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Between plague and smoke, spending way too much time indoors. Localised co2 got pretty high in the office my husband and I share and opening the windows is dicey during giant spider season even before the wildfires.

So as a result, I'm starting a little indoor garden in each room. The succulent are going to be hydro, and the prayer and snake plant will get soil so I have some place to dump my coffee grinds other than the rose garden. In the next month or so we also want to set up some living moss panels to help control the nitrogen balance.

And of course, obligatory rpi sensor suite and irrigation is inbound as well. That'll be a shared project. 😸

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  • 6
    Giant spider.... Oh god.

    I think no sleep tonight....

    But that project sounds real great.
  • 17
    @IntrusionCM
    He just wants to say hi! He'll spin this in front of your door every single day 😸
  • 5
    Okay. I thought something more hideous... Camel spider or stuff like that Is it poisonous?

    (i can deal with most spider images, but please no zoomed in stuff... That I can't handle.)
  • 4
    @SortOfTested eww.. but beautiful at the same time..
  • 3
    @IntrusionCM
    Most poisonous spiders like darkness, so no. They're just creepy crawly.

    Side note: camel spiders (solifugae) aren't actually spiders 😸
  • 3
    @SortOfTested :) might be my fear isn't aware of that distinction :(
  • 2
    @IntrusionCM
    The biggest we get are palm-sized, so nothing too ridiculous. Know your enemy!
  • 5
    @SortOfTested a certain family member pulled a "prank" on me...

    Realizing during gardening that she didn't threw dirt... But a full collection of all 8 legged shit she found plus dirt. Led to an very terrified and traumatized me. Dear sister - I still hate you.
  • 14
    @IntrusionCM
    You sound like you need some happy animals. Nothing like an axolotl to brighten your day. Enjoy the adorable smile and ridiculously large genome sequence.
  • 3
    @SortOfTested ;)

    Thanks ;) yes they are cool. :)

    Or Quokkas. Or Leonberger...

    Still gardening is awesome. One of the few hobbies my mind can go blank...
  • 5
    @SortOfTested THAT SPIDERWEB LOOKS SO AWESOME HOLY SHIT

    Also, that project sounds really awesome! Go you!
  • 5
    @SortOfTested just palm sized!
  • 1
    I saw that plants and immediately thought it was you
  • 2
    @uyouthe
    Yay I am associated with plants!
  • 7
    Btw the most efficient way to replace CO2 is chlorella. The Soviet experiment was a success, 6 months of comfortable living of the crew in airtight room. Experiment was interrupted because it was clear that the crew can sustain themselves for the rest of their lives growing their own food. Here’s the article (Russian) https://rusplt.ru/sdelano-russkimi/...

    We needed this to figure out how to live sustainably on remote planets in the space exploration era.

    But chlorella is difficult. The most efficient pot plants in terms of CO2 replacement are yellow dypsis, three-striped sansevieria and golden epipremnun. I counted in the O2 consumption in the nighttime
  • 4
    @uyouthe
    Yep, I don't want to manage algae filtration though. I don't live in a space ship 😋

    Soviet union did a lot of interesting studies on human survivability.
  • 2
    Spiders scare you?, seems like you’ve never had lizards creeping around the house. They squiggle in ANY random fucking direction when scared.
  • 3
    Btw, awesome project. Love it.
  • 3
    @scout
    I love lizards! I used to raise skinks, geckos and salamanders. Also sneks.
  • 2
    @SortOfTested omg. Wow. I love animals but reptiles scare me.
  • 2
    @scout
    My backyard used to be swarming with lizards and frog when I lived in houston. I made it a paradise for then. I loved listening to the croaking all night. Bonus, I was the only house with no mosquitoes!
  • 2
    @scout lizards aren't venomous at least
  • 2
    So what you're saying is that you have web developers living in your garden trying to creep inside from time to time.
  • 1
    Rpi might be an overkill get one of thoes esp32 boards.
    Also did you order those pots from ikea ?
  • 2
    @hardfault
    - have a ton of pis of all different flavors lying around; waste not, want not
    - nope
  • 1
    "Giant spider season" made me think about LotR and Mordor. Definetly wouldn't leave window open. Or leave the house without invisibility cloak - or Sting the dagger.
  • 5
    @SortOfTested i guess australia and amazon forests could be nice vacation spots for you
  • 4
    @yowhatthefuck
    I spend a fair amount of time in japan, they have a lot of the same spiders. And giant awful centipedes to boot. Mukade and gejigeji are nightmare fuel, though only mukade really deserve to be. Also murder hornets.
  • 2
    @SortOfTested but those house centipedes are actually pretty useful. They're harmless predators.
  • 1
    @iiii
    Mukade actually sting and hurt like fuuuuck. Gejigeji are fine, but still gross. Pesticides are the answer #100PercentOrganicDeath
  • 0
    @SortOfTested I meant the home centipedes which are creepy but harmless and even useful. Not mukade. Those are dangerous.
  • 1
    @SortOfTested down here we have golden Orb Weavers. Very pretty webs that glow golden in the sunlight. Female gigantism in the species makes them palm sized and very intimidating. But they are sweethearts. I biked into a web in the dark once and the only thing the spider did was jump off as quick as possible.
  • 1
    and here I am with spiders crawling near my legs underneath my desk, and crawling around between my bed and wall less than a foot from where I put my head.

    either something broke in me, because I used to be terrified, or my laziness won out vs my spider-murder-ocd.

    fun fact: we used to have an albino gecko, only hung out in our bathroom. could never catch him. occasionally would appear out of the vent. liked to appear specifically during showers (probably soaking up the moisture) and oddly appeared to watch people poop. almost every time. like a ritual.

    we called him bob.

    ended up moving.

