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Aaron Hicks' book is finished

Post by Mick Fournie » Sat, 13 Nov 1999 04:00:00



Aaron,

While reading some boring obscure RGO post on Dendrobium flasks I came
across the note that your book is finished.... come on, we on RGO deserve
more of a (grand) notice than just that.  This is wonderful.
Congratulations.  This is great!

Tell us more... how many pages?  Color pictures?  Main topics?  The title?
Do you have "contributors" or did you write everything?  How many copies in
the first printing?  Will "they" make a movie out of your book?  Is it
geared for beginner or advanced flaskers?  Is it jammed packed with newly
researched topics?  Hardbound?  Do Lifetime RGO members get the special
discount?  Ah... so many questions... so little time.

Write to us O' wise sage of the mountains in New Mexico.

Mick

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Quote:
> > Anyone have tips on replate tools?  I read.....

<CLIP>
</CLIP>....
Quote:
> Yeah. My book. Done today, available on Monday through Botana
> Books and Art (www.botana.com), or contact me directly. $45 plus shipping.

> :-)

> It's done.

> -AJHicks
> Orchid Seedbank Project
> Socorro, NM

 
 
 

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Post by buns » Sat, 13 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Mick,
You just can't help yourself can you?  What is boring to you is interesting
to others.  This is a we group here.  Lighten up and have some fun while
learning what you do not already know and passing over what you have already
learned.

Buns
Houston TX

Quote:
> Aaron,

> While reading some boring obscure RGO post on Dendrobium flasks I came
> across the note that your book is finished.... come on, we on RGO deserve
> more of a (grand) notice than just that.  This is wonderful.
> Congratulations.  This is great!

> Tell us more... how many pages?  Color pictures?  Main topics?  The title?
> Do you have "contributors" or did you write everything?  How many copies
in
> the first printing?  Will "they" make a movie out of your book?  Is it
> geared for beginner or advanced flaskers?  Is it jammed packed with newly
> researched topics?  Hardbound?  Do Lifetime RGO members get the special
> discount?  Ah... so many questions... so little time.

> Write to us O' wise sage of the mountains in New Mexico.

> Mick

> ------------------------------------



> > > Anyone have tips on replate tools?  I read.....
> <CLIP>
> </CLIP>....

> > Yeah. My book. Done today, available on Monday through Botana
> > Books and Art (www.botana.com), or contact me directly. $45 plus
shipping.

> > :-)

> > It's done.

> > -AJHicks
> > Orchid Seedbank Project
> > Socorro, NM

 
 
 

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Post by buns » Sat, 13 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Mick
You just cant help yourself can you.  What you find boring and obscure
others fint interesting and pertinent.  Lighten up and learn from what you
do not know and let the rest go by.

Buns
Houston TX

Quote:
> Aaron,

> While reading some boring obscure RGO post on Dendrobium flasks I came

 
 
 

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Post by Ken Woodwar » Sat, 13 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Ease up.  Mick has been on his best behavior lately.  Take your own advice
and lighten up.  He was joking.  Let's not get things started again.
_________________
__ Ken Woodward ___
____Newton, MA___

Quote:
> Mick,
> You just can't help yourself can you?  What is boring to you is
interesting
> to others.  This is a we group here.  Lighten up and have some fun while
> learning what you do not already know and passing over what you have
already
> learned.

> Buns
> Houston TX


> > Aaron,

> > While reading some boring obscure RGO post on Dendrobium flasks I came
> > across the note that your book is finished.... come on, we on RGO
deserve
> > more of a (grand) notice than just that.  This is wonderful.
> > Congratulations.  This is great!

> > Tell us more... how many pages?  Color pictures?  Main topics?  The
title?
> > Do you have "contributors" or did you write everything?  How many copies
> in
> > the first printing?  Will "they" make a movie out of your book?  Is it
> > geared for beginner or advanced flaskers?  Is it jammed packed with
newly
> > researched topics?  Hardbound?  Do Lifetime RGO members get the special
> > discount?  Ah... so many questions... so little time.

> > Write to us O' wise sage of the mountains in New Mexico.

> > Mick

> > ------------------------------------



> > > > Anyone have tips on replate tools?  I read.....
> > <CLIP>
> > </CLIP>....

> > > Yeah. My book. Done today, available on Monday through Botana
> > > Books and Art (www.botana.com), or contact me directly. $45 plus
> shipping.

> > > :-)

> > > It's done.

> > > -AJHicks
> > > Orchid Seedbank Project
> > > Socorro, NM

 
 
 

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Post by TWCor » Sun, 14 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Sign me up. How do we work this out Aaron? I have been waiting for your book
for sometime, although we seem to be having terribly good luck with flasking to
date. I am cuious as to how you are getting parvis to germinate!!!

Let me know how I canobtain a book directly from you!!

Tony
Tony Whitaker

 
 
 

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Post by TWCor » Sun, 14 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Mick sounded pretty funny to me. I didn't read into it that he was being
obnoxious!! But then again email is a dangerous medium since all you see is
words...no voice or body language!!

