As far as i am concerned it is definitely a "must see" series.
Although the accuracy of female prison life seems slightly softened (I will state here unequivocally that I have absolutely no idea what real life looks like in a female prison and I have absolutely no urge to find out.......maybe?)
I have to admit that the acting alone was enough to keep me interested to the point that I had to watch all 13 episodes in one week.
It wasn't just the main character's that were acted well but the entire ensemble was casted and played incredibly well.
So how did we fill the void when we ran out of OITNB episodes to watch?
Enter the show "Breaking Bad".
Who knew that this has been on for 5 seasons already?
OK...everybody except me.
I'm not a big TV guy to begin with and I definitely do not pay attention to critics or award shows but, I had heard through the grapevine that this was a pretty good show.
Besides, the entire premise of the show sounds unique.... A high school chemistry teacher is dying of cancer so he decides to turn to cooking meth to raise money for his medical bills and family's future.
That's definitely no "Leave it to Beaver" story.
Anyway, without getting into details (watch it yourself.....it's been on TV since 2008) I have watched the first 7 episodes of the first season and the show got me to thinking about the important role that the science of chemistry plays in our lives.
If you pay attention to the back story of the show I think you will see that chemistry not only makes our lives incredibly easier but is the very fiber of our existence.
Who knew that my favorite college joking phrase "Without chemicals, life itself would be impossible" would become the basis of a hit TV show?
OK............everybody but me.
I guess that's because of all of the chemistry that played an important role in my college life....LOL.
So, let's accept the fact that chemistry is a big part of your everyday life.
But how big?
How does it affect us?
You find chemistry in daily life in the foods you eat, the clothes you wear, the air you breathe, the soaps you use to shower, the emotions that change hundreds of times a day and literally every object you can see, feel or touch.
So this week I am going to take a closer look at some everyday chemistry.
Your body is made up of chemical compounds, which are combinations of elements.
You remember the periodic chart of elements don't you?
These control what you look like, your physical health, how you age, your emotions, your levels of motivation, your thought processes, your memory, your sexual urges and even what TV shows you will watch.
While you probably already know your body is mostly water, which is hydrogen and oxygen, can you name the other elements that make you... you?
Therefore, it isn't surprising that most of a human body's mass is oxygen.
Carbon, the basic unit for organic molecules, comes in second.
99% of the mass of the human body is made up of just six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus.
- Oxygen (65%)
- Carbon (18%)
- Hydrogen (10%)
- Nitrogen (3%)
- Calcium (1.5%)
- Phosphorus (1.0%)
- Potassium (0.35%)
- Sulfur (0.25%)
- Sodium (0.15%)
- Magnesium (0.05%)
- Copper, Zinc, Selenium, Molybdenum, Fluorine, Chlorine, Iodine, Manganese, Cobalt, Iron (0.69%)
- Lithium, Strontium, Aluminum, Silicon, Lead, Vanadium, Arsenic, Bromine (trace amounts)
So, everything we eat, breath and touch is made up of a chemical stew as well so it's no wonder that our daily lives are in constant states of change.
We'll talk about this more as the week goes on.
Tonight's homework............Have fun watching "Breaking Bad" and learning about chemistry.
Thanks for joining me..................................