What is it about mold? Decay. Rot. Growth. Seeing something comes from — well, nothing — never fails to amuse me. The last time I checked the fridge, I’ve got some green beans. Two weeks later, there’s a wooly hamster living in my crisper. Said rodent will eventually make its way to the trash, but not before I’ve analyzed the mold and, y’know, sniffed it a bit.
Beyond the ephemeral nature of produce, I’m quite smitten with the still lives of Klaus Pichler. His One Third project explores the idea of consumption and wasted food — according to a UN study, one third of the world’s food goes to waste. Living in New York, I believe it. Go halfsies.
This fascinating scientific short, made in 1909, demonstrates how a spider (in this case, mechanical) spins its threads to create a web. Director Percy Smith believed he could cure people of their arachnophobia with his short films showing enlarged replicas of spiders, and it seems certain that most viewers would be more amused than frightened by the mechanical little guy in this short. (But wait for the ending…reality strikes!) As Alvy Singer once said, “Honey, there’s a spider in your bathroom as big as a Buick.”
Oh, bedbugs. Which is worse: enduring knife penises or stuffing all of my thrifted clothing in the freezer? (Does anyone else do this to avoid the nasty little things?) Bedbugs are less insects than mass hysteria. Seriously, I’ve had them. Horrifying.
Thank you for making me give bedbugs a chance, Green Porno. But I still shrivel in fear at the very thought.
My name is Alison and this is where I obsess // muse // and drop all of the curious, obsolete, eccentric and otherwise noteworthy things I come across on the weird, wide expanse that is the Internet. Also, cute cat posts.