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Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:50pm

(Towards a vocabulary of taste of Lingua Ignota words)

Test subjects: humans, edible plants Moon Phase: Sturgeon Moon Conditions: partially electrified, damp, sunny

This was a cross-species edible language experiment conducted by myself and recorded by Mandrago long ago. He lost his lab notebook and so we are unable to determine which words came from plants and which from humans. I had hoped he would find it in the meantime, but unfortunately not.

Several months afterward, one test subject described the experiment like this:

There was this paper and stuff you could eat, and then all these strange words came out of our mouths. Do you have any more?

  1. #1 slurbicious
  2. #2 tadanculus smooi
  3. #3 toothpaste, hosti, red
  4. #4 olsynth
  5. #5 xyzzyxxyzzyx
  6. #6 tasty blood, chewing gum
  7. #7 disappearing into nothing
  8. #8 middle ages
  9. #9 book with leaves of a citrus tree
  10. #10 fireworks
  11. #11 een kaderke
  12. #12 drip drip drip drip drip drip
  13. #13 middle ages
  14. #14 thought
  15. #15 pepper
  16. #16 a field of mint leaves
  17. #17 my first theft and guilt
  18. #18 Mmmmmmmmm
  19. #19 mos
  20. #20 blue and red, many angles

Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:31am

Amidst Ashton's howling hoots of amusement, the inspiring buzz of electricity, the plants and wires and circuit boards - nothing happened. Things just don't fuse together like they do in our reality; the magic glue connecting our herbal technologies doesn't stick. We're going to have to rely on our research assistants and their tireless work on plant-machine translation.

Fortunately this has just picked up momentum. The new assistant has already been mentioned. I'm mystified as to just what we'll find in the Snoepwinkel in a few days' time. Maybe the whole place will be glowing in blue, white and red light. Undoubtedly the place will be filled with electrodes and new fungal blooms. (The assistants themselves often behave like and resemble fungi; for this reason alone they are dear to our hearts.)

Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:41 pm

Another assistant has turned up, like the sudden appearance of a mushroom in the autumn rain. He arrived with a peculiar shiny metal box. It is filled with artefacts that look potentially intriguing, though he himself is apparently puzzled by their exact uses: organic biofield sensors, photon splitters, cerebral cortex connecting caps, and even a mini orgone accumulator… But right now he's climbed onto the roof with another assistant, where they clown around with the weather station. Their activity seems neither purposeful nor entirely inane. We hold great hopes for this new addition to our research team. (He is also very versatile and can be planted almost anywhere to good effect.)

Sprouting: fungi, diodes, bioluminescent exhalations, pinstripe tattoos.


Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:57 am

They have in fact come down from the roof now and seem to be growing quite obsessed with the kokedama as potential test subjects. The recent (human assistant) arrival can be viewed here in some action shots where he appears to be engaged in preliminary tests of a custom-designed electrical interface on an unsuspecting kokedama.

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The red light indicates that there is potential for receiving a communication event

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The kokedama has been successfully implanted. Now time, and the precise configuration of the human communication interface, will tell

Their modality of science imposes the necessity for often convoluted workarounds which can appear somewhat comical to those who know better, and to those who know worse. And so they are running round with dark goggles coated in mycelium and debating how to amplify photon events, contemplating where to affix electrodes on plants using a glue of honey and potassium chloride for measuring earth/plant/fungi resistance via somewhat crude transistor devices that would be rendered unnecessary in other contexts; their ongoing struggles are recorded here

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The rudimentary translation equipment, to be configured for operation with the God helment and the glued plant

On the human side of these initial plant-human interface experiments, they are looking into an amplifier/coil setup commonly known as the “God helmet,” that apparently interfaces directly with the occipital lobes.

Their efforts are laudable and undoubtedly fascinating, though also quite puzzling and obscure. We have not seen our assistants so avidly excited about their work in a long while, and it is pleasant and rather amusing to see them fully immersed in activities that they find meaningful.


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