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Crisp has had a busy day…

Crisp has had a busy day…

Early this morning Crisp set off for a Shakespeare midterm and an Anthropology class, and I was quite surprised when my office door burst open at lunchtime and a very animated and excited Crisp came in to tell me they thought they had possibly found their major!

Apparently there had been conversations before and after class with the Anthropology professor (who has obviously seen something in Crisp and the work that they’ve done) about the fact that Crisp is undeclared and may want to consider Anthropology as a major.

So Crisp went off back to Purchase after lunch for a meeting with the professor to discuss this further, and came back a couple of hours later to announce that as of today they have filled out and handed in the paperwork and are officially registered for a double major in Anthropology and Media Studies!!!

Crisp is so excited about this! I’m a little nervous about the double major part, but apparently most of the Anthro profs also teach MS and there is a huge amount of overlap (and Crisp already has a bunch of requirements for things like studio arts covered with courses from last semester and WCC) so this is not a rarity. And this afternoon the professor (who is now also Crisp’s official faculty adviser) pulled in another of the profs who is a huge D&D nerd and they are already talking about a thesis on the Anthropological Aspects of Dungeons and Dragons as a senior project. So if they think Crisp can do it and the excitement and enthusiasm keeps up this could be something pretty awesome!

13 Hours on Rectory St.

13 Hours on Rectory St.

We’ve been getting more and more frustrated by the fact that the 2 hour parking on Rectory St. is not policed and is being monopolized by a couple of local businesses. So to have some proof of this I set up my 7DmkII in the church doorway and started it taking a shot every 10 seconds at 5:30am this morning. I let it run until 6:30pm and then took the 4,000+ shots and fed them into Photoshop to create the timelapse above 🙂

It’s rendered at 24 frames a second, so 1 second = 4 minutes in real time, 1 minute = 4 hours. It’s not the most interesting subject in the world, but I still think it’s kind of cool.

And now I’ve taught myself how to do this, I might do some more artistic ones …

Faith, our American Chow Crested :)

Faith, our American Chow Crested :)

We got Faith’s dna results a couple of weeks ago and were sure there had to be some mistake as everyone said she was either mostly Border Collie or German Shepherd or a mix of the two.

I emailed Wisdom (the dna company) and questioned whether there was a mix-up or some other kind of error and they referred Faith’s results to their review team. And just today I got an extremely thorough and complete email from one of their vets with a very detailed explanation of her family tree, dna and traits. There were even these three PCA (Principal Component Analysis) plots showing her dna compared to a BC and a GSD (no match) and AmStaffs (undeniable match).

One of the other things she included was a link to this very informative infographic.

So… there she is in all her glory… an American (Staff- 37.5%) Chow (Chow- 25%) (Chinese- 12.5%) Crested 🙂

And we love her.

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Update- It has been pointed out to me that the PCA plots are a little difficult to grasp- from the email we got…

“For your interest, I have graphed Faith’s genetic signature against known purebred German Shepherd Dogs and purebred Border Collies as represented in our database. Faith’s genetic signature is represented by a dark blue hollow dot, labeled with her sample ID number, and is graphed against a group of known purebred German Shepherd Dogs, as well as a control group of “All Breeds.” This is repeated in another PCA plot for Border Collies.

In PCA plots, her data are represented in a spatial relationship with other dogs; the more similar her signature is to a group, the more closely it will cluster with that group. As you can see, her signature shows no significant similarity to the Border Collies or German Shepherd Dogs in our database as it is clustering with the control group in both plots, suggesting recent Border Collie or German Shepherd Dog ancestry is unlikely for her. These findings suggest that she may resemble a Border Collie or German Shepherd Dog because of traits she displays in common with the breed, but has actually inherited from other breeds.

In a third PCA plot, I have graphed Faith’s genetic signature against the American Staffordshire Terrier subtypes as represented in our database. Her genetic signature is again represented by a dark blue hollow dot, labeled with her sample ID number, and is graphed against a group of known purebred American Staffordshire Terriers, as well as a control group of “All Breeds.” As stated above, her data are represented in a spatial relationship with other dogs and the more similar her signature is to a group, the more closely it will cluster with that group. In this case, you can see that her genetic signature has pulled out of the control group cluster and is moving toward the American Staffordshire Terrier subtype clusters. The genetic signature of a dog that is half American Staffordshire Terrier (or has 4 American Staffordshire Terrier great-grandparents) would graph half way between the American Staffordshire Terrier subtype clusters and the control group cluster. With three American Staffordshire Terrier great-grandparents, Faith’s genetic signature is graphing approximately ¾ of the way to the half-way mark between the two clusters. This finding demonstrates that although she may display traits that do not closely resemble those of a purebred American Staffordshire Terrier, she has in fact inherited approximately 37.5% of her DNA from American Staffordshire Terrier ancestors. As discussed above in the details of each individual trait, her physical appearance, however, is a combination of all the various genes she has inherited from all the different breeds in her complete ancestry.”

Snowshoein’ in the woods

Snowshoein’ in the woods

Just phone pictures, but it was great for snowshoeing in the woods today 🙂

We did the full, long loop and the dogs came home very nicely exhausted and have been asleep ever since 🙂

In the woods…

In the woods…

…with my Helios 44m. This is another of my Russian lenses that I actually got a while back but have not really played around with much, It’s very similar to my beloved Helios 44-2, they are both 58mm, f/2 lenses with interesting bokeh, but this one is subtly different- I like it a lot 🙂

I can’t wait for the buds and shoots of spring to start poking through, I think this lens, together with the Pronto Pro autofocus adapter (that allows much closer focusing) will produce some great results 🙂

Faith’s results are in…

Faith’s results are in…

And quite a surprise!

No large percentage of Border Collie or German Shepherd, though they are both represented in the 25% Breed Groups (Guard and Herding). The dog trainer who had fostered her before we had her had posited that she has Staffordshire Terrier in her mix and I guess she was right, but she also thought there was a lot of BC in there too. The biggest surprise is the Chinese Crested, though maybe that explains her feathery tail (we were very surprised when we got Holly’s results that there was Yorkie in there). I guess the AmStaff and the Chow Chow do go a little way to explain her super friendliness with family and reticence with strangers- we thought that was because of something in her past treatment, but it may just be in her genes; she is getting much better though as she meets more people, but she is a big fraidy-cat with dogs she doesn’t know!

Jackie thinks they got things very wrong, but it really doesn’t matter, she’s our Faith whatever her makeup 🙂 I think I shall just say she’s an AmStaff mix with a lot of herding dog in there when people ask.