Tiny Things

Got a new toy today, a cheap USB microscope. Even though the quality isn’t great, it’s so much better than looking through an eyepiece, with the obvious bonus that you can record images and movies.

Here’s a clip I put together with it and a couple of hours of swearing at iMovie (warning: contains gametes!). I also added Jon Brion’s Spotless Mind for a soundtrack, because it fit the length almost perfectly.

Hopefully that wasn’t too disturbing for anyone. It’s the first time I’ve ever verified that anything motile comes out of my gonads, so that’s an interesting thing for me at least.

One weak point of the microscope is the camera itself, which is basically a super cheap and shitty web cam. Would be nice to have something like this with a bracket for an iPhone (which has a much better camera sensor).

PS if you’re a fertility specialist let me know if there’s anything I should be worried about here.

6 Responses:

  1. richardn says:

    Certainly takes balls to do that!
    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    Actually very interesting indeed, empowering… I’ve never bothered having a look myself… seems like something one should do…

    We are indeed pluralities.

  2. richardn says:

    BTW instead of saying “swearing” at iMovie i wish you’d said “f*cking with iMovie” because then I could have said: “you are most certainly doing it wrong” and that would have been hilarious on sooo many levels.

  3. dirtymouse says:

    when supplying aforementioned, did the nobility of what you were doing in any way affect the experience for you? like I suspect being a donor for $25 is not as thrilling.. as being downright horny. and having got this far in my question, was performance affected? and was is stressful knowing that you had only 15 minutes to accurately document their mobility.. I mean i cant imagine going a second time is really an option..

    • mark says:

      All fairly businesslike, not particularly exciting. Sperm lasts quite a while I think, so it’s no great rush, and you only need a tiny amount for a slide (although I’m still not sure what the best dilution is).

  4. Paul says:

    While I’m not exactly an expert, I know what I like and I’m pretty sure one of the little guys on the left had a bit of a wonky eye and a limp. You might wanna get that checked out.