Monday, July 21, 2008

Somthing To Blog About....

I thought we should have a picture tonight, since there weren't a LOT of adventures today. I got lost twice, trying to buy Cat Litter, at a place I knew where I was going, which takes talent, I admit, but might not qualify as an Adventure.

I took both Dog and Bengals out for lovely walks, which had I done it simultaneously might well have been the Adventure to end all Adventures, but I am smarter than that.

I failed to solve the Mystery of the Missing Firefly Lights, so Hans didn't end up on the roof, perilously perched, trying to hang them. (an Adventure I would LOVE to blog about)

I recently received a letter from the People who dug up my block last summer, making driving on it impossible for months, saying, er, Well, very sorry, but we seem to have, er done it wrong, and er, have to do it again, starting tomorrow. (If I can lay my hands on a sling shot, this will definitely be a Future Adventure.)

Anyway, since Gayle hasn't sent me this Mystery Picture she wants to show us, I thought I'd post one of my fish, that Speacelaw took. Lovely shot. Nice fish. I call him "Fish" He used to have four friends, but they all died. Or he ate them. Not really sure. It's a "Party Tough or Stay Home" sort of coffee table fish tank.

I leave you with a little Twisted Bonnie Raitt, which is a fine example of something one does in order to get out of actual writng...

Love, Lorraine

People are blogging, blogging 'bout people
I read their writing, you won't believe it
I think they're authors, kept under cover
I just ignore it, but I keep saying
I want to make you laugh
I can't stand having nothing to say
I stare just a little too long (at the screen)
Maybe they're seeing something I don't, darlin's

Just give me something to blog about
Just give me something to write about
Just give me something to blog about
How about some words on this darn screeeeennn????

I feel so foolish, Now that I've noticed
I am so nervous, I know your all reading me
I like the rumors, they make make great stories
Now I'm convinced I'm going under
Thinking 'bout this every day
Dreaming 'bout this every night
I'm hoping that you all feel the same way
Now that we know it, let's really write about it, darlin's

Just give me something to blog about
A little mystery to figure out
Just give me something to blog about
How about some words on this darn screeeeennn????


At 9:34 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

hmm Lorraine, that may be a sign that the tower is no place for firefly lights - they may just stay hidden until it is decided they need to be safely put on low bushes. i have to say, it sounds like an odd place to put them. Nice fish shot tho! quiet day here. dogs went out on walk. uhhh, that's about it. i was sposed to finish bills. didn't happen - hope you were more productive! love the bloggin lyrics!

At 9:50 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, you could be right, it would be nice to see them up there, but I am not at all sure it can be done. It's odd tho where they could have got to...

It was pretty quiet here too, productive, yes, but quiet. I think things are going to get wilder later in the week, just a feeling.....

I've been watching Dead Like Me, Fods, what a great show!!!! It didn't last long apparently, but it is wonderful!

Spacelaw does take fine pictures, she has a great eye. I would get Mr Fish some friends but I think he would eat them...I never did find the other bodies.

What I really want is Piranhas....

At 10:11 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Actually I think it was Rubius taking this picture. I only chased the cats...

When you talk about the missing lights do you mean to say that you HAD them and they disappeared in a dark dungeon somewhere? Put away with Christmas lights maybe?

At 10:19 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning Nathilie, well, yes we HAD them. And we have no Xmas lights. It's all very strange. We do have dark dungeons tho...

And Rubious, very sorry I credited the picture incorrectly! You took some great shots..

Which I have, uh, promised to send you as they seem to exist only on this tea addled computer...

At 10:26 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I suspect the creatures of the deep hiding in the basement... They probably wanted to cheer up the place a little. Or attract preys...

At 10:27 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Any news from Kitty, by the way?

At 10:40 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes, actually, I had a note from her about 20 minutes ago. The road is very, very hard. She has nothing butt good to say about the band, says they are really sweet kids, and working as hard as she is, but the hours are long and she wants to be home.

She loved all the Haiku, and when I told her people were still sending it, she got all weepy.

We must send her all the love we can. She is going to come here as soon as she can after she gets back. and we will rest her up and cover her in bees.

You may be right about the prey, but they Are Not down there. I looked.

Do you think Danguy took them as part of his evil plan???

(I had a better word than Evil, but any way I spell it, spellcheck won't recognize "Neferfarious" sad to be so well read but so challenged...)

