Rescue! was a game based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, where you commanded the Enterprise and flew around to rescue people on colonies while dodging enemy ships. It was produced by Tom Spreen in 1993. I always loved the idea of controlling the ship but never quite got the hang of operating the game. Checkout Tom Spreen’s vintage website to learn more.
Netscape Communicator in Mac OS 9. Macintouch.com is one of the few website that loads properly in a web browser from the late 90s.
SimCity 2000® runs best in 256 color mode. Do you want to switch now?
Years ago I had taken all my OS 9 files and archived them in a disk image. I have temporary ownership of a PowerMac G4 Cube and was able to restore them to enjoy the past.
I found a way to hang my Tibetan Prayer Flags, a gift from a tea friend while in Darjeeling in May 2013.
Shangri-La, a Nepalese white tea. Prepared in a white porcelian gaiwan. Both from P & T.
Off-white, ceramic glazed tea cup, part of a pot + cup tasting set, ubiquitous in the Indian tea industry.
Kelsi in the meadow at Dillion Beach, California. December 2011
Lots of people are asking: Michael, what kind of work are you doing in Berlin?
I have two freelance jobs…
And some side projects…
Kelsi in Berlin, June 2014
I love telling people that most tea bags are literally made from dust. People think I’m using the word to indicate the incredibly low quality (which is correct), but dust is actually an official term in the tea lexicon.
Here’s a bag of Tea Silver Cloud “CTC Dust” grade tea. I found this when I was in Coonoor in Southern India in May 2013.
Highfield Tea Estate (top right) and many other estates in Southern India and elsewhere in the world, produce several grades of CTC (crush, tear, curl) tea. It ranges from coarse to very fine. CTC is a method of manufacture where tea leaves are torn up several times through a series of machines. This tea is then left to oxidize (turn color from green to black) and then fired (baked).
The James Norwood Pratt Tea Dictionary has an entry for dust too.
After a thrilling trip to the ausländerbehörde (foreigners office) I’ve successfully renewed my German work visa for 2 years! Building a life in Berlin over the past year has been so totally fun, sometimes stressful, and overall very rewarding. It’s nice to be here after dreaming about it for so long. Thanks everyone for being who you are and where you are.
Darjeeling Balasun (FF 2014) to start the morning.
Cold brew Chamomile. Simply pour cold water over a handful of chamomile flowers. Let sit for as long as you wish. If it becomes too strong, add more water.