Archive for the ‘animals’ Category

Terrible beauty

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

“The Patrician took a sip of his beer. ‘I have told this to few people, gentlemen, and I suspect I never will again, but one day when I was a young boy on holiday in Uberwald I was walking along the banks of a stream when I saw a mother ...

Craft time

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Something I had to make during my lunch break. Because seeing Totoro in Toy Story 3 was awesome.

Dress for the Aporkcalypse

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

I was hypnotized by the recent rebranding of "swine flu" as "hamthrax", which unfortunately compelled to me design a t-shirt for sale on CafePress: How long until the band's lawyers come after me? Until then, buy a shirt!. Or a hat. :)

They’re small but they’re smart.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

It seems appropriate to follow up my previous post on politics with one about insects. We bought one of those Antworks ant habitats recently. It is filled with a NASA-developed transparent gel compound that the ants eat and tunnel through. I thought it'd be fun to make ...

Here come the scary clowns

Monday, September 15th, 2008

We took Iris to the Cole Brothers Circus performance on Sunday. It was a wild time in a blistering hot tent full of underpaid, fearsome-looking Russian and Hispanic performers. Cole Brothers Circus at the Salem Civic Center from David Oranchak on Vimeo. (video link)

Aquaria Animalia

Friday, June 27th, 2008

I got this funny email from Kathryn today: I forgot to tell you about the weird dream I had last night - dreamt I was fishing at work (don’t ask) and caught several fish - they were “catfish” in the water, and then they turned to plain cats in the water. ...

Update on the triops invasion

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Their horrific cannibalism continued; now only four big triops remain out of the three dozen or so that hatched almost two weeks ago. How's that for a survival tactic? I've been reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy; the novel describes apocalypse survivors who resort to cannibalism due to ...

Triops critter lab, day 3

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

There are much fewer little triops swimming around today. Looks like somewhere around 15 or so. I don't see any floaters or sinkers, so I think the stronger triops have turned the weaker/smaller ones into tasty snacks. Triops Thunderdome! It is almost magical how these things can came ...

Triops critter lab, day 2

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Day two of growing triops is going well. The little triops seem slightly larger already; it is easier to make out their legs and tails. They are very active. It is hard to see if cannibalism has ensued, since I didn't count all those tiny little dots ...

How long before they eat each other?

Monday, April 7th, 2008

I bought Iris a triops kit a while back. Triops are like sea monkeys, but cooler. You get these tiny, dried out eggs that are in a state of diapause, or dormancy. Just add distilled water at the right temperature, and watch the triops hatch and grow. ...