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daily 05/15/2013

  • If you are on the wrong road, progress means.. walking back to the right road; ..the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man

      • The four strokes are illustrated in Figure 1. They are:

        • Intake stroke
        • Compression stroke
        • Combustion stroke
        • Exhaust stroke
    • The purpose of a gasoline car engine is to convert gasoline into motion so that your car can move. Currently the easiest way to create motion from gasoline is to burn the gasoline inside an engine. Therefore, a car engine is an internal combustion engine — combustion takes place internally.
    • A steam engine in old-fashioned trains and steam boats is the best example of an external combustion engine.
    • This is curious, not only because tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country, as well as in Eire, Australia and New Zealand, but because the best manner of making it is the subject of violent disputes.
    • One does not feel wiser, braver or more optimistic after drinking it.
    • Secondly, tea should be made in small quantities — that is, in a teapot. Tea out of an urn is always tasteless, while army tea, made in a cauldron, tastes of grease and whitewash.
    • The teapot should be made of china or earthenware. Silver or Britannia ware teapots produce inferior tea and enamel pots are worse; though curiously enough a pewter teapot (a rarity nowadays) is not so bad.
    • For a pot holding a quart, if you are going to fill it nearly to the brim, six heaped teaspoons would be about right.
    • All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes — a fact which is recognized in the extra ration issued to old-age pensioners.
    • Fifthly, the tea should be put straight into the pot. No strainers, muslin bags or other devices to imprison the tea
    • Actually one can swallow tea-leaves in considerable quantities without ill effect, and if the tea is not loose in the pot it never infuses properly.
    • The water should be actually boiling at the moment of impact, which means that one should keep it on the flame while one pours.
    • Eighthly, one should drink out of a good breakfast cup — that is, the cylindrical type of cup, not the flat, shallow type. The breakfast cup holds more, and with the other kind one’s tea is always half cold before one has well started on it.
    • Ninthly, one should pour the cream off the milk before using it for tea. Milk that is too creamy always gives tea a sickly taste.
    • Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter.

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