Tea ceremony at the Morikami Museum

We attended a formal tea ceremony, a sado, at the Morikami Museum's Seishi-an Tea House, in Delray Beach (Florida, USA). A Japanese tea ceremony involves the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (powdered green tea) to an honored guest, and is governed by four words: harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), and tranquility (jaku). This [...]

An interview with Robert Kenner about Food, Inc

David Brancacio from PBS's Now program sat down with Robert Kenner, the director for a documentary about food and the food industry called, appropriately enough, "Food, Inc", to talk about the making of this very interesting film. You can watch the interview here, and the trailer for the documentary here. It comes out on DVD [...]

Dumping on the Poor: see the video

I wrote about the problem with e-waste and pollution in China back in April, but this topic is worth harping on every chance I get. It's very serious, and it will affect us as well, in the very near future. The Earth is smaller than we think, and its ecosystem is fragile enough already. Please [...]

Watch "The Future of Food"

If you have not yet heard of a documentary called "The Future of Food" (2004), or haven't yet watched it, please take the time to do so. It is vital that you know what's going into the food that you eat, and it's vital that you know it now, before it's too late. What's been [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2007-05-10

Like chicken soup, but full of plump bits of juicy data: The Cellar is running a few shots of a nasty deer accident in IotD. Kinda graphic, but thankfully the driver was okay. Watch for those deer, folks! Drive slower when you're in wooded areas. You never know when one of them will jump out [...]

The Fog of War (2003)

Just saw The Fog of War (2003), a documentary of Robert S. McNamara's time as US Secretary of Defense, and was blown away by the behind-the-scenes look at what goes on during troublesome times. What strikes me is how lonely, how isolated, these people who hold key positions of responsibility must feel. Sure, there are [...]