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Irrational Weight Loss

After years of wielding a stopwatch as a weapon in the battle to streamline client web sites, I’ve noted an alarming trend to shed page weight at any cost — a good heuristic gone bad. The latest web page diet fad includes dropping wayfinding hints, icons...
Method #164

Method #164

I’ve become obsessive over writers’ spaces, those places where authors throw wide the doors of their imagination, spread the contents of their minds out over note cards, handwritten pages, yellowed photos and found objects pinned to the walls…

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

Ciao, Torrefazione

I guess the honeymoon is over… After buying the once-very-Italian Torrefazione Italia stores only a few years ago, Starbucks is shutting them down. Maybe Torrefazione (since you’re wondering, it means the place where coffee is roasted) isn’t quite...

Tasting: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe MAO

Rating: [rating:4.5/5] Over the course of the last week I’ve roasted several batches of new coffees from my favorite purveyor of green coffees, Sweet Marias. The first on my tasting list is a brilliant Ethiopian Yirgacheffe under the MAO mark (lot 538). I...

Early Sunday Morning…

The view out our back door Sunday morning… early Sunday morning. If you happened to be riding in one of these and spied a woman scrambling outside while in her bathrobe and waving a camera, that’d be herself. She’s a keeper....

A Visit to the Shelburne Museum

Visitors to the Shelburne Museum are greeted by (and routed through) this very impressive round barn… one of maybe two dozen remaining in the state of Vermont. Like most of the buildings on the museum grounds, it was moved here (the upper part of the silo was...

Summer Coolers: Iced Coffee

I’ve long been ambivalent of flavored coffees. I tend toward the naturally nuanced flavors of a single-origin cup, or the many-layered flavors of a well-balanced blend. So it feels like something of a dirty little secret to reveal that I’ve been drinking a...

Lightsaber Tips & Tricks

What’s wrong with this picture? “Many new owners are pleasantly surprised by the many domestic uses of a lightsaber around the home or office. Let’s examine a few of the more common applications here, and then you can use your imagination to come up...

History: The Women’s Petition Against Coffee

Just for fun… witness, the Women’s Petition Against Coffee. Choice bits… For the continual sipping of this pittiful drink is enough to bewitch Men of two and twenty, and tie up the Codpice-point without a Charm. It renders them that use it as Lean as...

Clouds

Clouds. Blue sky… and lovely...

Pop-ups

Fun pop-up clouds today. Well… fun if you’re a weatherbug. And I am. I’m still trying to figure out how cloud systems and weather work in Vermont, as it’s sooo different from the weather in...

Memorial Day Lawn & Garden Report

Welcome to the Memorial Day Lawn and Garden Report. This is an azalea. Or maybe it’s a rhododendron. Herself says there’s hundreds of varieties of each… I just say, purty.The lilacs are blooming. There’s apparently lots of varieties of these,...

Trip to Middlebury on a Studio Tour

Middlebury, Vermont. Home to more than its share of craftsman and artisans… and large wooden roosters. This weekend artists all over the state are throwing open the doors to their studios, affording a first-hand look at the art of… well, art itself. First,...

Does WiFi Hamper Community?

Lots of coffee houses have gotten aboard the WiFi bandwagon: when it’s offered freely it’s a proven draw, and a valuable benefit for coffee-shop customers. But does it have a negative impact on the community aspect of the coffee house? Seattle’s...

George on George

George Howell is without question one of the most influential figures in the specialty coffee trade: founder of The Coffee Connection (swallowed by Starbucks in ’94), co-founder of the Cup of Excellence auction system, and once again a purveyor of fine coffees...

New Crop Centrals!

It’s the most wonderful time of year for Central American coffees… The harvest was finishing up back in late January and February, the coffees have “rested” in their parchment for 60 to 90 days, and now (finally!) new crop beans are landing on...

Health-Enhanced Coffees?

I’m trying to keep an open mind… really, I am. I’ve been pondering Kenneth Davids’ most recent coffee reviews, Health-Enhanced Coffees. And while I’m on-board with the idea that coffee is actually much more healthful than we might have...
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