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Monday, October 29, 2012

A Randoom Halloween Mystery

 Greetings, fellow bloggers! It is I, Shockgrubz, who bring you a mystery filled with sorrow and intrigue. This time of the year, things go bump in the day as well as the night. Here's the set up.

 A few years ago I was searching around on a database of unsolved crimes. I'm not sure whether my investigative mind or my lack of funds was the motivator in looking, but in any case, I delved into one that was near my location and over ten years old.

 A woman who worked at a local school was coming home from the grocery store one fall evening. Her attacker came for her as she was unloading the bags of food. He shot her and fled.

 That is the whole account. No description of the shooter at all. I had nothing to go on, so I thought of what I could do.

 I'd dabbled in photography and spirits both separately before, but this time I decided to mix them together to see what I could find out.

 I went to the building to take a few hundred snaps. The structure was foreboding on that winter day. From the ground, the five stories seemed like ten, looking through the viewfinder of my camera. I chose my shots to include as many windows as possible. I thought that I'd capture a clue there.

 After checking only a few of the pictures, my eyes started glazing over and I would close the photo editor. Minutes later I would remember having closed it and not realized why. Then I would open it back up. This happened seven times before I left the whole thing alone for a long time.

 Until yesterday. I wanted to make a nice Halloween picture to put on my blog. I remembered the creepy feelings I got when I took a pic of the windows at that building and started messing around with it.

 I must describe how I messed with it, because of the shapes in the windows. They were there before I did any editing of the picture. I selected a box within each window and messed around with the colors. That brought out the shapes you see, that were already there, just blended with the colors before the edit. Before I discuss what I think each window holds, I'll put the picture here.

 Through the first window, we see the woman, possibly in a flowing nightgown. Here is where my perception might stray a bit from yours. I see her chewing on a balding man's ear while the man is holding a rapier between his teeth. I cannot for the life of me discern what this would mean in relation to the initial crime, but the ghosts hardly ever give hard-line clues.

 The middle window contains an imp of immense destructive power. From far away he looks kind of cuddly, like an ewok, but get up close and you see his three faces. Each one laughing, grimacing, or howling with maniacal laughter. His presence was there the day of the shooting, I'm sure of it.

 The final(rightmost) window seems empty, which is what I come up with when trying to pinpoint the killer. I may never get to give that woman's family closure, or obtain a reward for my investigative fruits, but we can be sure of one thing. It makes for some good RANDOOM mystery!

 What do you see in the windows?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

An Award For You

 I've created a graphic in appreciation of your readership.

 The Diamond Flower award.

 It's a super durable, sweet smelling, shiny graphic for you to use and display at your discretion.

It's probably way truncated, but my battery is dying. I'm trying to get a new electronic device so I can have a much longer web presence.Hopefully a tablet, I like those.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Where I Play Around With My Name

 In honor of imaginary characters giving way to real-life counterparts I have fancied myself a master of nomenclature* for a few  moments in hopes that it may amuse you.


The noun shock has 9 senses (first 6 from tagged texts)
1. (6) daze, shock, stupor -- (the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally; "his mother's death left him in a daze"; "he was numb with shock")
2. (2) shock, impact -- (the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat; "the armies met in the shock of battle")
3. (2) electric shock, electrical shock, shock -- (a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body; "subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response"; "electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks")
4. (1) shock -- ((pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory insufficiency and pallor; "loss of blood is an important cause of shock")
5. (1) shock, seismic disturbance -- (an instance of agitation of the earth's crust; "the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch")
6. (1) shock, blow -- (an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured")
7. shock -- (a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field; "corn is bound in small sheaves and several sheaves are set up together in shocks"; "whole fields of wheat in shock")
8. shock -- (a bushy thick mass (especially hair); "he had an unruly shock of black hair")
9. shock absorber, shock, cushion -- (a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; "the old car needed a new set of shocks")

 The first sense of the noun shock with daze and stupor included equals my feeling when I had learned that my younger brother fell.

 The second sense of the noun shock has happenned many times in my dreams. I coordinate a shock battle that lasts mere seconds but affects centuries.

 The third sense of the noun shock reminds me of my days as a conductor. I was the longest running champion of holding on to the shock box in shop class.

 I know the fourth sense of the noun shock by memory . Once oxygen is depleted from the system, it takes a while to normalize. I've had the pleasure to go into shock from physical labor as well as traumatic experience. Both are very taxing, but survivable.