At 10:53 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Nefarious should be it (in this case, simpler works)...

In fact the lights got frustrated because while the other real fireflies could fly away, they could not. So one evening when a full moon shone, they gnawed through their chains and went on a rampage.
Alas, nobody told them that the price of freedom is death - real fireflies having not such a long life and without energy those little lights might soon have been lost - but they probably would have told us that freedom was in fact priceless and worth it all.

Is there an address where we can send Kitty things for a welcome back?

At 11:37 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Hey no problem. It is nice to see those shots are still somewhere.

and Spacedlaw is wikid with her camera so I am flattered at the comparison. The photos on your blog, Nat, are always great.

Your fish and the tank were beautiful.. as was your whole place. And Malena's decorating skilz were MAD Genius!

Dead Like Me was filmed in Vancouver and for me it has an extra strange quality because it is filled with recognizable backgrounds (like a bundle of other shows and movies). I think it is brilliant and I watch it every time I get a chance. At least there are two seasons.. it could have been worse.

At 11:55 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

oh... Lorraine... love the song. Well done.

and, I wanted to say thanks for the compliments on the photo.

I have a friend who did alternative lyrics to Prince Charming... about vamps, etc. I should dig it out and send it to you.. I'm pretty sure I got his permission to do that. He introduced me to Flash Girls.

At 1:03 AM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Did the faeries run away with the firefly lights? Maybe they don't want them up so high.;)

Great blogging lyrics! So true.:)

Aww..happy to be of service to Miss Kitty.

At 3:35 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Sorry, I needed the lights for my matter transducer ray. Not to, you know, do the actual transducing but for effect. Every good ray gun needs der blinkenlights.

At 3:56 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

And any hospital room needs a machine that goes "Ping!"...

At 7:01 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hee-hee, I was all wrapped up in the beautiful images of the fireflies freeing their chains....Even if the died for it...

Then Dan Guy brought me back to reality. Der Blinkenlights.

I think today is going to be fun!

Had the Weirdest night of dreams, everything I loved, feared, hoped and dreamed of, the usual , but every time I woke, I went back to sleep and right back into it.

I went back to sleep for an extra half hour just to find out what the cast of ER was doing waitressing in a dinner and why I was there with Melissa Etheridge.

At 7:03 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Because you girls were talking music?

At 7:08 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

[The source, for those unfamiliar, is a sign that was once popular in mainframe rooms:]




At 7:27 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

My German is worse than my French, so I would guess, is most peoples, so I thought I would take a quick trip to Babelfish and clear this up...


Good to know. Handy warning that.

Well, yes, we , er did speak on music. At some length. And other things. Learned a lot.

The soundtrack was "Charlie" from the cd Paul and I are working on, which I thought good, that its in my head enough to be in a dream.

At 7:33 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Well in wasn't exactly German either (although some knowledge of German might help).
I do remember seeing such signs in the rooms where our satellites data conversion is done. Not sure if it is the exact same text but the message is similar. They usually come with skulls and bones signs too and warning not to touch on pain of very painful death.

At 7:35 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Cool! I want one for my dungeon , where those pesky firefly fairies are no doubt hiding out, causing all SORTS of mischief.

At 8:12 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Awesome sign; there's one in one of the many, many server rooms here at Saltmine U. I love pidgin German; my Bavarian neighbor and I lapse into it right around pint #10.

To find the firefly lights, might I suggest the use of the universe's strongest force: irony. Buy some more lights from the company, and the originals are sure to turn up.

At 8:23 AM , OpenID kali-licious said...


Dan I'd never seen that sign before. I LOVE it..especially this part: "IST NICHT FÜR GEWERKEN BEI DUMMKOPFEN."
I could've used that for the self-serve computer area in my old store. lol

Panta, I always thought the world's strongest force was Murphy.;) But you just might be right about it being irony.

At 8:34 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I think both laws will apply if I buy new ones...

Can someone explain a little more about what this sign is warning of? I had been thinking nuclear reactor but it seems to be leaning towards computers...

Make it all clear of us down here, you evil geniuses, computer wizards, scientist, space types!

I need a warning for deer flies, was just out in the woods with Dog.. To paraphrase Tolkien, "I don't know what they live on when they can't eat Fiddlers..."

