Nomological Net

Stray thoughts from here and there. The occasional concern for construct validity. No more logic. Fish.


faults in the clouds of delusion

Friday, April 11, 2008

the lines on the map

it's ugly, fat, and unpleasantly lumpy. dark lines run everywhere, looping around each other in repulsive drunken swivels. each little movement generates pressure on the sensor, causing the bulges to wobble and throb, lurch from side to side, leaving giant magnified slug-like tracks across the expanse of the 20 inch monitor. systematically, in response to the pressure, they march from one end of the screen to the other.

"man, i've never seen myself like *that* before," say i.

the fat woman, tamara by her badge, barely grunts. after the comment about the weather she's been all business. she lifts my thumb and applies some more of the corn-based cleansing spirit. presses it down again. the grotesque whorls reappear. the machine beeps. it says: "Score 72. Pass." a green light flashes.

tamara silently lets go of my thumb and grabs my index finger.

ten iterations later - after my right hand index finger narrowly passes on third attempt (Score 51) - they stamp my form and i'm out of there.


in the car i swap the kill to get crimson out of the rotation. it's an hour's drive back and i feel like blasting some europa on the freeway.


Blogger km said...

Dude. You are me.

Check your email :)

4/11/2008 9:44 PM  
Blogger The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

you got fingerprinted? what'd you do now?

4/12/2008 8:50 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

like i said, wow.

if i told you, i'd have to kill you.

4/12/2008 9:20 PM  
Blogger km said...

yeah, hope the view's good from your cell, TR.

4/13/2008 6:24 AM  
Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

Did you have to wear the striped stuff? Oh, but that's only in hindimowie pitchers, no? So, what did you get...the all blue? ;-)

4/13/2008 12:41 PM  
Blogger ??! said...

in the car
This'd be the Horn Ok gaddi, yes?

4/15/2008 6:19 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...


yeah, go blue.

the ok tata.

4/15/2008 7:40 PM  
Blogger ??! said...

eeesh! And I even checked with the car-snap you'd put up. Talk about blind-spots and memory-assumptions.

4/16/2008 3:09 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...


4/17/2008 4:14 AM  
Blogger Arthur Quiller Couch said...

He was better on Sailing to Philadelphia.
But best with the band.

4/22/2008 7:32 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

v different solo vs. with the band. but i disagree on sailing - too soft for me.

4/23/2008 6:22 AM  

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