8 Tiny Feet

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8 Tiny Feet

#1  Postby Atrax Robustus » Oct 19, 2013 6:59 am

Hi all,

I think a few here already know me. I've come to RatSkep because my usual haunts have become somewhat stale and I'm in need of stimulating reading and discourse.

I spent almost thirty years in the military where I gained two engineering degrees. In my spare time I completed a Biology degree and worked (almost ten years) in a voluntary capacity as a research assistant whenever I had the opportunity to do so. Entomology was the name of the game, but I elected to work with arachnids --- to assist in overcoming my phobia believe it or not!

I've always been an atheist. I simply cannot abide the ideas or ideologies of creationists or IDers.

Looking forward to joining in whenever I can. :grin:
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#2  Postby ADParker » Oct 19, 2013 9:30 am

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#3  Postby The_Piper » Oct 19, 2013 9:36 am

Welcome! Did you overcome your phobia? My sister has/had that too. She's gotten better, but I still don't see her handling any spiders. :lol:

You might be interested in the threads linked in my signature. Lots of spider and insect pics and discussion. :)
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#4  Postby Made of Stars » Oct 19, 2013 10:03 am

Gidday AR. :cheers:
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#5  Postby Goldenmane » Oct 19, 2013 10:10 am

Atrax Robustus wrote:Hi all,

I think a few here already know me. I've come to RatSkep because my usual haunts have become somewhat stale and I'm in need of stimulating reading and discourse.

I spent almost thirty years in the military where I gained two engineering degrees. In my spare time I completed a Biology degree and worked (almost ten years) in a voluntary capacity as a research assistant whenever I had the opportunity to do so. Entomology was the name of the game, but I elected to work with arachnids --- to assist in overcoming my phobia believe it or not!

I've always been an atheist. I simply cannot abide the ideas or ideologies of creationists or IDers.

Looking forward to joining in whenever I can. :grin:


Heyha.

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#6  Postby Atrax Robustus » Oct 19, 2013 10:55 am

Goldenmane wrote:

Heyha.

Welcome, 8legs.


Hi Geoff.

Safe to assume that Rule #3 applies here then? :grin:
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#7  Postby Atrax Robustus » Oct 19, 2013 11:01 am

The_Piper wrote:Welcome! Did you overcome your phobia? My sister has/had that too. She's gotten better, but I still don't see her handling any spiders. :lol:

You might be interested in the threads linked in my signature. Lots of spider and insect pics and discussion. :)


I did! The big guys still surprise me when I don't know that they're on the prowl, but once that 'oh-shit' moment dissipates handling them isn't an issue for me.
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#8  Postby Goldenmane » Oct 19, 2013 11:22 am

Atrax Robustus wrote:
Goldenmane wrote:

Heyha.

Welcome, 8legs.


Hi Geoff.

Safe to assume that Rule #3 applies here then? :grin:


Well, yes.

We're debating it, again. But yes.
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#9  Postby Ironclad » Oct 19, 2013 11:55 am

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#10  Postby theropod » Oct 19, 2013 12:16 pm

Welcome Atrax!

Check THIS out (other follow up videos also on my channel). I also am fascinated by spiders, but I've never really had any fear of them.

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#11  Postby pensioner » Oct 19, 2013 12:32 pm

I hate the little fookers. welcome anyway.
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#12  Postby amok » Oct 19, 2013 6:09 pm

Welcome Atrax :wave:

I'm the official spider catcher/releaser in my circle of friends and co-workers. Spider webs are brilliant.

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#13  Postby Fenrir » Oct 19, 2013 9:18 pm

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#14  Postby Calilasseia » Oct 20, 2013 4:54 am

First of all, welcome to our newest member. All the more so for having devoted time to studying chelicerates. :)

Of course, whilst spiders can be fascinating, there are other chelicerates to study. Though when I tell certain people about some of these, I can sense them wanting to leave the room very quickly. :mrgreen:

Mind you, at least chelicerates have the good manners to rear their offspring as good, honest predators. Ichneumon wasps, by comparison, have a far nastier method of securing the future of the next generation. Just ask any of thousands of caterpillars what they think of this. :)
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#15  Postby DarthHelmet86 » Oct 20, 2013 9:29 am

ADParker wrote:(Sort of) official welcome:
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Hello consistency, and welcome into the lifeboat ! This is our greeting for all new members and contains some useful stuff for you.

If you haven't seen it already, you may want to take a look at our New Members' Welcome Pack which will give you some helpful resources such as how to modify your membership display settings, how to navigate around the forum, point you to some threads which address commonly asked questions from newbies, and gives you some handy links to other sites which will help you develop your skepticism. It also contains our forum rules, which we ask that you abide by at all times.

If you're new to this type of phpBB software on forums, you might like to take a look at our Handy Hints for Posting On The Forum, which will show you how to change your text, insert images & youtube clips, and do some other cool stuff.

And finally, as a house warming present for you, here's a few laughs for your entertainment.

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Aside from that welcome to the site Atrax Robustus, maybe you can help me get over my fear of spiders as well. Not a phobia but I hate those things.
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