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  • As often happens, I was a little late to this one. 7 was long gone by the time I got home and read Sara's proposal for a Cowbird experiment. It was dark and rainy outside because it's Portland, and I'd already started cooking. So I didn't have much inclination to collect a moment.

    But experiments give you fresh eyes. Behind my desk is the Kill!Kill girl with bunny ears. It's a picture I bought years ago for fifty quid at a party in a disused tube station in London. Ozzie had painted his girlfriend, who always wore lipstick just like she does in this picture. I've brought this picture with me as I moved from London to Shanghai to Portland. I like it. It reminds me of an ex-girlfriend, wilder times and people I've lost touch with.

    After taking the photo I noticed the black disc below it. It's my new thermostat. I bought it last week. It's called a Nest. Designed by ex-Apple engineers, it learns from your behaviour, and so uses less energy. You can control it from your phone, when you're out of the house. I'd been quite pleased with it.

    But now I'm just thinking, what happened. What happened between me buying a picture of a hot cartoon girl with bunny ears scrawling Kill!Kill in a chaotic party under the streets of London, and me buying a home energy saving device. Which cost a lot more than fifty quid.

    Thanks Sara, for the experiment.
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