Sunday, June 29, 2014

Open Source Software

I use a lot of it. In fact, at home it is almost exclusively all I use outside of gaming. I came across this little article that really encapsulates open source software, and the value of community driven software.

There is one group missing from the group, and I feel like it is one I fall into: Evangelists. I believe in the value of things created by the community.

I don't write about it enough, and I plan to, in time. There is just something nice about using something that was created as a labor of love, rather than just a product.

Of course, there are issues with that too, but that is just people.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Grinds: A Replacement for Chew

This... This is a thing.

Grinds are coffee pouches that are meant to be chewed instead of smokeless tobacco. You're switching out one nasty, potentially deadly vice in exchange for one less so. It is basically a coffee based energy drink turned into some kind gum or gritty mess. I have to wonder just what the texture is in the mouth.

I get it. I even applaud the effort.

However, at the same time, I cannot quite wrap my head around it.

For those who would want to quit chew tobacco, its is a good alternative.

You should quit chew tobacco. In fact, you should quit smoking too.

I just wonder, is this a good alternative for coffee? If there a DIY method of those wanting to homebrew this mess?

Spitting black spit everywhere is kind of disgusting though.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Back in Flannel and Needin' My Fix

Midnight Rambles

It is the first night of summer, and I just realized it has been a couple weeks since I have posted anything on this blog about coffee, or even something completely unrelated.

I have been cutting back on my coffee intake after a few brutal weeks of caffeine overkill. Also, my own real life has consumed me with a few issues that will not be chronicled for anyone with search engine access to find. 

I will start up with coffee soon. I have almost started drinking Peet's House blend in my espresso maker and French Press, and Hi-Line in the Nespresso Machine.

Dellessa actually likes the Hi-Line over the Nespresso blends, and it works for her in the early hours. 

Even though we are starting to get into the more brutal parts of summer, I am finding my way back into open flannel shirts, grunge and post grunge music, and some of the movies and culture of my youth. 

I have also started to explore some of parts of the early Internet I missed in those days: I set up my own IRC server and have started exploring Usenet, reading over it like Reddit. It is all fascinating in its simplicity. Well, the IRC server took some doing to get it set up properly on an Ubuntu server, but oh well.

Maybe its just all the coffee talk taking me back to a simpler time? Before a cup of Starbucks wasn't a symbol of suburban middle class, and was a piece of counter-culture.

Of course, us old flannel wearers are soccer moms and middle management stiffs now. Soon, we will be the dreaded Man. 

In the meantime, here's some Seven Mary Three

Friday, June 6, 2014

Coffee Prices.

Well, its finally happening to one of the biggest of the big boys in the coffee world. Even the price of Folgers is going up because of the world wide prices of Arabica.

If these keeps up, the cheap stuff really won't be that much cheaper than some of the decent mid-Range coffees.

Why waste time on Folgers when you can get a slightly better cup for not that much more money out of a brand like 8 O'Clock?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Well, Its Called Coffee.

Well, the track is called coffee. Its also, not a bad riddim, not that I can call myself an expert in it.