Thursday, July 1, 2010

Easily Amused

Got two new toys to play with this week. Took my first ever surf onto the wonder and glory that is eBay and bought a USB microscope for $30 from some guy in Hong Kong. Results are below. In order: a wasp's nest, eldest's tongue, a chrysalis, youngest's hair, a dead wasp, my gross nose hairs (adjective supplied by the girls), and an insect wing. Cicada, perhaps?

We had a slug in captivity, but it escaped before we could video it.

Also, lil hucky responded quickly to my none too subtle hints and got me an early birthday present: a didgeridoo!

This whole deal got started because hux saw an article in the NY Times about sleep apnea, and showed it to me (I don't have apnea, but my ability to snore borders on the preternatural). Although only one sentence suggested didgeridoos are a cure for apnea, that was the sentence that caught my interest. And mere weeks later, here we are.

My goal is to get the circular breathing, continual drone thing down by Rockygrass. Hucky will no doubt argue that I already have the drone thing down pretty good, with my snoring. But the didge is more melodic.


Anonymous said...

blow, man, blow.

slommler said...

Your didgeridoo is gorgeous!! The sound, not so much. Sorry!!! Loved your microscopic pics. Very cool!

Hilary said...

What a fun post. I suppose I'm easily amused too. Love the didgeridoo demo. It rivals a good snore for sure.

Poet in Residence said...

Ah, just like Rolf "Tie me kangaroo down, sport" Harris :)

Clowncar said...

thanks, anon. I will.

SueAnn, it is beautiful, and is as much a work of art as it is a musical instrument.

Hil, I am ridiculously easy to amuse. String, cool rocks, the sky, and I'm happy.

Don't know Rolf. I suspect he's better than I. Hard to be worse.

Margaret said...

Oh my gGod the didge! (look at me, spelling things out)

It sounds like whale songs but for tree roots!

ArtSparker said...

I like when the stuff under the microscope seems to squish around of its own volition....

Clowncar said...

Margaret, it is the spirit of the eucalyptus tree, given voice. It really is made from a eucalyptus. You can almost smell the cough drops.

See, Art, I'm just the opposite. I like it when my giant God-like finger enters the frame and nudges them around.