Shocking Flora

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Well, I’m feeling a little bit better today, but I keep having these really painful sneezes. I think what’s happening is that phlegm is being thrown against my throat at about 100 mph. In any case, it hurts. And they happen so suddenly that they’re not the kind of sneezes I can disarm (you can sometimes disarm sneezes as they’re welling up by saying “orange” over and over again until the feeling subsides. I know it sounds really stupid, but the “nge” of “orange” vibrates your nose in such a way that it “scratches” the itch. How much of it is purely psychosomatic is unknown to me. All I know is that it works. Wow, this paranthetical is longer than the rest of the paragraph).

At work, there’s this umbrella tree outside the door to our office (which is stupid, in my opinion, since we’re in a basement with no windows). I mean =right= outside the door; you almost have to walk around it to get in. In fact, it’s so stupid, I’m going to take a picture so you can see what I mean. Okay, the first picture is from the hallway outside our office looking in at my desk (why doesn’t my camera take good pictures under florescent lights? Oh, and those are Eliza Dushku’s boobs on the wall next to the plant). The second picture is looking out at the hallway from my desk. Stupid, huh?

Anyway, back to the point of all this. I tend to build up a lot of static electricity during the day (mostly from sitting on fabric-covered chairs and the wedge things for my back). Sometimes if I touch the umbrella tree as I walk past it, I feel like I’m getting shocked. Does that makes sense? I mean, I guess it sort of does since the plant has water in it, but honestly, a plant? If anyone has any insight as to why this happens, post a comment because I’m eager to learn why the plant is shocking me.

Speaking of getting shocked, last night on Fear Factor they were shocking people with 2,000,000 volts of electricity (an electric chair puts out 200,000 volts). It was awesome.

Tomorrow I’m going to Best Buy to get a new camcorder and possibly a new computer. While neither one is what I really want (I really want a Panasonic AG-DVX100A and a Macintosh Dual G5), each is better than what I currently have and will be able to act as a crutch until Morah and I are better off financially.

The camcorder I’m looking at is a Sony DCR-HC85 and the computer is a Sony PCV-RS630G (can you say brand loyalty? Yes, my digicam is a Sony as well). I’m hoping to get some discounts from Best Buy because of some coupons I have (no, not those stupid ones from McDonald’s), so if I don’t, plans might change. I’ll let you know.

Last night Morah and I were at the grocery store (=someone= wanted chocolate chip cookies. I must admit that I also wanted them) and while there we conducted some research into one of my Amazing but False product claims (namely, anti-viral Kleenex). The results were interesting, in my opinion, but my report isn’t ready to be released yet. Check back, though, because I am working on this one.

Kabuki theatre in Hawaii. The bloke on the left is a friend of mine from high school. In case you’re interested in that sort of thing. -)

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  1. Kris Boustedt

    The thing with being electrocuted is the amperage of the current. You can get shocked with voltage approaching infinity and not get hurt if the amps are low (I can’t remember what the ampere threshold of the human body is…but anyway).

    So, I bet on Fear Factor it was 2m volts, and [human ampere threshold/x; x>2] amperes.

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