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Dream: I was back in the Department Store again this morning. I end up there a lot when I'm dreaming at the moment. I decided to take the lift to the top floor, and it was so narrow and tiny I had to cram myself into it, and when it started moving it was so slow I thought I would never get anywhere. The top floor had been abandoned and it was dark and dusty. Someone had sat all the broken old mannequins around a table where they sat in mismatched clothes and clownish make-up, heads lolling, like some zombie last supper pastiche. Around the top of the escalators (which were still running) there was an unabandoned space lit by yellow light, and I left that way. There was no boundary bewteen the abandoned and unabandoned shop, only convention dictated that no-one went beyond the reaches of the light.

Theremin: Thanks to mzdt I now have a working theremin! Well, insofar as any Jaycar Silicon Ship "theremin kit" is capable of producing a working theremin ... it's sold more as a home electronics kit than as an actual instrument, and various less-than-complimentary comments about its tone, sensitivity, interference issues, etc. are spattered across the internet. One site went so far as telling me that I shouldn't use it because I'd only get into bad theremin habits! Ha! Oddest thing -- I gain a significant improvement in tone and sensitivity (not to mention a more "theremin-like" response) by holding the power source (I'm using a 9V battery). I probably need to look at some diagrams in order to figure out what's going on there. Of course that means I don't have a hand free for the volume plate, but see above comments about sensitivity and interference for why that doesn't particularly matter.

Red leaves The scourge of my garden is back again. Young leaves that start red and stay red. The plant neither dies nor thrives, the leaves are undistorted but a bright red. It's clearly some sort of deficiency, but what? And why does it only take out some plants, while weeds and the like grow with undiminished enthusiasm?


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12th May, 2008 12:33 (UTC)
remember I said 'it makes funny noises'?
ha, well, yes, as you'll see from the instructions (when I find them and post them to you) being near anything metal affects it - adversely, they say. By holding the PP3 you're just mucking about with the space-time continuum, and you know where that kind of behaviour will get you...
12th May, 2008 12:53 (UTC)
adversely? How can they tell?
... although I do suspect that's a convenient get-out, considering the likely positions of the power source and plate. It also makes a better (orpossibly just different) sound if the lid is off, the wind is in the north, three pigeons are passing overhead, etc.

On holding the battery, from the effect on the tone, I did rather think I was reversing the polarity of something or other.

12th May, 2008 13:24 (UTC)
Red leaves
spreading Communism?
12th May, 2008 13:26 (UTC)
Red Leaves
Without knowing exactly which of your garden plants are experiencing this, my first instict tells me you have a phosphorous deficiency. Most other deficiencies would result in some die back on the plants. Alot of the more invasive weeds can take up nutrients more efficiently and require less than many of your garden variety plants, hence why they are such a a pain in the butt. Beyond that you are looking at soil pH and analysis, which may be a bit beyond what you care to do for your garden.

Compost and animal manure are the easiest sources for phosphorous if you don't want to use a chemical fertilizer.
12th May, 2008 14:40 (UTC)
Lilies, roses, other pretties. Things without much root system or things trying to establish themselves. I put a lot of organic matter last year (and had the same problem) so I'd be tempted to go more the feed and fertilise route this year... were it not for my thriving population of frogs. So, back to my homegrown compost, I suppose (although a lot of that is based on what came out of my garden, so may have the same deficiencies)

12th May, 2008 14:32 (UTC)
Whoa, your Department Store is as weird as mine.Keep an eye on those lifts!

Has Teazel had a go on the theremin yet?
12th May, 2008 14:41 (UTC)
!!!! no
But I must take it round so he can have a play
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