06 November 2011

Tea Barista

日月潭飄茶香 遊客體驗茶藝美

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台灣名茶「日月潭挑TEA」活動8日在日月潭向山遊客中心登場,現場布置60道茶席,茶師中有1名熱愛茶藝的美國籍大學生孫小田(前右),泡茶與愛茶人士交流。(中央社)

台灣名茶「日月潭挑TEA」活動8日在日月潭向山遊客中心登場,鏡面水池上茶師表演饒富詩意的水上茶藝,茶香、樂音與山水相輝映,構成一幅美麗風情畫。(中央社)

【大紀元10月8日報導】(中央社記者林恆立南投縣8日電)日月潭向山遊客中心今天茶香四溢,現場精心布置60道茶席,吸引來自各地的愛茶人士及遊客,在 花藝及非洲鼓、二胡演奏中,與湖光山色進行品茗對話,體驗分享茶藝之美。

南投縣魚池鄉農會主辦的台灣名茶「日月潭挑TEA」活動,8日起一連3天在台灣紅茶的故鄉、風光明媚的日月潭向山遊客中心登場;南投縣政府也於現場舉辦宣傳活動,為22日起一連9天於中興新村舉行的「南投世界茶業博覽會」暖身。

日月潭挑TEA活動在國際級非洲鼓演奏家鄭振炫的悠揚鼓樂揭開序幕,向山遊客中心旁的鏡面水池架起舞台,3名茶師詮釋饒富詩意的水上茶藝演出,茶香、樂音與山水相輝映,構成一幅美麗風景畫。

會場60道茶席座無虛席,由60名茶師(司茶人)主泡,悠揚古典樂聲中,參加人員欣賞茶藝表演,並與茶師進行品茗交流,體驗一場知性、感性的茶藝之旅。

茶師中有一名「阿兜仔」,他是來台已10多年的美國籍大學生孫小田。他說,學習茶藝約2、3年,覺得泡茶很有意思,可提升生活情趣。遊客品嚐他泡的茶,頻頻誇讚「好喝」。

「南投世界茶業博覽會」22日起將在中興新村登場,南投縣副縣長陳志清及魚池鄉農會總幹事王威文特別手持布袋戲偶,講述凍頂烏龍茶的起源與故事,並邀請全國民眾到南投賞美景、喝好茶。

陳志清表示,南投世界茶業博覽會邁入第2屆,除展示南投好茶、台灣各茶產區茶文化特色,以及各國茶席、茶道,還有千人茶席、千人揮毫、世界茶道表演、全國兒童茶藝比賽及茶與音樂饗宴等。

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26 May 2009

Anti-I.Q. I.Q.

    Have you ever taken an IQ test? I know given the “opportunity”, I’d bomb it, even with a sense of pride, given my skepticism towards the value of such a test. But when I saw the New Yorker cartoon IQ test, I couldn’t pass up the chance.  After all, cartoons are funny, and humor IQ is probably the anti-IQ IQ. The ones below aren’t  funny as New Yorker cartoons go, and I missed one, but not enough to keep me from blogging this.

    CARTOON I.Q. TEST: I DON'T GET IT!

    Here are five recent cartoons that confounded our readers. It’s up to you to determine whether the original rationale is any less silly than the others.

    You answered 4 out of 5 questions correctly.

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    (a) "Airy" is a terrible consistency for meatballs. Ideally, you want them to be dense and chewy.

    (b) She is being sarcastic. The meatballs have made her sick and now she is off to the hospital, posthaste.

    (c) In high society, it is impolite to speak ill of meatballs, no matter how over spiced they may be.

    (d) It is funny that meatballs were served at such a fancy dinner party.

    Correct. You answered D.

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    (a) The cowboy just realized the terrible faux pas he made earlier by calling the Native Americans "Indians."

    (b) The cowboys' enemies are lighting the arrows in order to burn down the nearby rocks and cactus.

    (c) The enemies are lighting their arrows, but, for the cartoon to make sense, the men should have been in a fort or some other structure that can actually burn down.

    (d) These cowboys are spying on Native Americans who are attacking some other cowboys, in a faraway fort.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is C.

    3.

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    (a) The two woman are suffering from heat stroke—they actually believe that they are eighty years old.

    (b) Just as "hang ten" refers to a surfing maneuver, "turning eighty" is young people's slang for playing in the water.

    (c) Modern technology and plastic surgery have made eighty the new thirty.

    (d) Each woman is turning forty years old, for a combined age of eighty.

    Correct. You answered C.

