Imaginary Experiments in Transgenics

I have a colleague who has a pet horse and also a pet spider.

This is the card she got for her birthday:

I haven’t worked out the internal anatomy. That’s an issue for an actual geneticist, I’m just the conceptual artist!
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It’s a bit rushed because I totally forgot that I had to have it done for that day, but I had the idea all set up in my head. And mostly got it right.


  1. voyager says

    Mr. Ed knew it was love the first time he looked into all 8 of her eyes, but it was her legs that made him mad with desire. They were so long, so hairy, so many!

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    A wonderful card.

    8 legs open up new possibilities in gaits. Is the horse doing a 7-beat gait in the picture?

  3. rq says

    That short little story has brightened my day, it makes me giggle every time I think about it.


    I’ve been doing individualized birthday cards for my colleagues for only a couple of years now. Strangely enough, I don’t really do them for other people, not even family. I have a small archive somewhere, perhaps I shall have to share a few more! (I know Caine has shared at least one because it was a horse, but there are others…) Some don’t have much of a point to them besides being pretty, but others are inside-ish work-related jokes -- in fact, the whole thing started with just such an inside joke…

  4. rq says

    Ice Swimmer
    I stopped counting after 5. ;) Though I doubt it has a true gallop, probably something closer to the arachnoid scurry except with an equine flair.

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