Friday, September 26, 2008

Thematic Photographic 17: "Angles" v.2.0


"Robo-Hooter I"
Wrightsville Beach, NC - October 2005 (Click to embiggen)

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"Robo-Hooter II"
Wrightsville Beach, NC - October 2005 (Click to embiggen)

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"Robo-Hooter III"
Wrightsville Beach, NC - October 2005 (Click to embiggen)

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These shots are some more from my conference at Wrightsville Beach in October of 2005. They show two different angles of an interesting apparatus employed by the hotel to help keep the rodents away from the place.

Owls being the natural enemy of mice and other vermin are handy to have around if you have a pest problem. Unfortunately, they're not always the most cooperative of beasts, and tend to do things like fly away to somewhere else. Enter Robo-Hooter (my name for him) seen in the first shot. This guy is a permanent fixture at the Holiday Inn Sunspree in Wrightsville Beach though. He doesn't require feeding, or any other kind of care... and he's on guard 24 hours a day. He's mechanical, and his only purpose is to frighten the small fur-bearing creatures away from his perch.

The bottom two shots show the wires that serve as the "tracks" for our mechanical owl. Don't ask me how the thing works, I just know that when the device is triggered (by whatever triggers it) Robo-Hooter rides on these lines, making owl-like noises and scaring the bejeebus out of any nearby critteroids. They then scamper off to find safer places to pillage. I never actually got to see the contraption in operation, but a few of my colleagues did. According to them, Robo is a fearsome spectacle even for a human, much less a mouse.


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1 comment:

smarmoofus said...

I WANT TO SEE THAT! That sounds really really super cool! Really!

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