Quick notes

The copyright claim on our Ark video has been resolved, in my favor. This means the money comes streaming into my pocket again! That means I have now earned (checks video analytics) … $1.74! Party time!

More significantly, and of much greater interest, the Steatoda triangulosa egg sac I’ve been nursing along has hatched! Babies have been sorted into separate containers and are flourishing in my very crowded incubator.

Their mother laid another egg sac to celebrate. I’ll be collecting baby spiders well into October, and perhaps one of her daughters will grow large enough to start contributing, too.


  1. robro says

    That means I have now earned (checks video analytics) … $1.74! Party time!

    It’s my understanding that among the very, very rich an expression like “$1.74” represents $1,740,000. So party indeed.

    Anyway, congratulations on winning the copyright claim, and hatching spiders. We need more spiders.

  2. Ada Christine says

    tall boys of natural ice are $0.99 at speedway! you could get almost one and a half!

  3. whheydt says

    I can’t say that I’m surprised the copyright claim went your way. Quoting for criticism is a protected use, after all. The take-down was specious from the very start. They might have assumed you wouldn’t fight it.

  4. consciousness razor says

    According to Dr Oz, it’s not quite enough to buy a whole broccoli, so the celebration will feature a single floret.

    Splurging, that’s what that is. Now you’re just rubbing it in our faces.

    But I am glad you’re not getting the premade “guacamole” in a tub. Nobody should ever have to experience that, no matter how desperate they may be.

  5. Tethys says

    Does anyone dip asparagus in salsa? I generally like my raw veggies with hummus, but any real ‘Murican knows that Ranch* salad dressing is the standard dipping sauce found in a groceries pre-made veggie platters.

    A creamy buttermilk and herb based dressing.

  6. silvrhalide says

    @9 Ranch dressing is the new ketchup.
    @8 Well… it beats boiled peanuts. If you are hungry enough and if those are literally your only options.

  7. consciousness razor says

    Does anyone dip asparagus in salsa?

    I think you’re supposed to dip them in the tequila, like all the totally normal people named Dr. Oz do.

    If you are hungry enough and if those are literally your only options.

    The other option would be avocados, along with a little salt, tomato, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, lime, cayenne, maybe even some garlic if you’re feeling especially adventurous. But mostly avocados.

    It’s either that or the overpriced green mush in the plastic tub, which I’m pretty sure is made of people.

    And what’s next, Oz is going to use that shit for his avocado toast too? In New Jersey?? Fucking ridiculous.

  8. Rich Woods says


    I would very much appreciate it if you would consider spending your windfall on adding to my electricity meter balance, please. Now that the latest UK heatwave has been declared officially over by our magnificently well-informed and highly-capable government, I’d really like to be able to boil the kettle twice a day just to get a decent cup of tea when needed.

  9. says

    Rich Woods @12: I don’t see the problem. You want hot water, just leave your kettle out in the Sun for a few minutes, right?

  10. StevoR says

    Congrats on the rightful copyright win & spiderlings.

    Is that sum of money gained here just one off or likely to increase over time and more viewers I wonder?