Reflection #3

Last week’s class was thoroughly enjoyable. For one, we started to make beer.

First, we filled an empty water tank to a few gallons strong, then added some sort of soap formula into it. Then we shook it a bit and created a cleaning formula to ensure that the beer was not contaminated during the fermenting process. Then we had an empty water tank and filled it up with water soaked with hops and wheat and whatnot. Some of us tasted it, and it was sweet with a bitterness later down your throat. Beer should taste the same minus the sweetness, as the sugar should be chemically turned into alcoholic content by the end of the process. We then sealed the tank and put it into an area with ice. Now we just have to wait for a couple of weeks to see the final result. Beer is such a common commodity, but how many people that drink it regularly have ever made their own beer? I can imagine ancient humans stumbling across the fermenting process, tasting alcohol for the first time, and hailing it as the greatest invention ever. Thus also were the first drunkards created.

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Then we had fun with our oil lamps we made weeks ago by putting them into its first practical test. We added oil into it, tore the nylon out of a string, and put a string through the oil lamp. The theory is that the string would suck the oil, and when it burns it would consume the oil instead of the string. With a few exceptions, that was how it turned out. In a dark room full with ancient oil lamps that illuminated millenniums of human life, the scene was oddly beautiful. We take many things for created and live in a world where everything is created to maximize convenience, but something the world has only gotten more complicated instead of being simplified.

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Albert Ho

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  1. I have no idea how to create my own post so I am just putting my number 2 and number 3 reflections as a comment! Sorry for any inconvenience!

    MEAGAN WANG’S REFLECTION #2
    The past couple of weeks have been a lot of fun. We have further explored different activities that people of the past enjoyed. I really enjoyed the class we made cheese. I love cooking, so this was very fun for me. I didn’t realize that making mozzarella was such an easy and quick process, although I know that cheese making companies probably do it in a very different way. It was very important for us to keep everything clean and sterile so that the milk would curdle correctly. It was also important to have the water at the right temperature. I think that the most time consuming part was waiting for the water to cool down. Watching the tablets make the milk curdle was very interesting and cool to see. Using the sieve to break up the curdles was one of my favorite parts. Although we were learning how to make the cheese the way that people would’ve handmade it, we still used modern day technology. We used a microwave towards the end of the process to harden the cheese and we used a butane stove that heated up the milk very fast. I can imagine that this process would’ve taken a lot longer had we not had the usage of these technologies.

    MEAGAN WANG’S REFLECTION #3
    I really enjoyed the class that we did rock art/graffiti. It was fun to combine a technique of the past with our artistic creativity. I really enjoyed making the paint a well as painting it on the wall. It was cool to see the way that the different materials mixed with the rock. I liked the rock with the oil the best—I thought that it provided the best consistency. As a bonus, it was fun to know that our artwork was in a somewhat public place, on the USC campus. Part of what made this class a lot of fun was also the fact that it was broken up into different activities. Sometimes doing one activity for 2 hours can get a little monotonous, so it was nice to do several different things during the class period. Of course, I enjoyed the feast. Besides the fact that Trader Joe’s is delicious, I think that it was a good activity to show how people become a lot happier when there is food and good company. Making the root beer was fun as well. It was a surprisingly easy process. All it took was boiling the water, adding the sugar and extract, and then finishing it off by mixing it with the yeast. I had no idea that it only takes 4 ingredients; although, I am not sure what they put into the root beer extract. It would’ve been nice if the instructions told us what was in the root beer extract.

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