Friday, March 31, 2017

The Unique World of Sea Urchins

Vice does a wonderful job describing the new “California Gold”. The California Gold is represented by uni. Uni is a golden like substance that is shaped kind of like a tongue. The come from the gonads of sea urchins and have been getting increasingly more popular. It has been hard for Americans to come to eating uni, because “people often disdain seafood that tastes like seafood.”  This article is based around Gary Trumper and his family's passion for the unique delicacy. There is three people in the family that risk their lives to get the sea urchins themselves and understand all of the risks of storms and shipwrecks. In 1987 Tom was lucky enough to escape a shipwreck along with a couple of others crewmates, unfortunately three of his other boating mates lost their lives that night. After going through such a tragedy and still having the passion to go out and get your own sea urchins is something very special.

Now for the taste test. The first time that Maria Finn had eating the exotic uni was at a sushi bar and she had thought it was like something cleaned out of a fish tank. She tried it another time when she was in San Francisco and had actually liked it. Finn then explained her experience eating Gary she said, “ I tilted the cup and the entire piece slithered into my mouth and I took a cautious bite. My life changed.” This just goes to show how someone's passion for something can show through their food. Gary has been doing this for so long he knows where the best tasting uni are found, he later told her that the uni will taste like the things that they eat. The sea urchin will eat just about everything from a soda can to a rocks. The best tasting sea urchins are found in the kelp.

The word about how good the sea urchins got out in the mid 1980’s and has been on an incline ever sense. Back when it all was getting started there were only about 200 divers for the sea urchins, but when “Northern California opened sea urchin harvesting, the number of divers statewide exploded, and by 1987, over 700 divers held permits.” Not two years after the word of sea urchins got out there was over 45 million pounds harvested. Not only were a lot more harvested over 90% off the harvest were being sent overseas to Japan. Since then there has been many regulations like they have to be a certain size and they can not be harvested on some days in the summer. Other regulations are there are only 300 commercial permits given and only around 150 are being used.

I was very surprised by this article. I see these sea urchins every time that i go diving for abalone and I would never have thought that they would be good to eat. Now, knowing that they’re good I might want to try them but I would like to get them for a nice place and not just like a sushi bar for the best experience.

Friday, March 10, 2017

*The benefits of Infographics*

An infographic is a great tool for any person to grab a reader's attention but also give the a visual aid to help their understanding of the of what they're reading. There are 5 types of infographics.


Image result for hot and cold InfographicsThe first type of infographic is a Cause and Effect. These show what happens when you do a certain thing, such as taking a hot shower. When taking a hot shower it relaxes the muscles, reduces anxiety, reduces swelling, and removes toxins from the skin. On the other hand a cold shower increases alertness, prevents colds, reduces hair loss, and tightens skin. So this means when you’re diving you are tightening the skin. after you’re done diving you should take a warm shower to relax your muscles.


Image result for diving depthThe second type of infographic is the Chronological Infographics. These infographics show what happens at certain stages. In this infographic it shows what types of equipment you'll need when you're diving certain distances. When diving super deep you'll need to have a scuba tank and mask with a very thick wet suit. When diving shallow waters you could only use a mask, snorkel, and flippers if you want to move quicker.


Image result for diving Quantitative InfographicsThe third type of infographic is Quantitative Infographics. These infographics give statistics or graphs. This infographic shows how much the places that have good dive places make. It also says why divers love clean and healthy water.


Image result for diving InfographicsThe fourth type of infographic is Directional Infographics. These use images to show the reader what they’re talking about. This infographic shows what each item is and what it looks like. For most people when you say you’ll need a regulator with pressure gauge they don't know what you’re talking about, but when you give them a picture they have a better understanding of what you're talking about.


The fifth type of infographic is Product Infographics. A product infographic is mostly seen in businesses for the employees. It is also used for more of the fast paced lifestyle who just use visuals in places of long descriptions. They’re much quicker and easier to read and understand.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Best Rifle By Far

The Ruger American is by far the best gun you can buy on the market for the price, versatility, and overall, quality. The Ruger American is listed for for a price of $449.99. If you aren’t a gun person this might look like a ton of money but, when you look further into the gun itself you’ll find there is no better deal on the market. The high end rifles are going for over $3,000 and The average rifles are going for around $1,000. Although the Ruger is half the price of most guns it still has almost all of the same features and compares very well to them.


The Ruger American is very versatile in many different ways. It can be purchased in many different calibers. It also comes with a removable clip and the bold has a 70 degree break which means you won't hit you scope chambering a bullet. Another very nice feature is it only weighs 6.6 pounds and has a 22 inch barrel that allows you to turn quicker and stay more stable. Ruger didn’t only look for features for close range shooting they also put into consideration the long range aspect. The Ruger American comes with an adjustable trigger that can go from 3 to 5 pound trigger pull. Another big plus of this gun is it has a free floating barrel, this allows your shots to be more precise and more consistent.


The Ruger American has one very close competitor and that is the Winchester XPR. The Winchester XPR cost a little more than the Ruger at $479.99 and has many of the features as the Ruger but still lacks in some areas. It comes with the adjustable trigger, free floating barrel, removable magazine, and comes in many different calibers. What the Winchester XPR lacks is the quality of the gun, it weighs more than the Ruger and has a longer barrel which some say is better for long range shooting. The magazine has been known for being hard to get in and out of the gun which could really affect the outcome of your hunt. It is also known for having the bolt go up so far it comes in contact with the scope. Overall the Winchester just lacks all of the little extra things that people love when looking for a gun.

The Ruger American compares closer to the Remington model 700 which cost $949.99. The remington has a little nicer of an adjustable trigger. It also comes with a 22 inch barrel and weighs 1 ounce lighter than the Ruger, other than that the ruger has a removable magazine and a 70 degree break so I believe that the Ruger is just about as good as a gun priced twice as much as it. If you are going to spend money on a rifle but don’t want to spend over $1,000 then the Ruger American is by far the best bet for you.
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