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Disappearing Ink...

There's a pen, made by Pilot, where the ink is "erasable". You can buy it here at Jet Pens.

The funny thing is that the ink is actually erased by the heat of friction, and it reappears if you cool the paper down below 14° F (-10° C), which is pretty easily done in most freezers (or outside today... whew it's cold). So it kind of works as a disappearing ink that's the opposite of the usual kind of disappearing ink (most of which appear with heat or UV rays or... ).

Speaking of the Cold. It's been -10° F (-23° C) outside at night or in the early morning. Jet and I have been blowing bubbles outside, catching them on the blowing ring, and watching them freeze. It takes a little while, and you can also blow them onto a pan of water (so long as the water doesn't solidify on you). You can see the crystallization of the soap solution and then the whole bubble shrinks just a little before the film goes solid. Usually they just collapse, but occasionally you'll get a really strong bubble in which holes will appear and just stay and the rest of the structure remains stable. Jet's even poked his finger through the ring of the blower and held it there with the rest of the bubble all around it. It's really... cool. (or so she says as she's freezing her BUTT OFF... ahem)

Hope you're all doing well! Hope Thanksgiving was fun and that the shortening days are inspiring you instead of bringing you down. I managed to do Nanowrimo before I left for San Diego, but I'm sitting here with half a novel of my David finally finding his true love (and Afghanistani fissionables, Ukrainian nuclear power, and Russian politicians who were once Russian Bratva) and wondering if it's even what I really want to do to finish it, but I might as well just finish it so that it's done and David is finally settled down with the love of his life, and then get on with the 'real' one. *laughs* I may just finish it so that I can publish it as a weekly somewhere (including here, since I'll likely do it for free). Nanowrimo certainly made me realize that there's lots of ways to publish on-line content.
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I would _love_ to be able to do that with bubbles. How incredibly neat!

(Okay, perhaps I wouldn't enjoy the cold that much, but what a cool thing to be able to do!)

I encourage you to finish the novel with David finding his True Love. And then to write more. No rest for the wicked!
If you're bundled up and prepared for it, the cold isn't that bad. *laughs* And the house is warm, as is the tea. Your Earl Grey has been a blessing, and it is a bit like a minor miracle of impossibility to be able to poke a bubble and have it shatter, a little, and remain with shards of ice hanging....

No rest at all. *laughs* I shall, then! Thank you so much for the encouragement!

I also have a lovely little game write up that I'm correcting like crazy. Whew. It should be a fun thing to post, too. Here and there.
It's been cold here, too. Well, not *that* cold. Still, we've been having to swap out hummingbird feeders regularly to keep them from freezing. That's not usually necessary this close to the water.

It's amazing to me how early in the morning these hummingbirds get up. How are they seeing? Not for me... *shudder*
Yes! John was in your neck of the woods these past few days, and it has been cold there!

*brr* Though, perhaps, to survive those temps, they have to find plenty of food. I should paint more hummingbirds. I love them.
Oooh. That disappearing ink thing could be a plot device somewhere...

Nanowrimo certainly made me realize that there's lots of ways to publish on-line content.

Oh, yes. Some of the best stuff I'm reading is via webcomics that are available for free.
Precisely! And the serial nature, something showing up every week, is something I'd like to do. It also has to do with how TV series are structured, too. The whole several episodes of introducing the characters/team, and then moving into stories with some backstory, and then into arcs of higher-level storytelling. Both manga and anime do this, as do US tv series of all sorts, and it would be amazing fun to tap into that kind of structure with a story or even several stories running parallel.

Art wouldn't hurt, either. *laughs*

And, yes, you have me on the plot device. *laughs* That's the first thing I thought of when I heard about how the ink reappears...

Edited at 2013-12-10 03:33 pm (UTC)
Oooo... I love those photographs!!

We usually don't get the single digit temps needed to freeze them quickly except when it's dark out, and I'm amazed that the bubbles were able to touch the ground the way theirs did without popping.

I want to try and do this when it's 4 out and sunny... that'll be fun. *grins* I love the pictures, too, they're inspiring.