Airplants and MSG experiment (indoor)

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So I heard and read few articles about using MSG as a way of forcing "plants" to bloom and I have to see it for myself.
Started Oct 15. I put 1/4 teaspoon of MSG on a gallon of water. I soak the airplants once every two weeks with it and regular rain water weekly. I only use rain water. 2nd picture I notice that one of the ionantha fuego turn red almost like neon color. Today I concluded the experiement. It might be because of my 3000Kelvin lights or a combination of both. But I was able to bloom it with an indoor lighting.

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Brilliant! You're so clever and open to experiments. You mean monosodium glutamate which makes me thirsty all the time?
 

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yes Alp LOL, I really am a believer, my campfire crassula is blooming, my sedum cherry tart is blooming also
 

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My sorry encounter with MSG - years ago, we went to the south coast on holiday and had dinner in this lovely Chinese restaurant. The facade had all the bells and whistles. Like this, but red in colour

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That night I had to drink several glasses of water .. I am very sensitive to this naughty ingredient and can fully understand how diet can influence a person's mood.
 

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yes, I try to avoid it as much as I can too but sometimes, what we eat outside in restaurants is unavoidable. However, my body probably not too sensitive since my grandma who raised us always use it and later in high school life I avoid it. Anyway, I setup my other camera to capture this once in a lifetime beauty thru timelapse. Venus flytrap on the other side.. I will upload to youtube both of them. :)
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Good or bad for you. The ability to tell something alien is good. That's why when I eat out, I sometimes become very bad-tempered AFTER the meal. That's an alarm bell for me. And I will avoid that.

I admire your dedication and would like to know what camera you have, if you don't mind telling that is. .. I need to replace mind and wiseowl's panny is far too near for me!
 

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Photography was always my passion since the 35mm film days. I still remember those days when we wait a week or two to find out we did not nail focus LOL. I use to have canon/nikon back then. Now I went to mirrorless system. I only have 4 lenses that I finally settled with after buying and selling to find that suits my needs. I planned to get back to astrophotography, I remember 30+ yrs ago I was able to capture the rings of saturn on a refractor, back then, it was not like a pro telescope purchased from Bennet Brothers catalog. Now you can call me crazy LOL.
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For astrophotography:
Stellarvue F7 SVR102T 102mm (triplet APO) refractor. This one is equipped with star aligner so I can follow my subject while taking a long exposure down to one pixel.
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I remember 30+ yrs ago I was able to capture the rings of saturn on a refractor, back then, it was not like a pro telescope purchased from Bennet Brothers catalog.

Whoa! Would love to see your photos.. Amazing..

Thinking of buying a TV after I move .. would love to have a sony rather than panny, samsung or LG... Is it stupid belief in something ancient?
 

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TV’s now is soooo much cheaper than before, heck my old plasma finally died and bought an unknown brand which was better than my samsung plasma :) . Regarding my astrophotography venture, unfortunately the house I was in now is sureonded by trees, I was able to capture a one shot of andromeda galaxy when I was in the carolina’s but I forgot the most important device, the tracker! so I cannot do multiple exposures.. So a pic of the moon and a one exposure andromeda.. Maybe when I am retired in my country I will put up a small elevated patio for stargazing.
 

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Wow! Amazing photos.. Can't believe you can capture such far away objects. When people talk about how many light years,, I will sit up and stiffen my back.. We are just a flick of a a light's switch on earth.

What make is your TV? I don't think much of Samsung or panny.. Heavy advertising. I'm after one .. Plasma is very energy consuming though... I used to have a panny freesat plasma which I gave to my ex .. He gave me a bit of money back.
 

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My TV brand I think is hisense LOL, 50" 4K under $400 USD.
 

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I have heard of that name. Is it plasma or LED or OLED? Have you got a model number please? I personally don't believe in the hype of LG or Samsung.
 

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It's LED and it is not bad for a living room setup where the black level is not as critical on a dark room environment
 

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The purists are very fussy about pure black. LOL! Me, I am a PRAGMATIST!
 

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I am a home theater fanatic, I hate going to movies because of noise and some kids popping firecrackers. So I decided to build my own home theater and researched about projectors with the best black level. But for normal TV viewing I could care less haha. It was my biggest project though, The ipad lists all the movies and I use Macmini with Kodi installed for movies controlled via ipad. Now the coolest thing about Kodi is that you can customize your lights, trailers and even trivias.. The lights I use are philips hue which has a plugin for Kodi. I also put an anamorphic lens in front of the projector to get the best picture possible..

Kodi demo here:

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