The More You Know!
In celebration of the weekend, let’s learn about Soju!
Soju is a clear and colorless alcoholic beverage native to Korea, typically drunk neat. Its alcohol content runs around 20%. By way of comparison, a craft beer will run between 6-9%, and vodkas are 40-50%.
In South Korea, a 13oz bottle of soju costs between $0.93-$2.82. The equivalently sized bottle of Grey Goose would retail at ~$13 or more. So, from a pure price-per-unit-of-alcohol perspective, soju is outrageously super cheap.
Jinro and Lotte soju are the 1st and 3rd top-selling alcohol brands in the world.
Soju 燒酒, literally means “burned liquor.” It’s effects are a recurring plot device in Korean romantic comedies, resulting in many ill-advised confessions and impromptu piggyback rides. The image above, in which a petite woman is shown surrounded by four empty bottles of soju, while comical, is preposterous and frankly terrifying to me.
The rules around soju drinking etiquette are very complicated.
Soju is not quite the same thing as Japanese Shochu, though their names are both derived from the same Chinese root 燒酒 (shaojiu).
I have not had it, but I plan to! People compare it to vodka, but slightly sweeter. That sounds awesome.
“When people talk about how Lupita is “articulate,” … the lady has an MFA from Yale and speaks 4 languages. Maybe you’re just racist.”
Twitter / diannaeanderson (via azspot)
While I’m sure this is true (and extremely offensive) in some cases, I’d like to point out that I felt, in the moment, that she delivered an acceptance speech far more succinct and conveying intense depth of feeling, far more gracefully than I ever could, and under conditions of stress I can’t even imagine. I stared blinking at the screen, humbled. She outshone all her peers in this regard, embodying the best that Hollywood glamour is supposed to offer, and did so as a first-time winner. It could have been about race, but it also could have been about what an accomplished individual she is. My god, but she was articulate. Period.
And I’m so damn grateful we’re not just talking about how pretty she is. Though god knows she is outrageously beautiful.
Normally, I appreciate these reality checks, but I think doing so in this case diminishes how exceptional that speech was. It wasn’t “gee whiz, look, a black lady speaking words.” It was “OMG I AM MOVED TO TEARS BY YOUR GRACE AND POISE AND MESSAGE YOU ARE AMBASSADOR FOR HUMANS REPRESENT ME.” That’s all I’m saying.
Anonymous asked: Does supplying equipment to both villains and heroes make me neutral? I'd much prefer to be evil, but financial times require serving both communities. What should I do?
Neutrality is a tricky concept. Your situation makes you profitable more than anything — but heed this advice — selling to both sides is like dating multiple folk secretly.
Don’t confuse names, keep your orders straight, and it will likely end badly.
I’d like to add on to Atticus’ advice here. While profit by any means is certainly villainous and admirable, is it really wise to invest in the party aiming for your downfall? This is not a fly-by-night operation; we are building empires. And one should always ensure one has an exit plan, preferably including a speedy escape vehicle with advanced technology not available to your pursuers. So balance the short- and long-term gains before sharing your expertise with whomever comes your way. Be a professional.
Of course, one should never overlook an opportunity for recruitment, either. Rather than going neutral, perhaps consider yourself an ambassador for evil.
When I was in London with my niece this summer, The Returned was airing its last two episodes on channel 4. We would wander the streets during the day, getting excited about things that normal people don’t get excited about, and in the evening I would watch this show while she did whatever it is that teenagers do on their laptops when we’re not watching.
Guys, this show was amazing. So beautiful, so restrained, so moody.
Now ABC is remaking it under the name Resurrection. I make absolutely no promises about this. However, my niece has been texting me all night about it. Which just goes to show you she was watching it with me, maybe a little.