LL :: Volume 22 :: LR
|Feet on the Clay, Head in the Gold|
Moon Smoke is another persistent-field tool tuned to air molecules.
But it doesn't color or opaquify the air, like last month's Airdye.
[Spinoffs, vol 5.]
the field refracts a small percentage of the light passing through it --
changing the direction of those photons to a fixed direction.
The percentage is small, so a cloud of Moon Smoke is nearly invisible, even if you're standing inside it. It's a barely perceptible dimming of the light. But, if you look along that fixed (pre-programmed) axis, light hits you in the eye.
Why is this interesting? Consider -- this is exactly the profile of incoming sunlight or moonlight. It's all parallel. (Plus or minus a small margin of error, which is why you see the Moon as a small disc rather than a point. Moon Smoke lets you set this margin of error.) If you look up at a particular angle, you see a bright spot. If you take a step, the bright spot remains at the same angle -- it "moves with you", just like the Sun or Moon.
The illusion is not perfect. Refraction of any direction to a fixed direction is (essentially) one-way field technology, and that remains an uncertain and error-prone art. Moon Smoke's disc of light is featureless (no illusory Lunar maria or craters, sorry) and rather fades around the edge in a way that the true Moon doesn't. And you'll need to set up your space with power routines and broadcasters, to keep the air molecules' fields all pointed in the right direction.
But the idea is good: attach a tool to an air vent, let the stuff blow around, and your room grows a spectral moon. Or two, or three. Did we mention the multiple-vectors option?
|Out of the Kitchen|
This year's Cheese Sculpting Showcase, Competition, and Betting Pool was
won by Salmor Reie of the Surhill District. Reie's entry (in the Aged and
Smoked division) will be on display at the Fromagier for six weeks, after
which it will be bulldozed and distributed.
Small kiosks have sprung up around the Centertown area. Walk up to one
and tap a button, and it gives you a slang expression, idiom, phrase,
something... The agreement is, you use it for the rest of the week,
and then stop. You may meet someone else who uses the same
expression. Or you may not. But you are discouraged from posting the
slang in public forums -- the underlying system seems to watch the Net
for dictionaries or collections of its phrases, and immediately stops
giving out any that it sees have been publicized. The idea is to use
them in normal speech.
Nobody has good data about how many phrases the kiosks have given out in the past month -- or to how many people. But a few have transcended the community of kiosk-fans, and come into common usage. (If you've heard someone say "[more something] than a three-toot goose flute"... now you know where it started.)
(Why that phrase? We doubt even the kiosk hackers can imagine.)
The Annual City Calendrical Convocation begins Friday. Nearly ninety
year-calendars have been nominated, and the presentations are expected
to take three days. Voting will follow.
The most interesting entries this year:
The standard entries (Gregorian, Unsung Julian, Binary, Uniform) are of course also on the ballot. However, the City has commended traditional calendars three years of the past seven, and foam is rolling strongly for an offbeat choice this time.
|Life of the Mind|
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