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Alex Zorach
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We all know the importance of consent in sex, but what about in casual conversations? Have you ever had people talk on and on when you aren't listening or want them to stop talking? Do you ever do this to people? In this video I explore first how to stop doing this yourself, and how to respectfully yet assertively handle it when others do this to you. #consent   #conversation   #respect  
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Ha, yes, I wish this were more the norm rather than an exception. It's incredibly hard to do, however. Sometimes you have work piled up and these kind of one-sided conversations drain so much time.
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I feel an immense sense of accomplishment about this redesign. It's the biggest and most ambitious web design project I've ever undertaken, and I think the results are beautiful--not only does this site now work very well on mobile devices, but I think the layout is more attractive and easier to use on desktops too. I've learned so much about HTML/CSS and this site is looking more professional with each year.

I'm also super excited about RateTea now being accessible to mobile users, without the need to install an app or use a separate mobile site--now all features of the site work as-is, on the main site!

#responsivewebdesign   #responsivedesign   #smartphone  
 
We are excited to announce the completion of our new mobile-friendly layout. Instead of an app or separate mobile site, we now have a single website that collapses gracefully into a compact layout on narrow screens. The new layout also improves some things for desktop users! Take a peek for yourself--in particular, try using RateTea on a smartphone, and see what you think!  #responsivewebdesign   #responsivedesign   #tea  
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I recently moved from the Philly metro area back to Newark, Delaware. Some people have expressed bewilderment at why I'd do this--why move from a big, "happening" place, back to Delaware? Here I explain that my life here is simpler, easier, and more sustainable, and that I actually find it easier to connect with people in this place where there are fewer total people. #delaware   #philadelphia   #moving  
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I often hear people use the terms "free market" and "capitalism" interchangeably. They're related, but they're not the same concept. Here I give examples of one without the other, and vice versa. #capitalism   #freemarket   #economics  
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An experience of me losing my temper sparked some reflection on the nature of anger, how it originates, and how it relates to other feelings.  Here I explore the relationship between gender roles forced on boys, and boys and men being more angry and violent, explaining that in order to overcome my anger, I've needed to unlearn some things I was taught (in not the most consensual ways) as a kid. I explain how cultural changes like making it more acceptable for boys or men to hug or touch affectionately, or explore traditionally feminine games or types of play as kids, might result in lower levels of hostility and violence across the board in society.  #feminism   #anger   #gender  
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This was my favorite example of an Irish Breakfast Tea that I've tried yet. It's pretty exemplary: powerful and robust, yet aromatically complex, with notes of wintergreen that I love. Excellent price too. #tea   #irish   #loosetea  
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I resisted writing an article on this topic for some time, because I can be a bit of a tea purist, but when I started writing and researching it, I actually found it really interesting.  There's something really sad, to me, about how popular the overly-sweetened, effectively "instant" (pre--brewed concentrate) versions of this drink are, but I think there's potential to make this into an artisan drink by making it from scratch from whole ingredients and either leaving it unsweetened or using a little less sweetener. What do you think? #tea   #chai   #latte  
 
What exactly is a "chai tea latte"? This drink, vaguely inspired by masala chai, is usually made with a pre-brewed spiced tea concentrate. These concentrates are usually sweetened to unhealthy levels. Here we explore how this drink is typically prepared in coffee shops, and also how to make one from scratch using fresh, whole ingredients, which also lets you use less sugar or even have it unsweetened. #tea   #chai   #latte  
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HI,
I am looking to produce bio-degradable pyramid tea bags... do you know any resources for that, by chance?
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I recently went through Earth Wind & Fire's impressive discography and listened to every album, and discovered some real gems. Here I write detailed reviews of my favorite albums, trying to describe each one in a way that will help people locate the albums they are most likely to enjoy. #earthwindandfire   #music   #review  
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Is it "popularity" if you present yourself in a way that you don't like or want, just to get people to like you? Here I explore a deeper type of popularity, one based on being genuine and sincere, but also based on listening and understanding other people's cultures. #popular   #popularity   #genuine  
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Tumblr has made me aware of how high school and middle school girls can be harassed (often in ways that anywhere else would be clearly considered sexual harassment, like staring and saying things like "Those shorts are so short!") by teachers and administrators enforcing dress codes. Here I share my thoughts on these dress codes, which often ban short shorts and tank tops, and why I not only oppose them, but think that the whole narrative used to justify them contains unhealthy ideas that can lead to self-hate in both men and women, and even promote rape. #feminism   #education   #harassment  
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I have thought about this many times and it does make sense. The problem with having such double standards with dress codes etc. is that allows people to blame violence on dress choices. This is an inherently evil side-effect of misdirected regulation. Violence against women in a society is clearly a sign of deep-rooted pathology in how the next generation is being brought up (or perhaps not been brought up at all...). It is so disturbing to see criminal behaviour taking refuge behind the victim's apparent "lack of propriety". It defies logic. Thank you for clearly expressing this shared frustration and exploring its possible roots in double standards.
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What are constructive ways to criticize feminism, ones that raise valid concerns, and advance the dialogue? I say, being specific, and avoiding over-generalizations and personal attacks, is key. #feminism   #criticism   #respect  
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A basic tip, but one that is often neglected, for saving money and building wealth: avoid buying things that cost you more in the long-run. Here I explore examples, big to small, and advocate for living simply, because material possessions have costs associated with storage or ownership. #wealth   #savemoney   #financial  
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Founder and Editor, RateTea.com
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Philadelphia, PA
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Lancaster, PA - Oberlin, OH - Ann Arbor, MI - Cleveland Heights, OH - Lancaster, PA - Lakewood, OH - Solomons, MD - Newark, DE - New Haven, CT - San Diego, CA
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Founder of RateTea, Co-founder of Why This Way
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I'm Alex Zorach.  I run RateTea, a social website for tea drinkers, and I am also a co-founder of Why This Way, a consensus-based belief system and organization.
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I've ridden on the Norristown High Speed Line. My life is complete.
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  • Oberlin College
    Mathematics, 1999 - 2002
  • University of Delaware
    Applied Math, 2005 - 2007
  • Yale University
    Statistics, 2007 - 2008
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