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Just Say No…

Just Say No…

I’m a fan of Amazon.com. While I’m not happy with some of their business practices [like their one-click ordering patent — a headlock on the competition and a slap in the face of consumers at the same time] the online shopping experience...

Coffee Notes from All Over

Has your brewed coffee got Mojo? Maybe. Just how would you know, anyway? By measuring it, of course. Let’s face it: you can tweak your coffee-to-water ratio, temperature and grind ’til you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t know the total...

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

Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber: a usability lesson from the phone system.Not terribly long ago the local telephone company in Kansas City introduced ten-digit dialing. Up to that point, phone system users within the Kansas City metro had been able to ignore the area codes that...

The Lonliest Island – St. Helena’s Golden Cup

This year, St. Helena, a tiny little island in the South Atlantic, produced only 4,500 pounds of coffee. Two bags of the ’01 crop–maybe 270 pounds–made it to the U.S. One pound of this elusive bean found its way to my house. It’s a pretty bean:...

Mediums Writ Large

When Thug the caveman first scrawled an image of himself on a wall of stone, we can imagine the prehistoric critics — “Arg! Ick dannae throg!” Which, roughly translated, imparts that the cave art lacked passion, and what’s more Thug would be...

Mediums Writ Large, Part III

In which the author attempts some closure on this accidental essay–three parts released over two weeks? how rude!–and after which will bundle the whole mess up and place it in the articles section, where it rightly belongs. So what do we know about this...

Smart Tags?

Microsoft plans to introduce a new hyperlink widget in Internet Explorer on the Windows XP platform, expected to be released in October. I imagine you may have read quite a lot about these tags already. In case you haven’t, here’s a distilled...

Just another really great Central…

I’ve been spending a lot of time of late getting familiar with Central American coffees. Maybe too much time. I recently sprang for some of the recent Panama “Cup of Excellence” auction winner, Finca Lerida, and the best I can say about it is that...

Chip

There is a chipmunk looking in my window. I think it’s watching television. Given that the tele is tuned to TechTV, does that suggest the critter’s name is...

Mediums Writ Large, Part II

So what is this invention, this medium, that has evidently caused us fits throughout the ages? Is it a tool? A toy? A myth? A medium is vehicle for communication. It’s a transport for the expression of ideas… a means for transmitting a message from the...

Guatemala Huehuetenango, Asobagri Co-op, 2001 Crop

Rating: [rating:3.5/5] My First Fair Trade Coffee Guatemala is home to some really good coffees–clean, fragrant, and fruity. While the Antigua region garners the lion’s share of attention for their complexity, chocolate and spice flavors, Huehuetenango...

Mediums Writ Large, Part I

When Thug the caveman first scrawled an image of himself on a wall of stone, we can imagine the prehistoric critics — “Arg! Ick dannae throg!” Which, roughly translated, imparts that the cave art lacked passion, and what’s more Thug would be...

A Tarrazu Triple Play

I am — nearly every day — amazed by coffee. By its infinite variety, its complexity, its capability to surprise and delight… and all this within just a single growing region of the world, the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. There is a story to be told...

One of *those* people…

“Oh… you’re one of *those* people.” I keep hearing that phrase. It inevitably pops up when I’m asked about what I do, and where I started out, and what a long, strange trip it’s been. One of *those* people, in this case, means...

Do they come in threes?

Do they come in threes? Two of the most useful and, in their own ways, relevant weblogs on the Net are ceasing publication. Dack.com has offered the musings of Dack Ragus… a guy from Minneapolis with a sardonic view of the web and the world, alike. Case in...

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Jessie, the abominable golden retriever, is a fertilizer factory. Of course she produces the usual carpet bombs that any large dog is terrifically equipped to manufacture. She appears also to have an unlimited capacity to produce nitrogen, that elemental stuff that...

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