an eye for the mundane

Monthly Archives: May 2003

getting trapped in a lift is something that happens to everyone at least 7 times in their life according to statitics I just invented. How to get out is the second thing you think of (the first is “how many times have I been stuck in a lift before, is it 6 or 7, and therefore is this an above, at or below average event”).
Here in my office lift are the ideal companions. A saw and a spirit level.
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modern life has few real dangers. we seldom get eaten by wild animals or killed by infectious diseases (shoddy zoos, SARs, world terrorism, natural disasters excepted). The challenges modern man (i use that term in a non-genderly way) faces are more subtle.

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my desk is covered in a fine coating of ‘grit’ this morning. perhaps someone spontaneously combusted over night and their remains are spread around the office ?
I am sceptical about the whole spontaneous combustion thing. i’ve never seen anyone combust, spontaneously or otherwise. i’ve never seen the wind, but still believe in that.
i’ll just have to see who doesn’t come in to work this morning and conclude by a method of elimination

place a 10 pence coin (or equivalent in local currency) on your head. balance it there all day. keep it there until you forget about it. (purest will resist, but it is permissable to use adhesive).
repeat daily until mastered.
once mastered add another 10 pence coin. again, repeat until mastered.
and so on. until the coins reach 1 metre high (or £99.90 – keep below £100 for insurance reasons).
let me know how you get on.
[an interesting twist on this game is to use only coins which have been found lying in the street – this way the values, sizes and days when additional coins must be added is an additional variable to consider]
(based on an idea from the Fluxus movement)

it’s the local elections today which is very exciting. i’m working from home which means i can pop along and vote during the day. i suspect it will be quite empty. i’ll let you know.
working from home ‘downstairs configuration’:
(voting slip next to laptop)
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