Whenever I visit a studio or someone shows me a picture of their studio, I always ask: "Where is the Lava lamp?" if it's not visible, and explain, that it's just not a bonafide studio without one - look at pictures of virtually any Major studio and you'll see one - even Abbey Road... all very tongue in cheek of course. It does make them think.
It's almost like a beacon or token that mystically links studios all over the world - a symbol of the "Brotherhood" ;-)
Anyway, I must say, I do find myself watching those blobs when I'm listen to a mix - it's almost meditative.
It's mentioned in the news item that you were still pondering the question the next day. Hope this adds some food for thought.
We have to thank the British for so much - The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons :-o and so it would appear, the lava lamp too.