MarshalN wrote:Tead Off - when DLH claims his teas are 10 or 15 years old, and they look like they're new - sorry, that's not a matter of taste, that's just bad. Which way, I don't know, because it could be bad storage, it could be bad info, it could be a lot of things, but he's not doing his job as a vendor when that happens. Shah82 and I disagree on what's better, but I'm pretty sure if you give us a set of teas we can agree on a lot of the basics. DLH's teas don't pass the basics test. His list of teas are confused, to say the least.
Of course I'd show respect to people who are well acquainted in their field, regardless of their background. I deal with them all the time in my day job as a historian of China. My dissertation advisor is a Jewish man who is probably better acquainted with late imperial Chinese history than almost anyone out there, so don't accuse me of being some angry Asian who can't see past colours just because you didn't read carefully. I was specifically talking about DLH's attitude being of the "I know more than you all do" when it's pretty clear he doesn't. Sometimes it's justified, sometimes it's not. In his case, I'm unconvinced. I'm sure you'd agree if there's a foreigner who's an antiques dealer who sells a whole bunch of really questionable items or obvious fakes, you'd think he's a fraud too. Well, that's DLH.
ethan wrote:In regard to "outsiders" not being respected in regard to understanding others' ....
I deal in Burmese jade. Sometimes to sell I've gone into shops, galleries, etc. in the USA owned by Asians or others & been immediately told to leave. Maybe because they don't want people in the place to get a hint of jade's cost being so much lower than their retail prices; maybe because a place is selling antiques &/or fakes that are ugly, & they don't want something new & beautiful next to them; maybe they like their established ways--what they believe, who they buy from, what they think, etc.-- & don't want change. Or, maybe they don't like the way I look. I never found words that got me around immediate strong exclusion & stopped trying to figure out what the problem is at particular moments.
Now I think I should ask such difficult people to give me a dollar. If they ask why, I'll ask them, "Isn't it obvious, that I am needy & desperate walking around w/ a bag of worthless stuff?" I'll see if that results in anything good happening.
MarshalN wrote:gingkoseto wrote: I myself don't think the house project is his fault at all. I believe it's pretty much due to vague (and lack of) building guideline to begin with.
I'm quite confused why you would think that.
MarshalN wrote:It seems like there are years (decades?) of notices from the county sent to him regarding his property and what he built there and how they violate the code.
gingkoseto wrote:Besides, I'm very cautious on any notion indicating that "if the authority is after you, there has got to be something wrong with you..."
iovetea wrote:fdrx wrote:I find a lot of these comments unnecessarily snarky, hateful and judgmental. I have to ask, why all the negative energy?
i wasn't being sarcastic, there was a guy on a documentary who had a expensive tea house in los angeles were the rich live. he showed some kind of red pu erh and said he sells it for a few hundred bucks, he said pu erh is all a well kept secret and chinese burry them in the ground and leave them in the earth for 50 years.
wyardley wrote:gingkoseto wrote:Besides, I'm very cautious on any notion indicating that "if the authority is after you, there has got to be something wrong with you..."
I think it's important to note, though, that this is in Marin County, probably one of the crunchiest places in America. We're not talking about somewhere where people are going to be upset just because you're trying to be eco-friendly - quite the contrary.
And, while government can be bureaucratic sometimes, it seems pretty clear that there are clear violations of health and building code going on here (and, from my limited understanding, I don't think that you're automatically grandfathered in even if what you built pre-dates the code).
Given the number of years this has taken place across, it seems pretty clear that he has continually, and willfully ignored the notices sent by the state, and has ignored code which existed before he started at least some of the work. Since he's been doing ongoing construction without getting the necessary permits, he's pretty clearly in violation of the law. Whether you're building yourself or having others build for you, most areas require regular code inspections, and I think it's hard to say that this isn't a good thing overall. If anything, it's only because he's in Marin County that he hasn't already been forcibly evicted.
Despite the way the NYT phrased it, I don't think vermiculture itself is the problem - this is very mainstream and even encouraged by most municipalities. However, having a grey water system that is completely open and could potentially overflow seems like an obvious problem which could affect folks other than just the people living there.
I think Marshaln kind of hit the nail on the head - if you want to do this kind of experiment, live somewhere that is even less densely populated and has laxer (or non-existent) zoning restrictions. Otherwise, if you choose to live someone that has requirements, follow the laws there.
TIM wrote:If you like tea with mold
gingkoseto wrote: So I guess I can't agree with some people's description of his house project as a public disaster.
I didn't really watched the film, actually couldn't watch it, no dling available at that time(I think that was around 06), but thought it's cool there's finally a film about tea
hster wrote:gingkoseto wrote: So I guess I can't agree with some people's description of his house project as a public disaster.
There can be varied opinions on the quality of his teas but there really should be no confusion about Hoffman's open sewage ponds. His above ground sewage and wastewater holding ponds risk contamination at multiple levels. The most obvious risk is simply ground seepage into the aquifer. We also have heavy rain and flood seasons here in Northern California as well as frequent mini-earthquakes so open sewage pools are a bad idea.
(Sorry everybody... Back to tea drinking now.)
gingkoseto wrote: But some other comments in this discussion sound to me more negative than necessary, and some are rather unfounded.