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weaktwos From: weaktwos Date: January 21st, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh. Man. Ew.
elfs From: elfs Date: January 21st, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Not dangerous to humans, but way so cool:

"A newly discovered parasite makes its ant hosts turn red and swollen, like berries. Berry-loving birds then eat the ants, and spread the parasite in their droppings." Amazing Parasites Turn Ants Into Berries
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: January 21st, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yuck. I should have stopped before the last one. EYEW.
solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: January 21st, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, nasty. I actually didn't know about the giant Japanese wasps... That's pretty freaky right there.

hnybny From: hnybny Date: January 21st, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hate bugs, read it anyway, though I skipped the bot fly video.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Reading this definitely made me fell better about suffering through cold New England winters. At least they kill a bunch of these nasties.

This is my favorite section. The bugs are nasty, but the writing style is hilarious:

"It's called a Bullet Ant because its 'unusually severe' sting feels like getting shot. On the Schmidt Sting Index, Bullet Ants rate as the number one most try-not-to-shit-out-your-spine painful in the entirety of the Kingdom Arthropoda.

Also--and we do feel the need to stress this--they fucking shriek at you before they attack. "
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 28th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)


Every once in awhile i think it would be nice to travel and see more of the world. And then articles like this remind me of why hanging out in the eastern part of the US is really not so bad--worst thing to look out for here are ticks because they might carry Lyme Disease.

So how have you been, Zoner? It's been awhile.

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 28th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: bugs

I'm doing OK. Could be better, could be a lot worse. Nothing that exciting going on these days.

How are you?
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: bugs

All in all ok. Seeing a chiropractor to get the scoliosis kink out of my back has been a good thing though i'm not sure if he can make it go completely away. In any case it's nice to not be in so much pain all the time.

I've been job hunting lately and have an interview this week for a job that sounds interesting; not as geeky as being a sysadmin (which is what i had planned on transitioning to until i was laid off from Sun) but a chance to do math...or rather to tell a computer to do lots of number crunching. Doing art when i'm not doing stuff related to trying to get a paycheck.