iPhone: Mantis

iPhone: Mantis
So, as the title may or may not suggest, this was done on my iPhone, using a simple drawing application.

As can be seen, precision isn’t the easiest thing to manage when using your finger to draw lines that are smaller in width than it is. I hope to get better, though, for having a portable digital sketchbook could come in quite handy.

Legend of the Sticky Bug

Sticky Bug
This is Steve Heffernan’s explanation for why unripe bananas are so sticky and not sweet at all.

Apparently bananas serve as host to colonies of minuscule sticky bugs, which feed off all that sticky, bitter syrup in the unripe banana’s peel and, well, excrete sugar. So as the banana matures, the colony continues to grow and convert unpleasantness to happy yumminess.

(The facts are not quite clear on whether the colony ever leaves the banana, or if you get to eat them too as an added bonus.)



It’s time for another edition of Barefoot Kraken, now with 50% more artist!

After a bit of time off, we return with the topic of silverfish (from Jessica). Caleb will be joining us for this one, and if he turns out to be a consistent contributor, we may have to come up with a new name… Barefoot Kraken of Westerness comes to mind. Though if anyone has any other less complicated ideas, let us know.

Anyway, above you may see the Lepisma saccharina performing that most important of animal rites, growing to gigantic proportions and climbing a prominent landmark.

Rachel’s entry ›

Caleb’s entry ›