In preparation for a gathering of the descendant*, and the cobwebs having gotten rather out of control, I bought a new Sessions** this morning, my old one having (1) gotten rather messed up some time ago, and (2) been left out on the patio.
When I picked it up this morning, Southmoon and Top Hat promptly fled. Huckleberry was cautiously inquisitive. I'll show him! Brandishing the Long-Handled Cat Tickler, I tickled the cat for a while.
This, it seems, was a mistake. When I then proceeded to tickle the cobwebs, Huckleberry was dashing around trying to get to where the tickleball was, in Maximum Play Mode.
Now, if I could just teach him to jump up into the high corners and sweep up the cobwebs with his fur....
* All one of her.
** Or that other name that comes up as an autosuggest after "FBI director William"***.
And by the time she's said 'Hoolima Kittiluca Cheecheechee' It is usually too late!
Now I can't remember what train of thought led me to "The Philological Waltz" this morning, but the affirmative-consent connection came later.
Might have been something to do with a bit of world-building that had me distracted during morning walkies, trying to come up with a plausible human-inhabited world of the distant future in which one could have adventures among the wild tribes. (It calls for some oddly specific geography, but the history isn't too farfetched.)
Surely you don't need buckets of ice to cool ALS, right?
Regular Schottky, yes... or AS, or FAST... but ALS? Advanced Low-power Schottky?
Let's take a look. I wanted to use a '181 for comparison, 'cause I know those used to get toasty, but it seems they were never made in ALS.
So, consider the humble '86 quad XOR.
74S86: 50mA typical, 75mA maximum, at 5.5V. Yipe!
74ALS86: 3.9mA typical, 5.9mA maximum, at 5.5V. Runs cooler by better'n an order of magnitude. No ice bucket required.
Wait, what? It's some other meaning of ALS? And it's one of those Do Something campaigns whereby people attempt to cure a disease by doing something entirely unrelated to it, to encourage other people to donate money to some organization with a well-paid board of directors? And you think my interpretation is wacky?
Next thing you know, the Navy will be having a barbershop-quartet-a-thon in support of its Advanced Littoral Schooner.
A couple of days ago, I was skimming an article about an experiment intended to determine whether the Universe is merely a hologram, and tried to conjure up "What you mean, merely a hologram?" in, of course, Arnold J. Rimmer's voice.
Somehow, though, the voice I came up with was Sheldon Cooper.
Apparently there hasn't been a Red Dwarf crossover episode of The Big Bang Theory, though Sheldon has a complete set of Red Dwarf on DVD.
This must not stand!
Try this on for size: a sort of reverse-Back To Reality.
We need Wil Wheaton, obviously. In his Wesley-with-a-beard guise, he slips the regulars a dose of an experimental telepathy drug, causing a group hallucination*. As they'd just (finally) binge-watched Sheldon's complete set of Red Dwarf, or at least some portion thereof**, they find themselves in an all-new episode....
Sheldon must be Rimmer; he's a perfect match. This makes Leonard Lister.
Howard has to be the Cat, given how hard he tries.
This leaves Raj as Kryten. Can you imagine Raj being Kryten? The personality, the selective mutism: he'll do.
Penny must be Kochanski - the original version, not the parallel-universe one nor Rachael. This fits perfectly with Leonard being Lister.
I'll leave the story-within-a-story to your imagination. What, you think I'll do everything for you?
* Alternatively, they could be tired and slightly drunk, and under the influence of one of his infamous suggestions that such a drug exists.
** Actually, they should only have watched the first few seasons. Mustn't get far enough along to meet New Kochanski, or it gets confusing.
Product concept: Helicopter Parent. It's a quadrotor that follows your daughter around and keeps an eye on her.
With the optional shotgun attachment, it becomes the Chaperone Drone. (Maybe also a pheromone sniffer unit?)
For positive tracking, the subject should be wearing a transponder. Maybe in a locking collar.
No need to build the actual product, just some props for the promotional vid. Basically, a couple of quadrotors, one with a pan/tilt camera mount, plus a toy shotgun (lightweight plastic) and an adapter to hold it in the camera mount.
Cast... need the kid (maybe two, ages 15 and 18), Mom (perky helicopter-parent type), several leering boys (maybe one group of high-school seniors and one of college sophomores), and of course the Voice-Over.
Location: has to look like a school. Also has to be a place where something that looks like an armed drone won't trigger a total freak-out.