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Uncle Al asked why we didn’t just broadcast WeaselTV as being infinitely more entertaining than anything on the box. I don’t because it’s not. It’s hours and hours of nothing followed by a couple of seconds of something dark skittering across the field of view, if you’re lucky enough to be looking at the screen when this happens.

Case in point: the arrow is pointing to a baby hedgie. See him? And it’s cheating, because I’ve put a dish of catfood out to lure him.

Most exciting thing that happens is a spider crawling across the lens like a Fifties horror flick. This happens so often that I suspect either they’re attracted to the camera’s lights, or bugs are and they’re attracted to the bugs.

The real fun is arranging the cameras, within the limitations of the wires (they’re not wifi). I tinker with them constantly. (Aside: they need a spirit level on the top. They’re deuced hard to get straight).

At the moment, I have Cam 2 way too close to the ground. I get to watch slugs make their way slowly across the back patio. This is a surprisingly disgusting sight.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: July 20, 2017, 10:32 pm

I have toyed with the idea of putting up a camera or two, and this piques my interest. One I want to put on a favorite tree line and take a years worth of seasonal changes and make a movie out of it.

The other would be for night time wild life. Haven’t seen much wildlife this year.

Comment from ea in ga
Time: July 20, 2017, 10:44 pm

We moved to a 10 acre place in the country. I bought one game camera-just to see if there were any critters around. I now have six cameras in the woods and one near the house. I plan to buy more when they go on sale for deer season. I am addicted to them. I have pictures of deer, bobcats, gray foxes, turkeys, geese, coyotes, possums, raccoons, muskrats and various little birds and rodents. So much fun!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 20, 2017, 10:50 pm

I think chickens are interesting. Why not a chicken cam?

This is interesting, too:


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 20, 2017, 10:55 pm

Skandia, I *adore* timelapse photography. Particularly trees and plants and shit.

I loved my wildlife cam, ea. And it did a much better job not overreacting to moths and wind, but it died in the end. Bobcats! Lumme some bobcats!

I’ve done the chickencam thing a *little*. I’ll definitely put one out if I get behbehs.

Comment from p2
Time: July 20, 2017, 11:07 pm


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 20, 2017, 11:09 pm

The way you describe it, Mme. Ermine, I’d excitedly pop a bag of popcorn, open a bottle of lager, and sit in front of my laptop screen, and…and…and…fall asleep in about 20 minutes. Oh, well.

We’ve got a bobcat in our area and have seen him in our back yard a few times. We’ve also got coyotes (heard but not seen so far), and river otters. And we’re in what can’t be described otherwise than normal Florida development suburbia. At least we’re on the edge and next to something over 100 acres of undeveloped (so far) land with pines, oaks, palms, scrub savanna with palmetto, and ponds with herons, egrets, turtles, and gators. And lots of sandhill cranes and even more lots of ibises.

I’d put up a web cam but it would probably die in the heat if it didn’t drown in the rain first. (-:

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 20, 2017, 11:12 pm

As for 50s horror flics, did you ever see the marvelous Vinnie Price in the terrible movie The Tingler? You need lots of popcorn for that film, and it’s at least a four-bottles-of-lager ordeal. But it has a beastie crawling on the screen!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 20, 2017, 11:17 pm

I watch animal cams all the time: goatslive.com is one. And they watch it in hospitals, nursing homes, and I’ve even seen it on in the NYT news room. I like hearing the rooster in the morning and when it rains and thunders (which is a rarity where I live).

The other ones I like are the loon cam (still waiting for the eggs to hatch tho I notices mom went clubbing Sat night & left her eggs unattended). Also the purple martin cam – they are ready to fly. And the grizzly bear cams. Saw some idiot do a selfie with a mother grizzly & 2 cubs about 10 feet behind her. smh…

Comment from Crabby Old Bat
Time: July 20, 2017, 11:52 pm

The Tingler was a staple of Saturday afternoon horror film anthologies such as Creature Features, Elvira’s Movie Macabre, etc. I remember The Tingler fondly; I would watch anything with Vincent Price in it (remember House of Wax?). That voice!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 21, 2017, 12:06 am

Ms. Weasel – you are on an outdated paradigm if you think boring tv is bad tv –

Scandinavians can’t stop watching ‘boring TV’

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 21, 2017, 12:44 am

Here’s an interesting documentary:


It’s 13 years old but it was just uploaded and it has attracted a lot of attention. 3 UK women marry outside their culture and language. What were they thinking???

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 21, 2017, 8:18 am

Some Vegetable – happily the ‘boring TV’ thing (they politely call it ‘slow TV’) was picked up here a few years ago and it began with one of the most enjoyable TV programmes I’ve ever seen. It followed two Saami girls walking their reindeer through the ice and snow of Lapland for a couple of hours. That’s all it was. No music, no words, just the crunch of feet on snow – and yet it was fascinating, meditative and enthralling at the same time. I believe Her Stoatliness may have posted about it, If not, she should have done as it became a firm favourite in the mustelid household and we have watched it a couple of times since.

This past Christmas the channel that showed the reindeer trek filmed a country bus journey through the Yorkshire dales and broadcast that. It was almost as good, despite being just the view from a bus for a couple of hours.

It may say something distressing about me but I can still remember snatches of that trip in my mind’s eye. Just a particular cottage here, a hill there, a high street somewhere else. I do that ‘in real life’ though, so it’s probably just a badger thing. Occasionally an image of somewhere I have glimpsed on a journey will float disconnectedly to the surface of the mental pond for no obvious reason. It impresses me for some reason that a TV programme can have the same effect.

And now we return to our scheduled programming: an egg. Boiling. Don’t get all excited and suffer a seizure, will you?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 21, 2017, 5:54 pm

Sure, these cams is all fun and games, till you catch the fleeting image of “predator” and the active camouflage shifting as he stalks through your back yard towards your porch –

yeah, then you’ll be quaking and hiding under your bed typing, wrapped in a space blanket to cut your thermal signature!

like I am….

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