Related to this Can Cheap Wine Taste Great post.

When a letter in a Torah scroll is erased or written incorrectly it renders the whole scroll unfit. But that is only if the letter is unrecognizable or looks like a different letter. Sometimes, when two letters differ only slightly (and in Hebrew there are quite a few letters like that,
consider: "כ" "ב" ;"ר" "ד" ;"ו" "ז" ;"ס" "ם ;"ח" "ה"), adults have hard time distinguishing between them because they are influenced by the context (they know which letter is supposed to be there). So the litmus test is to take a child that knows the letters, but does not know how to read, yet, and ask him.

I know someone whose children are very discerning wine lovers. As they do not care about the labels or price, that person when trying new wine gives it first to his children and judges the taste accordingly.


Jul. 25th, 2011 12:01 am
If you happen to be at Munich airport, make sure to visit a brewery/restaurant called Airbrau and ask them for their wheat brew - Kumulus (not sure about the spelling). It's the best beer I ever tasted.


Jun. 13th, 2011 09:01 pm
From Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature by William James:

The next step into mystical states carries us into a realm that public opinion and ethical philosophy have long since branded as pathological, though private practice and certain lyric strains of poetry seem still to bear witness to its ideality. I refer to the consciousness produced by intoxicants and anaesthetics, especially by alcohol. The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour. Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes. It is in fact the great exciter of the YES function in man. It brings its votary from the chill periphery of things to the radiant core. It makes him for the moment one with truth. Not through mere perversity do men run after it. To the poor and the unlettered it stands in the place of symphony concerts and of literature; and it is part of the deeper mystery and tragedy of life that whiffs and gleams of something that we immediately recognize as excellent should be vouchsafed to so many of us only in the fleeting earlier phases of what in its totality is so degrading a poisoning. The drunken consciousness is one bit of the mystic consciousness, and our total opinion of it must find its place in our opinion of that larger whole.
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Неужели Козловский Фишер-Дискау поет громче меня?

Чехия - это такая удивительная страна, где пол-литра превосходного пива стоит меньше, чем чашка ужасного кофе.

П.С. После четырех дней на snowboard болит всё
Прочитав в ленте вот это, вдруг подумал, что нигде, кроме бывшего совка, про существование вытрезвителей я не слышал. Проверил. Так оно (почти) и оказалось.

P.S. Широко принята гипотеза, что индейцы быстро спиваются из-за того, что в их культуре не было никаких спиртных напитков. В результате не произошел отсев "слабаков". Ну а со славянами что?
Сразу в нескольких местах - разговор про алкоголь. Так что вот:

П.С. У человека всегда должно быть горячее сердце и холодное пиво (c)



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