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Where an engraved plaque might
otherwise be found on a pedestal,
such as the pedestal for Putting
Yourself On [link] is instead the P4.
At the rear or side of said Pedestal is
a text entry terminal where one can
select the "engraving" to be seen on
the P4, as well as a suitably realistic
choice of engraving fonts.
A granite textured rubber-like
stretchy membrane is fixed to an
array of servo actuated push-rods.
The P4's control system pulls the
appropriate push-rods Pillarwards to
create a true to life engraved
dedication to the Person on the
Pedestal, with all the correct angles
that would appear if the text was,
Thus, those with limited Photoshop
skills would have their moment on
the Pedestal properly presented with
the perfect purple prose, complete
with true to life lighting and
To prevent puerile passers-by from
pushing their pallid prosody on the
populace in perpetuity, I propose a
five minute fade to blank.
Put Yourself On A Pedestal
with a tip o' the top hat [BunsenHoneydew, Jan 12 2007]
||your name in Fading Granite Italic - how
could I not like it ? +
||I think pedestal *permanence* is a good thing. Unstable societies are forever changing their monuments, re-naming their streets, etc., with every passing revolution.
||Stable societies are able to say, 'Sure, he was a brutal old ****, but we've moved on so far from there that we don't feel threatened by his image any more, and we can just treat this old statue/plaque/place-name as a bit of history to be contemplated dispassionately.'