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Yasuo Yamamoto – Making real soy sauce

An evening pause: This is how it is done, in the traditional manner.

Hat tip Cotour.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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  • t-dub

    This looks fantastic and I found it on Amazon. I’m definitely going to try it.

  • wayne

    thanks for that, you answered my question. (how much does this stuff cost?)

  • Jeff Wright

    If I had Bezos money, I would leave space to Elon.

    Instead, I would give each artisanal outfit enough money in the bank such that the interest alone would prop them up even if times were tough and sales poor.

    I believe some things need to exist for their own sake. The world better and more interesting with them in it.

    Case in point—

    TOMY’s 20 pound die cast Enterprise:

    It looks bleak for a crowdfunded effort.

    Had I had Bezos money….I would have had many of these things made and sold for cheap.

    It would have sold for a loss, yes…and I would have taken a hit.

    But I think that space toys have to be propped up to get kids away from sports and computer games and back outside going “whoosh” with spacecraft to allow their imaginations to grow and get them interested in space for its own sake…the space economy/advocacy needs more warm bodies.

    If I were Bezos—that would be my priority even if it bankrupted me. Not only would I flood the toy aisles with space toys…I’d buy all the pimple popping and wrestling toys and have them destroyed.

  • t-dub

    wayne – Ordered . .. will be here Monday . . . see this space for updates . ..

  • t-dub

    wayne – Ordered, will be here Monday, see this space for updates . . .

  • wayne

    Soy sauce is not my thing, but I do want to know your opinion.

    tangential– anyone here had the ultra expensoid Wagyu beef?

  • t-dub

    wayne – Yes, just had an A5 Waygu 6 ounce rib eye tonight . . . Properly done Waygu is worth the price.

  • wayne

    That, is very interesting!
    I was recently watching some videos on that whole subject.
    (what is the fat content? it looks like it would be 50%?!?)

  • t-dub

    wayne – Fat content on Waygu will vary according to grade. ok, on the soy sauce, it is absolutely, positively, excellent. Immediately upon opening the bottle a beautiful, sweet smell was detectible. The flavor, deep, complex umami with slight floral characteristics. But the depth of flavor, the subtle layers of flavor, is absolutely wild. Having lived in wine country and trained my palate for the last 40 years, I have a pretty well developed set of taste buds. The deciding test though was then sampling some of my old, regular soy sauce to compare. Well, the difference is huge, I mean it isn’t really even a contest. I will never go back to my old regular soy sauce, never.

    I want to thank Bob for posting this video, and I whole heartedly recommend this product. Now taste is subjective, I understand, but I feel most people will be able to appreciate the difference here.

  • David Herr

    I just got mine from Amazon after watching this video, and it is definitely worth it. A little bit goes a long way!

  • t-dub

    All right David Herr! Enjoy! Yes, a little does go a long way, and its thicker than regular soy sauce as well. I still am amazed at the depth and layers of flavors in this sauce. Amazing!

  • wayne

    t-dub / David Herr–
    Thanks for the review!

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