May 8th, 2005

krazy koati

Give me something you can't get back

Orchard Road was the place this weekend to get attractive if small women in short white dresses handing someone flyers. Among the flyers handed were ones for extreme hair gel, for Amore daily spa packages, for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith -- this near a set of unattended booths playing random clips from the first two prequels loudly, or showing off Lego block toys or MP3 players --and for the iPod -- one woman had her iPod wrapped around her wrist by bright orange fabric, like an odd combination blood pressure monitor and time belt for fleeing the Kyben -- and Mac OS X Tiger.

Despite it all, what I bought was some books (and one issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, to see if I can get into any science fiction written after Watergate -- sometimes I wonder), and not from the stores there. The people with the toy light sabres (off-camera) fought lethargically with them for a while, then held them by the plastic ``glow'' part of the blade, which totally breaks the moment.

Outside the Borders and AppleCentre (and a Japanese kitsch store), I forgot to mention (though porsupah found it), they set up a ``Lucky Draw Redemption'' booth wherein, if you buy an operating system and are lucky, you can win a Jeep Wrangler. By this they mean a car, not a person to handle four-dimensional creatures formed by the infusion of life cells through the dimensional barrier into free life cells of the African Hooey Hound, so, be advised. I'm not sure but believe the Certificate of Entitlement is not included in the prize.

Trivia: While the description of the 13 Archimedean solids is attributed (predictably) to Archimedes, the first person known since antiquity to describe the entire set was Johannes Kepler. Source: Platonic and Archimedean Solids, Daud Sutton.

Currently Reading: Keeping Watch: A History of American Time, Michael O'Malley.