All baby spiders are now accounted for, but I may not be done yet. There are two more egg sacs awaiting the emergence of more hordes of spiders in the lab, and the only thing that might be sparing me right now is the temperature. The science building is at 18°C right now, which is cruel and wasteful, but it’s been that way all summer, I don’t know why. I have to go home now to thaw out — my fingers are just frigid. The rest of me is OK, because this is how I dress in the lab now, in August.

It’s nice to have an excuse to wear my spider sweater in the summer, but still…

Also the hat is necessary to control my pandemic hair, so I can’t blame that on the physical plant.

Wait, you didn’t want to see a picture of me, you wanted to see a sexy photo of a mama spider and her great big egg sac? OK, I put it on Patreon and Instagram. Trust me, the spider is beautiful and maternal, despite having to deal with an unusually chilly environment.


  1. hemidactylus says

    I think I will cut my own hair again in the coming week. It’s tricky. Definitely a challenging learning curve, but I’m getting a better idea how to taper down with the guards. The back is still a major pain in the ass to blend right. Holding a mirror in one hand and trying to aim it relative to the bathroom wall mirror while holding the clippers or the scissors is really difficult.

    I hate bangs or hair on my ears.

  2. Ridana says

    I don’t know how your bathroom is arranged, but in mine the door is opposite the bathroom mirror, so I just hang a hand mirror from a tack in the side of the door (which I can adjust to get the right view, along with my own mobility), and I have both hands free. If that doesn’t work, you could find a hat rack or ladder or whatever works to hang the second mirror from.

  3. hemidactylus says


    Good suggestions but there is a distance between mirrors and resulting visibility problem where I lean backward toward the sink (with a garbage bag barrier preventing hair clogs…yeah I foresaw that).

    I have thought about doing a Facetime or Skype session with myself to incorporate my iPhone and a desktop monitor. I have been video recording my skull for critical post mortems. The first try was horrific. Monk tonsure.

  4. hemidactylus says

    Actually Ridana’s suggestion may be more workable than I thought based on quick proof of principle at least for 3/4 of the back of my head. I need to MacGyver a way to sling my hand held over the top of my bathroom door. Benefit is two free hands. It might help to not get drunk beforehand but that’s the motivating factor and lacking that reduces the fun and numbing the regret afterwards.

  5. hemidactylus says

    Tape, string, and beer. I got this. Thanks for the door idea Ridana. It might work.

  6. maireaine46 says

    Love your sweater and your hair looks fine! My husband’s is about the same only grey, and for us relics of the 60s the longer hair looks better than the shaved look. Keep on spidering, and kicking the evil Right in their ugly arse! Here in NJ we are required to wear masks in stores, and other indoors, but people are still being stupid at some outdoor events and insane gatherings. CA requires masks for anyone outside too. Keep staying safe, we love your blog.

  7. asclepias says

    About the air conditioning: Right? When I was in grad school I left a sweatshirt in my office because the A/C was on so high that the cold air felt good for about 15 minutes after walking around in the Ohio summer. When I worked at USFWS, I always brought something to keep me warm as not only was theA/C always set too high, my desk was right underneath a vent.