I’ve not posted here in a little while…
I’m slowly losing interest over the Internet more & more as time moves on…
For shits & giggles, let me write up a quick overview of all the “material” items that I’ve chosen to hold on to.
There are 5 categories : Tarantula Books, Movies, Music, Pet Tarantulas and Misc Items.
Here we go…
- All About Tarantulas
This is the very first book written for caring about tarantulas in captivity. Dating from 1977, a lot of info is downright obsolete, but it’s interesting to see where they hobby was back then.
This is the 2nd book about tarantula care in captivity published in 1981. What makes this one stand out is that it’s also filled with anecdotes concerning tarantulas that is not found anywhere else.
- Tarantulas in The Vivarium
This one is interesting, it’s written by a german collector who would later be responsible for providing the scientific description for the Mexican Fireleg. The book is still quite relevant and has information on species that are still pretty obscure today.
- The Tarantula
This book dates back from 1958, written by a college proffessor in Arkansas who spent 30 - 40 years studying local tarantulas (Yes, there are tarantulas in Arkansas !). One of the rare accounts of tarantula behaviour in the wild.
- The Tarantula Keeper’s Guide (All 3 Editions)
These 3 books, released in 1984, 1998 and 2009 demonstrate how quickly the hobby has progressed in the last 3 décades. These two has owned many species for over 40 years, no wonder these books are strongly reccomended for the begginer and expert alike.
- Big Trouble in Little China
A fine classic that never gets old. Kurt Russel plays his role well and is hilarious through the entire movie. It’s a mix of kung-fu action and comedy.
- Champions of The Wild : Tarantulas
This is a documentary about tarantulas in the wild. Shows various species but concentrates on those from the Sonoran Desert.
- Kingdom of The Spiders
Move over Arachnophobia, here is the real thriller involving spiders. Stars William Shatner in one of his most amusing roles. It’s a B-movie featuring LOTS of real spiders, many are killed on screen.
This is one movie that really gets to me in several ways. It shows that everyone has a chance to improve their lives. You just have to take it ! Also, I love, love, love the fact how things were much simpler back then.
- The Dark Crystal
My absolute favorite Fantasy film… No really, I enjoy this much more than LOTR or The Hobbit. A basic tale of Good vs Evil done well. Also possibly the only film (to my knowledge) to exclusively feature puppets instead of actors.
- All Over Xanadu
This album was Yuzo Koshiro’s (Actraiser, Shenmue, Ys) debut in the video game music biz. It’s an arrange album with a mix of live and synthesized instruments.
- Final Fantasy VI Original Sound Version
If I am to own but one OSV/OST, this is the one. It’s what kickstarted my interest in game music and Square back in the day.
- Rocky Original Motion Picture Score
The film itself in inspirational, the music certainly shines on its own. There isin’t a lot, but it’s so heartwarming.
- The Dark Crystal Motion Picture Soundtrack
A orchestral film score done right. Everything just flows so well.
- The Speed of Sound
A instrumental guitar album by Ronnie Montrose. So, so good.
- Chilean Rose “Maggie”
This one is unpredictable, can be calm one moment and totally evil the next. Great eater, especially considering it’s usually not big on food.
- Mexican Fireleg “Fluffy”
Not a bad spider at all, extremely colorful, has a huge appetite and is a bit nervous.
- Mexican Redknee “Ginger”
This is the spider which was featured in Kingdom of The Spiders, very nice color contrast, strong appetite but quite nervous.
- North American Brown “Stimpy”
Basically a very drab spider, the worst feeder of the bunch, but the most laid-back of the bunch.
- Peru Rusty Birdeater “Shelob”
For my first tropical giant, I expected more. Not terribly colorful, not very active, hates the light and flees to her hiding spot quite often. All this is negated by her insane appetite. She could eat 10 times what my others go through if I’d let her. She’s handy when someone isin’t hungry, so crickets don’t go to waste with her.
- Final Fantasy III Player’s Guide
The original Snes guide from 1994, a huge souvenir from my teenage years.
- GBA SP with Final Fantasy VI Advance Cart
It’s not the original Snes version, but that’s OK. I still have a hard time putting it down despite knowing it like the back of my hand.
- Mon Chien de Montreal plushy
A plush dog my brother brought from Montréal when I was 4 or 5. A great childhood memory.
- Tarantula plushy
A spider plushy which looks a lot like my Redknee. Makes a neat addition.
- The World Of The Dark Crystal Book
Being the huge fan of the film, this is the art book and also explains the entire universe of the film.
So there. Didn’t go too much in detail as I wanted, but you get an idea of what I’m holding on to.