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The Web is not Walden Pond

The Web is not Walden Pond… and attempts to make it so through increasingly stark simplicity are well-intentioned, but badly aimed. Simplicity often belies the truth. The truth if the web is that it is the most mind-boggling array of unstructured information...

Perhaps it’s my Internet Attention Disorder showing, but lately I despair of links that lead to The Atlantic. It would seem their essayists have little more to say than writers anywhere else, and yet they possess so many more words with which to say it.

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You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.

Albert Freakin' Einstein

Switched

I’ve been using Microsoft Windows on a PC since… since before it was Windows, really. I’ve seen the introduction of Windows 1.0, 2.0, Windows 286, Windows 386 (had a tough battle with DESQview, that one), Windows 3.0, Windows 3.11, Windows for...

From the Less Snarky News Department

This just in… Canadian coffee company Van Houtte has a buyer — and it’s not Green Mountain. (Nyah!) U.S. venture capital company Littlejohn & Co. will acquire all the outstanding shares of Van Houtte for C$25 apiece, in a deal of about C$600...

She don’t lie, she don’t lie…

CNN reports that a Las Vegas based beverage company is pulling it’s energy drink — named “Cocaine” — from store shelves nationwide. Seems they’ve run into something of an image problem with its label. Redux Beverages company...

The Way *I* See It…

When Michelle Incanno ordered her venti-house-blend-nonfat-two-Splenda at her Springboro Starbucks last week she got more than she bargained for… and more than she could stomach. Printed on the cup was this — “Why in moments of crisis do we ask God...

Organic Coffee Gets a Reprieve

Coffee & Conservation notes that the USDA has granted a momentary stay to its decision to strictly enforce annual re-certification of organic coffee farmers. This is wonderful news… but the fat lady ain’t sung just yet. According to Sam Fromartz...

On the calculus of memory (or lack thereof)

New Castle lies on the seacoast of New Hampshire, a three hour drive from my home in Vermont. Along the way the road weaves through Vermont’s Green Mountains and New Hampshire’s Boreal forest, and most every turn reveals another postcard-perfect view of...

On the Road…

I’m on the road — destination New Castle, New Hampshire — where I’ll be presenting a usability session at the annual VT/NH DMG conference. This is a new presentation for me; a new platform (Keynote), new tools (MacBook) and lots and lots of...

I had a light bulb moment this week…

While I’ve long been ecologically-minded, I’m the first to admit that such mindfulness hasn’t always translated into action. I recycle… largely ’cause my community makes it so darn easy. I choose Energy Star rated appliances. I’m...

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!

And in honor of the occasion, mark well The Essential Hamlet — His heart tied in torturous loops, Hamlet fears he hears someone that snoops What ho! It’s a rat! Take this! And take that! Oh! Sorry, Polonius (oops). King C., full of regal concern Sends...

Green Up Your Coffee Cup

It’s Earth Day… In the face of the now very real threat of global climate change, this year’s recognition of Earth Day carries with it a certain sense of urgency. It’s time to change some habits. Permanently. The good news? Greening up your...

How Many Labels are Too Many Labels?

Organic, Fair Trade, Direct Trade, Shade Grown, Bird Friendly, C.A.F.E., Whole Trade, Rainforest Alliance… When Sam Fromartz’ article — Is This the End of Organic Coffee — first appeared in Salon it generated quite a lot of reader responses,...

Organic Coffee in Peril: More Perspectives

Food First: Institute for Food and Developmental Policy — So, hard-strapped campesino coffee coops that have spent nearly two decades making the organic certification system work, are now to be the sacrificial lambs for the industrial organic industry. By...

Yes, You Should Be Alarmed About Organic Coffee

More and more coffee people are expressing concern over the recent USDA ruling to tighten controls on certification of organic coffee. Among them, the highly respected folk over at Counter Culture Coffee. CC’s Kim Elena notes that: This decision has implications...

And you thought *I* was a coffee snob…

What are you doing with *your* tax return refund? How about a Lamborghini? (Um… yeah, it’s an espresso machine.) Limited to just 1,000 examples, the handbuilt machine is a caffeine-lovers symphony in Beluga black, featuring numerous stainless-steel parts,...

Now this is just almost embarrassing…

But not so embarrassing that I won’t post it… The Vermont/New Hampshire Direct Marketing Group has made me a poster boy of sorts for their (19th Annual!) conference at the lovely Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa in New Castle, New Hampshire. I understand...
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