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On the bus into work today I sat next to a girl with an ant on her leg. Up and down her tanned thigh it crawled, occasionally ducking under her flirty white skirt. She seemed not to notice it at all, but then she was also sitting on a bus seat in a miniskirt, which argues insensitivity of the thigh. Or perhaps I was hallucinating. Or perhaps she was actually a colony of ants inhabiting a pretty girl suit for dark, insectile reasons known only to the nest.

While we're speaking of such things, A Scanner Darkly is extremely good (and actually showing at sensible times at the Phoenix, for a change). The weird semi-animation is alienating and unsettling, the Thom Yorke score twitchy and pervasive, the plot is a drug-hazed tangle of twists, recordings and digressions, half the characters don't know who anyone else is -- and the other half don't know who they are. All in all, classic (Philip K) Dick -- especially the scramble-suits.

Another odd moment in the local electronics store: as I was grumbling at the selection of headphones on offer, a small plastic plane shot out from behind a shop fixture, rolling along the floor. It's not very often that your brain yells "MOUSE! No, plane..."

Oh, there are some robots for juggzy and timscience over in my userpic gallery. From the picture below, back (Last? previous?) will take you to user-icon sized pictures, and forward (next?) will give you large-size ones with funny diagrams and groovy retro styling. [Rant about LJ's scrapbook function deleted.] As ever, other people may scarf them, but please DON'T credit me.


( 7 worms — Feed the birds )
22nd Aug, 2006 17:37 (UTC)
Thank you, thank you!
22nd Aug, 2006 17:51 (UTC)
Just had to nick a couple of these.....

22nd Aug, 2006 20:05 (UTC)
What do you like most about robots?
23rd Aug, 2006 09:01 (UTC)
their big shiny diodes
22nd Aug, 2006 20:11 (UTC)
"Or perhaps she was actually a colony of ants inhabiting a pretty girl suit for dark, insectile reasons known only to the nest."

Wasn't that the plot of The Lovers? Man falls in love with beautiful alien girl and impregnates her, she swells up and ruptures into a colony of baby insects.
23rd Aug, 2006 09:01 (UTC)
I think I may be thinking of another "The Lovers".
23rd Aug, 2006 01:12 (UTC)
i shall dream tonight of girls made of ants...
( 7 worms — Feed the birds )