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Annette Grimaldi-Priou ([personal profile] twin_bones) wrote in [community profile] sixwordstories2015-04-16 08:12 pm
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Love is just neurotransmitters and hormones
dirk_gently: (gesticulate w pencil)

[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 12:35 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's remarkable how adept those same neurotransmitters and hormones are at deceiving the brain into denying that very fact."
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 02:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Perhaps, or perhaps it's simply so clever it outwits itself, creating an end result that makes us all look like fools. The brain is, on deep analysis, a wondrous and remarkably complex machine the full workings of which remain shrouded in mystery, the likes of which man has yet to duplicate by any means, and which is so delicate that a single misfiring neuron can create disastrous results. That said, I fully acknowledge most people primarily put this glorious organic processor to use memorizing the local takeaway's phone number, or inputting the mindless rubbish that is daytime television.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 03:09 pm (UTC)(link)
...I don't think anyone's ever called me frigid, but I was agreeing with you.
dirk_gently: (smug)

[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 03:31 pm (UTC)(link)
...

Sooo...

I guess asking for a date would be a bad idea?
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 03:51 pm (UTC)(link)
[Dirk considers his fingers. One hand, then the other. Guy must be really desperate. He then glances down and considers all 5'3" and 300+ lbs of himself, and sighs.]

Never mind.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 04:09 pm (UTC)(link)
[Dirk has a reasonably strong sense of self-preservation, really. But now he looks skeptical.]

Was that a backhanded insult for me, or yourself?
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 04:15 pm (UTC)(link)
That's... good to know, actually. If I'm going to be kicked in the nadgers, I prefer to see it coming.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 04:22 pm (UTC)(link)
With all due respect, your mother is wrong. The world could use more people who are honest in how they present themselves to the world.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 04:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Parents aren't always right. Anyway, I'm cleverer than I know what to do with, and look where that's gotten me.

[He makes a vague gesture to himself, shabby suit and all. The pencil he occasionally gestures with appears to have been chewed on heavily, there are bags under his eyes, and his nose is crooked, like it's been broken before. Hopefully she'll get the general gist.]
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 04:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[Dirk gives her a long look, considering. That kind of snap answer is nothing to be dismissed, especially from someone who casually offers to cut off fingers. He's still not sure how much of that was a joke.]

Plastic surgery is pricey and I'm not important enough to warrant torturing. I suppose my own physical appearance isn't enough to express my general station in life, nor the succession of difficulties through which I've arrived at it. Suffice it to say that not simply intelligence, but cleverness, has gotten me into more trouble than it has ever gotten me out of.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 05:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Some people are too focused on appearances. [He waves a hand dismissively. Dirk himself, very clearly, is not one of these people. If he were he'd have gone on a diet and consulted a fashion expert a long time ago. His shirt and tie combination is eye-searing. Also he's almost as wide as he is tall.]

I will admit there are times I am forced to wonder whether such things are in fact a kind of closed loop. Can one be so clever they outwit themselves into acting like an idiot?
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 05:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, but 'culture' and sophistication' are merely concepts created and subjectively defined by the human brain? As is the nature of what's deemed aesthetically pleasing, for that matter. The body can be altered and upheld as art, but one could easily argue that as its natural form is defined by genetic and environmental factors and its function is in part as a support system to nourish and house the brain, it is no more art than any other living organism.

...And that's me being clever. I know that. I can't really stop myself, even though it means I'm arguing with someone who's threatened my phalanges already.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)
I stand corrected. [He doffs the ridiculous red hat and gives her a bobbing bow. It might look silly, but he doesn't mean it as a mockery at all.]

...And I can't say that I've ever seen a sunset I found half so rewarding as good sex, but then, I live in Islington... You sound like an artist.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I prefer to avoid sunrises, unless I've been up all night and they're a herald to go to bed, but as to sunsets... yes, I'm sure the right vista for the light to play across makes a difference. Rows of identical house roofs and a canopy of fog and car-exhaust do not a rousing view make.

I'd argue the definition of an artist is 'one who creates art', but then, I'm not an artist, myself.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 07:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I'll have you know I've created some lovely finger paintings with glitter. I'm not sure pasta would have made a worthwhile addition. Too crunchy.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Well. I didn't say they were art. I was just trying to get in touch with my inner child. In retrospect, the vodka may not have helped.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 08:21 pm (UTC)(link)
It's the part where one passes out and wakes up with glitter and paint gluing paper to the side of one's face that might have been a bit too far...
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 08:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm sure I would, but I make a fairly good drinker.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 09:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm not picky. Beer, whiskey... Not tequila, unless I'm desperate, but I'd hate to give you the wrong impression. Most days I prefer to keep a clear head, particularly in my line of work.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm a holistic private detective. [Now he's beaming, just waiting to launch into a full explanation.]
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 10:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Not precisely. The term 'holistic' refers to the whole of a thing, the grand picture, if you will. Just as the homeopathic medicine to which you refer involves looking at the body and its environment as a whole to treat the often-overlooked connections between cause and effect in medical ailments, my own methods of detection involve observation of the world at large to find the mysterious and sometimes diffcult-to-fathom links between seemingly unrelated events. I believe in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things; that for every question there is an answer, no matter how obscure or incredible, and in fact the world is filled with far more miraculous and bizarre threads of cause and effect that may span vast stretches of time and space, and in overlooking these we may get at the deeper workings of the multiverse.
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-17 11:29 pm (UTC)(link)
...Practiced what? [Not that exact speech, but he's said something like it more than enough times.]
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[personal profile] dirk_gently 2015-04-18 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, well, you're not the first to ask for an explanation. It is a decidedly unique practice.