ios9: ads, content-blocking and the mobile economy

It’s being called “a blow for mobile advertising.” It’s a start. 

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A children’s riddle…

Q: What has four eyes but can’t see? A: The Mississippi river. There’s another four-eyed monster that’s puzzled by that whole “vision” thing… the collective of Information Designers, Interaction Designers, Interface Designers and...

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

Gombe Reserve and a Curious and Interesting Path

When I was growing up I mowed lawns and raked leaves for pocket money, as most Midwestern boys do. I often worked for Mrs. Werkley, a dainty sexagenarian who tended toward the eccentric. When confronted with the seemingly ordinary — a big-eyed bug, a volunteer...

Coffee Notes, Friday the 13th Edition

I really want to continue the organic coffee thread (and I will) but I’m putting in altogether too much time on a super-duper-secret, very special, Special Reserve coffee for Green Mountain. Happily I won’t have to keep it secret much longer (I hate...

What Is Organic Coffee, Anyway? (And why should I care?)

I’d noted in a prior post — Is This the End of Organic Coffee? — that USDA’s plan to change enforcement of its National Organic Program (NOP) standards and guidelines is a big and complex issue, and one that I’m trying to wrap my arms...

Coming Soon to a Tube Near You

There’s very little on TV that I consider “must see.” There are exceptions, however… I’ve been enthralled of late by Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth series. The photography, alone, is enough to renew your sense of wonder —...

Tap, tap, tap… this thing on?

Apparently there’ve been problems of one sort or another with my web host, so Bloggle’s been off the air much of the day. Hopefully things are sorted out and we can resume with the usual bluff and nonsense.

Coffee Notes from All Over

More on the USDA and Organic coffee certification kerfuffle when I can get to it… meanwhile here’s a link-dump of coffee notes from all over: Ever wondered what it takes to get to championship levels in Barista competition? Practice, practice, practice....

The Eva Solo CafeSolo™

So you’ve got a taste for the dark stuff and want to get the most of your crand cru bean. But a coffee press leaves you cold. Literally. What was just a few minutes ago steaming coffee in a rocket hot coffee press just isn’t so hot when it comes to pouring...

Is This the End of Organic Coffee?

Salon rings the alarm bells on a new ruling released by the USDA that would tighten the requirements for organic certification, and in so doing cause irreparable harm to smallholder farmers of organic certified specialty coffee the world over. Last month, the U.S....

Green Mountain’s Game-Changing Kenya AA

Rating: [rating:4/5] I have long been ambivalent — or at least something of a fence-sitter — where the whole single-cup coffee thing is concerned. Single-cup brewers are, by design, a study in compromise between convenience and quality. Do you want...

Spring Beckons in Vermont

Today proved bright and sunny and just begged for a bit of a drive. There’s a hundred roads that crisscross their way through the nooks and crannies of Vermont’s smooth domes and craggy hills, and each one opens up a new vista like a brightly-wrapped...

Scalzi: On Coffee

Not so long ago I’d written here of John Scalzi’s (then) latest opus — You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffeeshop: Scalzi on Writing — and in so doing pined for a copy of mine very own. (Not to worry, I managed...

Coffee, Caffeine, Nutrition and Health, Redux

A couple years ago I’d had it up to here with the constant stream of pseudo-scientific disinformation coming out of the camp of one or another self-proclaimed “nutritionist” who had clearly made it a cause célèbre to give coffee a bad rap. And so I...

Maple Sugaring Time in Vermont

Maple sugaring is a tradition that has flourished at the Isham family farm for five generations. It’s on the verge of a sixth generation — Mike Isham’s daughter Jennifer may well prove to be the first iPod-wearing sugarer in Vermont — provided...

The Coffee Faucet.

You remember, don’t you, that the coffee in your cup is 98% water, right? That thought was front and center here at Chez Cadmus on the Commons when we recently completed a minor kitchen do-over. The result: the lovely coffee faucet you see pictured here. Okay,...
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