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  • Roasting your own coffee might seem like an arcane craft, but it's surprisingly easy. With some basic tools and a little practice, you'll be turning out top-notch, customized coffee without a hitch.
  • Whether you're the kind of coffee drinker that slugs back the swill in the break-room coffee pot at work or savors exotic coffee on sleepy Sundays, there is always room for enhancing your java.

links for 2009-02-22

  • Apple is well known for their great marketing and advertising efforts. Hell, as an iPhone and iMac owner, I've even succumb to their sweet siren song. Judging by the ad above I think it's time to reconsider the direction of the most recent ad campaign.

    Does anyone ever kick and flail their arms and legs like that when listening to their ipod? Out of the thousands (yes thousands) of people I see on the subway listening to their ipods, the most physical movement I ever see is a covert nose pick, or an apathetic yawn while some pan handler saunters by.

    If people REALLY reacted to their music on a crowded subway car like the girl in the ad above, Apple would have to change their posters to look like this…

  • But once the subway does arrive, that's when the fun starts. Everyone always says that there are so many different people in New York, but you don't really get that idea until you ride the subway. The thing is, the different people aren't cliche. It's not like the Village People times 100 or anything. Yeah there are the police officers, the business men, construction workers, etc. but SO much more.

    -There's the short fat black man wearing his nice dress pants and shirt listening to his headphones and dancing around like a character on The Wiggles.

  • the next morning was TORTURE!!! D:
    My dad got me up so early, that school hadn't even opened at all!!
    he woke me up at 4, showered, got dressed, fixed my hair,and ate breakfast,
    it was around 6, then I took the subway to school
    all he gave me was a map of the city.
    I walked over to the subway,and bought my ticket…. I sat by myself on the subway,listening to my music
    because it soothed me.. I felt safe here, unlike New York.. I felt my skirt slide up, and I had to keep pulling it down.
    and just then, I saw Minho get onto the subway,with Onew and everyone else.
    I tried to turn away,but he saw me. He didn't get close,but he just smiled at me.
    I felt good,but sad though. But, I was fine with it XD
    I looked out the window, to the black walls outside.v
  • So we listen to music on speakers - not headphones - quite a bit in the studio. Or at least Jack does, because they’re in his batcave.

    And sometimes, I’m not sure what’s playing from next door, but I know I like it - and it’d be good to know what it is. Fortunately, Jack mainly listens to radio (and even if it’s not radio, his iTunes would still be scrobbled).

    So I wrote wotlisten.rb. You can see it (and get it) as a gist on github. It doesn’t use audio recognition, or the API, or RSS; it uses plain-old screen-scraping.

  • A 23-year-old visitor from the East Coast had just gotten money from an ATM when he told his friend on a cell phone that he had a bad feeling about two men approaching him at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland.

    His worst fears were realized when one suspect, Victor Veliz, 18, held a folding knife with a 5-inch blade to his neck and the other, Christopher Gonzalez, 18, threatened to shoot him Thursday night, authorities said.

  • Dear Colleague,

    To celebrate this anniversary we are delighted to offer you free access to a range of key articles published in Antipode from 1969-2009. Some of the most influential social scientists have published in the journal - such as David Harvey, Mike Davis, Doreen Massey, Neil Smith, Linda McDowell and Cindi Katz - and its average citation impact over the last decade places it within the top 7 journals in Geography and the Environmental Sciences. The journal is distinctive not only because of the radical scholarship it publishes, but also because it contributes to the wider project of critical social science in a number of ways, including offering annual Graduate Scholarships and running biannual Summer Institutes for young researchers.

    We hope you enjoy reading them!
    Noel Castree (Managing Editor, Manchester University, UK)
    Wendy Larner (Editor, University of Bristol, UK)

  • Once heard, it is unmistakable: an echo of “Somewhere” that rises from the ceaseless tide of shrieks and moans in the subways.

    A revival of “West Side Story” begins previews next week, but this little piece of it has been playing nonstop beneath Broadway since 2000, when new cars began rolling with an innovative propulsion system. Most of them are on the 2, 4 and 5 lines, and fresh audiences arrive daily.

links for 2009-02-21

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  • Today on my way to work I missed my subway stop. Listening to Cast-On, a knitting podcast and working on a sock…I was so involved…

    That's actually the first time it happened. I felt…sheepish ! :)

  • Welcome to Paria Springs, a project dedicated to ecotourism through conservation and responsible eco and adventure tourism! Located in Trinidad and Tobago the Caribbean's premiere ecotourism and adventure destination, where Amazonian cornucopia blends with Caribbean allure. Realize your dream vacation escaping in a magnificently rich, colourful and diverse environment and culture.

