Christopher Hitchens on How to Make a Proper Cup of Tea

[image via The Thinking Blue]

I envy Hitchens’ writing style. He takes confident chances with the language and they work.

Now that “the holidays”—at their new-style Ramadan length, with the addition of Hanukkah plus the spur and lash of commerce—are safely over, I can bear to confront the moment at their very beginning when my heart took its first dip.

It was Dec. 8, and Yoko Ono had written a tribute to mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of her husband. In her New York Times op-ed, she recalled how the two of them would sometimes make tea together. He used to correct her method of doing so, saying, “Yoko, Yoko, you’re supposed to first put the tea bags in, and then the hot water.” (This she represented as his Englishness speaking, in two senses, though I am sure he would actually have varied the word order and said “put the tea bags in first.”) This was fine, indeed excellent, and I was nodding appreciatively, but then the blow fell. One evening, he told her that an aunt had corrected him. The water should indeed precede the bags. “So all this time, we were doing it wrong?” she inquired. “Yeah,” replied our hero, becoming in that moment a turncoat to more than a century of sturdy Liverpool tradition.

Take notice Soulja Boy, because this is what swagger actually looks like.

[Christopher Hitchens @ Slate via the Browser]

Advertisements

January 4, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. 2 comments.

Conan O’Brien Stunt Reel

[via Gconnect]

January 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Comic – The Handshake Is Binding

Reminding me of Gwen’s recent list of Terrible Fashion Trends.

[via Nedroid]

December 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Comics. 2 comments.

Christmas Comic

This explains a lot.

[via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal]

December 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

Christmas Eve Comic

[via Oh, Internet!]

December 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

Liz Selbst’s Top 10 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice She Wanted to Give in 2010 but Bit Her Tongue Instead

10. if you’ve spent more than an hour on the internet researching symptoms, it’s time to stop reading and make a doctor’s appointment.

9. you can use your smartphone’s accelerometer to collect data on your sleep cycles. check out “smart alarm clock” for android or “sleep cycle” for iphone.

8. if you want to break a bad habit, head to http://www.stickk.com. give them your credit card number and pick an “anti-charity” that will receive your donation if you don’t stick to your goal for 30 days.

7. it is much easier to dress appropriately for the weather than to complain all day about the sun/rain/wind/snow/cold/sand/etc.

6. a communication failure is almost always a two-way street.

5. spice up a powerpoint presentation by using the ‘b’ or ‘w’ keys to black out/white out the screen. surprisingly effective at snapping the audience back to attention.

4. refusing to admit you’ve made a mistake is usually worse than whatever the mistake was.

3. if you want to find out how something works, try to make it yourself. if you get too cocky, take apart something complicated and try to put it back together.

2. remove unnecessary information from your email signature.

1. think broadly and resist social self-sorting. befriend people who are different from you, talk about current events with those whose political views you do not share, and explain your research to people who work in different fields.

December 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. 3 comments.

Sundog Bonus via Ashley Denton

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Thanks (again) Ashley!

December 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Caturday

[via Cynical-C]

December 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Molten Sulfur Burns Blue

Amazing stuff as usual from the Big Picture @ the Boston Globe.  Do yourself a favor and click through for bigger pictures, explanations, narrative, and many more surreal photos.

December 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Art. Leave a comment.

Diddy’s Advice on How to Be Smooth

Good talk.

[via Rats Off!]

November 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

« Previous PageNext Page »