Monthly Archive: March 2010

Mar 10 2010

Sexuality: Are We Desperate To Be Labeled?

In the age of social media, our identity is all about labels.  Every social site is built around profiles, and every profile contains boxes and boxes and boxes of labels.  [What are your stats?  What are your interests?]  Does our love of public labels now extend to our previously private sexuality?  Or do gays and …

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Mar 09 2010

You Can Pay Me Anywhere

Who, a decade ago, would have charged fifty cents to a credit card for a newspaper?  Or conceived of using said credit to pay a buddy back for a soda?  Credit cards and electronic fund transfers, like writing checks,  used to be a thing reserved for large payments. No more – enter: the micropayment.  Every …

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Mar 08 2010

[Colors of Tea] The Red/Herbal

Red tea is technically an herbal tea – which is a broad category and one that is quickly gaining in popularity alongside green and white teas.  With its wide range of flavors and profiles and its complete lack of caffeine, herbal tea is an ideal offering for large (and often picky) groups of people.  Red …

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Mar 07 2010

[Colors of Tea] The Black

But soft! What tea in yonder cup darkly brews?  It is the West, and the tea is a black!  While greens and oolongs rule the East, the West has been dominated by strong, sweet, and fragrant black teas since the 19th century.  In fact, black tea currently accounts for over ninety percent of all tea …

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Mar 06 2010

[Colors of Tea] The Oolong

The name, “oolong,” to me is just as scary as it is intriguing.  And rightfully so – it means “black dragon.”  Neither as sweet as black tea nor as grassy as green, oolong is brewed to be bold and bitter, but it is one of the most popular teas served at Chinese restaurants.  Oolong tea, …

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Mar 05 2010

[Colors of Tea] The White

White tea will always have a special place in my memory.  Imagine my surprise when I pulled the tea bag out of the box to find it was shaped like a pyramid!  Not to mention that it tasted sublime.  With its lightly sweet, delicate profile, white tea is the perfect compliment to many fruit flavors.  …

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Mar 04 2010

[Colors of Tea] The Green

I’ll be honest: while I’ve always loved tea, my introduction to the green variety came in the form of the Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino.  As a barista, I made these grassy-sweet milkshakes all day – and never liked it!  Now I drink four hot cups a day between dinner and bed.  Here’s the lowdown on …

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Mar 03 2010

The [Colors of Tea] Series

If you’re anything like me, you know somewhere in the back of your head that tea is healthy for you. The mention of tea evokes vague thoughts of “antioxidants” and “caffeine.” But where does it come from, what’s in it, and how do all the colors of tea relate?     The Green – The …

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Mar 02 2010

Batteries: Why So Many Sizes?

AA, AAA, C, and D!  No, batteries…not bras.  Have you ever wondered why there are so many sizes of standard batteries?  Have you ever looked closely, seen that they all produce 1.5 volts, and wondered why there are so many sizes of standard batteries that do the same thing??  Here’s why.  It begins with the …

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Mar 01 2010

A Unique Way to Say Thank You

Being an actor, I find myself constantly very thankful to a LOT of people.  There are people to do your hair, make-up, wardrobe, direct you, guide you, book you, drive you, etc.  Here’s how to keep the thank-you’s fresh for yourself or for the people you deal with everyday.  The third time I wanted to …

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