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19 June 2008 @ 07:40 pm
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Upon entering the house this morning, I was greeted with a sharp “BIP!” from the smoke detector, which was clearly possessed of a failing battery. Sadly, I could not cause it to stop BIP!ping, so I called my daddy and asked if he was a hero.

He came over with a ladder and a screwdriver and took it down and took the battery out while I wailed, “I’m an artist! I can’t work under these conditions!” Smoke alarm dismantled, I admired my Heroic Daddy. He looked modest. He prepared to leave. The de-batteried smoke alarm went “BIP!”

We stared at it. We stared at each other. We stared at it some more. It went, “BIP!” We examined it, and saw no visible sign of the electronics upon which it no doubt relies to make it go BIP! when the battery is dead.

It’s in the refrigerator now.

I am narrowly going to miss the mark of writing as much from January-June this year as I wrote in the entirety of 2007. The next week is incredibly hectic. I’m going back down to Cork tomorrow and coming back Sunday. The movers are packing up the house on Monday and will be here either Monday night or Tuesday morning. Aberdeen will be here Tuesday morning(ish) through…Thursday morning, maybe, or maybe only through Wednesday night. My sister’s coming out for a photo shoot Tuesday afternoon. I figure if I get 10K written in the next week I’ll be doing really, really well, and that’ll put me…about 20K short of last year’s total. Which I could theoretically make up in the remaining few days of the month after that, but I don’t think I’m really going to try. :)

I did, however, pass through the 33% mark on the book, and forged on to 40K. I’ll be really, really happy to make 50K by this time next week. That’s the next big landmark.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
40,123 / 110,000

ytd wordcount: 241,500
miles to Isengard: 18.4

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: busybusy
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on June 19th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
See, now, the thing is, this is the opening scene from a horror movie, you know.

Where the Fire Department was taken over years ago by Cthuloid replicants, who infected everyone with the evil smoke detectors because their dark master likes his meat raw.

And you're seeing the abmechanical nature of these devices now, when you take out the battery and (duhn duhn DUHN!) it still BIP!s at you. It only seems innocuous, like the voices in the TV after the station goes off the air.


Or not. I'm just kidding you. There's a capacitor in the thing. It stores up charge so it can BIP! at you for a little while after the battery is replaced.

The capacitor actually is enough to trigger the fire alarm. In fact, fire alarms don't really need batteries. They can detect smoke and blast their alarm even without the battery. The only reason the battery is there is because if you don't change it twice a year, you will recover from your OCD.

... no, I'm just kidding you again. Capacitor. It'll stop soon.

Unless it really is installed by cthlulhoid replicants.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on June 19th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
We had a UPS that failed. It had an alarm that wailed when it failed.

So we disconnected it, connected in a good one, and then realised the UPS was still wailing.

Evenutaly, it ran down, two days later, on the other side of the back lawn.
plums deifyalmond_tiger on June 19th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
It bips when it doesn't have batteries, silly. That's the point. :) Though I feel your random-noise-driving-crazy pain.
Missybkwrrm_tx on June 19th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
It's in the 'fridge, because that's where you store the scary crazy electronics?
desperancedesperance on June 19th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
You're moving the whole of Aberdeen to the middle of Ireland? No wonder you're going to be busy. Have you asked the Scots how they feel about this...?
irishkateirishkate on June 20th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
well - it'll be warmer?
desperancedesperance on June 20th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
Is true. Less oilbiz, I suspect, unless you sneaky Irish have been hiding something - but that might go down on the plus side also.

Rainier, mind. You can't hide that.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on June 19th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
There's a Friends episode like that. :)

Is there a reset button?
irishkateirishkate on June 20th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)

Harry_Markovdaydreammuse on June 20th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Hey, you have a demonic smoke alarm. How cool is that! Maybe you can summon it and cause a chain of defective alarms and make peopel mad! Coolness!

I hope your move goes well and happy reading!
(Anonymous) on June 24th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
You're not alone
My fire alarm did the same thing to me last week. It was kind of funny, I didn't think that really happened except for on "Friends."

And just because I can, I'm going to one-up you. A couple of years ago, when it was just my three year old and I living in the house, I had an RCMP officer (I'm Canadian) show up at 4 in the morning after my phone apparently got lonely and dialed 911 by itself. Luckily I live in a small town, so I knew the officer. The phone proceeded to make two more 911 calls in the next few weeks, once when I was at work and no one was in my house.
kitmizkit on June 24th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
Re: You're not alone
Ok, that's *bizarre*. I may use the help-dialing phone in a book someday... :)