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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Customer Care

Customer Care. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Suggests that perhaps you’ll get more than mere “support,” or “service,” and might in fact find a person on the other side of the link who’s genuinely interested in you....
Tasting Square Mile Coffees

Tasting Square Mile Coffees

Let’s face it. Right now the folks at Square Mile — Stephen Morrissey, James Hoffmann and Annette Moldvaer1  — could phone it in. They could source dubious coffees, call them edgy, describe them cryptically while lavishing them with praise… 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

Broadband

I’ve always been something of an early adopter. I have, for several years now, been more than willing to adopt a high-speed Internet connection at home. And for those same several years I have been foiled by high-speed access providers, who appeared to be in...

Smithfarms Kona Peaberry, 2001 Crop

Rating: [rating:4/5] It’s a pretty rare thing today when a coffee consumer has the opportunity to communicate with, much less buy from, the coffee farmer. Hawaiian coffees provide a delightful exception, and few, perhaps, are more delightful [coffees and...

Who’s got time to write? I’m busy roasting!

Who’s got time to write? I’m busy roasting! For a couple weeks I’ve found myself shuttling beans straight from the roast chamber into the hopper on the grinder. For the most part this is not a bad thing. After all, coffee just can’t get much...

Dotcom Math

The dotcom debacle was “based on the wonderful mathematical notion that if you multiply zero by a sufficiently large number, you’ve got something.” Douglas Adams [yes, that Douglas Adams,] quoted by...

Tanzania Peaberry, Northern District

Roast of the day: Tanzania Peaberry, Northern District, 00/01 crop. I’m struggling to get a handle on this bean. I like peaberry coffees. A lot. [A peaberry coffee, by the way, is kind of an oddity. Normally a coffee cherry produces two, flat beans. Some...

Coffee Factoid

Coffee is a hugely traded world commodity, second only to oil. [Though it tastes far, far better.]

Hmph.

It turns out that 60 beans is not at all a phenominal amount of coffee for a cup. Clearly, I’m not cut out to be a bean counter.

Beethoven’s 60 Beans

I’ve heard from a number of sources – Mark Pendergrast’s Uncommon Grounds being the most recent – that Ludwig van Beethoven counted out precisely 60 beans for his morning cup of coffee. Sixty beans. One cup. I’m thinking Beethoven might...

Blend of the Day

Happy Easter. The blend for the day… Just-roasted Kona from Smith Farms [hi, Cea!] blended with a smidgen of Java for a toasty chocolate undertone. Pairs well with chocolate bunny...

Easter Dinner

I’ve been talking with Mom about Easter dinner. I want to bring a roasted rabbit. She doesn’t seem to think it’s such a good idea. Something about the...

Studying the Label

So I’m in the supermarket, wandering the coffee aisle. I see Folgers has brought out a line of whole bean coffees. I pick up a package of Folgers “Colombian Supremo” and study the lablel. 100% coffee it says. And other natural flavors....

The Absurdity of The Street

So last week I’m with a client, discussing the finer points of navigating a new release of their flagship web application. We had come to easy consensus on virtually every aspect of the design save one, and the group around the table was pretty evenly divided on...

Back the Net Day?

Dear Netizen: Your help is needed. Fueled by a “viral lack of confidence,” the Internet economy has slipped into a recession. If this trend continues, you might soon lose access to your favorite online store, greeting card site, news source, music site or...

Spring!

Ah! Spring! In Kansas, you know the season has turned when you get the first hailstorm. Yeah, it’s ice, but it’s a new kind of ice. And, of course, the dog wants to go for a walk in...

Death, Taxes & Coffee

Tax season is upon us [at least those of us in the U.S.] and after a near-debacle last year due largely to my infinite capacity for procrastination, this weekend seemed an appropriate opportunity to do the deed. ‘Specially with the brilliant irony of it being an...
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