I don't get invited into focus groups much, not since I explained in a slender, carefully chosen, 12,350 words how Star Trek V is much better-directed than people think. I probably had that coming. So I was thrilled when the Department of Rainbows called to have me evaluate some new meteorological products they were test-marketing. All I had to do, they explained, was watch in the early afternoon as they tried out this new rainbow concept where the colors would be there, but faint, so you'd only see them against a light cloud in the background and you'd look up and suddenly, hey, a Neapolitan cumulus was hovering there.
It transpired that come the first test period I was inside doing some emergency alphabetizing of the refrigerator, which was absolutely the top priority because I started out thinking the DVD player had a awful lot of dust on it. Fine, their phone call was forgiving, and they referred me to a pilot project in Blu-Ray dust, which is dusty with such an incredible fidelity that vinyl audiophiles swear it makes records sound more authentically dusty than actual dust can.
And I ask that you follow the conclusion to this over on my humor blog, again. Thank you. Other bits from the past week include a surprisingly popular bit about Australian wildlife, and something which I had to wonder about Pfizer, which wasn't as popular but I think still a good question. And there's another of those odd phone conversations that come up, along with a couple of other short pieces to enjoy, I hope.
Trivia: Multiple baseball manufacturers were operating out of Brooklyn by about 1855. Source: But Didn't We Have Fun? An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era, 1843 - 1870, Peter Morris.
Currently Reading: Gender And Boyle's Law of Gases, Elizabeth Potter.