Tony Whitaker

 
 
 

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Post by Sylvain Van der Wald » Sun, 14 Nov 1999 04:00:00


On 13-Nov-99 07:25:30, TWC***wrote about: Re: Aaron Hicks' book is finished

Quote:
> Mick sounded pretty funny to me. I didn't read into it that he was being

  *******************************

Quote:
> obnoxious!! But then again email is a dangerous medium since all you see
> is words...no voice or body language!!

I agree that Mick's message was *humorous.*
"Let sleeping dogs lie", *please.*

Quote:
> Tony Whitaker

Regards.
Sylvain Van der Walde (Mr).

(London, England, UK).
 
 
 

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Post by Aaron Hic » Tue, 16 Nov 1999 04:00:00


        In a more dangerous time, Mick spake thusly:

Tell us more... how many pages?  Color pictures?  Main topics?  The title?

        Well, it's 145 pages, paperback. It has 14 b/w diagrams, 1 color
diagram, 14 b/w photos, 21 color photos, and 6 tables.
        There's actually more to it than 6 tables- but I only specify 6
tables. There is much more than this in the form of tabular data, but it
is encompassed into the text.

Quote:
> Do you have "contributors" or did you write everything?

        Many people contributed. Moises Behar, Jurgen Bohm, Kelly Zytaruk,
the Bakers, Bill Steele, Dave MacDonald, Bob Ferry, Nelson B. Machado
Neto, Fred Bergman, and so many others. Karl Siegler (if you get AQ,
you've seen his photos) did 6 of the color photos. Moises Behar graciously
permitted reprinting of 6 more. Both are superb photomicrographers.
        Many others (including Mick) were consulted for their expertise
and opinions on various subjects.
        The cover photo (an SEM photo of an orchid seed) was done by
Julian Guardian of Rocky Mountain Sciences.

Quote:
>  How many copies in the first printing?

        100.

Quote:
> Will "they" make a movie out of your book?

        An "IMAX" flick is rumored to be in the works, yes.

Quote:
> Is it geared for beginner or advanced flaskers?

        A little of both. Although it's hard-core science, I didn't want
to alienate growers by starting off on a plateau above most everyone's
head. So, it starts with the basics, and builds on that. And, for those
that just want meat and potatoes, there's a small section in the back for
everyone.

Quote:
> Is it jammed packed with newly researched topics?

        Oh, my, yes. It's also a compendium of all the goodies from two
years worth of literature research on my own time.

        Chapter 1: The orchid seed: Germination
        Orchid mycorrhiza
        Chapter 2: A brief history of orchids from seed
        History
        Chapter 3: The basics
        Orchid seed production (green capsule, pollination, pollination of
miniature flowers, pollination of vanilla, pollen storage, pollen
viability)
        Orchid seed harvesting
        Orchid seed storage (humidity, hydrates, relative humidity,
measuring humidity, constant humidity solutions, longevity, short-lived
seed, rehydration)
        Handling and shipping of orchid seed (static controls, laws)
        Lab basics (chemical safety, glassware, lab equipment, pH,
buffers, suitable pH for germination of orchid seed)
        Media, sterilization, and bacteriology 101 (chemical
sterilization, thermal sterilization, filtration sterilization,
denaturation, UV light sterilization, radiation sterilization, microwaves,
introductory microbiology)
        Preparation of the media (types of media, fertilizer-based media,
improvised media, formulae for expedient orchid seed germination, stock
solutions, stock solution preparation, aseptic sowing area, flasks)
        Chapter 4: Technique
        Preparation of the sowing area (glass sheet technique, glove
boxes, laminar flow hoods, hands, bleach vs. ***)
        Disinfection of seed (batch washing, filtration, dropwise,
decanting, rapidfire, chlorine gas sterilization, floating seed,
disinfection times, vacuum treatment, documentation)
        Green capsule technique (technique)
        Variations on a theme (use of steam during flasking, techniques
for introducing seed, OSP technique, small-volume flasks, sterile area
alternatives, lid seals, miscellaneous)
        Chapter 5: Post-sowing
        Dealing with contamination problems (aggressive efforts, source of
contamination, treating plugs, sealing flasks, mites, vacuum treatment)
        Care of the sown flasks (dry flasks, root growth, disposal of
flasks and conditioning)
        Replate
        Deflasking and seedling care
        Chapter 6: Advanced techniques
        Media modifications (charcoal, water, iron, sugars, vitamins,
nitrogen, inositol, amino-acid based media (entire section for cyps!),
making your own media, fruit juices and other extracts, anticontaminants
in media, nutrient deficiencies)
        Specific genera (terrestrial orchids)
        Making your own glove box
        Manufacturing baffle ports for a glove box
        New directions in seed disinfection (thermal, gas, peroxides,
hypochlorites, duration of exposure with hypochlorites, Virkon S, DCCA,
outdated techniques)
        Practicing with inert compounds
        Alternative gelling agents (PhytaGel, kappa carrageenan, membrane
rafts, capillary media, super absorbent polymers)
        Viability testing and seed analysis (microscopic examination, sed
types, chemical staining, photomicrography, floating seed)
        Appedix I: Where to start (media, flasking area, seeds, sowing,
easy starts)
        Appendix II: Improvised home flasking
        Appendix III: Sources, conversions, additional reading,
trademarks, about the author, about the OSP, how it works)

        I do hope that covers most of the aspects of growing orchids from
seed. Any typos above are mine.
        To purchase a copy, contact Bob at Botana:


        Copies are $45 plus shipping. There may be specials going on, so
contact Bob for details.
        And don't worry. :-) If we sell out of the first hundred, we'll
print more.

