May 23rd, 2002

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You remember the oddest things. This morning I was recalling a couple of them.

Years ago, a girl I was dating had long hair and so did I. We wound up spending a lot of shower time picking up hairs from each other as the water dislodged them, and putting them on the shower wall. This was mainly for the good of the drain (two long-haired people that shed often), but was also a neat, kind of comforting grooming ritual. Naturally we'd remove the hair from the tile wall after showering.

And several years ago, on the first houseboat trip I went on, there were spiders out on the water. Appparently they were ballooning spiders or some relative, because there were long, thin drifts of spiderweb floating free out over the water, not attached to anything, and the webs and spiders just floated by. It meant that sitting up top you got the occasional random spiderweb (and more rarely, a spider) settling on you that you had to remove, but it was also pretty neat. Sitting further back on the boat meant that the boat would catch most of them for you on the big shade on the front.

Houseboats are excellent.
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When I filled out my employment application two months ago with Broadcom, the current employer, I was very mildly frustrated that it contained a lot of questions I considered redundant, since it was already on my resume. But hey, that's employment.

Now they've lost the original and have only a faxed copy, so they need me to fill another one out, by hand. This would be, for those counting, twice-redundant. Especially considering that they already have a copy.
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There's this comic I was referred to recently (I forget in whose LiveJournal) called Something Positive (www.somethingpositive.net). One of our protagonists, Davan, has a boneless cat named Choo-Choo Bear. This cat is disturbing for all sorts of reasons -- he oozes through vents, twists, splashes and otherwise behaves as a liquid. But probably the most disturbing thing about him is the way he's *always* grinning through these deformations.

For instance this...

And definitely this.
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This one's for StephToth

http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/beatles/strawberry-fields.html

This explains in surprising detail why Strawberry Fields Forever has that weird left/right dichotomy on the tape. It's basically because they were using four-track recorders for a massive number (for the time) of tracks, and each track was either left, right, or center specifically.

He explains it better and in way more detail, of course.

Some people have *way* too much time on their hands :-)