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Rhododendron Blossom [May. 11th, 2005|10:51 am]
Tony Grist

My new screensaver, wished on me by craftyailz , whose computer I’ve taken over, is, I’m told, a picture of a rhododendron blossom. I wouldn’t have known. It’s been blown up so large it’s like clouds of something thick and red expanding.

Blood in water. Lots of it.

Not pleasant. I preferred the hedgehog I had before with its beady little eye.

And now I’ve found the face in it.

A long, scroobious, puddingy face. Eyes like letterbox slits. An enormous nose. A mouth with a hanging lip. Male probably.

Not anybody I would want to be friends with but not unkind.


The hedgehog was thinking about slugs. Blood pudding man is thinking about me.

In the universe on his side of the glass my comparatively regular features are the extreme of grotesquerie.

There’s a smile on his wide, slobby mouth.

He finds me funny.


[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-05-11 05:00 am (UTC)

Read me first

(I beg your pardon.)

Good morning, Tony.

Allow me to recommend some waterfalls.

Or Webshots...

Still, if you have found a new friend who smiles at you, far be it from me to short-circuit a blooming relationship...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-05-11 07:17 am (UTC)

Re: Read me first

Very soothing...

A friend of mine used to have a haunted house screensaver; the moon moved though the sky, owls sailed past and unspeakable things appeared at windows.

I don't think I want to pursue the relationship with BPM. I'm going to have to give some serious thought to his replacement.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-05-11 05:24 am (UTC)
ONe of those lovely shots of Manchester or, for that matter, one of the shots from your most recent holiday, would make a nice screen saver. Your description here is much too graphic,Blood Pudding man would give me nightmares!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-05-11 07:19 am (UTC)
Thank you for the suggestions. Up until now I've always accepted the screen-savers I was given. The hedgehog was something my brother in law put in place.

But now I need to take the initiative.
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[User Picture]From: zen_punk
2005-05-11 08:02 am (UTC)
I've been enjoying your journals for some time now(I feel like such a voyeur) and I decided this was as good a time as any to introduce myself. I have a question: what is the definition of "scroobius"? You made that up, didn't you?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-05-11 09:37 am (UTC)
Very pleased to meet you. Zen and punkiness- two of my favourite things.

Well no, scroobius is an Edward Lear word. He used it more than once and it means- whatever he meant it to mean. I find I've mis-spelled it slightly; the correct form is "scroobious".

Check here for an unfinished Lear poem called "The Scroobious Pip".
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[User Picture]From: zen_punk
2005-05-11 10:24 am (UTC)
Well, I still don't know what it means, but no matter. It reminded me slightly of Lewis Carol, or at least the word itself did. I wonder if you had a meaning in mind for "Scroobius" when you used it to describe Pudding Man.
(btw, I can not for the life of me discern his slit-like eyes or any other features in the capture you've posted.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-05-11 12:25 pm (UTC)
Lear and Carroll were contemporaries- the two kings of Victorian nonsense writing.

The word "scroobious" just popped into my head and I accepted it. I didn't have an exact meaning in mind, but looking at it now I see it as a portmanteau word combining "scutiny" and "booby".

His two little eyes are almost dead centre (displaced a little to the right.) He has a long blobby nose and his mouth is near the bottom.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-05-11 11:53 am (UTC)
I have one that I love...it's a photo of the world from outer space, and after you input your latitude and longitute, it will show the globe and the position of the sun exactly where you are. (well, that wasn't explained very well) I don't remember where I got it, I think it was from some nice soul here at LJ.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-05-11 12:11 pm (UTC)
Ailz tells me that what I'm talking about is a "desktop" not a "screensaver".

I'm illiterate.

But I've ditched blood pudding man and replaced him with a view of the lunar surface. You with your view of the earth and me with my view of the moon- we're in the same ball-park!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-05-11 12:38 pm (UTC)
Yep. Actually, I'm more of a moon person...I'm going to have to check this one out.

Desk top...let me see, what do I have?

Oh, the classic 'golf course' that comes with all microsoft packages. Hm, I"m going to change that!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-05-11 03:23 pm (UTC)
"golf course" sounds really boring.

I've changed the screensaver too. There's now a programme in place that flips at random through our entire collection of photographs.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-05-11 05:18 pm (UTC)
I have a lovely picture of an Australian spider web - as in, the person who sent it to me is a dear friend from Australia - as my new desktop.

At work, I have a half moon. Well,actually more like a quarter moon. But appropriate, wouldn't you say?

I like your idea. For a long time after my trip to PEI I had a picture of the beach at sunrise...but it made me sad, once the colder weather arrived here.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-05-12 01:13 am (UTC)
The great thing about the random flipping through the photo album is that you are continuously surprised. An idyllic view of a medieval castle is followed seconds later by a less than idyllic view of my brother-in-law. It's hypnotic. I could watch for hours.
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