So I was having a rough day emotionally (my own fault, dwelling on the past), but we just went for a swim in the pool (at 3 a.m.), and I feel completely better. Frogs were singing and croaking and it was raining lightly… we hopped in and the frogs went quiet, but I started making the same sounds they were making and they’d start singing all around again. They were all around the edge of the pool and weren’t afraid at all. Every time they’d stop I could get them started again, but only this one tiny frog that was sitting closest to the edge would respond to me, then get the rest going. It was so freaking precious and magical (nope, not on drugs)
This is so sweet, thank you… I’m honored! ;; It actually takes a lot to get me upset enough to need to vent about it; prior to that comment I’d gotten a lot of others on similar video uploads. It’s still worth it for all the nice, friendly comments though :) Congrats on the job! I hope it goes well. I consider myself pretty fortunate to not have to work with the public, but I admire those who have the strength for it. :)
They are graceful, intelligent, useful to humans and the environment, fascinating… and yes, all these things have contributed to my finding beauty in them externally. They’re related to mantids and have a similar grace in movement to them. I fail to understand how they aren’t aesthetically beautiful to people, but if your only experiences with them are negative ones, I can understand it. :3
Just reposting (kinda? Anyone know how to reblog your own old posts?) this to make you jealous. I’m still not sure who he was made by, but I’ve never seen another latex figure like him. PROUD <3
I just caught my amblypygid molting… VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bedXOjpoPQ8
So excited about this, as far as what I’ve seen, there aren’t any other videos online of this amazing process!
Art by Sif! This means so much to me, the perfect representation of my clown girl self, Boogle. My heart is exploding with glee ;u;
Boogle belongs to me since 1846!! ;P But seriously… there are a surprising number of shallow mimics of her around since I first made her. May they all drown in the swirly surreal oceans of my dreamscape. <3
People tend to unwatch me most on Tumblr when I post cockroach-related things. That’s fine, I understand, even though it should be obvious that I’m a fan of them and make posts about them all the time… perhaps they didn’t notice.
I’ve had people leave comments on my insect (specifically cockroach-related) photography where they ignore the photo itself and just ramble on and on about how they killed this one huge roach in their room. That’s fine; it’s rude, but people just don’t know any better sometimes and they act on impulse when they’re grossed out.
I’ve had people come into my home, knowing the pets I have, and wind up freaking out about them and I’ve had people refuse to visit me, just knowing that there are roaches kept in a glass tank in a room they won’t even be going into. That’s fine; it makes me sad but people have their phobias and I’ve no right to judge how extreme their phobia may be or guilt trip them about it.
I’ve had people say, “oh what a pretty tattoo! What’s it of, a beetle?” when they can see my roach tattoo peeking out the top of my collar, and when I show them the rest, and they see it’s a different insect, suddenly the tattoo is disgusting and no longer pretty because of what it is. Then they give me “that look” of “why?” which is fine; to each their own, I think Tweety bird tattoos are stupid looking, everyone has opinions…
But shit like this actually really… kinda hurts. This girl is likely just another young, sheltered, shallow girl only on YouTube to watch makeup tutorials and One Direction videos. I shouldn’t give two shits. But this is like, the third comment I’ve received so far on THIS video actually saying I deserve to die, and one of countless comments I get -daily- that I don’t approve and thus can’t be seen that otherwise talk to me as if I’m some disgusting, crazy bitch only posting roach videos for shock value. I honestly can’t comprehend what can make a person feel legitimate HATE towards another human being for recording a video of the rarely-seen act of a perfectly clean, natural animal giving birth. It’s okay to find it gross, but jesus, keep it to yourself or at least try and pretend to be humane and decent about it.
So here’s an example of a “Rat Fix” from the aptly named Rat Farm homestead.
The first photo is what happens when you try to do something like “everybody else does” (i.e., like you see in magazines and whatnot). The hanging feed and water dispensers were expensive, they were not not impervious to spills and soiling as advertised, they were really annoying to hang up when chickens were swarming (especially in the cramped A-frame coop), hard to clean because of the size and multiple pieces, flimsy (they both broke). Not to mention the inverted waterer was a thing of sadistic design when trying to carry to the coop and flip over in the dead of winter. I ended up drenched many many times.
The second picture is an old food-grade three gallon bucket in an old tire.
A bucket in a tire solved three years of fighting to keep water clean and not unspilled. The chickens stand on the tire rather then the edge of the bucket and poop has not ONCE been found in the bucket. When they occasionally try to climb on the bucket, the tire keeps it from tipping. The bucket is small enough to be easy to lug around, it fits easily in any sink or dishwasher, it and the tire were free, and I have a couple buckets so I can swap a fresh one every time I go to the coop. The bucket is also a lot less cumbersome so I don’t spill it all over myself and can carry it with one hand or while lugging around a baby. If it freezes in the winter I just swap it out with a fresh bucket and let the frozen one thaw in the sink where I can clean and refill it for next time. The fancy waterer was so huge it would stay frozen for days and it was impossible to get the ice out with the lid and reservoir being firmly embedded, while with a bucket you can pop the cylindrical ice chunk out with a little warm water if you need the bucket right away. They are also considerably more durable.
You can also see our salvaged dog kennel chicken run, this was the solution to the fox eating so many of chickens last summer.
I’m so glad I saw this. Definitely doing this instead of buying the hanging ones!
Chickens now! (Click here to see them just a month ago) Working on the coop soon, but until then I made this cage. They’re SO big. The cage is a good size with perches, but they still manage to make a total mess of it twice a day. Going out early in the morning to get the hanging feeders so they at least can’t knock their water and food over so easily. They’re so stupid omg. But I love them… they still let me pick them up when moving them into a separate cage to clean theirs and usually won’t flail; they just dangle in one hand lol. I held one the other day until it fell asleep in my arms. ;u; So glad they’re still sweet, gotta thank my mom for that for taking care of them while I was away!
The latest from aka blattahali (@Blattaphile). As you are ever wasteful, we shall ever be reborn. A dark & moldy crevasse
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They’re beautiful! Looks quite similar to g. lurida, another strikingly colored roach beauty.
Ghoulies Totem - 11x17 Digital, 2012
I also created this 11x17 digital piece to sell as a print at Ltd. Art Gallery’s “B Movies” show opening this Friday in Seattle- October 5 2012.
*They upload the full set of originals from the show along with any available prints onto their website store for sale starting the Monday/Tuesday following the opening.
Awesome art of an awesome movie. The cat’s design in the second movie is adorbs.
COMMISSIONS ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN!
Since this is my last summer before I am flung into the real world I figure I should start trying to make and save some money, SO HERE ARE MY NEW COMMISSION PRICES. It is sort of longwinded and hopefully not riddled with typos BUT YEAH.
I am going to start out slow and say I have 3 to 5 slots available (depending on what I get) so you can hit me up at ejaybasford [at] gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions!!
Reblogs are always appreciated as well! <3