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The Computer from the Black Lagoon must know its days are numbered.…

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The Computer from the Black Lagoon must know its days are numbered.

It has something to do with the screwed optical drive, the graphics card that was on the blink (not a metaphor) and the weird noises from the hard disk.

Maybe I shouldn't have written this entry on the Computer from the Black Lagoon because now it knows. And could do all kinds of vengeful shit like kill the hard disk or burst into smoke (my work computer did that).

Work is continuing interesting (in a my-boss-is-avoiding-me-advoiding-him sense - fucking nuclear meltdown shouting match walkout) and (being back) ended up on desk Wednesday when a school booking came in and nobody had recorded the thing in the book... so we didn't know about 25 three-to-eight year olds on a summer activity day care outing. Who I taught to brass rub.

Brass rubbing is in no way erotic or euphemistic.

Other than that not a lot doing here (except for the 2 and 1/2 hour ironing marathon yesterday) and the new 'puter on the way. I need to think up a cool name for it.
  • what is a brass rubbing? Is that like when you go to gravestones with textures/pictures/names and put a piece of paper on them and scribble on top with a pencil?
    • 'Xactamundo! (Sort Of)

      I'll try and explain what/why/where tomorrow

      (past my bedtime)

      okay, now, the learning curve on this one is interesting

      during the 14 the century there was a craze for what are called monumental brasses. [they were particularly big in my neighbourhood] These were highly-formalised flat designs portraying dead people and made out of brass. They are always the shape of the person in question, portrayed top-down "laid out. " Detail was etched and/or engraved. They are mounted on tombs, sarcophagus's etc which are made of highly polished stone. The level of detail is mind-blowing, patterns on ladies' dresses, buttons on clothes... and they were (obviously) high status. For some reason, they are heavily concentrated in my region (uhm, look down from London and head slightly to the right). Brass rubbing is the fun activity of sticking large pieces of paper over them and then (very carefully) using wax crayons to transfer the design by rubbing it.

      So. Brass. Rubbing.

      It's fairly popular with tourists and a lot of places (esp churches open to tourists) have reproduction brasses to rub. We have a bunch -- we once got some Americans who spent hours doing the Really Big One.

      We also have dinky play-sized rubbing plate things for kids - which we use for educational things as well as giving younger visitors a Fun Activity to do. We are all over Fun Activities. Our dinky kid-friendly models all feature Roman subjects (we're a Roman museum) and we have many colours of crayon including the amazing sparkly purple.

      uhm, that's it for now, i think everyone else would like their computer back...

      Edited at 2014-08-02 05:04 pm (UTC)
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