La Poulette

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Friday, November 25, 2005

The sort of thing I couldn't exactly Ask Jeeves.

Should one be bored at work, one might have a number of scientific questions pop up out of nowhere. A few such examples might include...

a) Exactly what type of hormonal imbalance is responsible for having women of a certain age decide that a short perm with a mahogany rinse is a Good Idea? Furthermore: can we put this behaviour down to the same culprit that causes them to view leopard print details a good way to spice up their wardrobe? Or worse yet, stir-up pants delightfully acceptable? Perhaps I should ask my mother. Or her friends. Or my boss. Or perhaps not.
b) Do regular sessions in a sunbed involve the obligation to prance around the girls locker room at the gym stark naked for an unnecessarily long period of time? And if so, would my theory that the greater the intensity of the tan the longer the said period hold any water?
c) Is a long period of living abroad with the possibility of never returning to the homeland reason enough to suddenly stop caring about political affairs back home? Whatever the answer, is it acceptable that one should feel a weight has lifted off ones shoulder should one finally choose to do so?
d) Is there some etiquette regarding responding to comments and should one adhere to the maxim that all men deserve equal treatment, hence all comments should be granted a response? Would the fact that one has such thoughts flittering through ones brain in the first place suggest that one is, perhaps, slightly far gone? Which opens up a whole other bag of worms called blog stat jealousy and virtual friendships - but perhaps I should leave it at that for now and let sleeping dogs lie.


  • At 11/26/2005 07:05:00 PM, Blogger Doug Bagley said…

    La Poulette,
    Do blind people get the same benefit from Alphabet Soup as we do?
    Why do stores that are open 24 hours, seven days a week, have locks on their doors?
    Worring the heck out of me

  • At 11/28/2005 09:58:00 PM, Blogger negrito said…

    hi poulette , how much sunbed minutes do i save just by reading your blog ? ehehehe !

  • At 11/29/2005 08:09:00 AM, Anonymous sgazzetti said…

    a) i) production of estrogen, progesterone, and precursor steroids (DHEA, DHEAS, e.g.) falls by 25% or more; ii) precisely; iii) no, that's due to nostalgia for Patty Duke.
    b) i) apparently; ii) why not put it to the test?
    c) i) in many cases, yes, though in others interest actually grows in direct proportion to distance; ii) what is or is not acceptable for La Poulette is entirely up to La Poulette.
    d) i) I don't believe so; ii) that maxim is absurd--where does it originate? iii) far from it; iv) yes, do, for now.

  • At 11/29/2005 09:08:00 AM, Blogger Poulette said…

    Doug: thanks for poisoning my mind with mindless questions further!

    Negrito: considering the brown, leathery quality of your skin, I'd say not nearly enough!

    Sgazzetti: WOW! A man with all the answers! The Poulette is suitably impressed. Say, have you also figured out the right response to your wife asking "do I look fat in this?"?!

  • At 11/29/2005 07:55:00 PM, Blogger PartyAnimal said…

    a possible answer for the political question...yes and no...i normally care less about politics at homeland...and sometimes more (but the latter is in great decline lately).Also, knowing more about local belgium politics give me more perspective (this world is full of crooks)
    If you want to know what's on in Brussels and surroundings:

  • At 11/29/2005 08:06:00 PM, Blogger Poulette said…

    So true about gaining perspective on politics back home when you see what's going on elsewhere, PartyAnimal! Glad to discover your blog, looks exactly like the sort of thing I've been looking for.

  • At 11/29/2005 08:30:00 PM, Anonymous crni said…

    For some reason, question B seems worthy of my keen scientific mind. Maybe it's the imagery... Anyway, if we assume radiative heat transfer to the body in a solar bath, we can sorta approximate the energy absorbed by P*t(bath) = E where P is the power of the sunbath, t(bath) is the time spent in the bath and E is the energy. We assume total radiative absorbtion by the said naked body and no black body radiation (no radiative heat dissipation), as that would require a high temperature indeed. To dissipate this gained energy, one does so by "prancing arond naked" or - in more scientific terms - by convective cooling, where the heat dissipation is rougly proportional to E = A* e ^ (-B*t), where A and B are constants and e is the base of the natural logarithm, while t is the time needed for cooling. Assuming linear proportionality between the heat absorbed and heat dissipated, we thus get an approximate relationship of t (cooling) = -1/B * ln (P*t(bath)) - ln A . This theoretical model does not take into account some non-linear chaotic terms related to the aerating of the kootchie. The constants A and B can be experimentally determined, given the proper subject matter to study and if anyone gets a grant to do this research, I would be more than happy to participate.

    question C: I got pretty disinterested about 2 years ago, then the Bush/Kerry thing came along and I had no right to vote on it. I felt so powerless. I decided that maybe I should pay a bit more attention to where I do have the right to vote, becaue my opinion is important, damnit!

  • At 11/29/2005 08:55:00 PM, Blogger sgazzetti said…

    When my wife, who looks fat in exactly nothing, asks me, as women inevitably will, I tell her, "No, honey, of course not, you look lovely in that." Then she goes and asks Jeeves. Hey, second opinion.

    So no man has all the answers.

  • At 11/30/2005 07:02:00 PM, Anonymous rainbow warrior said…

    Crni honey, only you can make me laugh with that kind of scientific elucidation – you my favorite geek (to add that to my favorite attention whore)!!! But fear not, I won't be touching your tush anytime soon, you're too hazel for me :)

  • At 11/30/2005 10:44:00 PM, Blogger Poulette said…

    Crni, when you were still in school, did the big boys beat you up.. a lot?

  • At 12/01/2005 04:41:00 PM, Blogger crni said…

    No, I went to a geeky school instead.

  • At 12/01/2005 05:32:00 PM, Anonymous rainbow warrior said…

    Heh, indeed - Bežigrad vs. Poljane, bring it on!!!

  • At 12/01/2005 08:12:00 PM, Blogger crni said…

    I'd have been safe at Poljane, too. What would you guys have done, hit me with your purse?

  • At 12/02/2005 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous rainbow warrior said…

    No, with our ganja stuffed fanny pack!


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