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The trick-or-treat meme lost its momentum quickly after Halloween, unsurprisingly. I ran a quick analysis of the logs, and got some numbers: corknut.org did over 13 GB of transfer in October, and almost all of it was in the last four days. The number of hits peaked on the 28th, with nearly 900,000 hits in a single day. By comparison, yesterday it received only about 50,000 hits. Approximately a quarter million unique visitors have used at least one of the toys on the site.

My thanks to everyone who sent in donations. I appreciate your encouragement!

A few days ago on my way up the stairs to our apartment, I saw a big spider-web in a corner of the ceiling with a giant creepy-looking spider in it. It had a yellow and black mottled abdomen, reddish-orange head and thorax, and black-and-white-striped legs. It was gorgeous and scary. I looked it up and it turns out that it was a marbled orb weaver, and not poisonous to humans. A few days later, it and its web were gone. I suspect someone killed it. It made me sad because it was beautiful.

On Halloween I was putting on my costume and four trick-or-treaters came to the door, so I stayed in the bedroom while Sarah gave them candy. Then I sat around in my costume for an hour, and no more trick-or-treaters showed up, so I took off my costume and decided to save it for next year. No-one else came to our door.

The Discman I use in the car is giving me huge problems lately. If it's too cold out in the morning, it often refuses to play any CD, or occasionally it will skip to the fifth or sixth track before starting. Plus, the tape adapter's cord is frayed and cuts out every now and then, and both the headphone and power jacks on the discman are flaky. So I ordered a Neuros, because it's relatively inexpensive as large-storage mp3 players go, and much of its software is open-source. Plus it has neat features like short-range FM broadcast, recording to mp3, and song-identification. Now I wish FedEx would hurry up and deliver it!

Last night we had dinner at Spike's Junkyard Dogs. I had a Freakin' Hot Hot Dog. It had chopped jalapeños and very hot sauce on it. It was quite the hot hot dog! I highly recommend it. Wham! Spike's! For you! In your belly!

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jeaniek
Nov. 4th, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)
Wham!
For you! In your belly! Yeah!

um... Yeah!

In Iraq! Yeah! North Korea! Wham! In your belly! Yeah!

rfreebern
Nov. 4th, 2003 10:23 am (UTC)
Re: Wham!
I think perhaps you are a nutbar! :P
isquiesque
Nov. 4th, 2003 10:00 am (UTC)
I'm glad I clicked on that cut tag...
I thought I was clicking on a cut tag about what a cool little meme-maker you've turned out to be, but instead was greeted with that really lovely but sad story of the spider. I feel that same way about them; they're beautiful and mysterious but frightening in a primal way. I try to remind myself that they're creatures not unlike myself, in it to survive, just doing what they must, but sometimes it's hard, even when they're particularly gorgeous. Yours in particular sounded really beautiful. I'll have to look up the marbled orb weaver in my field guide when I get home.
brekke
Nov. 4th, 2003 11:59 am (UTC)
...
Im not sure why, but I have a severe, irrational fear of spiders. Not a single qualm about smooshing the life out of their gross little bodies. (Or rather, shrieking at the top of my lungs for someone else to)

While I certainly understand their postion and function in the world, I still can't stand to think of them being.. you know. Alive.

Spiders are greedy on a cosmic level. Nothing NEEDS 8 legs. Even 6 is pushing it.
rfreebern
Nov. 4th, 2003 12:23 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
Have you tried climbing around on a huge web of tiny sticky filaments using only our four limbs? It's darn near impossible. I think their 8 legs are just right for what they need to do!

I have a lot of respect for spiders as long as they aren't invading my space. I don't walk around ruining their webs in the forest or stairwells, so I don't want them setting up house in my apartment. I have no qualms about smooshing the little black buggers that crawl across the bedroom wall, but outdoors ones I merely admire and then pass by. :)
brekke
Nov. 4th, 2003 04:14 pm (UTC)
They should build their webs more practically if they need 8 legs to maneuver on them. If we use that logic, human females should have 3 arms. One to hold the baby, one to hold the babies stuff, and one to do the laundry, cooking, etc

;)

In either event.. when I see them outside I generally leave them alone, just give them WIDE berth. When they invade my house or my car (I had a whole bunch take up residence in my car earlier this autumn) it's all out war.

*Dons Spider-War attire*

Im sorry, I just can't get warm feelings about'em ;)

~Aimee
sheeshkebab
Nov. 5th, 2003 07:39 am (UTC)
that trick or treat thing was really quite amusing. thanks!
monstertamer
Nov. 6th, 2003 10:39 am (UTC)
Loved the trick-or-treat meme - it was enjoyable.
Thanks for doing it!
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