Monday, April 13, 2015

DEFINING A BLOG

A casual acquiantance expressed curiosity about my blog. "What", he asked, "is it about?".
Well, it isn't about anything. There is no great over-arching theme, and no dominant political or philosophical viewpoint that I espouse and wish to trumpet to the world. No obsessive conspiracy theory with everything written in screaming caps, nor any passionate crusade.
It's a soapbox. Just me blathering.

Sometimes people visit. Which is nice. A few of them become regular commenters. Which is nicer.


The top things to read here are:


BIG HEAP OF TOBACCO
It's a list (with clickable links) of nearly everything I've written about pipes and tobacco, updated sporadically. Many briarmen head directly here to read, leaving all other stones unturned.
Non-pipesmokers don't go.


點心 DIM SUM
Self-explanatory. Essays about food, including a very long list (DIM SUM: KINDS, NAMES, PRONUNCIAT​ION, DESCRIPTIO​N) which is the all-time most read and visited blogpost I've ever written.
Here in San Francisco, dim sum can be taken for granted.
Not so much in other parts of the world.
Hence the long list.


HO SI FAT CHOI 好事發財 DRIED OYSTERS WITH BLACK MOSS
Three recipes for a very Cantonese concoction popular at New year. The name is symbolically homophonic in the dialects spoken south of the passes, less so or not at all in the north.


SEA CUCUMBER - SOAKING AND BRAISING A DELICIOUS SLUG
A food item (海參 'hoi sam', bêche-de-mer) which is a bit pricey, but well-worth enjoying. If you are very white you might not like it, but then we're probably not going to eat together anyway.


TALK-STORY
Short narratives, some amusing, some ghastly. Mostly fantasy.
Many involve animals.



Five very minor categories of note, all labeled-rubrics, which reflect shifting agendas and personal preferences: pipe club, cigar smokers, Hello Kitty, vegans, and raccoons. There may be considerable overlap of labels in these five, as often a post is not mono-faceted.
And there are bonnet-bees.
Oh boy yes.




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