Cold weather in India

March was still considered “the cold weather”, but as one traveler wrote, “In India ‘cold weather’ is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.” — For All the […]

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Pacific Brewing Laboratory

Like many good start-up tales, the story of Bryan Hermannsson’s involves a DIY operation in a garage. Unlike many of those tales, this one, about his Pacific Brewing Laboratory, involves beer — both the creation and drinking of. He started by holding brew and drink parties, open to all, in his garage. Now he’s brewing […]

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Because I’ve never been, but I have a feeling I’d never want to leave

“Éphémère” — wherein Jenna-Marie Warneckie, of Paris Cheapskate, writes eloquently about leaving that city and the evil twins of existence: the joy of the moment, and the pain of its departure… But the truth is, it hurts. It hurts to be this alive, to be this present in every moment. I often wonder whether I […]

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Existentialism. A difficult term to define and an odd movement

…the author, Bob Corbett’s words, as are these… Put in the shortest form: Living without certainty and with personal responsibility is a nearly unbearable burden. — A bracing and, ironically, thorough account of just what, exactly, Existentialism is. FWIW: my path to this involved this entertaining bit — a letter to Santa written from the […]

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