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Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jan 19. 9 Replies

A big update, now with more eye candy, growing from spores, science history and 10% more oats than other leading brands. …Continue

Slime culture posting - What to expect

Started Oct 17, 2022 0 Replies

Hi Folks, I'm not great at going online regularly but I do keep an eye out for requests. I'm managing to post out cultures every 2 weeks, if I'm low on stock it might take me three weeks to raise…Continue

Slime back in production!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Couvrette Jul 18, 2022. 2 Replies

I've slimes available to post again - fresh off the drying rack and itching to explore the world.At the moment just Daywalker but I'll rear some of the others soon. Continue

Slime deliver update

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jun 7, 2022. 2 Replies

A delivery update - I owe a lot of people slime, I'm working on it but I've spent the last 2 weeks moving the slimery out of the study to make space for someone from Ukraine. Normal service will…Continue

 

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ian replied to Stefan's discussion How to most efficiently move slime mold from container to a piece of paper
"Scoop about half a teaspoon of colonised oats and dump it in the middle - it'll start moving after an hour or so "
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ian replied to Stefan's discussion Questions regarding the cultivation of Physarum aswell as it’s plasmodium state
"Only when they look dry or when you add food ( assuming you'll be adding dry oats direct to the culture ). If I'm dotting oats out on a map they just a a single drop of water each."
Jan 20
ian replied to Stefan's discussion Questions regarding the cultivation of Physarum aswell as it’s plasmodium state
"Hi First of all, loose the agar, it's expensive, time consuming and a lot worse than paper as a main substrate. The only time you want agar is to make your maps and displays where clear agar looks a lot better than paper. Non nutrient water…"
Jan 20
ian replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"Even more pics and sections. I'm thinking of putting this up on G.books as a freebie, I'll need to run that past the dept press officer since I mention the dept by…"
Jan 19
ian replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"All transcribed to the slightly less irritating Libre Writer ( spare a thought for us poor Linux users ), I'll add a  section on F.Percy Smith ( time lapse pioneer ),  moist chamber slime hunting and some links. "
Jan 12
ian replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"I can add some resources sections and maybe a "who the hell am I?" section I think it's time to switch composing software - I'm using Libre Impress at the moment which sucks in many ways, I see much cutting and pasting in the…"
Jan 12
Heather Barnett replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"Hi Ian, This is a fantastic resource, full of practical advice and interesting contextual info - hadn't seen the illustrations by Gulielma Lister before - they're amazing.  Some thoughts as I looked through it... There is no mention…"
Jan 9
Ewan replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"Yeh, I do the same."
Jan 8
ian replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"That's really useful thanks - I tend to see what I think I've written "
Jan 8
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Jan 7
Ewan replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"Sorry to keep correcting you but in 'astonishing splashes of colous' you put 'can be incredibly pick about where they live.' Im assuming Pick is supposed to be picky."
Jan 6
Ewan replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"Oh, also, in spore germination, it says 'we need to persuage the amoeba to merge.' Im assuming it's supposed to be persuade instead of persuage."
Jan 6
Ewan replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"Hi, I think I found a mistake. At the end of the paragraph that begins with 'caution' in the 'Growing Slime from Spores' section, it says 'so be handle them carefully.' - there is a 'be' in there randomly."
Jan 6
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Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?

A big update, now with more eye candy, growing from spores, science history and 10% more oats than other leading brands. https://drive.google.com/file/d/13Tpnyv3HSDr6StdJqRQC6AyUKfWJy_6X/view?usp=share_linkAnyone fancy a quick proof read before I make this one live?See More
Jan 6
ian replied to Ewan's discussion Some questions on sclerotiums and materials
"Hi Agar looks best but it's a right pain day to day. I use recycled A4 cartridge paper (that stuff too thin to be card but a bit too thick for paper) - it makes a tidy sclerotium when dried an the flat smooth texture shows off the plasmodium…"
Jan 3
ian replied to ian's discussion Genesis of the mutants - or shuffle my base pairs please!
"Sadly nowt - even the controls. Trouble is I've given up my study to a guest long term so repeating is a pain but I have a plan I've just made more spores, they need a few weeks dormancy then I'll incubate them behind the EM power…"
Jan 3

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I'm a professional microscopist and amateur time lapse filmer. I'm looking forward to combining both disciplines with these fascinating organisms
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At 15:36 on October 10, 2019, Sean said…
Hello! Thank you for the warm welcome! I’m excited to get working with some slime mould. Just spent the day hunting/photographing some in Epping forest but pretty sure I got 95% mushrooms. Any chance I could send you some pictures of what I think are slime mould spore capsules for your opinion?
At 21:03 on January 16, 2018, Kendra Fanconi said…

Oh that would be amazing. I was looking at ordering it from the US. Is there any issue with getting it through customs? 

At 16:05 on October 27, 2015, Marijn Roelvink said…
We received the Physarum today, thanks a lot!
At 12:19 on October 14, 2015, Marijn Roelvink said…
Hi Ian, thank you for wanting to send the Physarum, I was just wondering if you could tell me when they will arrive, it'll help a lot with our planning :)
At 10:37 on February 10, 2015, enrico viola said…
I received my samples today: thanks a lot!
At 8:10 on February 3, 2015, enrico viola said…

Sent you a pm with my address; thanks again!

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Raising from Spores - Zero Tech Method

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 13:30 0 Comments

I've been looking for a way to rear physarum from spores without resorting to bacterial lawns and needing autoclaves etc.

I've only done a couple of trials but this method seems to work ok, it does require a bit of patience.

I used petri dishes and filter paper but any container and a bit of tissue should work.

The idea is to let the food go off producing bacteria for the amoebal phase to feed off then slowly dry them out so they get persuaded to form…

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Big bang, big disappointment :)

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 17:04 0 Comments

Four weeks of crazy work,  turning the spare room into a culture lab and time lapse studio I made enough culture for two thousand people and I should be there with my friends and colleagues on the stand inspiring the next generation of scientists,  slime fans and eccentrics.  

Unfortunately I'm stuck on a hospital ward with fifty stitches in my neck waiting until I'm allowed home. So it goes I suppose but damn I was looking forward to the Big Bang Fair,  I couldn't even bring a slime…

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Plotting and planning....

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 11:31 0 Comments

Getting involved with several schools in my area running STEM club activities - I'm trying to design a six week course on our dear sticky friend that'll be adaptable to ages 12-17. Looks like it'll be fun ( and a lot of work ). My own cultures have been dormant for a while aside from raising the odd batch but I should start playing again soon. 

Raising slime again..

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 14:17 0 Comments

Blimey it's been a while, we've got the finals lab projects for the students at work on at the moment so I'm not getting time to play. I've got a session with 95 school kids booked in in June so I'm raising as much slime as I can cope with in preparation for that. 

I'm planning on getting them to make Plasticine mazes in petri dishes for their cultures so they've something to take home.

I've also got these intriguing mycena cholorophos spores ( a glowing mushroom ),…

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