January 11th, 2006

krazy koati

Remember bright colors and the others don't mix

I really hate to say this, because I know it sounds like one of my many obsessive-compulsive disorders running away with me, but I have the suspicion that my washing machine isn't working. The clothes just come out not smelling clean. It turns on, yes, and I can see that it sprays water into the drum, and it seems to consume laundry detergent, and it spins the clothes around, and it takes about the right time. This is why I'm hesitant to bring it up to maintenance and shy to mention it here, because I can't point to any actual specific function the washing machine is clearly failing to do. But the clothes just don't smell clean when I'm done. Happily I have enough to have some certainly clean outfits to wear to class tomorrow.

One suspicious point is that the clothes are taking much longer to dry than they should, but that could just be a factor of the heavy rains we've had the past week. Singapore's a rainy place, but this has been heavy even for here. You know the rain and wind are really heavy when, at an above-bround MRT station, not only is the entire (covered, maybe 15-meter-wide) platform subject to sprays of water making it unsafe to read books, but the entire escalator down to the entry level is getting sprayed too. But the rain hasn't been that heavy all the time, and yet my clothes are taking an extra day at least to dry, and like I say, they just don't smell right.

I spotted at Borders the 2006 ``Why Paint Cats'' calendar. The pictures of this calendar are of cats with fur dyed and painted into remarkably complicated patterns. While I'm impressed at the paint jobs I have to agree with the title question since there are much easier ways to make a cat hate you forever than to dye its fur a complex pattern of red and white stripes with a blue union and stars. Heck, my sister once dyed the white patches of her cat green for Halloween, and after New Year's the cat still had noticeable green tinges and was still glaring at her. And these people have painted cats with hexagonal tiling and complicated interior facets. How'd they avoid getting clawed to death?

Trivia: The first US patent for a pencil with an attached eraser was issued in 1858 to Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia. Source: The Pencil, Henry Petroski.

Currently Reading: The Romans, Donald Dudley.