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28 December 2003 @ 12:14 pm
I really never do these silly memes, but the way this one pegged me was uncanny. Un! Canny! Plus it's a pretty pin-up girl.

girl next door
You are the Girl Next Door. You're the sweet one.
The quiet one. The one that he doesn't realize
he's got until you're gone.

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Isn't that uncanny? Isn't that SO VERY ME?! Uh huh.

There's something I need to do. I think it involves money and paperwork, but I can't remember exactly. Is it digging out old tax forms? Paying my Mastercard bill? I also need to get a haircut and do laundry and angst about work tomorrow, but there's this movie on SciFi, see, about a bloodthirsty crocodile menacing surfers off the coast of Australia. It requires me to recline here on the couch and watch the crazy man chop up giant rats.

I am all spammy and useless today. The pilot light has gone out in my head. Help.
torchflambeau on December 28th, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC)
Hey, I got that, too. Does that mean we are next door to each other?
Anna S.: ikeaeliade on December 28th, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC)
We are! I moved to Sweden years ago, you know--I kept meaning to look you up, dahling. (*stifles delicate yawn behind one hand*)

I only wish. Because then I'd come over and nuzzle you.
torchflambeau on December 28th, 2003 12:41 pm (UTC)
Mmm. You could come over and eat raspberry crumble with me and pretend not to notice the layers of Stuff all over everything, and we could make those am-I-even-awake? noises at each other. I think that's about the extent of my hostessly abilities tonight.

Anna S.: muldereliade on December 28th, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC)
"Crumble!" will be our battle cry, sister! It has existential resonance for me as well....
Anna S.eliade on December 28th, 2003 02:36 pm (UTC)
I thought I'd share this with you:

Electric Pickles

Try it yourself: in a dim room, impale a kosher dill pickle on two prongs, each of which is attached to one wire from an electric cord. Then (observing all possible safety precautions) plug it in.

Briefly, little happens. You hear a hum. You smell a stench. A wisp of smoke floats upward from the tormented pickle.

And then—what's this? One end of the pickle lights up! It sheds a lovely flickering yellow glow. In the darkened room, the effect is entrancing.

It's a moment of wonder and magic.

Here's the explanation: the atoms of NaCl salt in the pickle's brine exist as free-floating sodium and chlorine ions within the watery interstices of its cells. When electricity is pumped through the system, the sodium ions rush to one pole of your homemade device to seize an electron and make themselves complete. The ion rises one quantum level up and is made temporarily complete.

Like a not-fully-competent juggler, however, the sodium ion can seize the extra electron but cannot hold it. The ion falls from the higher energy quantum to the lower, releasing a packet of light in the process. Thus the lovely yellow glow.

Shakespeare was an electric pickle, and so was Virginia Woolf when she wrote A Room of One's Own. They were hooked into the psychic electricity of their times. They took in more energy than one person can hold. They went up a quantum. They fell back down. They shed light.

Try it yourself: plug into the Zeitgeist. Feel the power. Now create a work of art. Shed the light.

See how easy it is? I told you so.

The pickle, unfortunately, is not much good for anything after this exercise. Throw it out.


Hee. Sodium is funny.
Plin: dawnsuperplin on December 28th, 2003 12:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I got Seductress/Pin-up ("Self-explanatory, you slut!"). Which is, you know, very nice and actually kinda flattering, but rather surreal.
Nice illustrations, though! Hee.
Janean or just "luvs"luvs_phoenix on December 28th, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC)
Okay. Now is it JUST me or does she look like Lilah?

My Beautiful Sinking Ship: read dot parkerbitterbyrden on December 28th, 2003 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yep. On the nose.

You are the seductress pin-up! You are self-
explanatory. You slut!

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