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|He Who Spoons With the Devil|
A new flavor from Zalinicki: morusque. It's basically sweet, without
much fragrance -- though a bit rich and buttery -- but it gets very
salty as it dissolves on your tongue. Only momentarily, though; the
saltiness fades quickly to an overtone, leaving the sweetness. (Yes,
it still works if already dissolved in a liquid. No, Zalinicki isn't
The foretaste/aftertaste contrast is vivid. Goes well on bread or toast; try it as an accent in savory pastries.
Several shop-management suppliers are now selling Search Vision, as an
aid to inventory management. The system is a visual overlay -- available
in the standard headbands, forehead jewelry, or horuses. When invoked,
it drops a replacement filter over your eyes, which renders the world in
greyscale (or any degree of reduced saturation), except for the object
you are searching for. That is bright red, with a diffuse halo which is
visible through other objects.
Search Vision works out of the box (assuming all your inventory is cataloged and tagged, of course), but it benefits from some setup. If you tag the furniture, shelving, and walls of your shop, the system does a better job of showing the red glow "through" it -- it can render multiple layers of translucent furniture. And it can use different colors for different shelves or areas of your space. But really that's an extra. The value is simply in looking around and seeing the color amid the grey.
|Less Than Explicable Products|
Very Slow Fireworks.
The fuse burns down, over the course of a week. The charge rises a thousand feet into the air, which takes a month. The explosion mutters on for a day and a night, and then a halo of little glowing dots creep across the sky for six more weeks.
The neighbors complain all year.
Sympathetic Notepads are small pads of paper, fifty sheets per
pad. If you tear off several sheets together, and write on the top of
that stack, the markings appear on all the sheets in the
stack. Furthermore, if you separate the stack into individual sheets,
they remain linked -- any mark on any of them is replicated on the
rest. Sure, you could use a telephone, but sometimes it's just handy
to be able to scribble a note and know someone else will see it.
(A distinctive glossy sheen trails briefly behind your pen as it moves across the sympathetic paper. This is a nice interface touch -- not only to let you know the paper is working, but to prevent you from accidentally using a sym-pad instead of ordinary paper, in case you're in the habit of writing embarrassing notes. And if no sheen appears, you know your sheet isn't linked to any others.)
You can also link one sheet to another (or to an existing stack) by pressing it on top. The lower image "percolates up", appearing on the upper sheet, and they will be linked thereafter.
As a bonus, the paper sticks lightly to surfaces, and can easily be peeled off again. Again, more useful than you might think.
|Life of the Mind|
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