Saturday, February 20, 2010

Post #3: Examination

Today, in mine and my associates perusal of the junk-heap that is our backyard, we came across a startling discovery.

A Carpenter Ant nest.

These motherfuckers are vicious. My grandfather had one take a chunk of meat out of his hand, when I was younger.

This is NOT the colony I plan to transplant to Ant-ture. This will be a last ditch effort, if I cannot find a suitable colony for transfer.

HOWEVER. I have been informed that this colony has remained in this exact spot for the past 3 years. They continue to feed off the wood scraps inside that barrel. So if we ever have need for "Sploicers", they are available.

Look at these fuckers. They're large.

Ignore my associate's meaty hand. He is part giant.


In other news, we have a very large/long aquarium, with an easily repairable side-window. If the first colony is a success, I will transplant Ant-ture to this larger tank, and add in more scenery and "atmosphere". It will probably also be this second iteration that I add in a radio for the playing of 50's music.

Ant-ture's planning stages have begun.

"What is the difference between an ant and a parasite?
An ant builds. A parasite asks 'Where is my share?'
An ant creates. A parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?'
An ant invents. A parasite says,
'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God... '

-PK Shitstorm

Post #2: Organization

*Things I Need*

Fascination AntWorks: $19.17 (Amazon)

16 x 12 x 8 Aquarium: $29.97 (Wal-mart)

Queen Ant, Workers, Soldiers: A garden spade and care.

Air-pump: Not sure, need to find one that either puts out very little air-flow (Don't want to cause too much wind in the colony), or one that can have a hose attached to either side for one hose in, one hose out.)

Lego Blocks to build Little Rapture: I'm going to have to download "Lego Studio" to design mini-Rapture, and then send find out how much the pieces will cost, total. I'm also going to need Good, High Res, High Quality shots of the city. My PC cannot handle playing the game on Low, let alone anything high enough for me to discern quality.


I'm heading to bed, now. I'll try and find out more tomorrow. Any ideas would be helpful. Keep in mind, though: The first attempt at this is going to be relatively simple. I need to make sure that the colony can handle the water "pressure", devise a decent air-filtration system, and most importantly, I need to figure out how the fuck to get a Queen without getting ants in my dick.

Apparently, a few sites sell the gel that is used in the AntWorks kit, so I could make a bigger version? But baby steps, y'know? Rapture wasn't built in a day, after all.

-PK Shitstorm

Post #1: Theory

"I am Ant-drew Ryan, and I am here to ask you a question. Is an insect not entitled to the sweat of his brow?

'No,' says the mantis in the brush, 'it belongs to the female.'
'No,' says the ant in the hill, 'it belongs to the queen.'
'No,' says the worm in the garden, 'it belongs to the earth.'

I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose...


A city where the black would not fear the red,
where the male would not be bound by his expectations to impregnate,
where the worker would not be constrained by the soldier.

And with the sweat of your brow, Ant-ture can become your city, as well."

This is an experimental idea, where-in I use the game "BioShock" to give me an excuse to submerge an ant colony underwater, and observe how the creatures thrive in a different environment.

As of now, it is in the conceptual stages. I am broke, and need to acquire the fund to purchase what I will need to forge The Great City of Ant-ture.

This will be where I update the masses with my progress, when work begins.

By the sweat of our brow, Ant-ture will become a reality.

-PK Shitstorm