Sunday, October 31, 2010

a beautiful song from the DNA

I don't talk much about my research in here, part of the reason is simply I want to keep this blog as "fishy" as possible. This is the place I hide all the "office regular". is is some of my rare science report. it has been a amazing life to work with the harvard group. Almost everyday.. new talks, new discussions... generating a lot of great ideas and I have learned a tons! I absolutely love my lab!! We have found something interesting from the DNA lately! We have been "fishing" from the "ocean like" genomic DNA from a lovely bird. and I have got some hot result that I want to share here! Those shining bar are DNA samples, each of the little bar represent different genes (most of them are different). Some of them are gold and some of them are not so gold. But, it's all good! We have been characterizing some of the good samples and found some interesting signals... I am so excited and almost lost my sleep!! It's amazing to work with the group!! Yeeehow... more DNA to go! : ) I am loving it!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

finally found!

Johnny Hodges - one of the greatest alto saxophone player in the world! I have this CD about 11 year old, but it was mysteriously lost in a friend's house in Canada. After keep searching for years and yielded no result. I almost give up on this CD. However, just a random search on the Amazon last week, I can not believe my eyes when the search bring up this CD. Almost identical as the one I lost. It is a reprint from the Verve on 2009. Wow... I still can't believe my eyes when it started to play. ecstasy is about right term to describe my feel. highly recommended!! if you like the big band Jazz.

Monday, October 25, 2010

fall is here

fall is here! amazing color is everywhere... I had a chance to visit a river and just felt I have to take a spey rod with me. swing, step and enjoy the fall setting... life is colorful and peaceful!
This particular spey rod was one of my favorite light rod, it is a G loomis Dredger 6/7 12'9. A wonderful full flex light rod. I paired it with a custom cut 370 grain skagit line about 20 feet, plus about 12 feet fast sink tip. The reel is one of the classic Mohlin salmon reel. well balanced and make the maneuver so effortless. The set up is aimed to match the heavy -weighted fury flies which might elicit the hunger of the big brown trout. Unfortunately, I only had smaller browns come into play, ha... it's fun enough! I was mainly casting Ed Ward's style - Skagit double spey, down stream perry poke and reverse C spey. It is so cool to see this soft rod just springing up and shoot the heavy fly right out. It's all about the circular moment and utilize the angular momentum! It's a true joy to cast those heavy sinktip and heavy fly!

Friday, October 22, 2010

the world is centered on ladies! I need to practice my dance too!: )

Thursday, October 21, 2010

tea and salmon

tea and salmon! it will prepare a day's energy for you! while visiting a friend's family, we enjoyed a lot of those health food with great flavor. Tea makes my mind clear, salmon re boost the stamina. I really miss those delicious food. For the stressful works I am doing now... I think I need some of those very soon! BTW, I need to quit drinking coffee... bad... @@

Surf & Inshore Fishing 2009 - Part 1 from Peter Laurelli on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

omiyage! fly fisher magazines

gift from Japan! Fly Fisher Magazines Sept,Oct and Nov issues. Great photos and awesome articles and well edited! Thank you! SY

Sunday, October 17, 2010

mountain is home

As It Happens from renan ozturk on Vimeo.

what a awesome project! I feel home again!

Friday, October 15, 2010

splice jointed ferrule system

after owned a spice jointed rod, I have confirmed this is really a superior design, especially for the long two handed rods. The splice jointed ferrule system basically is using electrical tape to tape the two pieces of precisely cut blanks together. It does take more time before fishing, but not really that much. You careful align the two and wrapped them together. After the taping work is done, you pretty much is good to go for the whole day, without worrying about the loosen ferrules. The other cool thing about this system is the rod cast just like one piece rod! I don't know what you feel about multiple piece rod, personally, I hate multiple piece rods (whether it is a single handed or double handed rod). Not only the multiple joints will decrease the sensitivity, but also they "need" constant checking for loosen ferrules (even after the extra tapping work). I know I am a bit paranoid about the loosen ferrules...@@ but for this splice joint ferrule system. I think it rebuilt my faith to the multiple pieces rod. My next rod would be another Riverwatch! What a wonderful casting machine!

if you are still skeptical about the switch rod, then, you have been missing out a lot of fun... listen what Ed said. It's so fun! : )

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

in love memory of pochi

"OK, doggie, from now on, you are a member of our family. I named you Pochi!"
He loved running, eating, swimming in the lake,
playing with Gyu, and chasing Kuro.
(sometimes too much)
He was a curious, active and very adorable boy.


A lovely dog we loved has passed away. My friend wrote a beautiful poem and made a sweet poster. It remind me how much people love him. Pochi is a lively and smart boy. He has a pair of beautiful emotional eyes, and yet bare a sort of secretive untamed wild spirit in his blood. He is a kind of character that reminded me it doesn't matter how long we have lived, but it matters the life way we have chosen. You will be missed! Pochi.

Rising from the Shadows from Hale Orviston on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Birthday! Taiwan!

Let's celebrate the 99th birthday of a small beautiful country! Taiwan : ) I love you! There is no lie!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Sunday, October 03, 2010

more reading..

more reading on Sat. night. not bad at all.. : )

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish | Video on

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish | Video on

Tim Birkhead: The early birdwatchers | Video on

Tim Birkhead: The early birdwatchers | Video on
my dear sister Kelly just show me this amazing website, full of wonderful talks! one of the talks just caught my eyes immediately... Wow...I absolutely love it!
Tim Birkhead is a world renowned ornithologist from UK. Last year, we had a great honor to have him visited the lab and I had a wonderful time to chat with him. It is such a wonderful treat to talk to him in person! If you are interested in nature, you have to watch this awesome talk! If you are also crazy about birds, there are several books already out from Tim. Don't miss it! LINK

PB&J painting - Duane Keiser

one of my favorite contemporary artist. - Duane Keiser. He is also known for this "a painting a day series" making a small painting everyday for more than 10 years... they are all available on the ebay. Check out his website here
The leaves are turning yellow, and the air is turning crispier... I guess it is time to get my paint brushes out and get ready for the winter! This gonna be a good one! : )

Friday, October 01, 2010

friday night!

I don't know what you are doing on this very Friday night? but I am sure I am going to have something to make the spirit high! I am going to crank up some beers and reread a awesome book from Rene' Harrop! - Learning from the water. This is such a great book. It's a book all about the essential element of fly fishing. "leaning from the water!" If challenge will bring you to a higher satisfaction, then this is it! The top of the game - spring creek fishing. Not only it reminded me a lot of sweet memories in this past summer, but also this book is full of vivid fishing experience and wisdom of life. I highly recommend! You can order one directly from the Trout Hunter.