Friday, January 25, 2013

The Coca Cola Can of Christmas Future!

Could we be looking into the future? Holiday 2013 to be exact. If I was a betting man, and lord knows some day I will have a gambling problem, I would venture a guess that these 7.5 oz Christmas Cans from 2012 will be strikingly close to what we'll be seeing for sale come Holiday 2013.

2013 Coca Cola Holiday Can
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On the left is the Polar Bear can from 2012. That one was the mass released, readily available Christmas Can from last season. I wrote about it in detail right here but needless to say... it was a crappy rehash of a previous design that nobody liked when it was originally released in 2011.

The can on the right, that one is a bit of an enigma. It's the smaller and less popular 7.5 oz can. The kind only available in supermarkets, bound together by those plastic rings the environmentalists hate.

I didn't find the 7.5 oz can until about a week before Christmas. There was no big display, no signs marking its arrival, no indication that secretly Coca Cola had released exactly what collectors wanted all along.

It was a strange almost surreal moment. By all accounts Christmas was practically over and yet here sat perhaps the greatest gift of them all. And it came with such little fanfare that I wondered how many people would ever even appreciate its beauty.

I wanted to write about it that very night. I should have wrote about it that very night. Instead one thing lead to another and here we are in the latter part of January discussing a seasonal item that's been off store shelves for weeks now.

And even though we are only a month or so removed from the flashing lights and chaos of the Christmas season, I feel like the last thing you guys want to hear about is more seasonal items.

So I'll keep this one brief. You guys can look at the photo above and come to your own conclusions as to why these 7.5 oz cans are clearly the superior of the two designs. Instead I just want to sit here and wonder if this alternative design from 2012 is going to be what the main can design for 2013 is going to look like.

I'll let you guys know in roughly 332 days =)

... now I'm gonna go watch A Charlie Brown Christmas for the seventh time this season.

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys!

The days immediately following Christmas are in many ways more enjoyable than those suspenseful nights leading up to Santa's arrival. Those last few days of winter break are typically filled with whatever goodies you received underneath the Christmas tree and depending on that years holiday haul, are the stuff that Christmas memories are truly made of.

One of the gifts I always wanted as a child but somehow never actually owned was my own personal Sea-Monkey aquarium. I don't remember exactly how I first heard of them but I spent a good portion of my childhood years literally yearning for a chance to own one of these kits.

I never got Sea-Monkeys as a kid and every Christmas that went by without them was somehow worse than the last. It was the gift that seemed to elude me at every single turn.

So when I recently stumbled across them as an adult... I just knew I had to make the purchase. This would be my one and only chance to go back in time and relive the best Christmas gift that I never actually received!

Sea Monkey Kit
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Here is the illusive Sea-Monkey kit it all its cheap plastic glory. It only cost $6.99 but considering that I am about to grow living breathing life forms in a tank, I think that's pretty cheap.

The set comes with everything you see here. A small tank, one package of Water Purifier, one package Instant Live Eggs, and finally some Sea-Monkey Growth Food. As well as directions, lots and lots of directions.

Directions that I intend to not follow. Sea-Monkeys seem like good fun but I refuse to spend more than five minutes total growing them. As long as the destination is a handful of whatever-the-fuck these things are living for a couple hours... I'll feel accomplished. If given the opportunity you would do the same.

Sea Monkey Kit
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First steps are always the worst, just ask the recovering alcoholics. In order to make Sea-Monkeys we must first purify us some water... for twenty four hours! Sigh. This is already turning out to be more work than I'd previously expected.

Alas, before we get to play around with the eggs we must first sit through the boring part of water purification. It's a fairly straight forward process.Fill the tank to the top with water, rip open the package marked with the gigantic 1 and dump its contents into the container. From here... we play the waiting game.

I think the directions suggested something about stirring the tank as well as possibly utilizing some sort of temperature chart. Neither of these will be done. I've read that Sea-Monkeys are surprisingly resilient and will grow in even the worst of conditions, a theory that I plan on testing to its fullest.

Sea Monkey Kit
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After twenty four hours have passed it is onto the second step, adding the eggs! Once again this kit is fairly straight forward with what we are supposed to do. Just dump this package of eggs into the tank and instant life will erupt. For added effect you can hum the theme to Jurassic Park.

The first thing you'll notice is that the color of the water shifts from clear to aqua blue. Apparently 90% of the second bag is just water coloring. After you stir the tank up and let the color settle a bit you are free to sit back and look at... basically nothing.

The Sea Monkeys are there, inside that tank... swimming around at this very moment. However they are so small that you cannot really see them unless you hold the container up to a window and squint really hard.

It makes photographing them impossible. You'll just sort of have to take me at my word for this one.

The final step is to feed them... but that doesn't happen until five days after you first hatch them. More waiting is in our future and who knows how long after that until I'll be able to capture them properly with a camera.

We'll check back in with The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys in a couple weeks...