At 8:53 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

The sign is warning about not touching the computer (Das Komputermaschine), but more specifically, anything in a server room, which will tend to have many, many lights on the front. Server rooms look like this. Servers are incredibly enticing to people, because of their blinking lights. So are hubs and switches and routers. They lure the nontechnical folk, who see Ethernet cables and blinking lights and are mysteriously drawn to poke at the cables and see if they can make the shiny lights turn off and on. This will incur the wrath of any IT person in the immediate vicinity, and then you'd better have some beer or Jägermeister on hand to placate them.

At 9:10 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Does not FOD = Murphy?

I thinkest so.


At 9:17 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well! Who knew??? (well, obviously Val did and most of the rest of you )

I can see the need for warning, such pretty lights, I will walk towards them....

Not SURE if Fod and Murphy are the same, but I do know Fod has a GREAT sense of humor and irony . It would have to, working with humans...(and non-humans, no discriminations here, ye ghastly lovely fear inducing moonlight undead stalkers of the night..)

At 10:56 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

Must NOT push the large red candy-like button!.... Must resist....
Must "click"


___---RUN AWAY!---___

Though I do not have access to servers here, I believe some of our larger microscopes and laser dissection machines allow me to relate to the uneducated "fiddler."

Oops. By that I truly meant someone who fiddles with something they know little to nothing about, and you, my dear, have cleared the final level on "Fiddle Hero III" on expert.

At work I use the compound that fireflies use to light up quite frequently. It's called luciferase. It's always sounded very fiendish to me. Perhaps I should engineer up some little glowing lights of my own.

At 11:08 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Ooh, Paul, can luciferase be used as paint?

At 11:08 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

I love the word Luciferase... one of my favs... and lol on that Fiddle Hero 3!!! Yes, L, you totally got that one in the bag.

I wonder... is it possible to artificially manufacture Luciferase? or must we process wee fireflies to get it?

I have always wanted to see live fireflies. I have never had the chance. I am totally jealous of you firefly infested folk. The closest I have gotten are the phosphorescence in sea-water ... lovely to swim through and splash in... but I am still creeped out by the thought of itsy bitsy buggsies all over my body... kinda like dust mites... let's not discuss dust mites. In fact.. let's forget I mentioned dust mites. They are far too lowly to be mentioned in the same blog as Dusk-enhancing Fireflies.

At 11:09 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

What, Dr Score, did I tell you about using your powers only for good?????

I love it that you get to use the term "laser dissection machines " in regards to something you do at work.

I am scraping honeycomb out of a dead hive and into a cheesecloth over a bucket today.

At 11:23 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

Pantagruel - Sadly, the reaction is substrate dependent (luciferin) but there may be a potential there. I'll dwell on it and perhaps reference some ancient tomes left behind by the Old Ones. There are many phosphorescing compounds, but they all require and energy source.

Lorraine, of course I use my powers for good. It can all be justified with the word, "perspective."

Speaking of that, my grass is looking a little brown.

At 11:28 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

Rubius, yes you can manufacture luciferse, but I use the gene to express the protein in my cell type of choice.

At 11:58 AM , Blogger Aleta said...

Very cool photo. Love the colors.

Excellent blogging song! I think you should record it as an MP3 single!

I love the firefly lights. Love real fireflies more but the lights would be very cool in my back yard. Hmmm.

Paul do you think I could get a bit of that gene injected into some of my hair cells -- just a few highlights?

At 12:14 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Rubius, Val and Dr Score, you are all very funny, and should go sit in a corner and mutter amongst yourselves, hee-hee...

Tho I wonder are you SURE the reaction is substrate dependent ???? It has to have potential for SOMETHING. Talk to Fod as well as the Old Ones.

Perspective. That's it. Perspective.

Yes, Firefly Hair! That's what''s needed.

(and a Bath, honey extractions is messy.)

At 12:28 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Here's a literal translation of der blinkenlights sign:




Rubius: Maybe we have discovered the secret name of Murphy. (Fod:)

I agree with Aleta, luciferase highlights in the hair would be most awesome. Bums me out that it's substrate dependent.

At 12:41 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

AGH, you got that song stuck in my head; it's going to be there all day. With your words.

I have to admit, though, that I'm laughing pretty hard (well, trying not to, anyway, since I'm in the library).


At 1:09 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

I look forward immensely to someday sitting in a corner with Dr. Score and making an exhaustive study of single-malts. And luciferin.

