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Exactly what can be saved off the won't-boot hard drive will remain a mystery for awhile longer. After a recovery program that hummed along for 26 hours last week finished and was waiting for Vogon to look at it after he finished working that day, Laurel helpfully turned off the computer despite having been instructed repeatedly to leave it alone.

In the meanwhile, watching TV with captioning on makes for some hilarious commercials. I just spotted the line "Pre-tuned by German engineers." from the end of a Volkswagen ad remain on screen throughout an eHarmony; the other day, "Ask your doctor about Nasonex" remained in the middle of the screen through commercials for a car dealership and a clothing store.

The dresser we looked at the other day is no longer on sale, but the same size dresser from IKEA is 20% less than the non-sale price of the Target dresser. It's still a crapload of money to me, but anything over $20 is a lot of money to me.


And now for something completely different: the mantid egg pods Vogon bought a few weeks ago have started looking ready to hatch, so he decided to buy a second tank to keep the two pods separate. That led to buying crickets to feed them after they hatch and food and plastic cages for the crickets. He put the larger cricket cage down where both Laurel and Biko could watch it, which was nice, but I thought one might have escaped when Biko pounced into the (closed) study door for no reason that I could see.

A few minutes ago I walked by the spot where we keep shoes near the entry and thought I saw something move there, nudged a few shoes and lo and behold, there's a cricket in there. Vogon's in the study and didn't respond when I knocked on the door and told him I think we've got loose crickets.

How would you catch the crickets and get them back into the cage without harming them? What can I do to keep them in the cage and not escape?


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Mar. 26th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
I like watching Boobah on close-caption, because you get some really hilarious captions. In that, y'know, a show that's mainly sound effects is captioned at all.

Hm. What do crickets eat? I'd probably put a few glass jars around places where you can see, and put Cricket Bait in there, with hole-punched lids at the ready to coop them up in.

Alternately, you could shout to the crickets that you're meltin' up a big ol' batch of chocolate and any crickets that aren't safe in their house are going to become Gourmet Treats.
Mar. 27th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
One of the perks of being pretty much the only person that watches TV in the living room is that I can leave captioning on all the time. It's awesome.

I have no idea what crickets eat in the wild. Vogon bought Fluker's high calcium cricket feed and cricket quencher. The latter will be used for both the crickets and mantids so they can get water without drowning, which is apparently an issue for them. (Since I have only bought crickets for immediate feeding to iguanas, I know nothing about keeping them longer than getting them home and into the iguana enclosure.)

I like the chocolate idea, though. Maybe I'll go fishing through my bag o' Easter chocolates for a few to melt in the microwave to scare them straight. I can use up the mini Mr. Goodbars I'm never going to eat.
Mar. 27th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
You can also feed crickets carrot shavings. It's important to feed your crickets good food, because that's the nourishment that gets passed on to your pet. Though... I hate praying mantises! I would kill one if I saw one. eeeeeeeeeeee

To catch a cricket, just cup your hands over him and pick him up. You can grab him by his legs too or pinch him ever so gently. They're not too fast. Every so often mine got out too.
Mar. 26th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
It's still a crapload of money to me, but anything over $20 is a lot of money to me.


DITTO. After having my yard sale yesterday, I feel incredibly wealthy. Good thing I had it, otherwise I would not have had my rent. $20 is like $1000 to me. Poverty sucks.

I love it that you guys are hatching mantids! That's so cool....My house is old and full of cracks (apparantly!) and so we have an occassional cricket hopping around. I always catch them with a large-handled strainer and then slide a piece of heavy paper or thin cardboard under it to trap it...
Mar. 27th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
I would try to catch a cricket with an inside out ziplock bag over my hand. I have a lot of difficulty with trying to catch things in jars and containers. Hands are more precise. I don't know how you can keep them from getting out of their cage.
Mar. 27th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
What kind of a cricket cage is he using? I've never had escapees from the ones I use for mine (I have a large one and a small one). The escapees that I have are usually ones that get away when I'm trying to put them in the cage, or when I take the tube out to feed. If you can find the cricket, just scoop it with your hand, or if you have a net, that works great. I can usually set the net down, chase the cricket into it, and then scoop.

Sounds like he has the right stuff for them, with the cricket quencher and crickt food. As long as they have a dark place to hide, you should be set. How old are the crickets he is using? I try to always use 2-4 weekers, because anything much older is old enough to chirp. :) The young ones don't chirp.

I've never heard of someone raising mantids. Where did he get them?
Mar. 27th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Just dawned on me. Are you raising them to battle bugs in your plants naturally?
Mar. 27th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
We have a small Kricket Keeper cage and a larger generic ventilated plastic cage; the escapees are getting out of the larger cage.

I tried getting a cricket to hop into a plastic cup last night, but it hopped into the gap between the fridge and the wall instead. I'll try the net next time!

I have no idea how old the crickets are, but I haven't heard them chirp yet.

The mantid eggs came from Strong's Nursery. Vogon wanted to buy nematodes to take care of spider mites, but they were out so he decided to try mantids instead. In the meanwhile, I'm keeping the mites in check by regularly wiping down the leaves and branches with soapy water. Since the mites have been a persistent problem for one of our limes, I use pyrethrine spray when the trees are outside and soapy water when they're inside. (Note that if you use this, you'll want to protect the soil from the soapy water.)
Mar. 27th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
I am always amazed that all commercials, even if not closed captioned (and why not, plenty of times that they are on for people who are not deaf, I bet they boost effectiveness a few percent), do not have the "clear screen" comand at the start, just to make sure they don't get something wacky from the last commercial.
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