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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

See? Everyone's doing it.

If you thought I was jumping on the bandwagon by blogging, check this out: Midori-san's Blog. OK, so it's not in english, so unless you've got a good translator you might have some trouble. I'll tell you what's so interesting about it - the author is this guy here:


That's right, it's a plant's blog. Of course, Pigeons have been blogging for years now, so is anyone really impressed?

Satoshi Kuribayashi, a researcher at Keio University, Japan, explains the motive for vegetative blogging. "We were initially interested in what plants are feeling and what they are reacting to where we can't see," he says. The plant informs the world about its daily activities via a variety of sensors which react to sunlight, water, and temperature. These data are combined and converted to simple japanese phrases, like "today was a sunny day and I was able to sunbathe a lot."

Kuribayashi feels the posts are a bit brief at the moment, and hopes more sensors will help Midori-san become a blogging whiz.

If you want your plants to blog, you can check out a company called Botanicalls. They sell kits which will get your potted plants twittering with entries informing you if they need water or are being overwatered. They'll even thank you when you give them attention.

Word of the day: Anthropomorphizing.

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