Hey, what happens to the wax in the honeycomb? I am all out of beeswax at my place, and would be willing to bribe you for some...

At 1:31 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

OK, first of all, phrases like "substrate dependent" are just hot and that's all there is to it. Secondly, "Firefly highlights" is the best idea ever and must be done! Seriously, someone get on that!

I love the "ACHTUNG!" sign. I had not seen it but it makes me feel at home like "all your base are belong to us" or "one of us, one of us" might do. Ya know?

At 1:34 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Oh, Oh! I think our shirts should say something about "Fod" on the front AND "ZO RELAXEN UND WATSCHEN DER BLINKENLICHTEN" on the back! Good, right? :)

At 1:49 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

One day, in high school, our Physics teacher (who was also the county network admin) gave us a tour of the network room rather than teach. On the wall was a large red button.

"What does that do?", asked Will, the gangy giant malcontent.

"That cuts the power to everything in the room in case of a lightning storm", said Mr. Green.

You could see the impulses battling it out across Will's face. Suddenly, his hand shot out and smacked the button forcefully.

Nothing happened.

"We disconnected it", said Mr. Green, "after the first time we used it. Losing power suddenly was just as damaging to the databases as a lightning strike would have been. See me at the end of the day for detention."

At 2:00 PM , Blogger Lexocat said...

I would totally want that T-shirt! All the more so if we could get the back to glow firefly-style (really, someone needs to get that paint idea going ... and the hightlights, too)



At 2:21 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

You know that whole Luciferase paint idea is ringing oddly in my head... I swear I have heard of something like that before... I can't seem to find it right now but I did stumble onto something interesting... Christmas Trees that glow using luciferase...

Funky Glowing Xmas Trees

I hope this works... sheepishly admitting that I have never placed a hyperlink before.

At 2:25 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

YEAH... it worked... Thanks Aleta!!

I should say... those are THEORETICAL glowing xmas trees.

Sounds like this was another idea that came from mad geneticists sitting in a pub.


At 2:42 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

and DAMN Danth, that's funny.

What a sucker!

At 3:03 PM , Blogger scored4life said...

Rubius, thanks for the article! Very interesting, though clearly the idea did not come to fruition. I will not bore you with the challenges of biological fluorescence, but like I mentioned earlier, needs energy.

A group near me has created several strains of zebrafish, or zebra danio, that glow different colors under various stimulating wavelengths of light. Easy to set up in an aquarium. Once I have a place safe enough for them I plan on adding some to my home.

Can't take over the world with them, but they look fascinating!

At 4:43 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ye Fods! Let a girl go and do a couple of errands! I am loving the Science today and I am not kidding when I say I do learn something cool from you folks every day.

I thank you!

Kali the literal translation is wonderful, I am having it printed out and framed for my wall.

Tee shirts would be fun, especially if they glowed in the dark. (Anything you can make glow in the dark in infinitely cooler.) Gayle, love the shirt. Are any of us wealthy enough to make them happen? Really cool Fod Shirts! We can't make them twinlkle, alas, but glow?

Tho I suppose there are ways it could happen, so no one is burdened..

Glad you liked the song, EMily, sing it loudly in the library, they will appreciate that!

Substrate dependent. Yeah, that's hot.

Great story Dan! Of course it was disconnected, and they left it, very funny.

Wait, Paul, you didn't tell me one could OWN these glowing fish?????? I am down to ONE fish! Clearly the coffee table fish tank NEEDS some glowing fish!!!!

At 4:57 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Oh yes. We can make them twinkle. Have you seen LED T-shirts?

We can make our own, with LEDs we put in.

At 5:02 PM , Blogger K said...

Heh. We had the fake-German notice in our Maths classroom at school when I was 16 (which was full of ancient BBC Micros. If you finished your work early, the teacher would let you play "Jackie and the Beanstalk".)

Talking of which, I want to hear more of your edumacation stories. I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that mine wasn't so bad. I arrived at school able to read but very poorly socialised, and the teacher didn't really know what to do with me, so she stuck me in a corner with a book to keep me quiet. I was quite happy but everyone else thought I was a TOTAL weirdo. We didn't know then that I have Asperger's syndrome (I didn't find out until I was 18).

I can, however, spell. Anything - it's my one superpower!

At 6:03 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

We CAN have firefly tee shirts???????? This is so totally cool We need to do this.

