LL :: Volume 21 :: LR
|Song a Sin of Sexpence|
Another persistent-field graffito in the City's space -- this time
translucent, diaphanous veils of color that hover around
streetlights. The clouds appear to absorb light energy in specific
wavelengths, thus producing the colored effect; they refract the rest
slightly, forming an irregular pattern of caustics.
They are visible only at night. Field Safety speakers are theorizing that they rise high into the air during the day, absorbing the more plentiful solar radiation and reproducing.
Field Safety has declared that, although the clouds are aesthetic, their numbers are (slowly) increasing and they could potentially cause interference with City field applications, or even dim streetlights below the point of safety. Unless their replication curve slows dramatically, speakers have announced, Field Safety will release interference hunters within the week.
|Advances in Geometry|
Two-Way Screws -- can be screwed in by turning either clockwise or
counterclockwise. Or both. Just twist it back and forth, and it keeps
working inwards. When the screw gets all the way in, it reverses and
begins to work out.
Fractal Crackers -- maximal surface area for maximal sauce-dipping potential! But they feel a bit strange on the tongue.
Klein Drums -- the membrane covers the "mouth". By sliding the neck farther into or out of the body, you change the tone and tambre of the drum. Don't pull too far, or it pops.
Southeast Convocation has agreed to an interest-petition requesting
that all buildings in Southeast have drainpipes, decorative relief
facing, ledges, ridges, or other such climbable irregularities on at
least one-quarter of their outside surface.
The Followers of the Pure Light are now making foodstuffs -- loaves of
bread, cookies, sausages -- on which are written, in very fine letters of
drawn-sugar or dye, the ingredients that went into making the foodstuff in
question. The idea is to submit more fully to their dietary laws, which
require that they only eat items which occur in their holy texts. (Wheat,
salt, sugar, and butter are mentioned; eggs are not; thus they may consume
shortbread cookies but not dough cookies.)
However, a philosophical argument has recently arisen. The contention is that the holy texts only contains words -- the word "sugar", but not sugar itself. A diet of flax papyrus and inkwort being considered unsustaining, some Followers have elected to declare symbol and referent interchangeable; but others now insist on writing the words directly on the foods, to legitimize them. (The labels must of course be accurate, as the Followers consider falsehood to violate all their laws of purity.)
The situation has now grown even more complex. Someone (it is unclear whether a Follower or an outsider) has baked a cookie which details its ingredients accurately -- chemical analysis is incontrovertible -- but also appends the claim "This cookie may not be eaten by a Follower of the Pure Light."
The cookie has been sitting on a basement table in the Followers' gathering sanctum for six weeks now.
It is clear that none of them want to eat it. Even if the logical difficulties were not insuperable, the thing has certainly gone stale.
|Life of the Mind|
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