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Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day

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Something political
Gollum and Guns
Chain Saw
The Creeper Escapes
The Mad Cow
Thoughts in the Dark
More politics (Zod!)
Not a cloud
Groundhog Hog
Strangulation hazard
Ultimate Elephant
Pod me!
Robot Ninja Pirate
Not my fault
Ken's Robot
Pain is my Guide
Physical Therapy
Pod du Jour
A Week in Ireland
Rough to Finished
A Week in Norway
Bass Player
Green Pickle
Bradbury Building
The Big 498th Entry
Thrips!!! (part 1)
  [Thrips in the growth chamber!  (shoo fly shoo)]

December 01, 2008

A friend works in a plant biology research lab. Last week she uttered the phrase "thrips in the growth chamber" and others seemed to empathize with the magnitude of the consequences that implies. For me, it sounds like a hell of a catch phrase. It conjures up a number of images. This is the first one.

I kind of imagine this as the one intelligible phrase that can be heard over the static on an intercom at some isolated base. OK, I watched The Thing a few weeks ago, so maybe that ties in. But I imagine the two officers on duty would have different reactions; for one it's shock and fear, for the other it's a stoic acknowledgement of the situation and all that it implies.

Fun fact of the day: thrips is both singular and plural!

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I tend to doodle. Over the years, I've accumulated lots of random sketches of things, sometimes people, sometimes things, and sometimes just abstract lines. The basic idea on these pages is for me to slowly scan in highlights from my collection of random quick doodles. I also am providing a place where I can explain what it is or what motivated it or perhaps some reason why I'm not to blame. With the sketches of people, their name may be hand-written, or there might be a talk title provided, but I will tend to avoid providing full names. I don't mind if people know who they are, I just don't want them coming up on search engine hits, since that might be a bit rude.

Note that the images are PNGs with transparency. Mozilla and Firefox properly render them. Safari too, I think. Internet Exporer doesn't. I don't care.
If you want to see the image without the annoying blue-lined background image, just click on the image.

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