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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 25, Issue 55

Why don't  you do the research you want to try, using the methods you 
want, until the data you get satisfy you, and then offer your 
conclusions for our use or comments?  I think most people welcome 
additional data and ideas, even though most may also decide that they 
prefer not to take any advantage of it.  Isn't that how nearly all 
basic research is done?  I used to work for NASA years ago, and watched 
people collect esoteric data and publish it, never knowing if anyone 
would ever use the data or the conclusions.  Basic research is almost 
always of no apparent usefulness until long after it has been published 
and digested by enough people.  In any case, if you would enjoy doing 
this, why does it matter if any of us, at this point, see any reason 
for your doing it?

Vaughn H.

On Monday, September 19, 2005, at 12:05 PM, Jerry Baker wrote:

> Liz Wilhite wrote:
>>  As a matter of fact, that is true. It is a waste of time to make 
>> exact
>> measurements of flour, or liquids or eggs or herbs or.... Recipes are 
>> rarely
>> followed exactly by good cooks, mostly because of the variables 
>> involved. An
>> experienced cook knows they are ballpark figures and pays attention 
>> to the
>> appearance, taste and texture to create a great dish. The point is 
>> enjoying
>> the food, not how exact the rule of thumb is that gets you to the 
>> food. I
>> think of food recipes about the same way I think of wpg, CO2 and 
>> nutrients.
> The whole point of a recipe, whether in food or in planted tanks, is to
> have a guide which can be followed with a predictable result. With a
> good recipe, it is not possible to follow the directions accurately and
> end up with an unpredictable result. Some people here seem to be saying
> just that.
> I am asking if a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, would it not be 
> better
> to measure the flour in grams? What if we discover that we can gain 
> more
> predictability by specifying the amount of flour in grams rather than
> cups? That's the whole point. I don't know how to make it more clear.
> Maybe I would find out that it's not any better, but that's something
> that cannot be known until it is tried. It cannot be learned from
> speculation.
> Either I am misunderstanding, or some appear to be saying that there is
> no point in trying to gain predictability because the predictability we
> have is good enough. If that's the case, why do we discuss planted 
> tanks
> at all? I mean, we already know exactly how to accomplish everything we
> want, right?
> -- 
> Jerry Baker
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