        -AJHicks
        Orchid Seedbank Project
        Socorro, NM

 
 
 

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Post by Kim Vei » Tue, 16 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Congratulations Aaron!Sounds facinating...good luck with it,hope it
'bumps' Susan Orleans book[your fave]off the map~~~~
                                                        Kim
 
 
 

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Post by Mick Fournie » Tue, 16 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Aaron,

Excellent.  The orchid flasking world is a lot safer (and less mystical)
with you looking over our shoulders.  I appreciate all the advice (esp on
sulfuric acid) you have given to me in the past on agar formulations/tricks
and I am sure I echo similar sentiments for dozens of other orchid flaskers
in this regard.

Best of luck on selling out the first 100 books.

Mick Fournier

PS, an IMAX movie!... now I really am impressed.  I would sign off with a
happy face... but I could never figure out how "they do 'dat".

 
 
 

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Post by Dale Border » Tue, 16 Nov 1999 04:00:00



: Well, it's 145 pages, paperback. It has 14 b/w diagrams, 1 color
: diagram, 14 b/w photos, 21 color photos, and 6 tables.
: There's actually more to it than 6 tables- but I only specify 6
: tables. There is much more than this in the form of tabular data, but it
: is encompassed into the text.

Congratulations and felicitations, Aaron! Thanks from a species grower.
Anal-retentive is GOOD!

Dale

 
 
 

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Post by Mick Fournie » Wed, 17 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Kim,

As you may recall the movie rights to Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief
has been sold... Actor/producer John Malkovich basically controls it now.
The team lining up to make this movie looks like Director Spike Jonze and
screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.  This quirky trio has a new movie out now just
released called "Being John Malkovich"

http://www.beingjohnmalkovich.com/

I would bet today that this film (ie BJM) is a contender in the next
Academy Awards simply for it's "over-the-top" story line and the superb
acting.  "Being John Malkovich" should be considered in the same league of
films for 1999 with American Beauty and Sleepy Hollow... and perhaps
Illuminato.

I think Susan's book is going to take a sharp left turn into strangeness
with these 3 guys making the movie and orchids in general will be quite (ie
even more) "hip" after the new movie is produced.

Mick
www.OrchidFlask.com

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Quote:
> Congratulations Aaron!Sounds facinating...good luck with it,hope it
> 'bumps' Susan Orleans book[your fave]off the map~~~~
>                                                         Kim

 
 
 

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Post by Dan and Marla Nikir » Thu, 18 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Here Mick..... I can help you out here and do it for you     :-)    :)    

Marla

Quote:

> PS, an IMAX movie!... now I really am impressed.  I would sign off with a
> happy face... but I could never figure out how "they do 'dat".

 
 
 

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Post by Al » Thu, 18 Nov 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
>Here Mick..... I can help you out here and do it for you     :-)    :)

>Marla


>> PS, an IMAX movie!... now I really am impressed.  I would sign off with a
>> happy face... but I could never figure out how "they do 'dat".

I can see you have "Emoticons For Dummies".  A great book.  I found mine in
the yellow section of my local book store.

For those more interested in Aaron's book then the emoticon book I have
reposted info I found in Orchidguide Digest this morning.  I suspect you
will not find THIS book in the yellow section.

"Asymbiotic Technique of Orchid Seed Germination" is available

paperback. 14 b/w diagrams, 1 color diagram, 14 b/w photos, 21 color
photos, and 6 tables. There is a lot more tabular data than just the six I
mention here; they're integral with the text.
 For more info, we'll have it available on the OSP's webpage at:
http://members.xoom.com/ahicks/osp.html
 starting sometime tonight (11/17/99).
 Cost is $45, although Bob may have specials going on.

 
 
 

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Post by Mick Fournie » Thu, 18 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Marla,

I do believe it would be smart for me to send all my future RGO letters to
you first for proper emoticon-ing prior to posting.

Ya know... you might be on to something Marla... if you offered this service
over the internet just imagine all the clients you could have.  At 25 cents
an emoticon, you could be raking in the big bucks quickly jazzing up
peoples' letters... think about it.  In the future no letter to a newsgroup
(with the proper emoticons) would require clarification.... all letters
would have "clarity".  The world would be a much happier place to live in,
wars would be a thing of the past, no more earthquakes, hurricanes, bomber
geese... ah... life would be serene.

Mick

PS... now if artiste Karen invents a flower emoticon... we'll be on to
something really big.

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Quote:
> Here Mick..... I can help you out here and do it for you     :-)    :)

> Marla


> > PS, an IMAX movie!... now I really am impressed.  I would sign off with
a
> > happy face... but I could never figure out how "they do 'dat".