601 Iceman.


I don’t know who asked, but everyone still has their unique ear designs.  They’ve just evolved with the art style.  I’m not sure in anyone has figured them all out yet, but I know that their meanings haven’t been decoded.

The air around here seems really thick and moist.  Yesterday it was dry to the point of feeling like my lungs were withering.  I don’t know the why of either situation, but neither is ideal.  I can’t tell if it’s external, or allergies.  Apparently I’m really allergic to corn pollen.  In fact it seems as though a lot of people usually unaffected by allergies are allergic to corn.  Which is a bitch because corn is something the government subsidizes heavily.  There was also the misguided idea that ethanol would be a good alternative fuel source.  It’s not.  But everybody wanted to grow it when the media popularized the idea and drove the price up.  Which lead to the worst allergy season I’ve ever lived through.

It looks like people are moving away from planting corn since it’s been shown to be less useful than everyone hoped, and they are turning on corn syrup as a sweetener.  Ultimately the increased cost will probably prohibit a complete shift towards cane sugar.  I don’t have to care anymore because I cut down my soda drinking to less than 8 ounces a day.  If soda did switch to a higher price point I wouldn’t mind because it’s more of a treat now than something I have all the time.

Did you know that the main reason that the United States sweetens stuff with corn sugar is because we don’t have to import it?  That’s why most soda in the southern hemisphere is sweetened with sugar cane.  You don’t have to take it very far.

It’s my understanding that the two kinds of sugar shouldn’t taste different.  The chemical differences are negligible…  But I still like the taste of cane sugar better for some reason.  Salt is the same in a way.  I like the taste of sea salt better than table salt.   It has a dirtish kind of flavor that appeals to something in me.

Anyway, this whole line of thought illustrates the interconnectedness of everything.  Even though I have no interest is the politics of corn subsidies they still have a profound affect on my life.  It’s very difficult to step back far enough to understand just how much the actions of people you have nothing to do with can impact your existence.