Author: FIGBERT <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2022 23:03:16 -0700
Add Pomegranate Seeds post
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+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.
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+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
+Startlingly seamless is a good experience to aim for as developers.