July 24th, 2005

krazy koati

When it's all said and done, two heads together can be better than one

So I needed to buy some pillows. That happens to most people at some time in life. So I went to the Tom and Stephanie store, where I've gotten baffling things like bolster cases in the past, and picked out a couple that feel fine. The cashier threw me by asking whether I'd like a bag for them. Two pillows may be a bit bulky, but it didn't seem much easier with the bag, particularly since the pillows come in little fake-cloth bags with handles. So I went without the bag.

I didn't expect my waddling out, with my bookbag under one arm and the pillows under the other, to attract so much attention. I didn't bump into anyone, but got several stares, as if I were trying to take up more than my allotted floor space for all this. Naturally I also had to go to the bathroom, and as I walked down the corridor to it the cleaning lady glared at me. It's just pillows.

A distraction from the ``paid'' stickers put on the bags: They were put in just the right spot to peel off onto my fingers. Somehow no matter how I shuffled the pillow bags around the sticker was right at my fingers and ready to peel off. Considering there was just one sticker per bag, that's a neat accomplishment of applied topology, and suggests it may be more practical to seek wormhole technology from houseware stores.

The Straits Times TV listing review of There's Something About Mary: ``A pair of astronauts make the first successful manned mission to Mars. Stars Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon.'' That's not the impression of the movie I got from the trailers, although I'll grant the movie does appear to star them.

Trivia: Approximately 1300 copies of the Apollo flight plan were circulated to NASA and contractor personnel three months before a launch. Source: ``Apollo Crew Procedures, Simulations, and Flight Planning,'' Warren J North and C H Woodling, What Made Apollo a Success?, NASA SP-287.

Currently Reading: The Nemesis Affair: A Story of the Death of Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science, David M Raup.