George Orwell's 1946 essay A Nice Cup of Tea is a rationing-era masterpiece of beverage geekery. Orwell sets out 11 iron-clad principles of tea-brewing (four of which he considers ""acutely controversial"), including an injunction against teabags or "other devices to imprison the tea" ("one can swallow tea-leaves in considerable quantities without ill effect"). My British wife thoroughly approved of this 65-year-old wisdom, and she should know.
Late Friday afternoon is the classic hour to release news that you don't want widely reported or read about, and this Friday afternoon Ebay announced that it was banning sex on its platform. I did not until now even know that one could buy sex on eBay, and now it's too late. Among the items… READ THE REST
It was weird enough on Wednesday when Rep. Andrew Clyde (Q-GA) compared the January 6th Capitol riots to "a normal tourist visit." But things take an even freakier turn when NBC reporters Leigh Ann Caldwell and Daniella Diaz ask if he stands by his words that the insurrection was "like a Capitol tour." Clyde's long… READ THE REST
Maybe it was your parents, or maybe, it was a friend. It could've even been with a co-worker over Zoom. But in all likelihood, you've probably had a recent conversation about the ease, efficiency, and health benefits of that buzz-worthy kitchen appliance of the moment: the air fryer. You had that conversation because, well, almost everybody… READ THE REST
The biggest concern when shopping for a Bluetooth speaker is often whether it's got the oomph to serve music at the volume you're looking for. On its own or looking in tandem with some friends (more on that later), the Altec Lansing BoomJacket Jolt Portable Bluetooth Speaker should more than satisfy the listening tastes of… READ THE REST
More than 4 out of every 5 Americans — 81 percent — say they feel they have a book in them and that they should write it. That's almost 200 million people who want to be writers. And while each and every one of those budding scribes might have a compelling tale to tell, you… READ THE REST
For many, the morning doesn't officially start until the first robust juices of the simple coffee bean touch their lips and activate their day. Considering not much else matters until that magic moment arrives, it makes sense coffee lovers should outfit themselves with a machine to make that first cup-of-the-day joy happen as fast as… READ THE REST