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Opening up more tea goodies on camera! Thanks Tea Ave!
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I got that set at a tea shop in Hartford, Connecticut.  I really like it too!
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I'd never heard this explanation for trypophobia before. Apparently images with holes are very brain intensive to look at and process, so you should at least feel uncomfortable staring at them for a long time.  A fear of such images might just be an exaggerated version of this response.
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My friend Wang Min, a student at the Tea Research Institute in Hangzhou, China is learning to make Longjing tea as a hobby!  She gave me some of her tea.  It doesn't look as pretty as the pros make it yet, but it's still delicious.
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Customers willing to pay more for GMOs if they're labeled in a sensible way
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The quotes from Nixon and his Aid are crazy.
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I've noticed that I've been using G+ less and less lately.  This is partly because I've been using Twitter more and letting more professional connections creep into my Facebook, but also partly because of the updates to G+.

What G+ still does really well:
–Long form posts (like this one) are easy to write and are more readable due to the ability to add some formatting (bold and itallics)
–Photography.  For whatever reason, photos on G+ just look really good to me.  Disclaimer: I don't use instagram or other photo specific social media
–Finding people with similar really specific geeky interests who are excited about sharing their really specific geeky interests.  This is what drew me to G+ in the first place (finding tea people), and partly it's what keeps me here.

Things that were good, but that Google screwed up:
–Searching.  Until the most recent update, G+ was the only social media site that was easily searchable.  Why they took this feature away, I'll never understand.  I have to downgrade to the old version every time I want to search for a post.  Ugh.
–Hangouts.  Hangouts are still my favorite video chat software, although I use it less than I used to.  With the new update they took away almost ALL the useful features that made this service unique.

I'll try to post things here still occasionally, but I'm more often on Twitter @aariqscott
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I still use the old UI. The new version is pretty useless in many ways, such as moderating a community. I've been hanging out on Twitter more as well, although G+ does have it's strengths. I just wish the developers did not screw around with it so much and for the worse. 
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Hello from China!  I have a phone with more memory this time so I'm hoping to be taking more video and sharing it.  Here's the first installment of hopefully many.  Let me know what else you want to see in the comments!
 
Tea Geek +Eric Scott sends us his first of hopefully many videos from his stay at the Tea Research Institute in Hangzhou, China
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Another great piece about how the "organic" label has outlived its usefulness. It hardly tells you anything about how environmentally friendly a product is and tells you nothing about its health or safety.

Who is going to step up and create a system where people can get fact-based information about their food that is actually meaningful?
By all rights I should be an enthusiastic advocate of organic. I grew up helping my beloved grandfather in his organic garden in the 1960s. Some of our best friends in the late 1970s were pioneers in the development of the commercial organic industry. I’ve spent a significant proportion of my career developing biological and natural product-based pesticides which are applicable to organic. My problems with institutional organic are not at all abo...
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A wonderful map of the 600+ nations that were occupied/destroyed by Europeans to create Canada and the US.
Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many ...
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This is pretty phenomenal.  Made it for dessert tonight but with olive oil ice cream instead of an olive oil drizzle with kumquats and pomello for the citrus. Yum!
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In case you missed it, here's some "infotainment"* for your Friday afternoon.

*only if you find me eating gross things entertaining and learning about the sensation of numbness informational.
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  • Tufts University
    Graduate Student, 2014 - present
  • Front Range Community College
    Adjunct Faculty-Biology, 2011 - 2014
  • Happy Lucky's Teahouse and Treasures
    Leafster, 2011 - 2014
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Medford, MA
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St. Louis, MO - Fort Collins, CO - Champaign, IL - Walnut Creek, CA - Walla Walla, WA
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I'm a lover of biology, tea, food, and hip-hop. I've lived in a lot of places, but the Bay Area of California will always be my home.
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  • Tufts University
    Chemical Ecology, 2014 - present
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    2011
  • Whitman College
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Really great notebook selection--like, the best notebook selection I've seen. They have my favorite notebook (Leuctrum dot-grid) in EVERY color it is made in I think as well as my other favorite notebook, Rhodia. The owner is very knowledgeable and helpful. Cool place.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Very crowded on weekends. The water had a visible layer of sunscreen floating on it down-river from the shut-in area. The water was also very warm in most places which would usually be a good thing, but leaves you with an icky feeling when it might be so warm because of the number of people swimming in it. The water is really easy to access, so that's a plus.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I'm not sure if the new taqueria/paleteria/neveria should be reviewed here or added as a separate business, but it's great! Best (and cheapest) tortas in town, great tacos, I think the only place you can get pupusas in town, and now a paleteria as well! These guys have got it going on. Try an al pastor torta and a mago chile paleta for dessert.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Hands down the best Thai food in Fort Collins. You'll find Thai dishes from all over Thailand here, not just the same old pad thai and curry you've had before. There are Northern Thai dishes, Issan dishes, really things from all over and everything is delicious. The khao soi is a very popular menu item. Khao soi is a northern dish made with egg noodles and chicken in a curry broth topped with crispy fried egg noodles and served with pickled mustard greens, shallots, and roasted chili paste on the side. It's a great place to start on their expansive menu. The only downside is that they are quickly outgrowing their small space. Wait times are often very long, so it might be a good idea to check how busy they are before deciding on it for dinner, unless you're not in a hurry.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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One part cheese shop, one part cheese bistro. You can get hunks of cheese to take home, or sit down with a bottle of wine (very reasonable options) and create your own cheese flight (also very reasonable). They have a great selection of cheeses that is always changing. The owners and staff are extremely knowledgeable cheese geeks. Ask about "flavor crystals"--you won't be disappointed.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
My favorite coffe shop in town by far. The baked goods and sandwiches are awesome, they have a great tea selection for a coffee shop, and there is a variety of seating (booths, small tables, big tables, couches). They also make their own ginger tea from actual ginger and serve it hot or iced or with milk.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
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