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June 30, 2008 — The ancestors of maize originally grew wild in Mexico and were radically different from the plant that is now one of the most important crops in the world. While the evidence is clear that maize was first domesticated in Mexico, the time and location of the earliest domestication and dispersal events are still in dispute. Now, in addition to more traditional macrobotanical and archeological remains, scientists are using new genetic and microbotanical techniques to distinguish domesticated maize from its wild relatives as well as to identify ancient sites of maize agriculture. These new analyses suggest that maize may have been domesticated in Mexico as early as 10,000 years ago. Dr. John Jones and his colleagues, Mary Pohl, and Kevin Pope, have evaluated multiple lines of evidence, including paleobotanical remains such as pollen, phytoliths, and starch grains, as well as genetic analyses, to reconstruct the early history of maize agriculture.
LENS SPECIFICATIONS OFTEN DEFINE the number of blades in the diaphragm. While this may seem somewhat irrelevant, it is a factor in determining the shape and aesthetic quality of the out of focus areas in a picture, often called bokeh (after the Japanese word for "blur"). When the optical cone of a lens does not converge to a point on the receptor, meaning that it is out of focus, it forms a circle of confusion that takes on the shape of the lens aperture.
I am surprised that this dish (and its many variations) is not more popular in the US and abroad; I consider it the signature dish of all Middle-Eastern cooking. It apparently goes back centuries to the Abbassid period. Well, never mind, today I am presenting fatteh , in the eggplant and minced lamb version.
Continuing my vague obsession with the The Third Policeman, just knocked this up in Mudbox /Maya....one day, one day...! I cheated a bit as the hair was created using Shave and a Haircut but it was only the trail version so no mental Ray render and I had to remove the grid from the Maya render. Can't wait to get the full version as it looks beautiful to use when compared with Maya hair, just have to rustle up €500 (some hope). In other news, What's Your News debuted on Nickjr ( uk ) this week, a show I worked on about a year and a half ago. Looks great and the kids love it, the shows web site is here .
Welcome to the strum patterns section! Here you will find a collection of different strum patterns for you to use with your acoustic guitar or when playing rhythm. New guitar rhythms are added each week. This section is just a collection and doesn't have any explanations.