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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Gramaisc, Aug 31, 2013.
Do Nice Spiders Take Drugs?
WTF did i just watch? lol
Tutbury Castle today.
Call that a spider !!! … I've seen bigger ones in my sock … (he says from a planet around Proxima Centauri … which is where I landed when I jumped.)
I'm on spider number 5 in about 3 days....four of them have been saucer sized, I'm begining be wonder if they have had keys cut for the front door (maybe they're using the cat flap). This isn't counting the massive one in the work (staff) loos...
They must have keys, the one I saw on the Common wouldn't fit through a cat flap.
A few weeks ago I spotted one of these in the house; its the second one I've had in the house, the previous one was a few years ago:
I believe it is a Noble False Widow.
My spiders are house trained as you can see ….
How do you manage with such a small toilet?
It's all a question of accurate aim and grouping …
The Spider Orchestra
Pursuit of Beauty
The Berlin-based Argentinian artist, Tomás Saraceno, trained as an architect. He was struck by the beauty of spider webs, their structural intricacy and began making them into sculptural works. Then he realised that every time a spider tugs a string as it spins a web, or moves along the silken strands, this causes vibrations. Using microphones and amplifiers it is possible to hear the tiny music they make. The different species create various sounds - bass, treble, percussion - and the result is an orchestra of arachnids.
On Air is Saraceno's latest and most ambitious exhibition. He has filled the Palais de Tokyo in Paris with extraordinary, beautifully lit spiders' webs, some connected to microphones so their occupant's movements echo round the gallery.
There is an African spider that spins large webs which lift in the wind and so they travel, gliding places new. This inspires Saraceno's light-weight sculptures that do the same, and an aeolian harp of spider silk, which sings in response to the turbulence caused by gallery visitors. In another piece, the amplified sound of a spider's movements cause dust motes in a beam of light to move, and these, too, produce sound. A whole room is strung with elaborate patterns of tensed ropes. Visitors move among them, plucking and stroking the strings which sound, the floor itself vibrating - the closest humans can get to the experience of a spider in its web.
Saraceno's work is a collaboration between artist, spiders and people, a kind of jam session. He also invites musicians to to respond to them, to play along with spiders. The famous experimental composer Alvin Lucier does this in a concert, featured in this programme (and he bounces the sound of his heartbeat off the moon).
In the gallery in Paris, and his Berlin studio, Saraceno reveals his thinking and observations. The Spider Orchestra captures these, and all these sounds in a sonic web, and combines them. It, too, is a collaboration, between artist, spiders, people and producer - creating a compelling composition, for radio.
Odd, but potentially effective, treatment for arachnophobia.
The bit where Terry gets poked is quite exciting....
I've been getting a few flies on the shed window every day, maybe they're just diherbinating as the fire has been on, or there could be a dead mouse 'nursery' somewhere.
They have a tendency to arrive at the one non-opening pane on the window, so I shepherd them onto one of the other three opening panes and let them out.
Whilst doing this just now, one of them triggered a trip-wire and was instantly snared, wrapped up and removed into storage by a resident spider, rather smaller than the fly victim himself.
When your lunch is several times bigger than you are, it may be time to admit that you may have an eating disorder.
What is it with these spindly damn spiders lately? Not seen a 'normal' one in ages!
I long for spindly spiders, ours a massive meaty types that look like they've been working out at the gym.
I'm sure that they get in the through the electric box outside (did @staffordjas mention this?) there are 2 'holes' where they could possibly get into the house, sneaky little monsters.
I keep evicting mine out of the electric box every so often, using the broom to rehouse them in the bush about 6 foot away....little devils still manage to get back in somehow and set up home again. They can either squash through the non-existant gap where the door opens, or have another route in from outside. (I taped the airbricks up when a mouse was scuttering around near them,so not getting through there. Could be the outside extractor fan vents for the cooker, down inside the walls, and up through the holes inside the electric box... )