kitchen table math, the sequel: 1/11/09 - 1/18/09

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Animals Make Us Human

Number 13 on the NY Times bestseller list this weekend.

blue is my favorite color

Divi tree

"Divi trees, a common site in Aruba, grow at a forty-five degree angle because of the wind that constantly blows. In Aruba, lost tourists are told to follow the divi trees, as they always point to the hotels."

beach hair

Google has an answer for everything if you can figure out the key word.

beach hair at flickr

beach hair search flickr

I love beach hair

Beach Hair (closeup)

look at my shiny hair

"Surf Spray gives hair loads of texture and volume, so you can get that tousled, salt-water effect (without the sand in your suit)."

in Aruba

way, way, way off-topic


This is really what the place looks like; the ocean is bright turquoise. I always thought those images had been Photoshopped but they haven't. Amazing.

Aruba is only 12 degrees or so above the equator, and the trade winds, which are humid, never die down, making the place wet & arid at the same time. The island is covered in cactus but the air is moist and so are you.

The result for humans: movie star hair. I'm serious. My hair looked pretty much like that every day we were there, only better: shorter, shiner (way shinier), & no roots. Also no stylists. All I had to do was brush out the dreadlocks I woke up with each morning, et voila. It was a dream come true. I speak as a person with the kind of hair one normally sees on P.E. teachers.*

So here's my question: is there any way to produce Aruba hair in New York in January?

Also: why would trade winds make hair shiny? I understand the volume part; hair gets bigger when it rains.

But where does the shine come from?

I need to know.

* Benfield Sports College

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