Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Octopus diminished

Sitting in the dining room, overpowered by the hum of the refrigerator. It sounds a little like the crickets, a buzz, with hints of higher pitched ringing you can't quite register, except it's steadier, and doesn't pulsate.

It just switched off rather suddenly. I guess that's just the cooling cycle. You have to plug something in and give it power to have it keep things cool for a long time. It's a battle against the second law of thermodynamics. How did they used to make ice before electric cooling systems and freon? (The link gives a bit of an answer to that question.)

Things are bleak. The big thing that was supposed to happen today sort of didn't happen today, and sort of did -- it's in limbo, and everyone will try again tomorrow. Meanwhile, I continue to live in dread.

Times like this, it's important to remember that the heart of a blue whale "is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle and pumps 10 tons of blood through the massive blue whale body. A blue whale aorta . . . is large enough for a human to crawl through." From U.S. Dept. of Commerce. (I think there may be a band named after this fact.) Actually, it may be more impressive that a blue whale's tongue is about the size of an adult African elephant.

I've been reduced to trivia.

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