Hob Part 3 (4 pages) — NOW with EGG-CANDLING Action!on May 8, 2005 at 10:20 pm
Here come the last few pages– wherein we see what Hob does for a living… and whether it was safe to leave his “Small Men” alone at home. But then, have you ever tried to get into an interdimensional day care center on a moment’s notice? Of course not, it’s just a conversational fiction. Like wondering “whether it was safe” is really a set up for a conflict that’s screaming right around the corner.
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Okay. What is egg candling? It’s the method whereby egg producers tell whether they have salable eggs, or whether a chick has sprouted in there. Just hold it up to a bright light.
That’s it. Industrial science brightens our future.
Our only encounter with real-life egg candling was when a man came into Chris’ old place of work with a device the size and shape of Dustbuster, only bright light projected out of one end, and it had the most righteous 1950s case and chrome styling!! We are NOT kidding! (Google does not have a pic of this model, but does have these shots.) It was aquamarine, and had some of the most amazing curves– like some weapon out of Flash Gordon– entirely unnecessary touches to a utilitarian device.
If it weren’t for the competition in consumer electronics, our lives would be surrounded by the dullest of metal squares. Either that, or case modders would have enough work to open chain stores across the country. Or Japan would just own us now. Or both.
Anyway. That Mr. Hob, he’s an egg-candlin’ fool. Enjoy.