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Enough is Never Enough

A recent New York Times article quotes the CEOs of some top PC makers wondering whether there’s an audience for the high-speed processors that have recently hit the market. Michael Dell suggests that, “there haven’t been a lot of great reasons to buy...

Scripta Est Fabula, Plaudite

As someone who *also* translated Ceaser’s Battle for Gaul1 in high school2 I’m rather smitten with Maureen Dowd’s Lipstick-on-a-Pig-Latin send-up — The Battle of Gall — in Saturday’s NYTimes. A sampler: Cum Quirites Americani ad...

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

Searching Search Results

While engaged in the search for Evan Chan’s killer I recently stumbled across a nifty search engine enhancement, iLOR. iLOR is not itself a Net index… it’s licensed Google’s search technology. What iLOR does is aid in the process of sorting...

Enter: Espresso

Most of my coffee-drinking life I’ve steered a pretty steady course of brewed coffee. I’d occasionally order an espresso on a whim, and most often find it wasn’t worth the effort. Even given my penchant for tastebud-tweaking flavor, most espresso...

The Cost of Free

Silenced by software… Blogger–the engine that drives my [sometimes] daily updates–has been down for most of the weekend. This is bad. Blogger remains free to use, but it’s increasingly clear that, lacking reliability, free is costly in its own...

So long, and thanks for all the… well, you know.

Douglas Adams died yesterday… a heart attack. He was just 49. All I can think to say is… thank-you. For Arthur Dent, for Marvin, and Zaphod and Dirk; for the dolphins and white mice and Life, the Universe and Everything. You revealed to us all the ultimate...

Net Hunt II

Net hunt redux… Or coincidence, part deux. There’s a new, alarmingly huge Net hunt underway, surrounding the release of the movie A.I. If you wanna start at the beginning, go stare at a movie poster for a while. If you want to catch up to the Net hunt...

Net Hunt

It all started with a Net hunt. You remember Net hunts, right? Mad scrambles around the web? Coaxing obscure information out of cranky, infant search engines? This particular hunt — a marketing machine for the 1995 movie, Johnny Mnemonic [an awful movie] —...

Gack.

Despite my very best efforts, today is turning out to be an episode of South Park.

Sheer Optimism

“Why do you even order coffee anymore?” My better half and I had just settled in to a table at one of those “country-store” restaurants that dot the interstates these days. This one happens to be just a few minutes from home, and was a lazy...

Puckerful.

This is: a) a bite of key lime pieb) lemonade with too little sugarc) a Kenya AA auction lot roasted light cityd) all of the above… but especially c?

Coffee is Cheap…

Coffee is cheap. Way cheap. Coffee is a commodity that’s traded on the futures market. The vast majority of coffee is bought by the cargo-container load by mega corporations that roast it, grind it, stale it, spray it with aroma du cafe and pack it in vacuum...

Adieu, Wine.Com

This very sad little message found its way to my inbox this evening… Dear wine.com customer: wine.com, Inc. (the corporation) is ceasing operations and the wine.com website is being transferred to an established and leading online wine retailer with an excellent...

Tasting Notes: Tres Rios, PNG

I tried the new Costa Rica Tarrazu Tres Rios on the gang at a morning meeting. They gave it an unsolicited thumbs up. I’m reserving judgment… it’s maybe a bit too mild for me. Which likely means my better half will like it very much. The Papa New...

Rumors of B2C’s death are greatly exaggerated…

In a c|net interview of a senior analyst with IDC, I was impressed by the analyst’s take on the state of Internet commerce. The interview detailed a few “perception vs. reality” issues, the first of which was the myth that B2C is dead. The c|net...

Where does obsession begin?

Always fun to get a new shipment of coffee that I’ve never cupped before. Among the new arrivals is a blended Costa Rican Tarrazu–Tres Rios–that’s gotten a spiffy review from my green dealer. All the more intriguing that he’s so excited...

Sometimes a cup is a cup…

Sometimes a cup is a cup, and sometimes it’s not. In the U.S. a standard “one cup” measure is eight fluid ounces. That’s what a typical coffee cup will hold. Except that’s not what the typical coffee brewer will deliver. The capacity of...
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