Thursday, January 3, 2013

Intermission #1 (With how-to-play instructions)

Grab a bight, get something to drink and help yourself to the little bit sized sandwiches because it is the intermission between The Making Of Cashmere Part One and Two.
This is how intermission works:
I will first google a word.  The word for this week is...
Now what will happen is you will find a synonym for this word and comment it.  Then I or any other user will find a synonym for that word, but not the word I just used, the game will continue on like this.
The next thing I will do in intermission is is find a random sentence.  The random sentence for this week is...
He laughed so hard he almost puked.
Now what you will do with this is try come up with a new sentence using only letters in this one.  The sentence does not need to use all the letters in this sentence.
Now for what you get out of this.  If you comment one of these answers along with a question for me to answer on one of my posts, you will be guaranteed that your question will be the next to be answered (although if there is two or more people doing this it will be first come, first serve.) I will only be checking answers on the latest intermission, so make sure your answering the right one.

Lets look over the sentence and word for this intermission:


He laughed so hard he almost puked.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Making Of Cashmere part one

Like always everything found on the internet is in italic.

So after earlier receiving a comment from DaniBP (blog: DaniBP Mop Philosopher) who requested a post on the making of cashmere.  I decided to write this.   Now I knew that this blog would be difficult.  Unlike my blue raspberries post, I have to show the whole process.  So I think I better begin now.
The absolute first thing I did (like I normally do) is that I googled 'cashmere' and like always, I went into images:
At the beginning
At the end

Okay, those are the pictures of the beginning and end of the cashmere making process, but I want to know what happens between these two steps.  Luckily I remembering watching those 'how it's made video's' when I was younger, so I went onto YouTube and searched 'How It's Made: Cashmere'  I looked on several videos but there was nothing.  But I didn't loose hope quite yet, I then searched 'How is cashmere made?' on YouTube.  There was still no decent information.  Maybe this would be tougher than I thought.  
I'd have to google it.  I searched, once again: 'How is cashmere made?'  First I checked out Wikipedia.  I took one look at the giant page of complicated words and decided to, well search, I'm ashamed to say: 'How is cashmere made? For kids.'  Yeah I know kinda humiliating, but I can't act like I know all the complicated  words.  This led me to a website that was not for kids but it did say what cashmere is and quite a bit of how it's made.  So here it is:

Wise Geek was the name of the site.

Cashmere is a luxuriant wool that many a fashion-conscious woman has dreamed of wearing against her skin. Its silken feel, feather-light weight, and appreciable status make it highly desirable.
Despite the glamour associated with cashmere, it hails from humble beginnings. It is the wool or fur of the Kashmir goat. Kashmir goats are primarily raised in Mongolia, but many are bred in Iran, Tibet, India and China. American herders have also joined the international cashmereproduction market in recent years.
Cashmere is harvested from the goats during their annual molting season through the shedding or the shearing of their down. In the frigid high desert climates where most of the goats are raised, the dense inner coat guards against harsh winter weather, but once seasons change, goats begin to lose the protective layer of down.
The finest cashmere usually comes from the back and shoulders of the goats. Fibers from the belly and hind area may be usable because they are fine fibers, but they are usually too short to make quality wool. They can be mixed with other fibers though to make quality material, just not quality cashmere wool. Shorter fibers have a tendency to "pill," whereas longer fibers are easier to spin and don't pill as easily when they're woven into garments. The fibers come naturally in white, gray and brown, but the wool is easily dyed.
I learned a lot in this article but it still doesn't tell me everything.  I'm gonna write a summery of this paragraph so I can make complete sense of it.

How Cashmere Is Made

Cashmere is a beautiful, silky wool that many woman dream of wearing.  It's wonderful, comfy feel and beauty makes it just dreamy.

Even though cashmere is so delightful, it calls for a brave beginning.  (Okay that sentence may have been lost in translation.)  Cashmere comes from the Kashmir goat which is usually found in Mongolia although also bred in Iran, India, Tibet and China.  American have recently started working in the Kashmir goat business .

People shave there fur during a certain time of year.  In the hot climate most goats grow up in, the inner coat protects them from winter, but when summer comes along they shed.

