Waters from the Wilderness

Today I took a trip to the Pulgas Water Temple. It’s only open on weekdays, so I stopped by for a few minutes late in the day. I took these pictures on my Canon EOS 6D with my go-to 17-40 f/4 L lens. This stone structure near Interstate 280 commemorates the completion of the Hetch… Continue reading Waters from the Wilderness

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Gentleman’s Ride Recap

You can donate for 2017! Donate now. Last Sunday was an unforgettable day riding through SF and across Golden Gate. We rode united to fight male suicide and prostate cancer and had a great time doing it. Why I am asking for your support Men are dying too young. Prostate cancer kills more men than… Continue reading Gentleman’s Ride Recap

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Support male suicide prevention

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I lost a coworker to suicide a couple years ago. Half a million men will commit suicide this year. Depression doesn’t discriminate. Guys, don’t “tough it out” in silence. Talk to somebody. You can always speak with somebody immediately at 1-800-273-TALK. I am partnering with The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride… Continue reading Support male suicide prevention

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New Heart, New Mind

I used to believe I’d be remembered for my work. Not anymore. Life is about relationships with people, not bits. What’s valued is availability, truly caring for those around you, and expecting nothing in return. I’m being remembered for my love. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a… Continue reading New Heart, New Mind

The Joy of Doing

The secret of happiness is in knowing this: that we live by the law of expenditure. We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are. There are tides in the ocean of life, and what comes in depends on what goes out. The currents flow inward only where there is an… Continue reading The Joy of Doing

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“Sorry, your coffee isn’t an artisanal ritual.”

Marco Arment writes about coffee lovers who look down upon Keurig K-Cups:

We’re the ones who keep creating, replacing, Kickstarting, and spending top dollar on ever-more-specialized equipment, even when it differs from established products only in arbitrary or purely decorative ways that have no discernable effect on the actual coffee (except maybe prolonging the process of making it).

We’re the ones who obsess over every little detail of brewing technique as if they matter much more than they really do, making good coffee ever more alienating and confusing to casual coffee drinkers who don’t have time to study and fuss over it as much as we do. […]

Maybe we’d get some of the Keurig fans to use our methods if we weren’t so pretentious, wasteful, expensive, and inaccessible ourselves. […]

Our obsession with gear and “rituals” is only distracting them — and us — from the real problem: old, mediocre, or badly roasted beans.

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The Invention of the AeroPress

Zachary Crockett at Priceonomics brings us the story of Alen Alder’s company Aerobie and how a toy manufacturer started making coffee makers.

The AeroPress was conceived at Alan Adler’s dinner table. The company was having a team meal, when the wife of Aerobie’s sales manager posed a question: “What do you guys do when you just want one cup of coffee?”

A long-time coffee enthusiast and self-proclaimed “one cup kinda guy,” Adler had wondered this many times himself. He’d grown increasingly frustrated with his coffee maker, which yielded 6-8 cups per brew. In typical Adler fashion, he didn’t let the problem bother him long: he set out to invent a better way to brew single cup of coffee.

I love my AeroPress. It really does make a great cup.

Placebo-philes

Robert McGinley Myers:

For me it started with a simple search for better headphones. I think I typed “best headphones under $50” into Google, and what came back was a series of lists, like this one or this one, ranking the best headphones at a series of price ranges. I settled on a pair pretty quickly, and when they arrived I loved them, but those lists had planted their hooks in my brain. How much better would my music sound if I were willing to spend just a little bit more?

A fantastic read on the placebo effect on everything from sound gear to wine to alternative medicine. Via Marco.org, who wrote this week about his own search for better coffee and headphones.