LL :: Volume 27 :: LR
|When the Dark Comes Righting|
|Fads of the Home|
Slow Mirrors are an interesting, if somewhat unnerving,
environmental effect. A camera and a phase-projector provide a
reflection of whatever the mirror is facing -- just as if it were a
real mirror. Except... the mirror uses a time-buffer and image logic
to blank out any short-term changes to the scene. Walk past the
mirror, and you do not appear at all. Even if you sit quietly, your
small changes in position are sufficient to mark you as a temporary
player, not to be reflected. Only if an object is absolutely still for
an hour or so will it appear in the mirror.
(And you may not see it appear, either. The mirror tries to delay changes in its image until there is absolutely no movement in its field. If you persist in watching, it gives up after about two hours, and fades in the changes. And before you ask, yes, the mirror is smart about changes in overall lighting; those are accepted immediately.)
The effect takes some getting used to, but is actually quite nice. A large Slow Mirror on the wall of a room provides the psychological expansion-of-space that a standard mirror would, but without the distracting self-movements in your peripheral vision.
(On the other hand, some people find an apparently uninhabited extra room disturbing. Try it before you spend money. And, of course, the things are already dreadfully overused at vampire trend scenes.)
The Annual Conference and Glee Society of Chantymen, Laymen, and
Work-Song Purveyors starts in two weeks. This year's theme is "Songs
of the Cellars", with spotlight concerts of sweeper-chanties,
sewer-oarsmen songs, and the ballads of the floor-polishers,
conduitsmen, and power-liners. Special Saturday-night performance by
the Plumbers' Mummers.
The Lowly Cult of Scribes has officially dropped its
interest-petition to reroute all the sewers and water-distribution
pipes of the City, forming by their layout a sign of universal
blessing in the mystical runic orthography of their order. (This
petition has been applied for and renewed every year for the past two
decades, although it has never come close to ratification in any
Instead, the Lowlies have bent their attention to creating a new system of runes, in which the existing layout of pipes has the desired meaning. They are striving to ensure that the new orthography is as rich and poetic as the mystic original.
The order accepts that this will be an unending task, as the water system is repaired and extended beneath the City. "Our vigilance and linguistic artisanry will ensure the eternal blessing of all people," said one Lowly sister.
|Less than Explicable|
Nobody who enters the third-floor bathroom in the north wing of Leviir
has ever come out again. They aren't disappearing -- they're back in
their offices, or wherever they're supposed to be, on time and
undisturbed. They simply are never seen to actually leave the
Investigation is proceeding.
|Life of the Mind|
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