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May 31st, 2006


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01:25 pm - On being forensically-minded
I think I watch too much CSI. Well, watch it and write about it (hooray for the progressing spec script idea).


So I was straightening up my living room Monday morning, walking around in bare feet as I usually do in the apartment, and suddenly there's a sharp pain in the heel of my left foot. I lift it up to have a look, and there's a bit of broken glass sticking out of my heel.

I knew it must have gone in a ways, or I'd have never felt it through the callous there (and my fingers didn't budge it when they brushed up against it). So I carefully pulled it out--a small chip of glass, all sharp edges, in a vaguely pyramidal shape. There wasn't much blood, which was good as I was standing on carpet at the time.

Here's proof of my state of mind, though. Instead of hopping off to wash my foot and bandage it, that I might not bleed on my floors, I stood there on one foot and inspected the bit of glass. I could tell which point had stabbed me because it was faintly discolored with blood. Enough so you could see it with the naked eye, but not enough to instantly say, oh look, blood. I'm sure it would show up nicely under luminol, but there might not be enough there to swab for DNA. Or maybe there would, actually. I'd have to look that up.

These are the thoughts I was having. I kept the bit of glass, and put it on my desk where I can see it when I'm writing.

I guess I'm hoping it'll be a inspirational souvenier that will encourage my CSI muse.


Yes, I'm weird, but you should all know that by now.
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From:jd3000
Date:May 31st, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh boy...I've done that. I've tried to figure out exactly where the glass would have come from as well, since I wasn't the one who had broken it. :-D

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 31st, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Yeah, I've done that. No idea about this particular bit, unless I tracked it in on my shoes.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:May 31st, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
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CSI is like linguistics: it changes the way you see the world.

I've had forensic thoughts when picking up bits of my long hair from the floor after I've been brushing it -- looking at the ends to see if there are hair-ends there (for DNA) and wondering if they would erroniously consider my hair-brushing to be "signs of a struggle".

Fortunately I haven't stepped on any glass lately.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 31st, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
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CSI is like linguistics: it changes the way you see the world.

Excellent way to put it.

I've had forensic thoughts when picking up bits of my long hair from the floor after I've been brushing it -- looking at the ends to see if there are hair-ends there (for DNA) and wondering if they would erroniously consider my hair-brushing to be "signs of a struggle".

Hah! Me too! A majority of my brushed-out hairs have the tags on them (maybe I brush too hard?), and yeah, I've wondered what the CSIs would make of that.

You can learn such a lot from this show. :-)
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From:jd3000
Date:June 1st, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
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I found my very first (confirmed) grey hair a couple days ago, and experienced that one strange paroxym of introspectiveness I suppose we all face sooner or later: The first true sign of impending mortality.

Then I noticed it had a follicle and thought Oo! If I save this, they can clone me back later.... My weird mind just had to kick in there.

And yes...I've saved it. :-D

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 1st, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Well, I found my first gray hair at 19. (It's apparently genetic, this early graying; thanks, Grandma.)

Then I noticed it had a follicle and thought Oo! If I save this, they can clone me back later.... My weird mind just had to kick in there.

Bwah! Oh, the weirdness that is our scifi geekery.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 31st, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Ouch! Where'd the glass come from?

But that's really funny. You and your forensic-CSI brain. Maybe you're in the wrong business. :p
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From:whitemartyr
Date:May 31st, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
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That was me. I forgot to log in, sorry!
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 1st, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I thought that might be you. :-)

Nah, real forensic work (like real linguistics) would probably bore me stiff. But it's sure fun to dabble in.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 1st, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
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That cackling you hear isn't me laughing at you; it's me laughing with you. :-)

With me, it's finger prints. Whenever I have to look for something on a co-worker's desk or something, in the back of my mind I'm thinking I should be wearing gloves in case something comes up missing, so I won't be a suspect.

Too much crime drama? Who, me?

V.

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