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As an amateur baker, I am not unfamiliar with the idea of dyeing. When I bake breads and cupcakes for special occasions, I always add food dye to make the product more visually appealing. When I want my chiffon cake to look springlike and floral, I will swirl a hint of red dragon fruit extract into the mix. For the St.
For this assignment, I closed my eyes and let my mouse land on a random location on Google Maps. I landed on a market in Sawtelle Blvd, an area I was familiar with. Because this last week I had been sick and unable to eat food, I decided to go out to buy tea at Volcano Tea House. I decided to draw the cup of tea that I received from the tea house because it was the most emotionally significant item that I encountered on my trip for reasons I will explain below.
I really have no particular interest in the art of making or using dyes, and so my expectations were not exactly high for this workshop. That being said, I thought that it was really excellent - while there was some focus on the practical steps by which to make dyes from plants, the conversation was mostly dedicated to the nature of humans to their environment as well as the general notion of an invasive species. We discussed a bunch of different topics in ecology including fire based ecosystems, something I found particularly interesting.
On the most fundamental level, we understand the universe to be a ceaselessly expanding realm of matter and energy. Quantum uncertainty adds a new layer of complexity to consider in this already seemingly abstract representation of how we perceive and reflect on reality.
It all began with following Prof. Thomas’s advice, opening the google map, and throwing a random pin. For a person considered by many to be a “happy-go-lucky” type of person, I rarely feel unease. However, immediately after the pin was dropped, I felt uneasiness and started to psych myself out, thinking all the what-if scenarios. This unrest went on for few days, almost resulting in me wanting to redo the “random” pin. It was then I started to think about social confidence and the potential scares of the pandemic.
I selected my point of reference using Google maps. Because of the lack of gas in my car, I limited the proximity around me to a 15 mile radius, and allowed a family member to choose with their eyes closed. I've always been an admirer of nature, but haven't been prioritizing that form of curiosity.
Today after work, I randomly pinned a location on Google maps. My pin took me to a beautiful neighborhood in Burbank. It is approximately 20 minutes away from my house and 15 minutes away from my job. Besides going out to eat and visiting the mall, Burbank is not a city where I am accustomed to visiting and much less knowing many people that live in that area. I got off my car, and immediately I noticed a difference between my own neighborhood and Burbank. I walked down the street to even sidewalks, flowers blossoming at every house, and bright blue skies.
For this week's assignment of visiting a location through serendipity, I decided to print out a small map of UCLA and toss a hairpin onto it. I was excited to find that my hairpin landed on the Fowler/Janss Steps (soon to be called Kuruvungna Steps) area, so I put on my mask, grabbed a notebook and pen, and made my way to campus. It was a beautiful weekend afternoon--sunny but still cool, and there were a plethora of small groups lounging around in the sun.
Since I live near UCLA right now, I decided to use this project as an opportunity to rediscover some of the beauty of our campus. UCLA is one of the most beautiful places I can think of, and yet I spend most of my time there staring at a computer screen or just getting from point A to point B thinking about my assignments rather than really seeing the nature around me.
So I pulled up a map of UCLA, closed my eyes, and put my finger on a random location. I ended up at the corner of the patio near Pauley Pavilion.
In order to find a location by chance I mapped out all the possible locations I had access to within the vicinity of my house, and then overlayed a numbered grid, using a random number generator to pick out a chunk of land for me to explore.
Single word: home
At first I could not seem to figure out how to drop a random pin from my phone. Then miraculously I accidentally dropped a pin that was a five minute walk from my current location so I decided to follow it.