    We offer adventure, sporting, natural history, wildlife and cultural eco adventure tours with rustic, colourful Caribbean styled accommodations. Experience adventures that take you deep into rainforests, wetlands, savannas, along rugged coasts, to mountaintops or to stunning waterfalls. All provided by a company whose ultimate aim is conservation of the environment and culture while providing you with fun eco and adventure vacations. Anything is possible with Paria Springs in Trinidad and Tobago!

links for 2009-02-17

  • "I have felt the impact of the constant advertisement bombardment of the city of New York. The bits and pieces of text and information that interrupt my private space and thoughts as I take the subway or walk through the city influences my daily experience on a subconscious level and based on this observation, I became interested in the texts that I would see especially in the subway and ended up making a serious of handbills that appropriated the security information posters in the subway. By changing one of them from saying "If You See Anything Suspicious Please Let Someone Know Immediately" to "If You See Anything Interesting Please Let Someone Know Immediately," it all of a sudden was pointing more at the situation and state that we are living in at this moment. When put in art context, the slogan references the common use of the prosaic word "interesting" in the art world, which is often used when a viewer doesn't know how to respond to a piece of artwork."
  • Diego Stocco is a composer, sound designer, composer for video games, and all-round creative guy. Not only are his compositions very interesting to listen to, but he’s got a knack for making his music out of the least likely of sources.

    Diego was born in Italy and discovered music at the age of 6 when his parents, hoping to calm him down, gave him his first electronic keyboard (my own parents actually bought me a Korg Poly-800 synthesizer to calm me down too… the soothing sounds of analogue synthesis!)

    In 2001 Diego started to produce for Spectrasonics and is one of the principal sound designers for a few really cool virtual instruments - Atmosphere, Omnisphere and Stylus RMX.

    His latest track is made from SAND. Yes, sand - the kind you find at the beach.

links for 2009-02-16

  • Under the hood of the automobile owned by Leo Feuchter, of Ironton, Ohio, is a homemade calliope which is powered by the exhaust of the engine and played by means of an organ-type keyboard at the right side of the dashboard. Depending upon the speed at which the motor is running, the sound of the calliope can be heard from six to eight blocks away. To start the music, the operator presses a pedal, diverting the exhaust gases into the instrument. The range of the calliope is two octaves. Feuchter, a sixty-five-year-old automobile mechanic, designed and constructed the unique installation, which has attracted wide attention in parades and at conventions.

links for 2009-02-15

  • Cincinnati emerged from a tumultuous 19th century as a growing metropolis committed to city planning. The most ambitious plan of the early twentieth century, the Cincinnati Subway, was doomed to failure. Construction began in 1920 and ended in 1927 when the money had run out. Today, two miles of empty subway tunnels still lie beneath Cincinnati, waiting to be used. The Cincinnati Subway tells the whole story, from the turbulent times in the 1880s to the ultimate failure of ìCincinnatiís White Elephant.î Along the way, the reader will learn about what was happening in Cincinnati during the growth of the subwayófrom the Courthouse Riots in 1884 to life in the Queen City during World War II.
  • The telegraph resounds at every post. It is a harp with one string, - the first strain from the American lyre.
  • A man about 43 years of age giving the name Joshua Coppersmith has been arrested for attempting to extort funds from ignorant and superstitious people by exhibiting a device which he says will convey the human voice any distance over metallic wires. He calls the instrument a 'telephone,' which is obviously intended to imitate the word 'telegraph' and win the confidence of those who know the success of the latter instrument. Well informed people know that it is impossible to transmit the human voice over wires, as may be done by dots and dashes and signals of the Morse Code. The authorities who apprehended this criminal are to be congratulated and it is hoped that punishment will be prompt and fitting, and that it may serve as an example to other conscienceless schemers who enrich themselves at the expense of their fellow creatures.

    – Boston newspaper, 1865, quoted by Edison's assistant Francis Jehl in Menlo Park Reminiscences, 1937