h a l f b a k e r y
Get half a life.
add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random
news, help, about, links, report a problem
or get an account
Roller Skates worn by the video camera operator, but
hardly roll at all at first, and when they do, you can't go
fast, and when you're at the maximum pace (which is
about as fast as a presenter can walk forwards while
playing an invisible accordion - or is it?) it wants to keep
at that speed. It has overriding stability, it won't
easily speed up or slow down. Actually stopping would
have to be a special case or exception, instigated
separately and probably not by simply making the roller
wheels stop moving suddenly because they won't. These
skates feel highly gyroscopic, would be very difficult to
fall over in, and are smooth and predictable. Once you've
started them in motion, it's like gliding backwards
||I'd like ones that go sideways - don't ask!
||//it's like gliding backwards through porridge//
[adds "reverse porridge gliding" to list of "100 things to do before I die"]
||Yes, "it's like gliding backwards through porridge" is a very definite statement, suggesting that Ian has experience both of using these roller skates and of gliding backwards through porridge. If he was merely speculating he would have said "it might be like gliding backwards through porridge" or something similar. I'd be interested in Ian's porridge recipe - when I make porridge, it comes out far too viscous for me to imagine anything without a lot of inertia (like a battleship) to glide through it.
||You tease! We have to ask now. What was it we weren't supposed to ask, exactly?