Posts Tagged ‘ Spiders ’

If Spiders Built Super Yachts.


For decades, architect Zaha Hadid has been internationally renowned for her daring landmark buildings, such as the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan and the Dominion Office Building in Moscow. Yet, what’s lesser known from the Pritzker Prize winner was a structure that’s not meant for land: a superyacht. Working with German builders Blohm + Voss, Hadid’s designs was what one would expect from the virtuoso: bold, organic, and sort of looks like a drunken spider was way too into boating.

The 420-foot Unique Circle, the largest of the yachts, comes with a zone with underwater viewing, and the bow has the ability to break through thick ice. The exteriors are made up of a series of interwoven support beams, giving the superyachts Hadid’s signature touch of simple elegance.

A Very Spidey Christmas Everyone =)


 

In addition to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Daniel Pemberton’s Original Score, Sony Classical and Sony Pictures Animation are releasing a very special Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Christmas album, appropriately titled A Very Spidey Christmas.

The album, which is now available everywhere, features original tracks from a few of your favorite Spiders from the critically-acclaimed animated feature, including Shameik Moore (Miles Morales/Spider-Man), Jake Johnson (Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man), Chris Pine (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), and Jorma Taccone (Spider-Man 1967).  Listen to all five tracks below:

1. Joy to the World – Shameik Moore (1:40)
2. Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) – Chris Pine (2:41)
3. Deck the Halls – Jake Johnson (2:05)
4.
Up on the House Top – Chris Pine (1:45)
5. The Night Before Christmas 1967 (Spoken Word) – Jorma Taccone (2:45)

 

Scared Spiders Help Humans.


I’ve always thought it amazing how certain animals adapt immediately to clear and present danger, but when I read an article about spiders in Pakistan, I was kind of floored.  Covered in spiders’ webs, these cocooned trees in Sindh, Pakistan, are an unexpected result of floods that hit the region in 2010.   To escape from the rising waters, millions of spiders crawled up into trees. The scale of the flooding and the slow rate at which the waters receded, have left many trees completely enveloped in spiders’ webs.  Although slowly killing the trees, the phenomenon is seemingly helping the local population. People in Sindh have reported fewer mosquitos than they would have expected given the amount of stagnant water in the area. It is thought the mosquitoes are getting caught in the spiders’ webs, reducing their numbers and the associated risk of malaria.