A Case For Color In Your Salad

A Case For Color In Your Salad

Step aside Crayola, nature has better colors than you.
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Growing up we are taught that most of us are born with five general senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.

Some neurologists argue that we have as many as 21. Either way, we can find common ground by acknowledging that our environment stimulates us in one way or another but sometimes, how much we let these external stimuli affect us is up to us.

Throughout the day, we can't help but be bombarded with sounds.

We don't get to pick and choose if we hear an ambulance wailing down the street or if we overhear someone hailing a cab as we walk down the sidewalk.

However, we do tend to filter what we choose to see or look at. Often, we look right through objects or people that are right in front of us because we are focused on something else or our mind has wandered somewhere else.

Lately, I've been hooked on noticing color.

Just like with our ears and sounds, I can't help but for my eyes to become bombarded with the presence of color that surrounds me at any given moment.

Whether the moment is when I lay eyes on a meal I just ordered or when I catch a side glimpse of the bouquet of flowers that appear next to the fruit section at the local Trader Joes, I find it amazing how nature provides us with the most expansive color palette we could ever imagine.

One of my favorite places to find the presence of rich color is in salads.

Bizarre? Yes. Nonsensical? No.

And here's why...

I find that there's something intoxicating about the brilliant, balloon-bursting symphony of colors that a fresh, backyard-garden-born salad holds. The way the fire engine gleam of the taut, plump, cherry tomatoes shines even under the dullest of lights.

Then there's the matted, fibrous way the barbie-lipstick pink of a watermelon radish looks as it is seen speckled like a bleeding watercolor until it reaches the outer cilantro-hued edge of the crisp and peppery vegetable.

The waxy-looking exterior of the rich, leafy green kale could pass as an imposter it looks so perfect. The kale embodies the remarkable way that things of nature can be so perfectly symmetrical and precise.

It's too picturesque to eat. The glistening, bursting-with-juice-at-the-seams, prune-purple beefsteak tomato begins to sweat, pouring out the balanced acidic flavor with each melting piece of flaky, gritty sea salt that the chef has sprinkled onto the fruit.

Like the essence of a sunset, the colors within this salad are so bright and bountiful that you find yourself attempting, through some sort of osmosis, to take in all the energy and excitement of the colors while you think that nature, in fact, has provided more excitement within the colorful bowl in front of you than any 100 count Crayola pack ever could.

Perhaps if you're like me, your excitement even exceeds that of the Crayola pack with the built-in sharpener.

The visual intensity of this salad is almost intrusive in a way because when you look at such a "normal" thing (such as a salad) with a certain lens of fascination and amazement, your senses become all at once stimulated and awakened.

And as you take the first bite of this electrifying meal, your taste buds begin to experience this dance of color all over again, yet in an entirely new way.

Salads don't have to be boring and neither do you. Challenge yourself to consciously and purposefully take notice of what surrounds you.

Cover Image Credit: Sophia Winter

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

Cover Image Credit: Vine

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'Deadpool 2' Review: Does This Sequel Give Maximum Effort?

The rude and crude Deadpool has returned, and this time he's "assembled" a crew; no not that one.
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The film "Deadpool 2" is a bit of an odd duck to write about. The character Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is known for his unique brand of raunchy, gory, humor that includes constant "breaking the fourth wall" jokes as well as in-your-face meta-humor. While I find this kind of humor entertaining (it's kind of clever and cheeky, which is my kind of humor), I can see how others could find it very grating (comedy is subjective, after all).

This makes the comedy part of the film very hard to review, but I'm going to do my best to explain how the humor has changed/not changed since the first film.

The film starts with the titular character Wade Wilson/Deadpool going around the world, contract killing as many bad guys in as many ludicrous ways as possible. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when a personal loss sends Deadpool into a deep depression (to the point where he tries to commit suicide, but is unable to die, of course).

Things go further sideways when he runs into a mutant boy Russell Collins/Firefist (Julian Dennison) who's attempting to run away from an orphanage that's run by a religious zealot using machines and prayer to "convert" mutants back to humans. Both end up being hunted by a grizzled cyborg from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin), who wants to kill Russell for a crime he commits in the future.

This causes Deadpool to create his own team called the X-Forces, which includes a lucky mercenary named Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Peter (Rob Delaney) who's just a "regular Joe" who answered the ad.

To say any more would give away many of the best jokes and guest appearances. Surprisingly, the film deals with heavy themes including redemption after failing to save a life, how solving your problems through violence can negatively affect others around you (which is very ironic for this series and doesn't quite work because of it) and the condemnation of people who use abuse to try to change those who are different (the X-Men series is usually used as an analogy for minorities who struggle in society and the orphanage is clearly an analogy for "conversion camps.")

However, these elements stay, mostly, under the surface and only come up to influence a certain character's actions and worldview. The main focus of the film is it's humor and here's where things get a little odd (which shouldn't be a surprise for this series). All of the jokes are still at that same level of wacky, raunchy, meta-gags that made you either love/hate the original. However, there are two things I picked up on while watching the jokes.

First, many of the jokes this time around involve various comic book references and references to the quality of previous "X-Men" films. There is a great joke in the film about how a certain comic book artist is famously bad at drawing human anatomy.

However, I was one of the few who got that joke due to my knowledge of the artist and the various critiques of his work, Those who don't understand what that's referencing probably won't laugh. There are some great jokes for all members of the audience, but I couldn't help but notice that there were a lot more jokes that only large comic fans, like myself, would get so I thought it would be best to warn you.

Second, while the jokes in this film aren't the exact same ones they make in the first film (with a few key exceptions), they are making fun of the exact same things that were in the first one. I was like, "they had a checklist of things they had to make fun of in the first film but didn't exactly update it for the second one. Make a joke about Deadpool losing a body part and having it grow back really small; check. Make a joke about films like "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Green Lantern" being terrible movies; check.

A montage of Deadpool killing people in hilarious ways; check. A joke about there only being two X-Men present at the X Mansion at any given time; check." While these jokes are still different enough and funny enough to not bother me, I was getting a sense of deja vu and wished they would find something more original to joke about.

Everyone in the cast does a great job bringing their characters to life, with the obvious standouts being Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin (Wow, Brolin has had a good month this month). Reynold's sarcastic and witty charisma prove, once again, that he was born to play Deadpool. Brolin plays Cable as the cliche, grim and gritty humorless tough guy with a tragic past which makes him a perfect character for Deadpool to comedically bounce off of.

While this film isn't as original as... the original, it still had some memorable gags and clever one-liners that kept me laughing as I recalled them in the car ride home. This film is a rare sequel that I consider neither better nor worse than the original, they both occupy the exact same level of quality in my mind. However, that's just me and as I've said before comedy is extremely subjective. I hope you use what I've written in this review to inform your decision as to whether or not to see this film. It's a flawed film, but one that I personally had a blast watching.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

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