August 31st, 2004

krazy koati

You know, you could've been a broom

Asked the cashier, ``What shampoo is it you're using?'' I, naturally, didn't understand his simple question. ``What shampoo do you use?'' was what he meant. ``You smell very nice.''

In nearly 32 years that's the first time anyone, loving parents included, has complimented the way I smell. I hope the next is sooner. For the record, I used Alberto VO5 ``Sheer Vitality'', which I got because Watson's was out of Dettol. It helps that he smelled me almost right out of the shower, mind.

You know, in the Disney cartoon Donald and the Wheel -- showing the wheel, and Donald Duck, though history -- one notices the examples of Modern Wheels are ... the gramophone, the movie projector, the (analog) clock, the typewriter, telephone dials, the music box ... it's a good thing they have cars too or kids of today would have no idea what's going on. I wonder if modern kids reading old science fiction think ``vacuum tubes'' or ``electric valves'' are fancy imaginative futuristic concepts too far-out to explain, like ``atomic piles'' and ``slipstick'' calculators.

Trivia: William Thompson, the Lord Kelvin (of Largs), was the first scientist given an (English) peerage. Source: A Thread Across The Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable, John Steele Gordon.

Currently Reading: Science and Method, Henri Poincaré. One of the master mathematician's questions: given that mathematical proofs are a series of self-evident statements or syllogisms leading to a stated conclusion, how is possible anyone ( including mathematicians) might not understand a proof the first time it's shown? Great question.