It’s happened once before – that time, a Hungarian cool-photography website posted a link to my silkworm rearing page, and the course of a single day, the site got nearly five thousand hits. It didn’t have any really directly visible results, other than a spike in my hit numbers, but when they went back down, they didn’t go quite as far as they had been – routine traffic went from 200 – 300 hits per day to 500 – 600. It’s stayed up since, spiking after things like my article hitting Knitty, a print mention in “No Sheep for You” (thanks Amy!) and a couple of magazine articles.

At some point early this morning, a user posted a link to my Cecropia page on a website called reddit.com. Traffic surged upward – it was close to five thousand by the time I got to work.

Now:

If you can’t read the tiny numbers, it was just over fourteen thousand, at twenty minutes to two in the afternoon. By the time I typed this in, just at two, it had topped fifteen thousand.

Ironically, I can’t even put the photo on my website – because the website is crashing occasionally because of the traffic. It’s still there, and I’m not hitting a bandwidth threshhold or anything – it’s just swamping the server.

A lot of them are just fly-by’s, but still!

Oh, and unrelated (I think) – I got an email this morning from a French researcher who wants ultra-light harnesses (!!!) for butterflies (!?!?). The tether has to be less than .1 gram per 30 meters.

I can reel that.

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  1. molasses
    molasses says:

    Oh, and unrelated (I think) – I got an email this morning from a French researcher who wants ultra-light harnesses (!!!) for butterflies (!?!?). The tether has to be less than .1 gram per 30 meters.

    I can reel that.


    really.

  2. monkeybung
    monkeybung says:

    Oh, and unrelated (I think) – I got an email this morning from a French researcher who wants ultra-light harnesses (!!!) for butterflies (!?!?). The tether has to be less than .1 gram per 30 meters.

    That’s really intriguing! Did he say what he’s researching. I’m picturing some crazy Frenchman with butterflies tethered to his shirt buttons or something…

  3. admin
    admin says:

    Well, so far it’s just an initial contact, and my reply saying that I could probably match her requirements, although I’m not sure how MANY tethers worth I could make – it’s about half the weight of my usual silk, so it’s going to be fine and somewhat finicky to handle. She said it’s something to do with behavioral ecology; I’m sure I’ll get more details if it goes forward.

  4. fj
    fj says:

    The day my pink laptop project hit the front page of Slashdot, I got thrown off my Chinese web-hoster for obviously hosting pirated software, for why else would there be suh a spike? I was on their ‘Unlimited’ plan, which wasn’t.

    This was the day before Christmas, and I had to haul ass to move exonome.com. Obviously your hoster is of a higher caliber than mine was.

  5. admin
    admin says:

    Oh, no!

    Sounds like one of those “what good luck / what bad luck” things. I have noticed a few times this afternoon that the site appears to be down, but I think it’s just a traffic speed issue – you just have to refresh to get it.

    I keep hoping that I won’t bump up against my bandwidth ceiling; I’m with GoDaddy, and it’s their “deluxe” plan, but it’s still just a cheap rate….

  6. admin
    admin says:

    She’s doing something with behavioral ecology… I’m guessing that .1 gram is some sort of threshhold beyond which the butterfly won’t fly naturally? The main thing that puzzles me, is how will they keep from TANGLING? Thread that fine, will hook onto just about anything…

  7. admin
    admin says:

    Re: Butterflies

    I think that “leashes” or “tethers” is really more like what she’s needing – although I’m just guessing that. The fact that she needs 30m of the thread to weigh less than .1g, indicates that it’s probably going to be tying them down. But, who knows… maybe they’re strapping on tiny, tiny cameras? Or very minute jockeys?

  8. admin
    admin says:

    Re: Butterflies

    What I’m planning to come up with, is 30m of filament silk weighing less than a tenth of a gram. What she does with it from there, I’m just as curious as you!

  9. admin
    admin says:

    Hee. Yup, that was me! Apparently, a LOT of people sent it around their offices – I ended the day at just over twenty-six thousand hits.

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