Cuppa Joe, Easy on the Tummy

WIRED — “Some people can’t start their day without a caffeine jolt from a cup of coffee. But for those with sensitive stomachs, even drinking decaffeinated coffee can be uncomfortable. Coffee entrepreneur Johann Wulff insists there’s another...

Usable Reviews on Amazon

Last fall Amazon inked a deal with Target in which Amazon takes over much of Target.com’s distribution, customer service and eBiz infrastructure, while Target.com will sell books and music from Amazon. Recent visits to Amazon suggest that at least part of the...

Peetniks -R- Us

I remain a big fan of Peet’s, despite the fact that I roast my own coffee these days. Peet’s has a remarkable history — one of quality, and consumer education. The company, and its people, have made an indelible contribution to the world we now know...

The other puck…

It’s been a challenge to write much of anything today, between far too many blue-screens [I’m behind in my Windows re-install regimen] and today’s incredible Olympic hockey schedule [go, USA!] I find myself rebooting and cursing between periods....

NYT on Ethnography

UBWAThe New York Times recently offered an amusing glimpse of commercial ethnography — Consuming Rituals of the Suburban Tribe. Its author aimed a soft-focus lens on field studies of typical American consumers… and even found a wizened ethnographer to...

No taxation without…

I find myself paying taxes to a state in which I do not live, apparently because I also did not live there last year. My not living there last year resulted in a refund of taxes that had been already taken from my paycheck. The refund of those taxes came in the form...

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