EXCERPTS >|< Donkey kicking (1887)
An animated GIF of a donkey kicking, created from Plate 658 by Eadweard Muybridge (1887) in Animal locomotion : an electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements, 1872-1885.
The Donkey GIF by E. Muybridge will be soon available on our handmade analog GIF player, The Giphoscope.
This just…amuses me to no end. I saw it right when I was listening to this song: http://youtu.be/sqdNcAjj9p4
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’Wild Rose’ - ‘Fable’ - and ‘Toujours’
Ever since I saw Lost in Translation - I just want to stay up late talking to Bill Murray until we both fall asleep.
I’m just a tad obsessed over this song right now. That VOICE. That…voice. Wow. Holyyyy…mo…ly. My oh my. ~Aimee~
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The Flaming Lips feat. Amanda Palmer - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.
If you haven’t heard it yet… just listen. Listen.
Tea cakes, imperial bricks and bamboo rolls, oh my!
I had no idea where this Sunday would take me! In all honesty I spent the better half of the morning exploring the distant lands virtually, feeling overwhelmingly drawn to other parts of the world ( per usual) but specifically Japan, India, Tibet, Nepal, and China. These are places so different than anywhere I have ever been and so many things are drawing me to them as of late.
Thankfully my friend Amber came to get me before I could peruse one more strangers Instagram travel life (not recommended on a cabin-fevered Minnesota Sunday) to take me to tea.
Almost immediately I spotted an ornate, chocolate bar tablet, with gorgeous carvings. Plus it was on sale! I inquired ( much to the tea sellers pleasure, they love to talk shop at TeaSource which is something I appreciate!) It turns out it was a Puer bar of tea. It also turns out I’ve been mispronouncing Puer for years, confirmed by aforementioned tea sellers smirk at my attempt.
What I learned today was just the tip of the Pu’erh block ( could’t help it) but I was fascinated by what I saw in just that tiny strip mall shop. TeaSource packs a lot into an unlikely space, and they had on display the large tea tower I photographed above. Yes, that’s tea, don’t think I haven’t seen any other freudian imagery, but it’s just good clean tea :). They also had a large bamboo wrapped log of Puer, taller than me! Apparently it was the traditional method of packaging for transport along Tea Horse Road. This is a good time to mention, I am not actually mistyping it constantly, I have always seen it written Pu’erh, but today it was Puer at TeaSource. Still doing research on which is most used and why, although both have huge troves of images on Instagram ( always a solid resource ) but actually, it isn’t a bad one, and is fast becoming similar to an internet search in terms of clarity. For ease and consistency
i’ll call it Puer for now. And as to pronunciation, the tea seller pronounced it POO-AIR, or PU-WHERE.
I can’t explain quite what drew me so to this tablet, and I don’t intend to break it at least not anytime soon. Perhaps it was the story behind it, the craft, the fact that it can be stored like that indefinitely.
I also found it interesting because I have been working on a post about methods of spice storage as my kitchen is in some serious need of reform!
That post will have to wait, but this one seems connected to those same thought, the importance and historical significance of the vessels of both. This discovery has drawn me deeper down Tea Horse Road. I have so much more to learn, but for now, I’ll leave you with this wonderfully in-depth article on Pu-erh.
All photos other than those sited below are my own. My husband was actually pretty excited about this odd little tea tablet and didn’t mind a mini photo shoot of me unwrapping it :)
Tell me your own tea tales and travels!
( also a fascinating blog, this woman crafts her ceramic tea storage containers!)
Photo #9: http://vimeo.com/5754967 ( short video inside a Chinese tea shop!)
Photo #10: http://www.foodiemoment.com/tag/pu-erh/
Random Tuesday private joke…
Super Sport… 1964 Impala 327 hardtop
My mom and dad had two of these. He drove a white one with pale blue interior, and she drove a copper one, with matching copper interior. I learned to drive in both. I wish we still had them. ~Aimee~
Steam powered mobile bathing house of King Alfonso XIII, St. Sebastien beach, Spain 1908.
It’s good to be the king.