Sunday, 30 December 2012

We are such stuff
as dreams are made on, and our little life
is rounded with a sleep.
These things you can't unlearn.
You've been flirting with distance, princes...
I believe that sometimes you need to go back in order to go forward.

The Diets that Time Forgot (playlist)

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Baby, I'll give you everything you need
I'll give you everything you need
I'll give you everything you need
But I don't think I need you.
Dvije čaše mlijeka dnevno održavaju optimalnu koncentraciju željeza i vitamina D u organizmu. Veća konzumacija mlijeka snižava količinu željeza, a povisuje količinu vitamina D.
Sokushinbuts su budistički svećenici koji su navodno uzrokovali svoju smrt, i to tako da njihovo tijelo ostane mumificirano. Ova vještina bila je navodno najviše zastupljena u sjevernom Japanu. U prefekturi Yamagata otkriveno je 20-ak takvih mumifikacija. Tri godine svećenik bi bio na posebnoj dijeti koja se sastojala samo od sjemenki i orašastih plodova te su iznimno intenzivirali fizičku aktivnost kako bi se riješili masti u tijelu. Iduće tri godine jeli su samo koru drveta i korijenje te pili otrovan čaj napravljen od plodava drveta urushi, od kojih se inače proizvodi lak. To je uzrokovalo povraćanje, ubrzani gubitak tjelesnih tekućina i najvažnije – ubijalo je sve organizme koji su mogli uzrokovati raspadanje tijela nakon smrti. I na kraju, svećenik bi se zaključao u kamenu grobnicu malo širu od sebe i ne bi se micao iz pozicije lotosa. Jedina veza s vanjskim svijetom bila mu je cjevčica za zrak i zvona. Svaki dan bi zazvonio kako bi onima vani dao do znanja da je još živ. Kad bi prestao zvoniti cijev sa zrakom bila bi izvađena i grobnica zapečaćena.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Čaj se tradicionalno priprema na četiri različita načina. Najvažnije je stupanj fermentacije:
  • Bijeli čaj – naziv je dobio jer dlačice na donjoj strani sušenog lista postanu bjelkasto srebrne. Nema fermantacije. Samo su najbolji čajevi izabrani za proizvodnju 'bijelog čaja'. Poznat je i kao car čajeva.
  • Zeleni čaj – minimalna fermentacija. Kod tradicionalne proizvodnje te vrste čaja, nakon berbe se u željeznim tavama prži i onda tek suši. Kod industrijske proizvodnje se postupa isto, samo u puno većim spremnicima gdje se i miješaju listovi. U Aziji postiji još daljnja podjela zelenog čaja kao npr. u Japan-u u tkz. „normalni“ zeleni čaj (緑茶: Ryokucha), prije polijevanja ugrijani zeleni čaj (ほうじ茶: Hojicha), s rižnim pahuljicama pomiješani zeleni čaj (玄米茶: Genmaicha) i drugi.
  • Oolong – djelomična fermentacija. Nakon berbe se čaj trese u pletenim korpama, a sok koji se iscijedi fermentira sa kisikom zraka. Taj proces se zaustavi s prženjem u željeznim tavama.
  • Crni čaj cjelokupna fermentacija. U istočnoj Aziji poznat kao crveni čaj (紅茶: Hong cha). Sličan je 'Oolongu', ali se fermentacija ne zaustavlja. Proizvodnja tog čaja se završava dužim sušenjem.
Postoje manje poznati poznati čajevi:
  • Puh-er-cha je poznat u Aziji kao 'crni čaj' (黒茶) i tamniji od crnog čaja, pa izgledom podsjeća na kavu. To je crni čaj koji više godina sazrijeva.
  • Žuti čaj se proizvodi samo u Kini. To je bijeli čaj koji se ne obrađuje odmah nakon berbe. Tu dolazi do minimalne fermentacije. Jedan je od najskupljih čajnih specijaliteta, te ga se ponekad uvrštava u zelene čajeve.
Bolje biti bez hrane tri dana, nego bez čaja jedan.
Kako se vodom peremo izvana, tako se čajem peremo iznutra.

