8 years ago I met her. 6 years ago today I asked her to spend her life with me. 4 years ago today we made it official. Somehow, it feels new while feeling like it’s been this way all along. It’s exciting and it’s comfortable. I love her and I’m in love with her.
Happy Anniversary, Elizabeth.
- I do not share the pessimism that most everyone on my feed seems to have.
- I think David Karp closing his official blog statement with “Fuck yeah, David” was sophomoric.
- I think Yahoo’s statement about not wanting to screw things up was adorable.
- I trust Marissa Mayer.
- If it is in your nature to complain, I think you should wait until actual changes get made before doing so.
Yes, to all of these things.
While I agree David’s statement ending in “Fuck Yeah” was sophomoric, I think it was his way of saying tumblr is still tumblr. Both his and Marrissa’s statements communicated an understanding of the inherent tumblrness (tumblarity?) of the community that were reassuring in their own ways.
There are a lot of places to find out where to make great coffee, but those tend to involve precise measurements, scales, expensive machinery, math, and dark magic.
I love great coffee, but I also love pretty good coffee. And to my taste buds, the difference between a lot fuss and a little bit of fuss isn’t very big. A little bit of fuss goes a hell of a long way from Folgers in your Krups drip machine, though. If you want to really taste your coffee and the wonderful nuance of its flavor without that astringent, bitter, want-to-go-brush-your-tongue-after-a-cup feeling, read on…
Pretty good coffee requires only these basic things:
If this is a problem, I can’t help you. I do recommend starting with filtered water if it’s available, though, just because this is about the coffee. It’s also better for your brewing equipment.
This post is mainly advice for the uninitiated, so I’m not going to tell you that you need to get tonx right away or anything. You are probably used to some Colombian dark roast in a drip coffee maker or a Donut Shop k-cup, so the subtleties of excellent beans are going to be lost on you. Instead, go to your favorite grocery store and pick something with a pretty package. Whole bean, light or medium roast. Bonus points if it’s locally roasted because real people are awesome. Or you can just get yourself a free sample of tonx because gosh darnit, you’re worth it. I’d also look awesome in one of those shirts with the french bulldog, so you’d be doing us both a favor.
an Aerobie Aeropress or equivalent brewer
No self-serving plug here (full disclosure: I totally would, but I’m in NC where we can’t be Amazon Affiliates). The Aeropress is just a very good, inexpensive brewer that’s easy to use, easy to clean, and portable. The drawback is that it only brews a single cup at a time. If that’s no good for you, try to apply this pragmatic approach to your brewing method of choice. Just note that times, measurements, and quality will vary with different brewing methods and you should probably read one of those Great Coffee recipes to know where to start.
Effortless, consistent, inexpensive. Pick 2. I chose consistent and inexpensive and went with the Haro MSS-1B. It’s fine for the job I need it to do, which is basically to grind enough for a cup of coffee while my water heats up. How sophisticated your grinding setup needs to be is totally up to you. Even a blade grinder is better than buying pre-ground.
a vessel capable of boiling and pouring water
I started brewing in my aeropress using a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup heated in the microwave until boiling and then just letting it cool a few seconds before pouring. It took like 4 minutes to boil and wasn’t easy to pour accurately, so I have since moved to a sweet little kettle. It’s quick to boil (about 1 minute for a cup), easy to pour, and passed my wife’s aesthetic requirements for anything that resides on our kitchen counter. Triple win.
a timer of sorts
99% chance your phone has a stopwatch. You could also use your microwave’s timer, counting in your head, or training your dog to bark at 30 second intervals. No clue what you cat people would do.
A decent consumer SLR body, usually $600–900, is a big investment for most people. But if you can’t also afford to buy at least one good lens with it, you’ll get better photos by going with a less expensive kit, such as a high-end point-and-shoot or an entry-level mirrorless setup.
- Assemble your Aeropress “inverted”: Plunger piece on the bottom, rubber side up. Slip the other bit on top with the filter side up. You want the seal to be at the ④ mark.
- Grind 1 Aeropress scoop (about 14 grams) of beans to about the size of table salt (hat tip to Scott at Tonx for the practical grind size unit of measurement) and pour them into the Aeropress.
- Rinse an Aeropress filter and put it in the cap. Some say this affects the flavor. I just think it’s easier to put the cap on when you brew inverted because the filter clings to the cap.
