Kê-Tsiap and other condiments

Or rather, the word “ketchup” has its origins in the Chinese language. へぇぇぇ。

Kê-Tsiap, Catsup Or Ketchup?

More about the origins of ketchup:

And here’s something called “ketchup leather” that’s less messy than the liquid kind.

I have some stories about ketchup. Ask me in class! But ketchup was a more ubiquitous condiment in my childhood than soy sauce, or others I use a lot now (つゆ、ポン酢、おたふくsauce、etc…). And the mayonnaise I grew up with was nothing like Kewpie. We talked about condiments in one class the other day. Do those students remember the word?

Also, what is “aurora sauce” and what’s the origin of that name? Explain it in your portfolio and add some of your favorite condiments, dishes that need condiments, original condiments, and more.

Can you imagine someone making おたふくsauce “leather” to put on your okonomiyaki?


Why Mickey Mouse wears gloves

And has no elbows or knees.

Also, why Pinocchio used to wear gloves but doesn’t anymore.

This is a quick look into the history of some of the quirks of animation. You may leave with more questions than answers, but that’s what life is all about. An interesting life, anyway.

Rule breaker

Here’s another short film you can explain, like we did in some classes recently with Pixar and other short animated films.

  • What rules do you follow (or not)? Which of those rules would you like to change? How would you change them?
  • Which rules would you get rid of completely? Why?
  • Do you know *why* some of these rules exist? What do you think the purpose of the rules are?
  • Are there rules that you didn’t like when you were a child but that you understand now? If and when you have children, will you make the same rules for them?

They do the hard work for you

Is e-mail becoming obsolete? Some believe that, but there are e-mail newsletters that continue to do the hard work of curation for us. Here are a few I have been enjoying recently:

Everything Changes from the Awl— the theme changes, the frequency changes. You never know what to expect. This week there is a list of “tiny kindnesses” that people noticed. Here are a couple:



Make Your Point — to improve your vocabulary. I posted about this in January.

The Daily Pnut — a daily update of important news, curated for you, from sites like BBC, NYT, the Atlantic,

Elevator Grooves — the name here is still “Sweet Chili” but it’s now called “Elevator Grooves” and is from the Daily Pnut people, a weekly collection of songs you may not have heard. A couple of weeks ago I found some great Cuban music I didn’t know about thanks to them, and was reminded about how perfect for this time of year the Buena Vista Social Club is. The same day I was playing their music again, after forgetting about them for years, this documentary happened to be on TV. Kismet.