Tag: Water

Watered Down

Dear people of the millennial clan,

Is La Croix going to water down the term used to describe every other brand of sparkling water, just like how Coca-Cola has replaced the words soda and pop, not to mention any competing brand names like Pepsi and RC?  Like how Band-Aid means a sticky bandage? I don’t even know the nonbranded way to ask for a Band-Aid. Is La Croix going to be the new Rollerblade of in-line skating?  Is La Croix going to be the Kleenex of nose tissues?

I am just wondering because I have come to love, truly, calling all sparkling water bubblers.  Can we just decide to say “bubbler” instead of “La Croix?

Yours Truly,

Marigold.

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Geometrical Patterns

Ok, ok so if art is breaking the rules, that means that you take something that you normally try to avoid and twist it around some so that the negative becomes something you embrace, transforming in the bad into the good.

Today’s topics: crystallization.    This is the reorganization/unstable transformation of the structure of a substance, normally making it an inferior/subpar quality.  Primary examples include: butter once it has melted, does not solidify the same, chocolate will bloom if it has not been properly melted down, ice cream will get gritty if ice crystals form from the latent water content.

Granite, or shaved ice, has been around for a long time.  This technique takes a solid frozen confection, then shaves the ice block to form a slushie.  This takes advantage of the ice crystals to create a both a liquid and a solid, both a wet and a textured product.

This method is a precursor to ice cream, a continually rotated while freezing invention, where the solidifying happens at such a small scale, that when initially frozen, this product is still a liquid (think soft serve ice cream)

What I need to focus on is the beauty of naturally occurring ice patterns.  These are highly visually appealing, perfectly symmetrical, yet all so unique.  Normally this is avoided, but what if I purposely form these as a decoration?

 

 

 

The Exception to the Rule

All animals love water, except for the cat.

Elephants will roam the expansive earth until the grassy green has turned to dusty rubble underneath the great mammoth hooves, searching the globe over for the life giving, cooling and muscle soothing antigravity force of the this benign and almost tasteless substance.  After the longest migration and facing death, the elephant will tumble in the water like a curious child, they find sheer ecstasy in reaching the long sought after goal.

Water is so intrinsic to life, water makes you weightless when submerged, it can cool you down or warm you up, it’s a neutral substance, but yet the great cat refuses to interact with it.  Even birds covered in feather will happily bathe for sheer enjoyment.  Where in the evolutionary history did the cat decide that no, it was not worth the trouble to dry off?  It’s really a small price to pay for the entertainment and practicality that this medium has to offer.  Maybe water smells bad to cats, I don’t think we will ever know.

Neutral Territory

We think that water is tasteless, but what are we really missing?  To us humans, who are comprised on average 60% water by weight, who as infants we cry into this world at an astounding 73% water, we do not view this life giving substance as a flavor, a smell, a taste.  Water is completely neutral, there is nothing to love or hate about this potable substance.  It is ground zero basic.  So neutral that we don’t have any adjectives to describes how this substance interacts with our tongues.  Water is only described as a feeling- wet, damp, hot, cold, lukewarm.  We also don’t perceive water a having a color, to us it is clear. But how limited are we because we are bias?

But consider the fact that water does have  a taste and an odor.  Maybe it is strong and we just don’t know it because of how ordinary and necessary it is to life.  It makes you think about what we are missing and what you take for granted.  It’s in front of us everyday but how much thought have you ever put into this seemingly tasteless form of life giving nectar?  Maybe water is sweet, who knows.