Some shapes and textures from Greenville, South Carolina.
The day's reading:
- The New York Times
- The Washington Post
- The Great White Bear, Kieran Mulvaney
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
In the Arctic, diatoms crawl to the bottom of ice floes to ride out winter. When sea ice freezes, it expels much of its salt. The return of sunlight penetrates the ice, melting the bottom first. Because the ice is fresher water, less saline, the meltwater is fresher and floats atop the saltier seawater, and the diatoms float in this more salubrious solution and bloom in the light, going about their photosynthetic business.
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma:
In ancient Greece, the priests responsible for the slaughter (Priests! Now we give the job to migrant workers paid the minimum wage) would sprinkle holy water on the sacrificial animal’s head. The beast would promptly shake its head, and this was taken as a necessary sign of assent.