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the invisible tenant

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

I was doing a little research on bugs that live on your skin and hair follicles and came across this really amusing article originally published in National Geographic by  Richard Conniff entitled ‘Body Beasts. No Man is an Island. He is an eco-system.’  The article is not only witty and engaging but creepy and fascinating too.  Anyway, it got me thinking about how to these microscopic insects, we are like an entire planet or a universe and for the most part we are unaware of these inhabitants who rely on us for food, shelter, life and the critters are equally unaware of us.  Them biting us is sort of like us plucking a flower.  Imperceptible to something as large as the universe.  Insignificant too.  I’m not really going anywhere with this.  It was just kind of fun to think about.

——- Not Really News—————

I’m about to be really busy and am considering putting a call out there for guest comics or just simply taking a few weeks off.  It’s hard to take time off though without feeling like I’m failing you guys in some way but I just might have to.  I’ll let you know.

——Cool Others—————-

I want to share with you the work of one of my local crafty art pals.  Her name is Coralette and she goes by ‘ the Crafty Hag’ and well, I think she is pretty awesome.  There’s a few of us weirdo artists here in St. Pete that seem to have a similar sense of humor in conjuring up little characters and art subjects.  I was looking at the Crafty Hag website and found myself giggling at pieces like ‘ Mythical Beet Man – original ink wash drawing’.  Not only is her work fun and original but her prices are totally affordable.  Where else are you going to get a one-of-a-kind handmade painted plushie  entitled ‘The Broccoli Tri-Clops Monster That Ate Brooklyn’ for under 30 bucks or a ‘Mr. Pumpkin Man Chases Naughty Black Cat’ original linocut for ten?   Nowhere!  Check out the Crafty Hag on Etsy for more amusing art goodness! 



So long as my head doesn’t explode, I’ll see you all next week!  Haiku away 🙂


12 Responses to “the invisible tenant”

  1. Andrew Foose Says:

    No man is an island
    home is where the heart is but
    your heart is a home.

  2. Amanda Says:

    tiny one eats, sleeps, breathes,
    I never notice him there
    crawling on my skin

    well if you take a break i of course will miss your fantastic art and hearing news of your goings on. be careful with your interactions with others as swine flu has hit tampa and its nasty i was down sick hard sick for over a week before i got better. I love the very daper dust mite there although a nice top hat would look smashing.

  3. Seraphine Says:

    burrow here, face mite.
    soft spot near eye beckons, but…
    beware: nervous ticks.

  4. Seraphine Says:

    you’re so lucky getting the swine flu amanda!
    theoretically, you’ll now have some immunity against it, especially if it mutates. right?
    i’m glad you’re better.

    little mite buried
    amanda’s feverish skin
    almost tropical

  5. calan Says:

    welcome andrew! i love the haiku 🙂

    wow amanda. you get some sort of bragging rights now i think. i’m glad you recovered! a friend’s niece has it. that’s the only person i’m aware of but i hear cases on the news popping up here and there. blah.

    sera i always really enjoy your haiku’n. you’re write beautifully.

  6. Creeplings Says:

    I like to think the mites are as cute as the drawing.

    Love The Crafty Hag!

  7. Amanda Says:

    Well i was doing some reading on the wiki and all “Swine flu” is is a mutated form of Influenza A virus. Flu vaccines work against it. Its just a nasty cold really no big deal. The media blew it out of proportions. I read in the news paper that 98% of people experiencing flu like symptoms in the state of Florida probably have Swine flu but they are still quarenteening places with high concentrations of it. I tried my hardest not to go out and spread it about. I know I still have it and I’m probably still contagious but I’m so much better its ridiculous.

  8. calan Says:

    i guess it’s like any flu and if you are already weak like an infant or have other health problems it can be the straw that broke the camels back and kill you which is why we hear of deaths on the news. *shrugs* i’m not really sure just guessing. media blows everything up. they are going crazy here because they have no hurricanes to get worked up over.

  9. Amanda Says:

    Ya we were so close with Bill and then he decided he didnt like us. No news isnt good news it just means they arent looking hard enough to make something look like the end of the world.

  10. Lokisana Says:

    Cute pincer legged
    Friend come and call me your home
    Since I can’t kill you.

  11. calan Says:

    welcome lokisana. 🙂 that haiku made me realize how strange it is that we can’t just sorta squish those skin and follicle bugs like we might a larger insect. something so very small is more indestructible than a much a bigger bug. go lil guy!

  12. Chance Says:

    I really dig this art!

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