This afternoon, I was right in the thick of testing some new… - Dr. Holiday Wednesday
This afternoon, I was right in the thick of testing some new distensible sounds, when I was buzzed from the downstairs labs. Seems they wanted to know if I would retrieve the statue of my laboratory assistant from the corridor.
I have asked them to replace that antiquated Medusa system with something more reliable-- the Basilisk M200 comes most readily to mind --but this being university, they must wring every drop of use from it, I suppose. (sneer) 'Major Boothroyd' down in purchasing refuses to plump for the replacement. "It works, doesn't it?" he persists in asking. Yes, of course it works, that is the essence of the problem... it is all too ready to work, whether desired or not.
Ah well. I dressed Nicole in something elastic, and placed her in the middle of the quad, before reversing the petrification process. I've been remiss in hazing the unfortunate girl.
... goodness. o.O
As an aside, congratulations. This journal entry is the ONLY Google hit for "distensible sounds". You've outdone the internet. :D
|Date:||September 27th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)|| |
Sounds like she's searching for the brown note.
They are new. And quite satisfactory, might I add. I expect you'll hear much more of them soon.
Okay, now I'm confused. That's an interesting Security system you have there.
|Date:||September 27th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)|| |
I'd trade you, but the insurance for the Cerber15 is a bit steep.
I appreciate the offer, but I expect the bureaucratic contortions involved in an exchange of equipment would be prohibitively complicated. I'd settle for our Medusa being decommissioned... what practical use could it possibly have?
|Date:||September 27th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)|| |
Is the Medusa the one with the little glitch that leaves the gorgonized subject completely conscious of what's going on around her? I'm sure Nicole loathed it, every second of it. And that someday soon she'll have suggestions involving it.
I shall be certain to inquire when I lunch her this evening. (smile)
You must admit, however, the perception of being suddenly displaced from corridor to green lawn and latex lingerie would itself be nicely disquieting.
|Date:||September 27th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)|| |
Is this Medusa devise some sort of security measure, or is it a piece of lab equipment the poor girl was tasked with cleaning when she accidentally agitated one of it's switches or dials? I can just imagine you sitting in front of your waveform monitor with your reflective goggles on, studiously modulating frequencies and amplitudes while the pride of scientific achievement swells your pants, being called away from your important work to help your assistant out of an embarrassing jam. I'm sure she was mortified, but before long she'll have her own ideas about who might benefit from a semester's internship as a decorative fountain.
|Date:||September 27th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)|| |
the pride of scientific achievement swells your pants
That sounds like the phrase of the day!
Nicole was nowhere near the ridiculous thing; she was passing by in the corridor when the device threw one of its own switches, petrifying her. Most of us know not to take that particular route across the building, but Nicole is still somewhat innocent of our departmental rituals (and setting her straight verbally isn't quite playing the game, as I'm sure you understand).
I, too, approve of the 'phrase of the day.' (smile)
What an interesting security system... I would be more then willing to offer myself as a test subject to tune it to be more accurate, or a replacement system.
To be honest, it sounds like it would be a lot of fun, and it would leave me at your mercy.
|Date:||September 27th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)|| |
Medusa? The same system the late doctor Frank N. Furter used? Dear God. That IS antique
|Date:||September 27th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)|| |
Oh, I can't believe I didn't get the reference the first time around!
|Date:||September 28th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)|| |
What can I say other than having an eye for details.
Not the same unit (I should hope), but the same model, I am fairly certain. It was already outdated at the time.
I regret not being near said quad with a camera.
That would be over the line. I merely watched from a window.
It's good to see you enjoying yourself. Even when you keep your pants on to do so.
|Date:||October 5th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)|| |
I've been meaning to comment, doctor, about this rather esoteric security measure. I'm sure it has many advantages over the typical campus pseudo-police force (for instance: unwavering attention and lower donut intake), despite its apparent flaws. I wonder, though, why such lengths are necessary? Your work is sensitive, I understand, but are corporate and academic espionage large concerns on your campus? Or are hoodlums simply widespread?
I strongly question the necessity of the device, myself. It is one of many antiquated pieces of equipment the department refuses to relinquish, for its own esoteric, institutional reasons.