ios9: ads, content-blocking and the mobile economy

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It’s About Semantics

Peter Morville offers a thoughtful perspective on the battling twins of control and creativity that shape information architecture. He lists a number of complex adaptive systems: examples that include collaborative filtering, reputation management, and cooperative...

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

Jamaica Blues, Part Deux

As predicted, two years of violent hurricanes have taken their toll on Jamaica’s coffee crop. At Green Mountain we’ve been unable to source any Jamaican coffee worth having and won’t be selling any this holiday season. Nevertheless, a Google search...

Fair Trade: Trick or Treat?

As daylight dims and diminutive ghosts and goblins retreat from the streets where they’ve honored Halloween’s curious traditions — visiting the porches of strangers to ask for candy, soaping windows and garlanding the neighborhood trees with...

Coffee Geek Gets Brewed

Perhaps in a fit of nostalgia for simpler times, Mark Prince at CoffeeGeek has authored a “how-to” article that has nothing whatsoever to do with espresso… but instead offers a spiffy step-by-step walkthru –with photos — of how to brew a...

NaNoWriMo?

In a fit of optimism (read, insanity) I’ve registered for the annual writing marathon at NaNoWriMo — or National Novel Writing Month. The goal: fifty thousand words in thirty days. Now, it’s more or less expected that much (all) of the...

Out of This World

It’s crisp, it’s cold and it’s clear skies in Vermont (a very welcome change) and Mars looks like a pumpkin in the sky....

Something New Under The Sun: Clover

“But what about me?” says you, a fan of fine, single origin coffees.” I mean… there’s oodles of cool new tools for the espresso-hound — PID temperature control, ever-more-fine grind control, bottomless portafilters,...

Manhattan Smells Good: Officials Baffled

It’s still a mystery why New York City residents suddenly found themselves in a cloud of winsome aromas… An unseen, sweet-smelling cloud drifted through parts of Manhattan last night. Arturo Padilla walked through it and declared that it was awesome....

From the Reading Chair

I have to remind myself that, since I now have a spiffy, categorized site I can write about whatever I want, and you can simply tune into to what you want to read… and tune out what you don’t. (It’s Blog 2.0, don’t ya know.) So without further...

Whither Goest Google?

In July I switched from Blogger — a publishing platform I’d been on for more than five years— to WordPress. Bloggle had always enjoyed pretty amazing search relevance at Google… without any particular effort on my part to optimize things....

Dirty Jobs

The past few days I’ve been hunkered in the La-Z-Boy, trying to nap away a bit of a bug… and when napping wouldn’t happen and reading made my head hurt I flipped on the idiot box. In the course of my channel surfing — mostly between National...

A Perfect Storm?

It’s snowing. Not the faint flurries that speak softly of the downly blankets to come… no, not these. These are big, gloppy, frozen clumps of fluffy, white stuff — crazed, drifting vollies — resolute in their intent to bring on that white...

Update: Hurricane Stan Relief

Chipper Harris at Coffee Kids was kind enough to pass along some updated information on the coffee communities of Guatemala and Mexico in the wake of hurricane Stan… as well as a view on where their relief efforts have focused so far. Coffee Kids has set up...

Unavailable At Any Price?

At Coffee Review, Kenneth Davids has heaped praise on a select group of premium coffees, each of them Cup of Excellence auction lots. The winners — not surprisingly — are pretty much the Who’s Who of today’s specialty roasters, from left coast...
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