September 22nd, 2004

krazy koati

Cruising through the universe having lots of fun

I found a new-to-me kebab place. Just in time, too, really; I've fallen into enough of a rut about where I eat lunch I can tell at the drinks stand which sodas and iced teas are cold opening the door, but by sight alone. (With the door open, of course, condensation quickly shows which are cold.) The kebab place was out of meats other than chicken.

It's a Muslim food stand; they don't mind if you're not Muslim, but you are expected to keep the plates and cutlery separate from non-Muslim dinnerware. There are separate tray-return racks, and the silverware has holes in the handles to identify religious affiliation.

Performance artist Paul Hurley, of Devon, England, UK, has as part of his ``Becoming Invertebrate'' performance taken to plastic wrapping his body and wriggling through muddy puddles. In the past he's coated himself in KY jelly to play a slug, and has performed as a snail. He plans to next be an insect. This raises the question: England, do you have enough to do over there? If you've got too much spare time, you know, I've got some projects you could work on. Please let me know if I can help.

Trivia: Londoners in 1845 were amazed by an 18 by 18 by 12 inch block of ice, imported from Boston and set on display at the Strand, which -- despite the lack of refrigeration -- appeared to not shrink all summer. The salesmen of the Wenham Lake Ice Company set out a new block each day. Source: The Frozen-Water Trade, Gavin Weightman.

Currently Reading: Polywater, Felix Franks. Remember when water was going to be a polymer?