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We finally found a coffeeshop that I liked enough to want to go back sometime to slouch and write in my journal.

It helped that I had enough spare mental capacity yesterday to browse for a couple more coffeeshop options. I was reminded that Okay-Oogley-Googley Maps isn't great in this department. Also, I find the south side of Berkeley to be way more fun and interesting than the north side.

We're reaching a point where I need to start keeping a spreadsheet. (this should cause my father to grin)

I also came to a decision yesterday evening. I am giving myself a one-month deadline for the leafcutter manuscript. Whatever shape it's in, I will submit it somewhere. OR I will drop working on it entirely. I have informed my advisor of this plan, so she's going to have to just deal with it. I have too many other things to attend to in the meantime, plus in a lot of respects at this stage I'd almost prefer to redo the experiment and do it better. Not that I'll ever have the time or energy to redo it. If anything, I would get a group of students to do it. But better. There comes a point where sitting on a thing no longer helps.


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May. 20th, 2016 08:40 pm (UTC)
That photo looks so yummy!
May. 21st, 2016 05:29 am (UTC)
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man, around here we don't get that fancy swirl in the coffee, it's just a friggin' factory, no cuisinart. only if you go to the italian district do you get that on your cappuccino

yet it's $3-5 for designer minimalist coffee white foam, no swirls
May. 24th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's a rip-off, and sounds a lot like life in the Phoenix area.

I honestly don't care about the latte art part, and to some degree it drives me crazy because it isn't always a good indicator of good espresso. Before specialty coffee gained a real toehold in the Phoenix area, I visited one local coffeeshop where I had the most amazingly mediocre latte experience. It took the barista a good 5 minutes after pulling the shot to actually bother to get it in a mug with some lukewarm steamed milk, and then she made a half-assed attempt to make latte art in it. I almost turned heel and walked out of the coffeeshop. Just make me a latte that tastes good, is properly prepared, and that doesn't cost $8 and I will be satisfied. It isn't too much to ask. Good lattes are reasonably cheap in Seattle for some reason.
May. 25th, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
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i know, and i just walk away from that kind of swill. sometimes they try remake it but never can get it right.

so, in retaliation, what we did is purchase our own breville espresso maker for home, and although we don't get the experience of being out in public we can make the espresso the way we want it in the enjoyment of our own home, sit in the garden or out on the patio or read a book and enjoy a rich crème fresh cup specifically to our own taste. we don't do the lavish milk options, but at least we get fresh and consistent the way we like it. and we save lots of money on designer coffee. so many places seem to serve bitter beans or maybe just old and not fresh. there was a franchise around called wired monk that roasted and ground fresh daily, but the went under last year, chapter 11. no more wired scene. now they are supplanted by a bunch of mediocre chain yankees who wanna be bean. this youtube is about macchiato.. which is what pseudo baristas don't know how to make, yet it's the basic espresso done well... enjoy!

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not sure if this will play in your area.. https://youtu.be/SUpY1BT9Xf4 funny or die..

starbucks recently is bringing in exotic chinese beans that have been processed through monkeys bowels or something and charging $10 a cup for the ultimate in coffee snobbery.

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Edited at 2016-05-25 03:57 pm (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)
I approve of self-imposed kick butt deadlines!
May. 27th, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC)
So, Flint, Michigan. The water was bad. The water was damaging pipes, the water was damaging equipment at car manufacturers. Aren't there Starbucks in Flint? Weren't their machines damaged too? Can coffee places be a good early warning system for poison in the water?

It's really hot here.
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