Here is my current enclosure for my jumping spider. I had seen this jar at a local craft store and knew it would be perfect for a jumping spider. I read that the best way to keep a jumping spider is to keep the opening at the bottom because they like to web at the top, so when I saw this I knew I had to buy it. This was about a month ago now, and I’ve held onto it this entire time. The large flip-top is fairly heavy, so when it’s flipped over the entire thing is very stable. I want to add more holes around the middle or top, but not tonight.

Since the top of this container is a flip-top, there is a small spout that was perfect for filling with hot glue and sticking my little fake flowers in. I also had enough room at the bottom to glue in a water bottle cap for a water dish. Now I have already seen a flaw in the design, where if the spider webs to the flower, it’s webbing will be destroyed. Or if the spider is on the flower, I cannot remove the lid completely. I’m not concerned, because if it comes down to it I will just remove the lid enough to put a straw into the water dish and re-fill it that way. The spider has already made a small web-tunnel in the top corner, not attached to the flower though. So hopefully it will stay settled in there.

As you can see, he or she is just a little guy. No adult colors yet, just some faint orange, metallic blue/green on it’s bum and fangs. It works out for me, because that means I can watch it mature.


Audition Tape of Jennifer Lawrence for the role of Meredith in the movie Enclosure

”” When I was growing up I had a guitar teacher who told me that because I couldn’t play scales picking every note fast, I wasn’t a good guitarist. I think that attitude is wrong. For one thing, I don’t think picking every note sounds very good. I know from chopping up samples that the beginning of a guitar note is the sound of the pick, and it lasts a pretty long time. If you pick every note and play very fast, you hear what people like Yngwie sound like. I love Yngwie’s playing, but it’s not the greatest sound to be picking every note, because you hear more of the pick attack than the sound of the note. Allan Holdsworth doesn’t pick every note, and I consider it a more expressive way to play fast. There’s more tonal variety. There’s more room for expression. In the ’80s, guitarists thought that because somebody played cleanly, or could pick every note fast, or do a lot of fancy tricks, that made them a good guitar player. Guitar playing got lost on that road to a certain degree. It’s not as if being studious and practicing are not advantageous for a guitar player—they are! But the goals are to see the instrument clearly in your mind, produce beautiful music, and express something.”

- John Frusciante in an interview about Enclosure.


Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years.  It was recorded simultaneously with Black Knights’ Medieval Chamber, and as different as the two albums appear to be, they represent one investigative creative thought process. What I learned from one fed directly into the other. Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX.


DIYs were suggested!

After a quick hunt, a lot seemed to be “build your own rack,” or “build your own rack.” Oh. So I refined my search and found this nifty how-to for ordinary household items (providing you eat eggs and have a drainage flower pot bowl thing and use paper towels). 


  • Polystyrene ~ sheets or recycled from packages

  • Tile Grouting ~ I prefer using the powdered grouting and mixing it myself
  • PVA glue
  • Hard as Nails glue or similar ~ for glueing pieces together firmly
  • Cocktail sticks ~ ideal for holding pieces together until glue has dried
  • Assorted water-based, child-friendly/non-toxic paints
  • Sand
  • Assorted kitchen roll tubes, toilet roll tubes, cardboard egg-box lids, flower-pot saucers
  • Grease-proof or Waxed paper
  • Assorted cheap paintbrushes


1. Standing projects on grease-proof or waxed paper not only protects surfaces from wet grouting and paint but also when standing wet grouted surfaces on it helps provide a nice flat bottom for hides and cliffs as it peels off easily so minimising ‘wobble’.
2. Wearing thin latex or plastic gloves protects hands.
3. When mixing the grout I mix one part PVA to three parts water and then gradually add the grout until it reaches the consistency wanted ~ a runnier mix and several layers is better then just a few thick layers …. slowly build up the thickness’s.
4. When using plastic, roughen all surfaces first using either wirewool or sanding paper before painting with a layer of pva ~ this helps key the surface and prepare it for the grouting mix enabling a better ‘fix’.
5. With polystyrene paint all surfaces with pva and allow to dry before starting with the grouting mix.
6. Make sure that all polystyrene or cardboard is completely grouted and covered as crickets and mealworms have been known to hide in any nooks or crannies they want.

Here is the entire DIY page to refer to. If you make any, I’d love to see what you come up with. Have an idea that could refine and improve this DIY? Let me know!


Hey guys!

Just a quick tutorial on how I make Green Tree Python neonate starter tubs. Now these are heated with two heat pads: one on the bottom and another on the top, both on the same side covering 50% of the enclosure.

Plastic tub.
Balsa rounds/Dowel.
A simple soldering iron.
Upholstery pins.
Knife to cut balsa.
Ruler (If you’re particularly pedantic and neat, I am not).
Paper towel (Substrate).


Before explaining my methods, I will explain my material choices!

These tubs I selected for the height and the transparent sides (for visions sake).

My choice of balsa wood dowels is because they are extremely easy to cut, easy to remove/replace for cleaning and cheap to replace. I personally don’t like PVC as I watched my girl slip around on it, no grip!

I select upholstery pins to keep the balsa from falling down and they’re easy to remove for cleaning, unlike screws.

The soldering iron speaks for itself, it cuts through plastic smoothly leaving smooth edges (no scratching their little bodies) and doesn’t crack the sides.

I provide a number of perches to allow them to move about and select the optimal place for thermoregulation. It’s also important to provide varying widths to allow them to select their preference and not force them onto one perch length.

I do not pierce the lid as heat rises and I want to keep the heat in, not let it out. I pierce the plastic in cross sections to allow ventilation but I leave other sections with no direct ventilation.

I use tubs as they are sanitary, easy to heat and easy to upgrade or downgrade in size.


It’s very simple!

Measure out the balsa wood, ensuring you give perches running in both directions.

Line up where to pierce it with a marker, you can use a ruler if you’d like to measure.

Pierce the plastic with your soldering iron in your selected places, it should just slide through like a hot knife through butter (or you know, a red hot soldering iron through plastic). I recommend doing this with a fan near an open window as it gets smelly.

Where you want to place your perches, just put the slightest hole for the upholstery pins to fit through.

When it’s all pierced, leave it to sit until the fumes have dissipated. Just leave it until you can’t smell it anymore.

Wash the perches, the tubs out and dry them.

Place your substrate in first.

Place your perches in and fasten them through the holes with upholstery pins.

And pop your lid on! TA DA! Neonate tub!

Thanks for reading guys! Hope that helps someone and I’m very open to critique. :)


Guitar Magazine (Japan) - May 2014
The feature on John consists of sixteen pages, plus four pages of tabs. Enclosure is reviewed elsewhere in the magazine and it is one of the editor picks!

Get the full-sized versions of all 22 images (1610 pixels wide, 300 dpi) by clicking here and read the original news item here.