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#169962 - 09/11/07 11:58 PM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: AnnaStrophic]
olly Offline
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Registered: 12/18/06
Posts: 956
Loc: Auckland, New Zealand

Well AnnaS, I appreciated the birdman story. Here is a poem of sorts that I wrote for my sister (Her name is Ana) Her and a bunch of her bird counting friends were responsible for the survival of the 'Rarotongan flycatcher' or 'Kakerori' endemic to our home island of Rarotonga. They raised the population from 29 in 1990 to several hundred today and have managed to successfully transplant another 10 to a neighbouring island.


Te Akamaramaanga
(The renewal)

Pursued by the perils that lie beneath the canopy of life,
Is my struggle in vain?
Kept alive by the memory of things once lost,
Almost a memory, is my name.

Soaring higher,
Replenished by the memory renewed.
Full of life from the memories to come
My name is Kakerori.

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#169977 - 09/12/07 11:53 PM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: olly]
themilum Offline
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Registered: 05/25/02
Posts: 1529
Loc: Aladamnbama the most watered s...
Fine poem, olly, and a deep bow to your splendid sister Ana too.

Butasforyou, AnnaStrophic, let me tell you a story...

I love wordwebs as I love spiderwebs; both can be works of art.
But sometimes a weave of words like a weave of spiderwebs can have an ulterior design that ultimately bites, so as a lover of the two artforms I have learned to be careful.

But asforme, I hate "nonce" art and have come to use a certain technique that freezes the beauty of spiderwebs beyond their season, as follows...

Armed with a can of spray paint and a 12" square of ceramic floor tile I creep through brush and wood until I find a perfect spiderweb glistening glossily in the weak morning sun. Then carefully. slowly, I sneak up on the web and, in a sudden, I spray the web with spray paint. This usually makes the bitch spider mad (like female dogs female spiders are called bitches) and so she usuallly drops down on an excape line to avoid being sprayed.

Now I must hurry. Quickly, but gently, I press the ceramic tile against the paint-wet web and nip the guide lines that support the web face in space. Then quickly I snip the excape line to keep the bitch from climbing back up to the web. This is important because she will maliciously rip up her own labourously constructed web just for spite if she can. After all, the only reason she built her beautiful web was to bite somebody or something (some beautifully crafted wordwebs are set in the same manner).

Then, with luck, I will end up with a one-of-kind spacial painting in three dimension and in fix forever on a ceramic tile that I can display and impress my crafty, artsy, slow witted friends.


Edited by themilum (09/13/07 12:46 AM)

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#169980 - 09/13/07 06:37 AM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: themilum]
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
Originally Posted By: themilum
[T]he only reason she built her beautiful web was to bite somebody or something.


Ah, yes. The love of eating is the root of all evil.

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#169981 - 09/13/07 08:10 AM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: Faldage]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 7210
Loc: Vermont
check here, Milo:

Spider Web Farm
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formerly known as etaoin...

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#169990 - 09/13/07 07:32 PM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
Zed Offline
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Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada

hey there's two of'em

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#170010 - 09/14/07 10:41 PM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: Zed]
themilum Offline
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Originally Posted By: Zed

hey there's two of'em


Better make that three, Zed. My pal Tim King (the bug king) is the master.
He began by handbrush painting spiderwebs which he stuck on the backs
of NO TRESSPASSING signs back in 1973.

What a guy! Tim owns a pest extermination company and is well respected in bug circles. He lives in a log cabin without electricity and is a part time nudist.

Tim has discovered several new species of cave beetles and has one of the largest private collections in the south.

Interesting fact: In beetles differentiation of species is determined by the shape of the male penis. In copulation the male drills directly through the female's tough outer shell (shells vary from species to species in construction and thickness) and so in response to this added difficulty the male penis has become intricately specialized to the point of being species specific.

Some folks think Tim strange because they say he wears a gun when he hunts beetles in caves. He doesn't. He always leaves it at the entrance.


Edited by themilum (09/15/07 10:53 AM)

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#170029 - 09/17/07 09:32 AM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: themilum]
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 6511
Loc: lower upstate New York
Originally Posted By: themilum

Your Communist Pinko NPR report about the good ole Tennesse boy attempting to goad natural species diversity on the Midway Islands has inspired me to report in full to AWAD my conversation during Earthweek this past April with the Father of Diversity, the winner of two Pulitzer prizes, Professor E.O. Wilson of Harvard.

I'll write it up this weekend and post it here in ANIMAL SAFARI or in INFORMATION.


tap... tap... tap...

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#170051 - 09/17/07 10:06 PM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: AnnaStrophic]
themilum Offline
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Registered: 05/25/02
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Ok AnnaStrophic, you can stop tapping now, my story is getting long and I'm tired of writing about me and EO Wilson so I'm gonna stop now and have two tall dixie cups of bourbon and bitters and chocolate milk and then go nighty-night.

If I come home sober tomorrow night after a fossil gathering trip with pal Andy I'll write the ending then.

You don't want a sloppy, drunken, slurred, ending do you?


Edited by themilum (09/17/07 10:08 PM)

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#170067 - 09/18/07 07:55 PM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: themilum]
Zed Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Bourbon, bitters and chocolate milk?

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#170091 - 09/19/07 03:41 PM Re: The bird man of Midway Islands [Re: Zed]
themilum Offline
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Originally Posted By: Zed
Bourbon, bitters and chocolate milk?


Yes Zed, bitters tone down the sweeetness of the choclate milk. Normally I don't add bitters, I just use a cheap gut-rot whiskey with a harsh bite. but unfortunatly Monday night I found myself out of good whiskey and had to use the expensive stuff instead, so I mixed in a dash of bitters for bite.

Pretty good, pretty good.


Edited by themilum (09/19/07 03:44 PM)

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