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Thursday, 07 October 2004
Red Ivy

The Bothy

Here is another photo of the ivy growing up the walls of the bothy.

I signed up about a week ago, and am impressed with Bloglines which provides a free service that allows you to keep updated with a number of blog feeds in a very convenient format.  I especially like the ability to clip posts and refer back to them easily.  I have been using it to become reacquainted with blogs that I have not kept up to date with lately, as well as to discover some new and interesting sources of information.  Bloglines will also provide you with a list of recommendations (based on your subscriptions). However I have not been very impressed with them, yet ....

I have read several hilarious things via bloglines, such as this Boing Boing article: Does Bush have a little speaker in his ear that tells him what to say?, with a link to a website devoted to the subject.  I also remember being quite taken aback at Bush’s speech in France when we could hear a man’s voice speaking Bush’s words before he spoke them himself, but my own interpretation at the time was that the press all had typed copies of the speeches beforehand (for example to facilitate translation) and that a journalist/translater was reading a copy into another microphone just ahead of the Bush.  There was someone doing this with a French version of Bush’s speech…. So, perhaps it is strange that a man was reading it in English as Bush was already doing that. 

I also signed up for Google’s Gmail recently.  They have been rolling out, supposedly as a beta by allowing their existing members to give 6 invitations to use their email service to their friends/acquaintances.  So it spreads like a virus.  Their mail service is free and they give a huge amount of storage, the principle being that you never have to delete any of your messages (and so that they can scan all your mails for keywords and establish what kinds of advertising to push onto you?).  See Gmail is too creepy for the sceptics viewpoint.  Anyway, I now have 6 invitations for this mail service, to give away. 

Contact me at bigblueatbluemeaniedotcom if you want an invitation.  They provide 1 gig of free online mail storage, but you may want to read their privacy policy!

Oh, and finally, it’s my blogoversary today… This blog is 1 year old.

Posted by bigblue on 07/10/2004 at 10:13 AM
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Wednesday, 06 October 2004
Incey wincey


A final shot of this

scary gentle creature before I dumped parachuted her out of the window of the bothy to the ground below

freedom, with her legs splayed out and vibrating rapidly like an artificial spider in an Adams Family movie.

Posted by bigblue on 06/10/2004 at 11:23 AM
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Tuesday, 05 October 2004
Carpet Spider


Finally! Last night I could barely sleep thinking about the

creepy poor spider, lurking around trapped in my apartment.  I got up in the middle of the night and found her in the lounge.  I threw this ice-bucket over her.  Now, how to turn it around and trap her in the ice-bucket without touching damaging her creepy

delicate legs.  I tried to slip some paper underneath but paper is too flexible.  I need some cardboard.

Posted by bigblue on 05/10/2004 at 10:54 AM
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Monday, 04 October 2004
The carpet


I woke up in the middle of the night last night and wandered through to the kitchen. On the way I crossed this carpet in the lounge/dining-room.  I turned on the light, and out of the corner of my eye spotted some movement on the carpet.  Unfortunately the pattern on this carpet seems to provide the perfect camoflage for my adorable little house-mate (see Flank’s comments here).  It is very shy and hid away from me.

Me, I love spiders. Not only are they (mostly) harmless but they eat the nasty insects that can plague our modern homes.  But I feel sorry for this poor creature, and want to liberate it from the confines of my dank abode.  I want to set it free - outside.  My mother, whom I greatly adore and respect, taught me never to kill one of these special little creatures.  I will try to catch it tonight so that I can help it achieve liberation.

Posted by bigblue on 04/10/2004 at 04:10 PM
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Saturday, 02 October 2004
The Bothy

The Bothy

The bothy is covered with ivy which has put on a spectacular show by turning red in the the space of a week.

The night I moved in a had quite a shock. I opened the en-suite bathroom door, and a huge spider jumped back from it and scuttled across the bathroom into the corner near the bath.  I was a surprised as she: as she looked identical to one that I found lurking on the shower curtain two mornings before at Anne and John’s place.  By the time I had noticed it, 10 cm from my face, I was covered in shampoo and water and so had to hurridly finish the shower before catching it in the ice-bucket and throwing it out of the window.

I suffer from arachnophobia, so it was a very fast shower indeed.  And as the ice bucket was one of those plastic see-through’s it was a very difficult experience for me to carry the spider as it could see it almost touching my hand.  This shower-spider was the one I had gently chased out of my room the night before - and into the passage towards Bob and Ant’s rooms - so I was annoyed that she had come back.  The fear of a spider returning leads one to desperate measures - such as catching it in a see-through plastic ice bucket, and depositing it out of the window.

In truth the bothy spider was a bit smaller. Nonetheless, the resemblance with the shower spider led to fleeting thoughts that I was being pursued.  I clumsily tried to catch her in the bathroom with a large yellow basin, but she ran out of the door and under my bed.  I have not seen her since, and have not been sleeping very well.

I have read that the average human eats 10 spiders during their lifetime in their sleep. There is even a band called 10 spiders who brought out an appropriately named song called Midnight Snack.  The Straight Dope website says this is false.  I don’t care, one is bad enough!  And I don’t even care if she doesn’t run into my mouth - running over my arms, face or legs is almost as bad.

Posted by bigblue on 02/10/2004 at 04:52 PM
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