With Fod, and maybe something cool and dead on the front, and what Gayle suggested on the back. With fireflies! A skeleton Firefly?

K- I have been reading on Asbergers lately, for a friend of mine. Would be interested in knowing more of your experiences.

I was talking with Paul today, and he mentioned the same thing a lot of us did, he was totally bored, and never challenged so he never did anything.

Mine got worse in that, my Mother left us and my skating career ended. (Dad wasn't going to be getting up at 5:30 every day and there were two younger than me..)

I had LOTS of energy, and nothing to do, and quite frankly no one to care what I did.

In 10th grade I was kind of enrolled in three schools and I would tell them all I was transferred to the other, and even checked out books at one posing as a Swedish exchange student. Nope, totally true.

At 6:48 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Fods,, what a way to start tenth if high school isn't bad enough...

At 7:04 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

I must say, Lorraine... that's the makings of a wild youth alright. ...but, you turned out pretty damn good, you know. I admit to having been bored in school most of the time but I was lucky to have the support of both of my parents in whatever I chose to do. Sadly, it seems like that is something that is getting rarer and rarer in this world.

K, that sounds really tough, and no help from the teacher at all. Thank you for sharing.

There is so much personal sharing on this blog lately... it is really nice to see. We seem to have quite a supportive family here. Kudos folks. Everyone here makes it nice to be here with such openness and honesty. I don't think it is about quantity of comments, but rather it is about quality... and I think, by Fod, we've got it goin' on!!

And Kitty, we'll always been rooting for you too, near or far.

Pantagruel... great link... ThinkGeek has the coolest stuff... it is great fun to browse through there.


Plush Diseases!!

Gadgets to drive people CRAZY

(you gotta read the 'satisfied customer letter on that one)

and even really WIERD stuff to make your house look even witchier than normal

(you know this linking thing is kinda fun hehehe)

At 7:41 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It was the last year I was in high school. I was talking with a friend about Small Girl starting high school and remembering what we were doing them and she remarked "Noone cared what we did. It's different when someone cares."

You are right , Rubious, it is a good place to be. We found us!

I will go look at your links..(She mutters, everyone can hyperlink but me...)

At 7:48 PM , Blogger Beez said...

K, my 18 year old son has Aspergers. He was having an almost impossible time in school, despite being incredibly smart and by 5th grade was shutting down, calling himself a loser and ready to give up.

It was heartbreaking.

Luckily his 5th grade teacher had had a student with some similar problems (diagnosed as non-verbal learning disability) and -he- was the one who finally steered us in the right direction.

I have to say though that his dad never did get onboard or accept the diagnosis....sort of "no spawn of my loins" kind of thing I guess.

But, as I have said- the schools here do a really fine job for Son+ and his friends.

Lorraine, you ought to hear them all when they get isn't called the "Geek Syndrome" for nothing.

At 7:49 PM , Blogger Beez said...

16 year old son....wonder what I was thinking? :P

At 9:14 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Morning all...
Lorraine if you are interested in Asperger's you could read Look me in the Eyes. The author was diagnosed quite late in his life and had had to struggle with his social quirks for a long time. He's got a blog as well, which I can't find here but I have the link on my work computer so I can give you that in about in hour.

That big red button is a temptation.

At 9:27 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Rubius..I got lost on that site for a good long time..thanks:) So many shiny toys, so little cash.

K, I'm pretty sure I'm an Aspie. I don't know how to go about getting an official diagnosis, but I've been reading and reading and reading about it, and all the symptoms seem to line up. If only the powers that be knew about Asperger's when I was in would have really helped me in a lot of ways.

(Psst..Lorraine..I have no idea about how to hyperlink either;).

At 9:53 PM , Blogger Lexocat said...

I'm also hyperlink-impaired. We need a big tutorial. Video conference anyone?

Also, meant to say earlier, Dead Like Me was a terrific show. Quite honestly, I can think of little that Mandy Patinkin is in that I won't happily watch.


At 10:11 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Well, I just sent an e-mail to Lorraine with some instructions. They don't have pictures but if you want to email me at rubius [at] hotmail dot com I will send them to you. It is geared towards a mac user (and I don't have a mac at home, much as I would love one sometimes) so no pictures, but if you would like to see them just send me an e-mail and say you are from the blog and I will send them to you.

At 10:59 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

The blog I was mentioning earlier can be found there.


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