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tapeworm
03 January 2012 @ 03:07 pm
I plan to no longer pay for LJ, and the threat is that old private posts i've had on here may be rendered "public" or something.

I think it's time to clear out the old posts- no reason to have such a big footprint on LJ, as this no longer counts as my Written Record. I still visit it from time to time, but posting will become even rare-er. Anybody had luck with LJ export tools? to PDFs or something else? What out there is good?

thanks for any infoo
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tapeworm
More than simply posting the hot new insect pic in a stream of images on tumblr,  i've started up an actual blog.

The Endless Swarm

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Where i'll be doing a majority of my writing energies. LJ will probably be reduced to the very occasional post. As it is there's maybe 2 or 3 people who still post here that i read, so i'll still be a lurker, and occasional kibitzer of your thoughts.

I am unhappy with the constant fractionalization of social networks. I think this comes from my nostalgic memories of 1993 when everybody I knew was on one single UNIX network and ICB chat room. Now I have friends who don't read LJ and a couple of people who steadfastly avoid FaceBook. The same with twitter and blogs. But there's really no other way. I'd rather not shout into an empty beehive, but Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr are intended to be neither forums for lengthy discourse nor permanent searchable archives. LiveJournal is a fine archive, and is tailor-made for long-form ideas, but is a frustratingly closed system with no cogent search and a clunky format. 

So for me, an actual honest-to-gato blog is the answer. That way i can rant at length about something that means more to me than science fiction, visual effects, politics, travel, fashion, food, and long walks on the beach:  Insects and Art.  And hopefully some of you fine folks will love or hate or nitpick what i've written, and post there. 

Of course, my "open posting" setting lasted all of about 2 weeks before it was overrun with robotic spam. So now you gotta "log in" in some hopefully not too onerous fashion. Since few people have as yet posted, i have no idea if it even works. All part of having a "blog" i guess.

Now i gotta deal with the hard part. writing. Writing about "what i did today" or "what irks me at this moment", that's easy. Writing about insects and art, something i care a hell of a lot about is near-overwhelming. Hopefully i can be satisfied with some short-form posts. Right now i want to make everything a 30 page manifesto of Why This Is Awesome Dammit and that's not a good way to start!  So we'll see.  I know some folks on LJ are amazingly prolific (looking at you, tongodeon ) and i am always in awe how you find time to fluidly and cogently write such awesome essays. How do you do it?

 
 
tapeworm
03 June 2010 @ 05:17 pm


...gone from this Earth. A Titan of Sculpture, and a Sculptor of Arachnoid Titans.  Bourgeois was an inspiration to me, (though i confess i made the colossal Leg before i was even aware of her work) for years, though to my shame i have never beheld any of her colossal Maman sculptures in person... Two of them travel the world, though it's rather hard to find a site that tells me exactly where and when.  Uncompromising, prodigious, unstoppable, lasting till 98.  Few sculptors, in my opinion, come close, and that's not even adding the fact that she helped the world see spiders in a new and powerful light.  Every now and then one of her smaller maman sculptures shows up at SFMOMA or other museums. I always hang around, waiting until the gaze of museum guards waver... then quietly  i reach out my hand, and softly,  touch the welded steel and bronze creatures, exchanging ions with the works of one of my few role models. I have no idea if the one crouching spider is still outside Pier 14 in SF... perhaps it's time i paid it another visit.

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tapeworm
26 April 2010 @ 12:53 am
Following up a cryptic phone message from kerryveenstra , criollo  confirmed it: On KQED today  the WGBH show "Says You!"  did in fact use the word "occlupanid" as part of its "bluff round". It's one of those gentle trivia shows on npr where folks make up fake definitions to real words, and guests have to figure out which is a bluff, and which is the real deal.

Here's the part of show #1216 of "Says You" where they're asked to define a word very near and dear to my heart. 

I mean, it couldn't be any more awesome. soundhive hunted down the track for me, (the whole show is found here) and i nearly did somersaults as contestants used their command of latin to figure out what the word meant. No matter that they instead went for the wrong answer, (and thoroughly chastened for it)  what's important is that the latin name i invented makes sense to a panel of wordsmiths. I'm elated. I'm horged. I'm agog that a word i made up for a humorous attempt at synthetic taxonomy is now slowly becoming the de facto term for "plastic bag closure", (as the kwik-lok corporation would have them be called.. *yawn* . ) Sorry folks, they're OCCLUPANIDS now and forever, so Says You!



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tapeworm
23 April 2010 @ 12:28 am
So after a start of posting insect links, Already i am frustrated by LiveJournal's lack of media-friendliness and searchability. This will continue to be my journal (ain't giving this up!)  but i'm going to attempt to send all the insect links to my new tumblr page,  Endless Swarm, and see how that goes.

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tapeworm
15 April 2010 @ 12:02 am
okay i have a 1.5 gig quicktime of my new demo reel.  It's done, but damn it's big.

my old 2005 reel is up at my website. it's 28,949 KB and loads beautifully. looks good too. it's made with something called "AAC", and "sorenson 3", which my pro version of QuickTime doesn't seem to have.  wtf!

i managed to get a new version down to 47,571 KB, using MPEG-4 compression on "shitty" quality. It loads like a pig through a pencap and looks like a vapor-trailed bad acid trip nnngh. .

So how can i make this not suck? What's the magic QuickTime formulae? I can't even remember if anybody helped me do this the first time. 

So to sum up:  The sooner i get this figured out the sooner i can send this to companies to get me hired and the sooner i can then buy you a drink.

 
 
tapeworm
12 April 2010 @ 10:34 am
courtesy of kleer001, here's a wonderfully informative video about trash-talking caterpillars in a tiff. It's not every day i hear the words "anal oar" spoken in a pleasing british accent before i've had my second cup of tea!
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tapeworm
12 April 2010 @ 08:09 am
arrived at work this morning to find this in my inbox, a video somebody made of an expired japanese asian giant hornet. A fine basic anatomy lesson!

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tapeworm
05 April 2010 @ 10:17 am
starting off monday i rec'd this lovely little movie clip about Georges Brossard. He produced and starred in a 5-disc epic documentary INSECTA, which i own. He's the canadian anti-Attenborough:  He's crude, impish, opinionated, and doesn't hesitate to catch, kill and pin insects when he finds them, on camera. But he loves insects and the environment they come from as passionately as Attenborough, maybe even more so, and his twisted French-Canadian accent makes for an entertaining linguistic romp.  Anyways, it appears he's donated his entire insect collection to Montreal.

horg.
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