    4.

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    (a) The text was not meant to be printed in the magazine but, rather, is a reminder that the artist wrote to himself about his podiatrist appointment next week.

    (b) Life is short and precious. It's important to get outside and enjoy nature, especially on Tuesdays around ten.

    (c) Hats are making a resurgence, and one man is not happy about it.

    (d) The cartoon is poking fun at the interchangeability of events. Next Tuesday around ten is the same as next Friday around four.

    Correct. You answered D.

    5.

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    (a) In lovemaking, as in all things, practice makes perfect.

    (b) Yoga is so popular these days it's everywhere—even in the bedroom.

    (c) Sometimes spouses can be deliberately and aggravatingly passive-aggressive.

    (d) The man represents Obama and the woman represents McCain, or vice versa.

    Correct. You answered C.

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12 February 2009

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Every day is February 14 around me, right?  Love ‘ya  Mrs. Littlefield.

08 January 2009

D’ya Know the Fonts?

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15 May 2008

Summary of my Master's Thesis in Chinese

 

Professor 李福隆 (Matt Lee) summarized my master's thesis in Chinese. This presentation was May 10 at the 2008 真理大學(Aletheia University)  國際經貿學術研討會議程. I first presented it in English but no video of that part of the presentation.  One paper down and maybe many more to go since I my press on for yet more skool'n.  The topic of this thesis is a international relations theory approach to the (WTO) TRIPS conflict, which was no fun to write and surely less fun to read.  But Professor Lee did a great job explaining my thesis and we only met the day of the conference with no prior discussion.

01 May 2008

Buying Bikes Directly from Giant Factory

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Joshua from Sawyer, MI and anyone else who is wondering:   I didn't see any sort of retail bike sales at the Giant bike factory in Da Ya, Taichung County.  But there is an outdoors store called "Together" in Taichung City on Wen Xin RD and Wu Chuan West RD, which is run by Giant and the prices on the bikes are pretty good.  The store sells Scott as well since Giant is Scott's  OEM.  Last year they had a carbon mountain bike MCM V LTD for about USD$680 with Rock Shocks suspension (See Photo).  Wish I bought the MCM then, can't find it anymore, the bike or the price. Well the bike certainly lived up to it's namesake LTD, just too limited for me.  If you like Decathalon mountain bikes, they also have a store nearby.

07 April 2008

Get in the game and smack that blasted wiffle ball.

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No 3 strikes and you’re out in life. Duh. So then why do people stop swinging at the blasted ball? Swung and hit a lot of air, missed opportunities, characterized many a game no longer played. There’s no need to fret too much if one hits that single early or late in the game. New pitches are always there, but you’ll have to come back up to the base and be willing to swing at air and look foolish again and again. Hey and don’t swing like a madman, go for a single. Hah! Why nothing grander? A simple splendid single, standing out in a stadium full of spectators, is perfect enough. Life doesn’t need to be all or nothing. If one is after a home run (early in life) or nothing, then he will likely get nothing. Perhaps missed a home run in your so called prime? Surely, you know more than you did then, so shouldn’t that increase your chance of success this time around? Be conservative (realistic?) with your goals, but not conservative to the point of not participating. Moses wasn’t 80 until he was called to confront Pharaoh and liberate the Hebrews.  So, dear sir, swing at that wiffle ball till you hit it.  And no need to take yourself or life too seriously, have fun swinging at the wiffle ball of life while there's still breath in you.

(After writing this motivational piece I realize it looks a lot like those maudlin e-mails that get forwarded; at least I’m not emailing it to anyone and it is a product of my own sentimental thought.)

16 February 2008

A Young Man's Life (.wmv)

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The video montage of Luke was made by a good friend of his. My Dad has a cameo in one of the pictures, he was intentionally looking mentally retarded (literally). All in good fun.

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13 January 2008

Luke, You're a Good Sport.

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Here are some (not all) of my photos and videos of Luke. Out of respect for his family's privacy, I've only posted ones of him solo or with my posse. These photos and videos were taken January 2006 in Kansas City and December 2006 in Taiwan. He visited again April 2007 but I only got a few pictures when we visited the Doulos. We did a lot together on the April visit, but then I didn't bother taking any pictures. Thanks Luke for being a good sport; I never once heard you complain in any circumstances, and you never objected to having your picture taken.

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11 December 2007

Gmail Story: My Use of Gmail and Reader

Click on the above Title to see the Gmail Story in higher resolution. I created this presentation in response to a public invitation to share one's experience with Gmail.