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November 16th, 2008


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11:45 pm - Go Ahead and Laugh, Yeah, I'm a Funny Guy
So it began after we gorged ourselves on Jess's delicious batch of fondue. Part of the dessert (besides the chocolate fondue) was cupcakes. As Jess was describing her constantly evolving cupcakes, someone suggested glow-in-the-dark cupcakes.

"GFP!" cried Perlich. I explained to Dan what GFP was. Robin, a med student, described how one could get mammals to express certain proteins in their milk; for instance, they had gotten some goats to produce milk that contained spider silk protein. For whatever reason. Comments were made about freaky spider-goats and spider-cows and other scientific anomalies. (Robin's point was that you could get GFP milk and use it to make the frosting: thus, glow-in-the-dark cupcakes.)

Soon after, in an unrelated conversation, I brought up Twilight, which Elina was not quite familiar with, and the table agreed she was better off that way. "As far as I can tell, Twilight fandom makes Harry Potter fandom look sane," I explained. Jess remarked that the seventh-grade girl demographic was really scary, but I said that it's a great demographic to target if you wanted to get really rich. I needed to think of something to appeal to them.

Dan brought up the Thunderbird play we're kinda-sorta-but-not-really working on, Back to the Suture, which is about a time-traveling arm. We could make the main character a teenage girl with a time-traveling arm. When I said that it wasn't really the right demographic to target for a Thunderbird play, he said that we were taking it past that now, into a series of novels. At least eight.

We could even throw in the spider-goats, he said. Now that it was a book, we could do anything we wanted.

"And it would provide an interesting CGI project for the movie," added Janet.

I said, "Or they could just tape two goats together."

And the entire table cracked up—Dan Sylvia Debbie Elina Jess Perlich Robin Janet me—like it was just the tipping point of the absurd, the kind of infectious laughter that even the jokester himself can't escape, can't breathe.

In the middle of the laughter, Janet: "That was funny."

And I felt I had to record this moment for posterity, because I love saying something so funny that its funniness has to be verbally acknowledged.
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From:iridium
Date:November 17th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
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Here's the actual-science spider-silk producing goats, for reference. Haven't figured out yet if it's possible to have GFP expressed in goat or cow milk, but if nothing else, this makes me think that glow-in-the-dark yogurt or perhaps cream cheese would be possible.




Edited at 2008-11-17 08:49 am (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 17th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
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Ooh, thanks. I added the link to the post.

P.S. We're mammals.
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From:duchessdogberry
Date:November 17th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
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Well, I think you've just convinced me of another reason to stay vegan for a long, long time.

I love saying something so funny that its funniness has to be verbally acknowledged.

I love you, dude.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 17th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
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Aw. I love you, too, dude. I'm glad my ego pleases you so.

No one's going to make you drink spider-silk milk! That's not what it's for!

Glow-in-the-dark milk would be fun at parties, though.
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From:maidofawesome
Date:November 17th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
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When I saw you quote that on facebook, I just thought of the Simpsons exchange.

"Why are you painting those horses to look like cows?"
"Cows don't look like cows on camera. So we have to use horses."
"What if you need a horse on camera?"
"Oh, we usually just tape a bunch of cats together."

Which is slightly more gruesome than the amusing idea of spider goats, but there you go. :)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 17th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
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While I, on the other hand, was thinking of the mice-spiders from Spaced the whole time.
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From:maidofawesome
Date:November 17th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
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"I never said that!"
"No, but it would be great though, wouldn't it?"
"No..."

I need to watch me some Spaced again.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 17th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
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I just rewatched it with the Homage-O-Meter on a month ago. Great stuff!
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From:incidentist
Date:November 17th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Here's the article on Twilight that informs my opinion of what Suture would have to be in order to enslave the minds of appeal to teenage girls: http://www.salon.com/books/review/2008/07/30/Twilight/index.html

I think what we're looking for is something like a young Indiana Jones figure, but more sensitive and more ostentatiously rich, who's chasing the arm, and bringing a completely normal girl along with him so that he can rescue her from the occasional caveman or Mongol.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 17th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Or evil duke/count/baron.

Ooh, that should be the name of our villain. Duke Count Baron.
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From:incidentist
Date:November 20th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
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Shit, we'd better get a move on before The Onion does: http://www.avclub.com/content/hater/what_will_be_the_next_abstinence
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From:newsong
Date:November 17th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I live for conversations like this :D
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 17th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Right? They make life better.
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From:jenepel
Date:November 18th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
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Soon after, in an unrelated conversation, I brought up Twilight, which Elina was not quite familiar with, and the table agreed she was better off that way.

This is probably true...but on the other hand the Twilight fandom is amazingly fun to follow. I keep seeing your comments on Cleolinda's page, which is what I use to know what's going on with the insanity.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 18th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
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Oh, same here. It's terribly entertaining. And horrifying.
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From:prophetkristy
Date:November 18th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
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GFP milk!!!!

I want some.

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