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Author: FIGBERT <>
Date:   Thu, 29 Sep 2022 23:03:16 -0700

Add Pomegranate Seeds post

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diff --git a/content/posts/ b/content/posts/ @@ -0,0 +1,39 @@ ++++ +title = "Pomegranate Seeds" +date = 2022-09-29 ++++ + +Just before the start of Rosh Hashanah, I found myself standing over a +kitchen sink. To my left, two pomegranates sat next to a large stainless +steel knife atop a cutting board. Ahead of me, resting in the sink, was +a bowl brimming with water. + +<!-- more --> + +To harvest the seeds of a pomegranate, you first cut the fruit into +quarters. These wedges are then submerged in water, where you basically +fidget with the fruit until the segments detach. The red, +semi-translucent seeds sink to the bottom of the bowl while the +white-brown excess floats to the top to be conveniently discarded. + +On this particular afternoon, I was in a bit of a rush: I needed seeds +quickly. I threw a couple wedges into the bowl, and started working on +one of them. I finished the wedge and tossed the skin aside. + +Without really looking around, I reached out, unfocused, into the waters +of the bowl. After a few seconds, I paused and stared down at the +pomegranate in my hands. + +I hadn't put any thought into the motion. I reached out my hand, and +must have been subconsciously tracking the movement of the wedge. +Completely on instinct, I had found a second wedge. + +The experience was so seamless it left me mildly startled, observing it +after the fact. + +Some keyboard-based programs give the feeling of interfacing directly +with technology, a near echo of the instinctive feeling of working with +your hands. VR and AR aren't there yet, but the applications are fairly +self-evident. + +Startlingly seamless is a good experience to aim for as developers.