 I've had the fifth sense of the noun shock move the a whole house when I was inside. It was a siezmic shock, but it really felt like a vehicle ramming a wall.  Being from an earthquake free area, I was shocked to see that there was no vehicle parked in the wall as I surveyed the damage.

 I distinctly remember feeling the sixth sense of the noun shock when I ran into a a special aquaintance of mine years after we had said goodbye. She was so beautiful, and I was so changed. I was very shocked when she did not remember me. Maybe she lied, but when I mentioned her family, her shocked reaction to knowledge of her kin by a seeming stranger seemed genuine.

 Ah, the seventh sense of shock is a gathering of grain on end. I feel that if I were a grain and someone plucked me from my ground and stood me on end in a pile with all of my neighbor grains that I would be shocked into believing that I would want to be eaten. Trickery, even in the vegetable world can be so shocking.

 The eighth sense of the noun is a shock of hair. Well, the text states 'especially hair', so it could be something else.  I've dined on some thick, bushy hashbrowns before. Does that mean I grubbed on a shock? I've promised myself no cannibalism, so I'll leave that one alone until the next meal.

 The ninth and final sense of the noun shock is for a shock absorber. Something in this word has a dampening effect. It's fitting for the final sense to buffet some of the sudden impact of the word's previous senses.



The noun grub has 2 senses (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (1) chow, chuck, eats, grub -- (informal terms for a meal)
2. (1) grub -- (a soft thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects)

The verb grub has 2 senses (no senses from tagged texts)
1. mooch, bum, cadge, grub, sponge -- (ask for and get free; be a parasite)
2. grub -- (search about busily)

  I prefer the first sense of the noun grub to any other word for eats, for it is almost a meal in itself. To say the word "grub" is to commit to only one syllable and vowel. The action of the compound at the beginning and the soft ending makes "grub" a word equivalent to a nibble. Speaking it a few times in a row both satiates my desire for nourishment and makes me hungry at the same time. Such power in a single syllable can only be held by the word "grub".

  The second sense of the noun grub is where my mind goes when I want to display this imaginary character for you in pixels. If I knew all the types of beetles and other insects that a grub could be I might be a little more specific on what kind of shockgrub I am. But since I have little knowledge past what a grub feels like when popped into the gullet like popcorn chicken, I will refrain from picking a specific species for now

 I did not know that the first sense of grub as a verb is mooch. I've heard of money-grubbers, so maybe that's where the term comes from. I have never heard the word 'cadge'. The first chance I get to use it correctly, I will. I'll probably be describing myself(like this whole post).

 So, with the second sense of the verb grub meaning to busily search, I am astounded at the amount of grubbing that actually goes on daily. Even if I only look at myself, sometimes I have fifteen google searches in tabs. Yeah, I grub that hard.


 The noun z has 2 senses (no senses from tagged texts)
1. omega, Z -- (the ending of a series or sequence; "the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end"--Revelation)
2. Z, letter z, zee, zed, ezed, izzard -- (the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet; "the British call Z zed and the Scots call it ezed but Americans call it zee"; "he doesn't know A from izzard")

 The reason I end the name in a 'Z' is because it sounds nice on the end. The first sense of the noun Z is a representation from a book that was not a dictionary. Funny how the letter got named afterwards.

 The letter being the second sense of the noun Z is intriguing indeed. I had no idea that it was even spoken differently amongst the english speaking countries. Zee fits and doesn't even need to be three letters. We could change it to Zi, and it would have a dashing quality. But Zed and Izzard? That sounds like a pair of really cool literary characters, not representations of a single character at the end of the roman alphabet. To each their own, I guess.

 I'm now finished playing around with my name. Maybe now I can grub on another shock of hashbrowns  before I catch some zzz's.

 *I am not a master of nomenclature, but I use WordNet Browser 2.1 from Princeton University Cognitive Science Lab to someday become one

Thursday, October 4, 2012


 For reading, commenting, and being a part of this Randoom blog. I am not very good at catching up, but I'm improving.

 Thanks for the 15k views. I thought I'd put my 200 followers post up before this, but a milestone races at it's own pace.

 So, before my battery dies and I cannot get a signal, I'll leave you to find some other grand Randoomness.

 P.S. I'm voting for Stein and Honkala. I admire anyone who's willing to protest against banks and foreclosures and go to jail for it. The first jailbird president, let's do it!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Desktop Wallpaper

For Free! Public Domain and Creative Commons rejoice!

Something I came up with a while back.