The best Cashmere comes from the goats back and shoulders (I believe the beard as well).  the stuff from the belly and hind quarters aren't as good.  They are to fine.  Although they can be mixed with other fibers to make quality material.  Although alone  it can 'pill'.   Wait 'pill'?  What's that?

Time for another google search!  At first there was nothing.  Just when I was about to give up a read a simple sentence:

How can I keep piling (you know those little fuzzy things that you sometimes get on Cashmere) off my sweater?

This was a life saver!  After all of this I figured out I still have a lot of work to do with this, We need to figure out how goat skin turns into that soft, lovable fabric!  Which means... another trip to google images:

Wow, I have tons of work to do!  I think this post is definitely a to be continued.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Is Blue Raspberry a Real Fruit? Where does it come from?

*Before you read know that everything found on the internet is in italic

If you've read my profile you will know I have one of those random questions, which is something alone the lines of: 'Why Do They Have The Flavor Blue Raspberry?'  I answered this:  'A question I often ask myself'.  Now, dear reader you may have thought I was trying to be funny.  In this case you are wrong.  I was quite happy to see this question since it was something I often thought myself.  So I decided to find some answers.  I googled: 'Blue Raspberry'. after that I went into images.  I was surprised to find many picture of blue Raspberry's:

But my search did not end here.  Oh no.  The next thing I googled was: 'Is blue raspberry a real fruit?'  And it led me to yahoo answers (I know it's not the most reliable website, but I decided to give it a chance).  This is what I got:

Is Blue raspberry a real fruit?

or is it some hybrid flavour?
and if it is a real fruit where does it grow?

Best Answer - Chosen by Voters

It is not a real fruit. It it an artificial flavor. Here is more information.

"Blue raspberry is a common flavor for syrups, candies, and other food items.

It is derived from the juices of the Rubus leucodermis plant, otherwise known as the whitebark raspberry.

The artificial blue raspberry flavor, originally derived from blue whitebark raspberry fruit juice, became an artificial designer product in the late 1950s.[1] The flavor is described as somewhere between tangy and sour. It is often accompanied with blue food coloring; the coloring of blue raspberry also helps it to be differentiated from strawberry flavored drinks. The use of food coloring often dyes the mouth blue temporarily.


So after reading this I needed to figure out what this 'white bark raspberry' is.  So I decided on yet another trip to google images.

Was this the plant blue raspberry comes from?  I needed to know more about this 'Rubus leucodermis'  So I searched it and some information appeared right on google:

  • Rubus leucodermis
    Rubus leucodermis is a species of Rubus native to western North America, from British Columbia, Canada south to California, New Mexico and Mexico. It is closely related to the eastern black raspberry Rubus occidentalis. Wikipedia
    Hmm this doesn't say anything about blue raspberry.  I had to keep searching.  Next, I googled 'is Rubus leucodermis the plant behind blue raspberry flavoring?' and it took me to wikipedia.  The article was titled 'Blue Raspberry flavor'.  Here I'll show you it:

    Blue raspberry flavor

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Blue raspberry is a common flavoring for candy, snack foods, sweet syrups and soft drinks. It is more commonly used in the United States, as a sweet flavoring. The flavor originates from Rubus leucodermis, more commonly known as the "Whitebark Raspberry" or "Blue Raspberry" for the blue-black color of its fruit.[1]

    Well I think we can call it official.  Blue Raspberry flavor comes from the Rubus leucodermis plant.
      Do you have any questions you want to know the real answers to?  You can comment them if you want to and I will try and give you the answers like I did today.

    Friday, December 28, 2012

    The World As I See It

    My name is El Diamond (not actually but it's my pen name!) I have plans to go far, but before I do, I have to make it out of this small town.  So this blog will have to do for now.  I am dedicating it to my thought, my dreams, my hopes and my ambitions.  This may be quite boring for some.  If so you are free to stop reading at this very moment.  Although if you are one of the few who thinks they might enjoy what I explained above, welcome to my world.

    By the way this blog is in no way based on Albert Einstein's novel.