Paranoia

I’ve always been a little paranoid about putting all this stuff online. Being an aspiring academic, I don’t like the possibility of somebody taking my work without any sort of attribution. At one point I had my photo album closed off for precisely that reason, although I’ve since decided maybe it’s better to leave it open.

So things like this really has me paranoid. Now I’ve added a little Creative Commons license icon on the bottom right of this page. Not that it has stopped people, but it does, I hope, serve to remind people to respect other people’s work, however publicized it might seem to be.

Busy…

I’ve been rather busy trying to pretend to write, so things like blogging and, really, drinking tea the usual way, has taken a bit of a back seat.

That doesn’t mean I’m not drinking tea — plenty of it, in fact. I’ve been downing my aged baozhongs in a mug, which has all the benefits of an easy to brew tea that will never get bitter, while having none of the problems of, say, a black that will make my head hurt.

Now all I need is a tea that will make me work faster….

Thanks

According to sitemeter, this blog has gotten its 70,000 visitor sometime yesterday. Those of you who use RSS, you don’t count 🙂

I guess that’s a large number, since when I first started it was really merely a way for me to keep track of my tea drinking, not expecting more than maybe the average 7 daily readers for your average blog. Over time, it grew into something else. I’ve gotten to know people who I otherwise would never have met. I have also learned more about myself, and my tea drinking.

So, a thank you to all of you who read this daily ramble, and to all those of you whose comments and correspondences make all this more enjoyable.

The Leaf

I neglected to do it last time because I was caught up trying to finish some urgently needed work, but this time around, I have no such excuse.

There is an online magazine out there, if you haven’t heard, about tea. Aaron Fisher puts it out, and it can be found at www.the-leaf.org. Take a look. It is advertising free and has some pretty interesting articles. Don’t read the ones by yours truly though, it’s not very good.

Teaware liquidation sale

After my recent housecleaning (more specifically, tea closet cleaning), I’ve finally gathered all the stuff that I realized I have in excess. I am now offering them on sale. Everything in the below pictures (including the tray) are on offer.

As you can see, cups make up for most of these. Many are small tea or wine cups. Some are Japanese guinomis. There is also a pot, a gaiwan, and a chahe. Most of these cups I have somehow bought or got through one source or another over time. Some I don’t even remember when and where I got them. Others I acquired fairly recently. Some are brand new — never used or almost never used, while others are old when I got them. It’s too complicated if I try to list them all here in detail. If you are interested in anything, please email me at marshaln (at sign here) gmail dot com for more details and we can talk.