and the other half. :)
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From:dragonzuela
Date:January 10th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
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So if this beetle is common enough to have been in Encyclopedia Britannica in 1893 (this is a big encyclopedia, but there are also a great many species of beetles) but is not Google-able now, it might be that the species name has changed since then. I looked on Web of Science and didn't find anything for the species, and few articles for the genus. So the genus is in the subfamily Cetoniinae, AKA flower chafer.

The next place that I would go (and this could happen depending on how bored I get of lab work) would be this book:
Author Arrow, G. J.(Gilbert John),1873-1948.
Title Coleoptera, Lamellicornia / by G.J. Arrow.
Published London : Taylor and Francis, 1910-1950.
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From:baxil
Date:January 10th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the research! I'd originally missed the publication date.

You'd think that the 1893 EB itself would be out of copyright, and thus available scanned somewhere online -- but no luck with that yet, either ...
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From:luna_torquill
Date:January 11th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
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In the fifteen articles found by doing a full-text search for "Cetonia" in the online archives of Blackwell Synergy (which carries mainstream scientific journals), the only species name I have found is C. aureus. Cetonia is a fairly small genus of little interest to researchers, and tends to show up only in surveys of other Scarabaeidae.

I do have the ability to get many of the articles listed, but the abstracts don't seem to suggest they're worth fetching. Let me know if you find otherwise.

A full-text search for "baxil" pulled up only one article: "Quantum Theory, Relativity, and the Bohm Model", from the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Sort of off-topic. :)
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From:baxil
Date:January 16th, 2008 08:26 am (UTC)
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Thanks for looking. I'm still curious, but I don't want to turn this into a production. May just have to file it under "random inexplicable Baxil sightings." :)
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