    I wonder what happened to that gecko.

    so if you're ever in florida, taking a poop (as the case may be), and an albino gecko appears to solemnly watch you poop, like a soldier standing duty at the tomb of the unknown, know that he may be a descendant of bob, perhaps hes still out there, somewhere, carrying out his mission, or just vibing as a lizard with a weird hairless ape fetish!
  • 1
    @SortOfTested

    > my husband and I

    That answers my question elsewhere then !

    If I can ask, where did you find yours ?

    Eg. the first moment you came into contact so to speak, so I too may gain some insight into where would be husbands bump into amazing wife like material as your good self.
  • 3
    @Nanos
    I'm bad at relationships. This one is good and comfortable, but I've failed more times than most:

    First one: was 17-18. We fucked a lot. Got drunk. Got hitched. Got annulled. The emoji was color accurate for his dick.

    Second one: met him while working in korea. We were expats, him Japanese, me american-adjacent. He then learned his mother was megaracist, hated white people passionately, next level shit. He was tired of hearing her bitching and tearing us down to the world so he ended it. I'm probably still technically married in korea. Korean wedding dresses are beyond adorable, also. Only sad about this one because his last name was fucking amazing with my first.

    Threeth: voldemort

    Fourth: Met at work. I left, didn't see him for years. Met back up again in a different city. We are now married and have two kids in college.
  • 2
    @SortOfTested

    I think "bad at relationships" isn't accurate.

    The mindset is very different.

    My grandfather died shortly after WW2 (1956 to be precise), my grandmother was in WW2 a nurse.

    WW2 left her with some severe psychological scars, which were hard for me to realise in my childhood. I was ... premature in more than one way and became an emotional balancer for my grandma - usually she never talked about the time with anyone (even my dad which was her son), but with me she had some... lengthy conversations / discussions.

    Some were nightmare stuff without a doubt, but one thing became very clear to me: Our "relationships" nowadays are very different from back in the time.

    Most people say that relationships in that time were marriage of convenience - and because of that, the time of marriage and relationships were life long.

    Grandma said it - in a nutshell - a bit different: Why would you burden yourself, when you can share it with someone you like?
  • 2
    From all the lengthy conversations, I can tell that there was definitely something called love in the relationship to my grandfather.

    It took time to manifest, without a doubt.

    And I think that's the key component missing for alot of things today: Time and patience.
  • 0
    @IntrusionCM what is love?
  • 0
    @SortOfTested what do you mean by "technically married"? O_o
  • 0
    @iiii
    When neither of you file for divorce, you are still technically married.
  • 0
    @SortOfTested wait, so you were married there, then you've returned to another country and filed another marriage at a new place?
  • 0
    @iiii
    I will neither confirm nor deny this because you're way too interested. 😋
  • 0
    @SortOfTested I'm not. Just wondering how that is even possible.
  • 1
    @iiii
    The US govt regards every other country with disdain, your marriage license will commute, but only if you're a foreign citizen and sometimes not even then. Usually that paperwork has to be refiled here as well as part of immigration.
  • 1
    @SortOfTested

    ------------

    Fourth: Met at work. I left, didn't see him for years. Met back up again in a different city.

    ------------

    Interesting.

    When you say, "Met back up again", was that a chance encounter, or did you or him make the first move to meet again ?

    FX [ Tries to figure out the most important variables in relationships.. ]
  • 0
    @iiii Love is to me a mutual long term commitment to share your life with another person.

    I'm not very fond of feelings... Love is for me unconditional.
  • 1
    @SortOfTested

    > First one: was 17-18.

    So, if someone else had got to know you at 16, they could have beaten the competition !

    Of course, depending upon which country you live in, this may or may not be legal..

    > Second one:

    So I guess a working strategy there is to know lots of suitable possible future partners, even if they are married, and wait to see which one of them gets divorced/etc. first !
  • 0
    @IntrusionCM
    I'm [statistically bad at picking partners that have the maturity to remain in relationships, and therefore by statistical extensions am colloquially] bad at relationships 😋
  • 2
    @Nanos
    Just find someone who is mutually tolerable during coronavirus. Marry that person.
  • 0
    @SortOfTested

    Makes way more sense to me. Thanks.
  • 1
    > partners that have the maturity to

    > remain in relationships

    I think that is a universal constant though !

    Eg. it happens to everyone.

    From what I can gather, most humans will jump ship if a better ship comes along, and they are just on the ship they are on, because they can't find a better one.

    Some are lazy and stay with the ship they find themselves on, because they can't be bothered to look that much.

    But as soon as that ship bumps into another one more suitable, off they go !

    Reminds me of an ethical dilemma question I asked a little while ago, which shocking showed how folk would badly treat others if it was for their own selfish benefit.

    I hear families can be like that when someone dies and they argue over the will..

    That just leaves humans who don't realise they could jump ship if they wanted, because no one really cares they dumped their partner, since almost everyone does that..

    I've yet to do that..
  • 1
    @Nanos my inner voices debate wether you're insane or sarcastic.

    Please explain.
  • 1
    @Nanos isn't ship jumping basically the way natural selection works? species find the best partner available
  • 2
    @Nanos also, people are selfish. period. if someone is not selfish at all that would be a big surprise.
  • 0
    @IntrusionCM

    Sarcastically sane..
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