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Drawn to the light

One is never aware that one resides in a house in which a Deluxe Anuratic Noisome-Insect Removal System has been installed until one observes, in an empty stretch of lightless night, that the buzzing cavalcade formerly congregated against the window screen has fallen strangely silent, and there rests, upon the window's outside sill, two stories above the lawn and no less than 50 feet from the wood, an unexpected form, the blessed instrument of countless insects' early, eternal rest: a frog.

June 12, 2002 11:19 AM

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I once read, somewhere...
"Get to the point. Use short words and phrases, rather than longer ones, and omit unnecessary words."

But, maybe this entry was poetry.


Posted by rob adams on June 12, 2002 5:22 PM

Ah, yes. But that is only in case you wish to ensure "you can be easily understood." Fortunately, I do not burden myself with such lofty expectations....


Posted by M on June 12, 2002 6:56 PM

In such cases i 've worked out a fairly effective method. I keep a pile of old, barely intact scraps papers in my cellar, in the dark corner where i sometimes see lost spirits lurking. And, when i feel like i want to express myself in non-accessible ways, i just write down my thoughts onto these scraps. Then, and this is the real key, i dig up that old milk can in my backyard (a.k.a "swamp") and shove it in with the rest of scraps of paper. Lastly, i rebury the can, and deep.

In contrast...
When i want to write something for others to see AND i don't want them to understand what i've written (especially the context), i try to remember why i learned to communicate in the first place and meditate on the value of community.

BTW, why is the width of this form greater than its non-resizable window?


Posted by rob adams on June 13, 2002 12:16 PM

I suspect the form-width discrepancy is the result of my never having seen how this site looks in any browser other than IE 5.1 or Opera for Mac OS X, combined with my relative ignorance of web programming. (Care to send me a screen shot and tell me what browser you use? I would be sincerely grateful.)

As for your archival technique, go with whatever works best for you, by all means. I myself make no claims as to the quality of the pieces that appear here (quite the reverse, actually), but I am entirely unashamed of them. I confess I am pleased that they have drawn a (mostly) sympathetic readership, but that's not why I write or publish them (as should be fairly transparent by their rather erratic nature). I do it because it is fun for me.

If you're hoping I will defend myself on that account, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed -- I see no need to.

Posted by M on June 13, 2002 1:40 PM

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