“The popularity of capsule coffee systems like K-Cups and Nespresso is a marketing marvel. GMCR estimates that around 13% of all U.S. households have one of their devices. But the real money comes from not from the razors but the blades. Ounce for ounce, consumers are generally paying anywhere from $35 - 60 a pound for the ground coffee inside these capsules. Lock-in is lucrative.”—K-Cup Cops: License and Registration Please | Tonx
Among coffee aficionados, the AeroPress is a revelation. A small, $30 plastic device that resembles a plunger makes what many consider to be the best cup of coffee in the world. Proponents of the device claim that drinks made with the AeroPress are more delicious than those made with thousand-dollar machines. Perhaps best of all, the AeroPress seems to magically clean itself during the extraction process.
There’s really nothing bad to say about the device other than the fact that it’s a funny-looking plastic thingy. Then again, its inventor, Stanford professor Alan Adler, is a world renowned inventor of funny-looking plastic thingies; while Adler’s Palo Alto based company Aerobie is best known today for its coffee makers, the firm rose to prominence in the 1980s for its world-record-setting flying discs.
This is the story of how Adler and Aerobie dispelled the notion of industry-specific limitations and found immense success in two disparate industries: toys and coffee.
“Hannah and I discussed various ideas for the mural. We started with a painting, as naturally that would be a good way to cover the entire wall. Then we discussed a pop art portrait of Lincoln. That was followed by the idea of a large-scale reproduction of a newspaper’s front page, possibly requiring a large print to be adhered like wallpaper. I contacted a local printer, but unfortunately their largest print size was four inches too narrow to cover the width of the wall. Hannah suggested that instead of a newspaper page, we could reproduce a single page from a novel. I instantly saw it in my mind - beautiful typography covering the entire wall, bleeding just past the edges to make the wall feel even larger. A classic black and white palette would match anything in the room. I was sold.”—
“Tweet Small Change is a project to bestow $140.00 micro-grants given to compelling arts projects that are pitched via tweet. In other words, we invite artists and creators to submit an idea via tweet for what they would do with $140.00. Submissions are open for 48 hours once announced. The best are chosen — up to 10 per round (i.e. each round is funded at $1400.00). All we ask is that creators share their funded projects on social networks with the hashtag #tweetsmallchange.”—
This is a fantastic opportunity for small/beginning artists who need a little cash to get their art supplies, a helpful book about writing to finish their book, or money to rent a space for a performance.
“Focusing on making a partnership work is more profitable than focusing on making money.
Love your employees more than you love your clients.
The best new business is your current business.
Price projects by asking yourself what the client’s lawyer would charge.
It’s better to be hired for your work than for your price.
When it comes to getting paid, the first of the month is better than the thirtieth.
Making money off mechanicals, printing and computers turns your business into a commodity.
The books in your library are more important than the numbers on your balance sheet.
In order to love your work, take vacations.
Power, in business, comes from sharing money and valuing love.”—What Bill Knew: Observatory: Design Observer
“Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Ulysses - Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)”—Tennyson Quote from Skyfall (New James Bond)
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here — that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”—Quote in Apple’s “Your Verse” Ad
Tonx is giving everyone who signs up a $5 credit through this link. You can use it towards a subscription to receive the best damn coffee you’ll ever taste. Basically, you get your first shipment for half the price.
When you’re about to have a baby, people always say the same things: “Oh, get ready to never sleep again!” “Just wait until he starts walking, then the real challenge begins!” “Kids are annoying, who wants one!” And while some of that is true (walking definitely presents challenges) and some depends on your specific kid (Oliver actually slept well from day one, luckily), the focus is always on the child and how challenging keeping them alive, content and healthy will be. What no one mentions is how huge the impact of having kids will be on running your home every day. I’m not talking about sleep or personal hygiene. I’m talking about all of those daily tasks everyone has and how they suddenly become exponential. And you can never get ahead because everything starts again the very next day.
We run the dishwasher at least once a day. We’ve had many two-times days. And even with all of that, every night the sink is full of dishes and every morning there’re more to do when I wake up. If we didn’t have a dishwasher, we would have died months ago. Laundry? Hah! I’ll see your laundry and raise you every single piece of fabric in our house is constantly in need of washing and piling up in the laundry room. We had to buy another laundry basket because the one was overflowing every day. Think you got all of it done by spending all day yesterday doing 11 loads? Hilarious, today isn’t yesterday and here’s a bunch more soiled bibs and shirts and wet towels. Remember when you went to the grocery store on Sunday and bought everything you could think of? Yeah, well, that’s all gone. Unless you want to eat tuna straight out of a can, you’d better hop over to the store again. While you’re at it, make sure you update your Amazon subscribe-and-save diaper delivery schedule because you’re out of them again even though it seems like you had 200 to spare a few days ago.
These little things add up to many hours a day. It’s amazing and tiring and frustrating. The kid part is actually pretty great.
Led by CEO RICH THOMPSON, Northern Vision Development has revitalized Whitehorse’s long-neglected waterfront, one project at a time. Now, for its most ambitious undertaking yet, the company is setting its sights on the city’s biggest downtown prize.
By Eva Holland
The old Canadian Tire building has sat vacant at the corner of Ogilvie and Fourth – a main artery cutting through downtown Whitehorse – for years now. Skateboarders roll through the empty lot. Used cars with “For Sale” signs taped to their windshields face the traffic. Most recently, a young couple has been selling Alaskan fish out of a truck and trailer in front of the abandoned store.
Rumours have swirled about the property for years: a movie multiplex was moving in, people said, or a big box store. But nothing ever changed. Then, finally, this past summer, there was movement. A construction company put up temporary fencing and started work on the building. The rumours coalesced into solid fact: Whitehorse was getting a veritable indoor mall. And a hard-charging, ambitious, relatively young company was the developer behind the project. To real estate watchers in the Yukon, Northern Vision Development’s involvement was no surprise: the company, just shy of its tenth birthday, has been changing the face of downtown Whitehorse for the past several years. And according to CEO Rich Thompson, it’s just getting started.
"I shot this film over 12 days around the San Pedro de Atacama region of Northern Chile. San Pedro is an oasis town in the Atacama and sits at an altitude of 2600m. The town is a great base to explore the fascinating landscapes that surround it, and everything just goes up and up. The Atacama is well-known for what are arguably the cleanest, darkest skies on Earth." — Nicholas Buer
“I thought it was the second worst song on the record. I turned in three songs to Rick; each seemed like a better single. Then he called me: “You may wanna think of something more up-tempo. These songs come off gangster; you’re from Seattle, and I don’t need to hear more gangster shit.” So I scrapped the original track for “Baby Got Back” and made a more up-tempo track. It’s rare that a big hit hip-hop song is fast, but Rick fell in love with it as soon as he heard the revised track. There was one change he suggested: “On your punch line, I need you to hit mute, and drop the music out so that people can hear what you’re saying. That’s gonna drive the song.” That’s where “my anaconda don’t want none” or “I’m thinkin’ about stickin’” came from. As soon as he heard the finished track, he said, “People are gonna be talking about this twenty years from now.””—Sir Mix-a-Lot ‘Baby Got Back’ Video Oral History — Vulture
“After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic. Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.”—
“You know, the oddest thing about what’s happening right now is that we’ve stopped living our lives and we’re just recording them.”—George Clooney, recalling what he told President Obama during a fundraiser in which no one wanted to shake their hands, they just wanted to take their picture. (via parislemon)