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Joshua Rigsby is a writer, tea-drinker, and planet 9 enthusiast based in Southern California.

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Joshua Rigsby is a writer, tea-drinker, and planet 9 enthusiast based in Southern California.

Book Review: In the Heart of the Sea [Part 1]

This review comes some fifteen years after the book was originally published. I picked it up recently both because of my interest in the nautical goings on of the early 1800s, (and because of the movie, review here). In the…
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Learn to Sail LA’s Official Tall Ships (For Free!)

My love of tall ships goes back a ways, but given my recent research dive into the great tea races, it’s taken on an outsized portion of my attention lately. Back when I was working at a tea importing company,…
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Roughly 5,280 Reasons America Should Have Gone Metric A Long Time Ago

Defining Our Terms: Metric vs. Ye Olde English If you’ve been to elementary school in the United States, you’ve encountered the metric system. As you’ll remember, it’s a system based on ten. There are 100 centimeters in a meter. 1,000…
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Book Review | The Tea Clippers: Their History and Development 1833-1875 by David R. MacGregor

The exploits of the great Victorian-era sailing vessels Cutty Sark, Thermopylae, Taeping, and Ariel have transported the imaginations of seafarers and would-be adventurers for over 150 years.  These amazing clipper ships collected tea in China and raced each other all the…
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Re: Philanthropy, Thoreau Got It Wrong

  Dear Henry,   I’ve recently read your book Walden and would like to share my observations with you, if that’s alright. I’m sorry to hear that your cabin was torn down, reassembled, and ultimately dismantled not long after you…
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Book Review | Running Her Easting Down by William F. Baker

Running Her Easting Down is an overview of the life and times of the great tea clippers of the 19th century. It was written by William F. Baker (not to be confused with the engineer who designed the Burj Khalifa), an…
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Where to Find Your Next Favorite Book

  As good old-fashioned bookstores become more and more yeti-like these days (i.e. difficult to find, smelly and temperamental when cornered) it can be tough to know where find a good book. You go to Amazon, scroll through the “other…
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