Verve Remixed Yet Again

April 6, 2005

Cool Hunting reports that a third Verve Remixed album is now out…

“The third volume in the series takes things up a notch by not only employing the skills of top DJs, but also some indie rock and hip-hop artists as well. This time around, the obvious divas are remixed, including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, but South African-born jazz and world fusion visionary Hugh Masekela gets it too.”

If you’re not familiar with the Verve Remixes series, you’ve been missing some extraordinarily great music—The Verve has opened their library of great jazz classics to a select number of DJs and other mash-up artists to produce some stunningly good sounds.

I was a big fan of Verve Remixed, and Verve Remixed Vol. 2, as well as Thievery Corporation’s Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi, with a number of tracks making my main (and my chillout) playlists—I’m really looking forward to hearing Volume 3…

DIY Espresso Machine

April 5, 2005

Engadget has a how-to article on making a portable “espresso machine”.

The unit is made up of pretty much equal parts PVC, caulk gun, and hacker ingenuity, and much like a Philips Senseo, it may make coffee from pressurized hot water, calling it espresso seems to be a bit of a stretch.

Likewise, it seems to lack the counter-panache of a Francis! Francis! X3 (or a Senseo, even). On the other hand, it may be the best coffee you ever got from shopping on the plumbing aisle at Home Depot, even if it does lack provisions for steaming the milk…

With this machine, you’ll heat your water seperately and then just pour it in. I highly suggest you pressure test the unit for leaks with cold water before trying a hot water run. You are the pump, so you will control the pressure in the system. It’s all dependent on how hard you tamp the grounds and what rate you force the plunger through. You probably won’t be producing 12 bar and I double.. no.. triple suggest you pressure test the system if you are even going to attempt that kind of pressure.

Giada De Laurentiis Interview

April 5, 2005

Amazon has up a fairly interesting interview with Giada De Laurentiis

Not that I’m in the habit of reading Amazon features, per se, but I rather enjoyed this.  I tend to like her “Everyday Italian” program on FoodTV, but you don’t usually hear or see much of anything about her background (she’s the granddaughter of Dino De Laurentiis, and grew up in his Hollywood restaurant, but also trained as a chef in Paris.)

Of course, they do ask the one question everybody who watches does, and they get the predictable answer…

Everyday Italian:
125 Simple &
Delicious Recipes How do you stay skinny when you’re surrounded by all this food?

De Laurentiis: I don’t overeat. I didn’t grow up in a family where it was about stuffing your face. We ate really great food–rich food–you’ll see there’s food in my cookbook that’s not low-fat by any means, and I’ll be the first to tell you that. But we didn’t overeat anything. You know, I’d have a little plate of pasta but I wouldn’t eat a huge bowl. It’s all about portion control.

Gold that Tiger

April 1, 2005

Given the date, I suppose we can take this with a grain of salt, but apparently Apple has completed the “Gold Master” build of OS X version 10.4, aka “Tiger”.

Sources expect Apple to announce the completion of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger as early as tomorrow, April 1st. Some retailers, including Amazon, which is offering a $35 mail-in rebate, have already begun taking pre-orders of Mac OS X Tiger, indicating that they expect to thip the product within 30 days.

Fasten your seatbelts; it looks like we’re about ready for lift-off…

Google convinced less, still promises little.

March 10, 2005

Google is still claiming that Autolink is all about “user convenience”—what a load of crap.

The ‘net as it exists today would never have happened if people couldn’t sell products online.  If the search engines swipe all of the product links and send them to Amazon etc., pretty soon it will be just Google and Amazon—and the rest of it will look like NSFNet, circa 1991. 

All of the rest of us won’t be there to steal from anymore.

The fact is, we let Google scrape our content to sell context sensitive ads against on the search results, and they pay us back with traffic.  Fair ‘nuff—if I didn’t like their traffic, I could shut them out with robots.txt. 

I even let them sell ads against my content directly, and pay me for the privilege.  Fine and dandy, and if I decide I don’t like it, I’ll opt out.

Autolink is greedy, however.  It uses our content as a backdrop to sell, and returns us nothing for our efforts.  It also offers us no opt-out facility.  In what sense is this not evil?

The pressure continues to mount.  Micropersuasion covers Walt Mossberg’s WSJ article and Google’s still waffling response.

“I’ve had long conversations about this with senior Google officials, and they say they are actively considering changing the way the AutoLink feature works so it might not actually alter the Web pages themselves. They note that the feature is a work in progress. But the Google officials also insist their first principle is user convenience.”

How big a hammer has to come down on them before they start to get it?

(via Steve Gillmore’s Inforouter)

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Review: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Criterion Collection

March 6, 2005

Since I wanted to watch Fear and Loathing again, and my old copy had been dragged around and finally eaten by cats, I was pleased to stumble on a copy of the Criterion Collection reissue of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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Ecopad Refillable Filter for Philips Senseo

March 3, 2005

Awhile back, I reviewed the Café-filter for the Philips Senseo, which worked, but you had to go through some hoops to order one if you live in the US.

Fortunately, there is now a less expensive and more available alternative, Ecopad the Refillable Coffee-pad for the Senseo, available from Amazon.

It appears to work much like the Caf√ɬ©-filter, which means that it’s a great deal if you hooked on the single-cup convenience of the Senseo, but not on the rather bitter and flavorless standard coffee pads.

For $15, it’s certainly worth checking out!

Bodum Assam Tea Press Review

March 3, 2005

Bodum Assam Tea PressWhile I’ve never messed around much with coffee presses, I have to admit to being real fond of the Bodum Assam Tea Press.

Ever since I took off the “tea bag training wheels” and started brewing loose leaf teas, I’ve been looking for a convenient way of doing it.

I liked the much better variety and flavor of decent loose teas, but I always ended up messing up a double-handful of containers, one to heat the water in, one to brew the tea in, and one to strain the brewed tea in, etc.

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Café-filter for Philips Senseo Review

March 3, 2005

As I mentioned in my review of the Philips Senseo, I’d ordered a Café-filter from The Netherlands. This device is designed and manufactured by LMTO Electronics, B.V., and is a re-usable permanent filter for the Senseo.

The unit is built in two pieces (you can see a picture on their site, above) — a dish-shaped bottom piece, and a lid that fits tightly on top. Both the top and bottom have a reinforced mesh filter. You can fill the filter with the ground coffee of your choice (8 grams, as per the instructions), place it in the “two cup” Senseo filter pod holder, and brew a single cup.
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“The Long Tail” and your web site

February 11, 2005

The Long Tail” is a term that has generated a lot of buzz over the last few months.  In short, it says that the total demand for goods that there is a slight demand for far exceeds the total demand for goods that there is a strong demand for.  Confused yet?  How does this apply to your web site?
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