How much caffeine in coffee?

Monday, 24 December 2012

Dođu dani u životu kada se ne možeš više boriti, jednostavno pustiš sve da ide onako kako ide.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

I wasn't ready for what you monsters call romance.
Žena stoji, kao kapija, na izlazu i na ulazu ovoga svijeta.
One kind word can warm three winter months.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Nemoj nikada zamijeniti moju šutnju za ignoriranje, moju smirenost za prihvaćanje, ili moju dobrotu za slabost.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

we are such stuff
as dreams are made on, and our little life
is rounded with a sleep
They say you spend your whole life rewriting the first poem you ever loved.

.נקמה

It got me nowhere.

26 Amazing Facts About Finlands Unorthodox Education System

1. Finnish children don't start school until they are 7.
2. They rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens.
3. The children are not measured at all for the first six years of their education.
4. There is only one mandatory standardized test in Finland, taken when children are 16.
5. All children, clever or not, are taught in the same classrooms.
6. Finland spends around 30 percent less per student than the United States.
7. 30 percent of children receive extra help during their first nine years of school.
8. 66 percent of students go to college. The highest rate in Europe.
9. The difference between weakest and strongest students is the smallest in the world.
10. Science classes are capped at 16 students so that they may perform practical experiments every class.
11. 93 percent of Finns graduate from high school.
12. 17.5 percent higher than the US.
13. 43 percent of Finnish high-school students go to vocational schools.
14. Elementary school students get 75 minutes of recess a day in Finnish versus an average of 27 minutes in the US.
15. Teachers only spend 4 hours a day in the classroom, and take 2 hours a week for "professional development".
16. Finland has the same amount of teachers as New York City, but far fewer students. 600,000 students compared to 1.1 million in NYC.
17. The school system is 100% state funded.
18. All teachers in Finland must have a masters degree, which is fully subsidized.
19. The national curriculum is only broad guidelines.
20. Teachers are selected from the top 10% of graduates.
21. In 2010, 6600 applicants vied for 660 primary school training slots
22. The average starting salary for a Finnish teacher was $29,000 in 2008. Compared with $36,000 in the United States. However, high school teachers with 15 years of experience make 102 percent of what other college graduates make.
23. There is no merit pay for teachers
24. Teachers are given the same status as doctors and lawyers
25. In an international standardized measurement in 2001, Finnish children came top or very close to the top for science, reading and mathematics. It's consistently come top or very near every time since.
26. And despite the differences between Finland and the US, it easily beats countries with a similar demographic

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Nikad ne misli što ćeš izgubiti ako pokušaš, već što ćeš dobiti ako uspiješ.
Nekad se ponekom snu omakne, pa se ostvari.

Housekeeping

It was a source of both terror and comfort to me then that I often seemed invisible - incompletely and minimally existent, in fact. It seemed to me that I made no impact on the world, and that in exchange I was privileged to watch it unawares.
Koliko truda u životu, za ova dva koraka vlage, i za potpuno nevidjelo!

Monday, 3 December 2012

The stories you tell yourself to fall asleep, those fantasies, those are a good place to start when looking for a metaphor for a personal issue. Also, the first moment you’re awake, that’s a great time for ideas to just pop into your head. In this almost-awake state, inspiration and clean connections just seem to happen. Mid-day, you might try taking a shower. That’s always good for relaxing your mind to a near dream-state. Great ideas happen while washing dishes, too. Stephen King writes in the shower. Katherine Dunn writes while swimming laps. Like sleeping, these tasks seem to allow… something… to happen. So it helps to keep a notepad beside the bed, and in the bathroom. Also, long, boring car drives – without the radio playing – are good for creating this same kind of “trance” that allows ideas to form.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

花鳥風月 (Kachou Fuugetsu) Literally: Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon Meaning: Experience the beauties of nature, and in doing so learn about yourself.