- Bring water to a boil and then give it a few seconds to cool. If you have a kettle with temperature control, shoot for 205. Get your timer or stopwatch ready.
- Pour enough water over the grounds to completely soak them and start your timer.
- Stir the grounds to break up any clumps. I stir for about 10 seconds with the Aeropress paddle, being sure to get grounds off the seal and sidewalls.
- Fill the chamber with water to around the ① mark. Doesn’t have to be exact. Just leave enough room for bloom and stirring.
- At around the 1 minute mark, give it another quick stir just to move the grounds around and then add a little more water if you want. Or not. I don’t care, it’s your coffee. Put the filter cap on.
- At 1:30, it’s time to spin the whole thing over onto your mug and start plungin’. The size of your grind will dictate how hard you have to push, but I always shoot for being done at 2:20-2:30.
- You can dilute it with some of your leftover water if you want a weaker or fuller cup, but I like it best just like it is. Drink your delicious coffee.
☛ First Listen: 'The Great Gatsby'
SLRs aren’t worth it if you’ll only use the kit lens – Marco.org
Y’all. This is really important. Elizabeth and I are always asked by friends about camera purchases, and we stress this point every time.
I think it’s a mistake by the camera manufacturers that they even include kit lenses in their lower-end models. Several of the most popular cameras cannot even be purchased without the kit lens (usually a 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 that is literally garbage), and it leads folks to think it’s inherently “good enough”. It’s not!
A fast prime lens is generally the best value. Depending on your brand of choice, there are several options between 24mm and 50mm that will boost your photo quality and aesthetic appeal.
Tip: Technically, a 35mm lens on a full frame camera or a 24mm lens on a crop sensor (if you have an SLR and aren’t sure, this is what you have, but you could RTFM to be sure) covers about the same “zoom” as your eyes. Personally, I prefer the slight magnification of a 50mm full frame or 35mm cropped.
The soundtrack to The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann’s latest high-end refurbishing of a lived-in classic, doesn’t try to re-imagine Jazz Age tunes in a modern context. Instead, it attempts to transplant the sensibility of the 1920s to the hip-hop era, with genre-busting collaborations overseen by Jay-Z.
Just when I thought I was excited about the movie… yeah, now I’m really excited.
Well. Here’s this afternoon’s soundtrack.
Conference call doodle. Felt like summer.
☛ $30 on Amazon: BlueGate Bluetooth Adapter Wireless Receiver by GOgroove Audio
@danbenjamin’s nightmare scenario in my class tonight.
This little dingus has enabled a wireless music/podcast setup in my just-slightly-too-old-to-have-it-built-in car. If you have an Aux-in jack, it’s an awesome little upgrade.
Also works on home stereo systems and headphones, but what makes this one perfect for the car is that, unlike many of its competitors, it charges via USB.
I couldn’t do my job without a computer, but this makes me want to try.
Listening to Gruber and Moltz discuss Wall Street’s “absurd” reaction to Apple’s performance is driving me crazy.
They’re not wrong: the market is a poor representation of how well Apple is doing. However, the reasoning is simple to understand.
About 4.5 years ago, AAPL hit its lowest point since the launch of the original iPhone. Wise investors looking for a strong growth stock knew Apple wasn’t done innovating, so they bought.
And they kept buying at an alarming rate because Apple’s products and profits were leaps and bounds ahead of competitors and continuing to improve.
Shortly after the iPhone 5 launch, however, those growth investors’ expectations shifted. It wasn’t because Apple wasn’t still doing incredibly well - they were. They just didn’t expect them to keep growing at that alarming rate.
To those growth investors that have been buying in since late 2008, Apple’s bottom line doesn’t matter. They’re focused, rather, on the slope of the line. As they speculate that Apple can’t continue growing at the same pace it has over the past few years, they sell off and move on to more traditional growth investments.
As a result, the price falls to a level where slow growth or dividend income investors start to pick it up and it levels off. At that point, it may become attractive for growth investors again because it seems to be leveling off at a point far below the industry average P/E ratio. Time will tell.
That’s why I stay the hell out of the stock market, though. You’re not betting on the performance of a company. You’re betting on a bunch of rich, old guys’ expectations. Even when they’re wrong about the company, they’re not wrong about the stock price because they control the stock price.