[ExI] Low hanging fruit

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 02:33:39 UTC 2011

2011/6/23 Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com>:
> calculations, feasibility and working hypotheses, etc.; and it would be a
> pity to see all this stuff vanish in the background noise like tears in the
> rain.

delightful mixture of metaphors.  The noise of tears in the rain
depends greatly on the source of the tears.  When lachrymal secretions
are produced by an upset child the accompanying sound can easily
exceed (by several decibels) that of rain.  Perhaps tears is a
reference to "To move with heedless speed; rush headlong" in which
case I can imagine both a silent version as well as the recklessly
loud and out-of-control state (roads can be slippery when wet).
However if tears refers instead to "pulling apart by force; rend" then
I have no idea what that sounds like compared to rain.

That said, I'm also interested in the visual disappearance of "stuff"
in (or into) background audible noise.

Anyway, that line was very poetic - just wanted to take a moment to
share my appreciation.  :)

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