Monday, December 06, 2010

Stripes, dots, zig-zags, plaids, paisleys, floral prints--no.

No wind-blown clouds skimming around your body.

People around here who have jobs with power dress themselves in solid colors. The gender who can wear a small strip of cloth that might have a pattern is men.

When you walk into that room, you need to look a certain way in order to be taken seriously.

In order to not get depressed, you need to take seriously the parts of you that mustn't show as you walk through the important door--your inner repeating flowers, the polka dots near your core, the detailed embroidery of your dreams.

Months pass.

Felisa Wolfe-Simon, the lead scientist in the study of a Mono Lake bacteria that shows that maybe the building blocks of life are different than we thought--maybe arsenic can sub for phosphorous--at her press conference she wore a patterned blouse with a dark top over it. But the pattern was pretty bold and showed.

The finding was bold and about patterns. Before scientists knew for sure that six elements were necessary for life to exist and one was phosphorous. But this study shows it can be the usual other five and arsenic instead of phophorous.

Save Mono Lake used to be a standard bumper sticker for the greenish. Meaning save it from being pumped out of existence by human water needs. Now, we saved it and it had something interesting to teach us.