The jagged shape front of a figure ice skates blade. If you learn to skate on hockey skates, then try to use figure skates, you will trip on the pick and hurt yourself. Possibly badly.

Something one plays a guitar with; they come in many different thicknesses and shapes, and the style of pick can drastically affect the sound of the guitar when used.

Complete and unaltered version of what is included in Rapid Uncontrollable Descent.

I've fallen,
pick me up,
make me human,
paint this face,
so I look alive.
Can you help me,
live with you,
Can you help me,
forget my own death,
crucify myself,
This is such a shame,
you're nice enough,
too bad I have to go,
leave you again,
and forget my life.
Can you make me real,
flesh from air,
bone from wire,
jolting from,
your operator's hand.
I can see it,
if I move fast enough.
I can feel it,
if I run hard enough.
It's never going to be there,
just beyond my reach,
out there alone,
I'll meet my end.
Full of rage,
filled to capacity,
brimming over with hate,
contempt for the living,
who cannot fathom,
this ceaseless quest,
for something more pure,
than cold light.
I can see you there,
running from me.
Keeping your cards close,
hoping that I won't know.
Run, run away,
run long and hard,
if you can just reach,
escape velocity,
you can turn away and feel nothing.
Give me up,
give me away,
throw aside the old habits,
Still you come back,
swathed in silence,
accusing me of being the watcher.
Hunter or prey,
do you know even who you are?
This haunted vision,
what is this machine supposed to do anyway,
failed in faith,
Maybe no one cares that you're alone now,
maybe I don't give a damn anymore,
you're better off getting out of here,
so you can sever the ends clean,
and take back what you gave me.
These two,
souls at war with desperation,
concessions made by neither side.
killing each other by way of silence,
hoping for a quick death.

original prose, Yurei, 2000
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PICK, a non-relational multi-user database management system developed in the 60's by Richard A. Pick ("Dick Pick"). Originally implemented on Honeywell and McDonnell Douglas minicomputers, the relative simplicity and portability of the PICK model has led to ports for a wide range of platforms, and spurred the refinements that led to Advanced PICK. Client-server implementations, using ODBC and/or OSFI, are available as D3/UNIX, D3/NT (32-bit Windows platforms), and D3/ProPlus (Linux).

derived from "A brief history of the Pick system", Malcolm Bull,

Pick (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Picking.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. Peck, v., Pike, Pitch to throw.]


To throw; to pitch.


As high as I could pick my lance. Shak.


To peck at, as a bird with its beak; to strike at with anything pointed; to act upon with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to prick, as with a pin.


To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points; as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.


To open (a lock) as by a wire.


To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck; to gather, as fruit from a tree, flowers from the stalk, feathers from a fowl, etc.


To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth; as, to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket.

Did you pick Master Slender's purse? Shak.

He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet. Cowper.


To choose; to select; to separate as choice or desirable; to cull; as, to pick one's company; to pick one's way; -- often with out.

"One man picked out of ten thousand."



To take up; esp., to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together; as, to pick rags; -- often with up; as, to pick up a ball or stones; to pick up information.


To trim.



To pick at, to tease or vex by pertinacious annoyance. -- To pick a bone with. See under Bone. -- To pick a thank, to curry favor. [Obs.] Robynson (More's Utopia). -- To pick off. (a) To pluck; to remove by picking. (b) To shoot or bring down, one by one; as, sharpshooters pick off the enemy. -- To pick out. (a) To mark out; to variegate; as, to pick out any dark stuff with lines or spots of bright colors. (b) To select from a number or quantity. -- To pick to pieces, to pull apart piece by piece; hence [Colloq.], to analyze; esp., to criticize in detail. -- To pick a quarrel, to give occasion of quarrel intentionally. -- To pick up. (a) To take up, as with the fingers. (b) To get by repeated efforts; to gather here and there; as, to pick up a livelihood; to pick up news.<-- (c) to acquire (an infectious disease); as, to pick up a cold on the airplane. (d) To meet (a person) and induce to accompany one; as, to pick up a date at the mall. [See several other defs in MW10] -->


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Pick (?), v. i.


To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.

<-- = to pick at -->

Why stand'st thou picking? Is thy palate sore? Dryden.


To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.


To steal; to pilfer.

"To keep my hands from picking and stealing."

Book of Com. Prayer.

To pick up, to improve by degrees; as, he is picking up in health or business. [Colloq. U.S.]<-- or, to increase gradually, as the car picked up speed rolling downhill -->


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Pick, n. [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See Pick, and cf. Pike.]


A sharp-pointed tool for picking; -- often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.

2. Mining & Mech.

A heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed at both ends, wielded by means of a wooden handle inserted in the middle, -- used by quarrymen, roadmakers, etc.; also, a pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.

<-- used for digging -->


A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.

[Obs.] "Take down my buckler . . . and grind the pick on 't."

Beau. & Fl.


Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick.

France and Russia have the pick of our stables. Ld. Lytton.


That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock.

6. Print.

A particle of ink or paper imbedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and occasioning a spot on a printed sheet.


7. Painting

That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.

8. Weaving

The blow which drives the shuttle, -- the rate of speed of a loom being reckoned as so many picks per minute; hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread; as, so many picks to an inch.

Pick dressing Arch., in cut stonework, a facing made by a pointed tool, leaving the surface in little pits or depressions. -- Pick hammer, a pick with one end sharp and the other blunt, used by miners.


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