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Five years ago I attended Netroots Nation in Chicago. It was the highlight of that year for me (although in that same year my dog died, a long-term relationship ended and my son moved out, so the bar was set pretty low). Still, I loved every minute of it. This year, NRN is taking place in my backyard. I live just 30 minutes from Providence.

I’m in the process of a major expansion of my marine education center in North Kingstown, so every spare dime and every spare minute is dedicated to this pursuit. Unless I get a sponsor, I won’t be able to attend. However, I’d still like to contribute in some way. So here’s my offer: My aquarium is open to the public during the summer Sunday through Friday from noon to five. Any Kossacks willing to venture a half-hour south will be given free admission when you present your conference badge. Directions are on the website.

It’s a small facility, but I have the largest collection of New England marine life in the world. Here’s a few things that have gone on since I’ve last posted.

Me and Ruby the octopus on NOVA.

Biomes gets one of the world’s rarest lobsters.

If you're thinking about visiting, follow the Biomes facebook page to keep up with the expansion process. The new facility is going to be stunning. And maybe then I'll resurrect the Marine Life Series.

All of my Marine Life Series essays can be found here.

Originally posted to Mark H on Tue May 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM PDT.

Also republished by SciTech and J Town.

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