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A Tale of Two Snail Species

Posted 2009.12.30 10.44 in Aquaria

I don’t really like using labels like ‘good’ and ‘bad’, but they have the advantage of being short, concise, and not-too-inaccurate.¬†Good Snails are the ones that a) you pay money for, b) you give names to, c) you care for, and/or d) that you’ve intentionally raised from babies.

Bad Snails are the pests that sneak in on plants and things, that reproduce like rabbits on fertility drugs, eat all the food, clog up the filter, and generally have all the appeal of fleas on a dog. These are the ones that you spot one or two, then the following week there are four dozen, then the following week there are eleventy million.

They actually pick on the Good Snails, clinging to them like the aforementioned fleas, picking at any faults or flaws in their shells, laying their eggs on them, and driving the Good Snails, and myself, quite mad with frustration.

In the past 6 months, I’ve encountered several species of pest snail. There are the Physidae, commonly known as bladder snails, tadpole snails, or occasionally pond snails. These ones are sort of foot-ball shaped and have sinestral (left-handed) shells, with no operculum (no shell door). The Physidae breed quite quickly, but have thin shells that are easily squished or cracked, and many fish will eat them.

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Random Updates

Posted 2009.12.16 14.31 in Aquaria, Pointless Blather, Work

So much going on, but aside from the occasional rant, I’m not focused enough to make complete topics of anything in particular. So, point form.

  • Snail babies – lots of them. Clutches number one, two, and four all had a whole lotta babies in them. Clutch number three was mostly a dud. However, I’m not finding myself overrun with baby snails so I assume that the die-off rate has been high after all. I’ve only seen 4 or 5 snails that are larger than a BB and 3 of them are definately from the second clutch. I don’t know if there’s actually a thousand million baby snails hiding under the gravel where I can’t see them, but I figure if they were, they’d have to be getting bigger and I’d start seeing them…
  • Winter crazies – as the end of the year approaches, the days get shorter, the dark gets darker, I’m filled with an overarching sense of running out of time. Projects are coming due, crisiis are looming, and stress is building. Monday I was having a panic-attack or anxiety-attack or something, and stopped functioning completely for a few hours. Then there was the insomnia and general lack of restful sleep. By Tuesday the panic/anxiety had subsided a bit, but it’s starting to build up again now.
  • Work hazies – part and parcel with the above. Not sure which is the cause and which is the effect. Work deadlines lead to stress, stress leads to crazies, crazies lead to malfunctions, malfunctions lead to missed deadlines, and it’s all this big spiral of confusion and discombobulation.
  • Tax mazes – one of the companies I work for is getting a tax audit. I just made the connection, the audit is starting on the 21st – the winter solstace. Also known as The Darkest Day Of The Year. Seems appropriate. And I promise never to say the word ‘nitwits‘ while filling out tax forms, ever again.
  • X-mas lazies – not the right word, but I’m running out of things that rhyme. I don’t wanna x-mas. Bah humbug! Hah bumhug! I don’t mind buying gifts for folks, but I don’t have time to shop and don’t know / can’t remember what people want. And I don’t want anything tangible (though I’d really like More Time.) I just want to cancel the holiday this year. The only part of the tradition I care to maintain is the Ice-Cold-Beer-on-a-Hot-Xmas-Morning. And maybe some hors-d’oveurs from M&M.

That’s about it for now. No pics or illustrations, no time.

Bah! Humbug!

Posted 2009.11.25 17.30 in Pointless Blather

I just wanted to get in a pre-emptive strike.

Tis The Season…

Posted 2009.03.22 15.10 in Pointless Blather

Seems like time for an Xmas carol, yes?

Actually it’s another funny song and video from the folk at RatherGood.com

Red Star on the Xmas Tree!

Red Star on the Xmas Tree!

Merry F’ing Xmas

Posted 2008.12.25 1.00 in Pointless Blather

Yes, it’s ‘that’ time of the year again. The malls and shops are mobbed, people are actually wishing for snow, and the usual television schedule is continually being pre-empted for xmas holiday drivel.

Of all the television x-mas specials, there is only one which I think truly captures the spirit of xmas. In fact, Dennis Leary’s special doesn’t just capture the xmas spirit, it goes on to stuff the spirit of xmas into a small cage so we can poke at it with pointed sticks. “Jab! Jab!” “Ooo I got it in the eye!” “Ha ha! Take that xmas!”

Moving on, did you know that “Santa” is an anagram for “Satan”? That the former is also known as “Saint Nic” and the latter, “Old Nic”? Ever notice that they both wear red? One must wonder, what ‘Santa’ does the other 364 days of the year…

Happy holidays…