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The Western Regional Barista Competition is in town this weekend.

I will not be there because it will only ruin my baseline levels of caffeine.

That is, the amount of free coffee I would be inclined to drink would ruin it.

(Oh, I have plenty of control. But I avoid temptation.)


We had a recurring conversation in lab about who could win in an all out war between bay area mass spectrometrists and bay area baristas.

Given a more accurate appraisal of the the relative number of instruments and coffeeshops in this town alone, my previous stance has changed.

We'd be crushed. We'd be pulverized;

We'd be ground into black dust and drank;

It would be a dark, rich, EastBayRoast.

I have a great story about pedagogy gone awry and "white coffee",

and another one about my former housemate's coffee habits,

you know, I mean to tell you all the things I've been thinking,

but I have to go do an experiment right now.


I have always been intrigued by the lines people draw where certain psychoactive substances are concerned. I am pretty protective of my brain's natural chemistry.

But this commercial came to mind today. I think it is an acceptable alternative to my babbling anecdotally in an editorially challenged way.


Is that Kenneth the Page? IMDB doesn't say yes.

 

Are you familiar with Earth Hour? Regardless how you feel about global climate change, it is a sweet opportunity to hang out in the dark. In fact, I have the minimum amount of light on in lab as I type this. Also, I like to keep my desktop background darker. I know that since this isn't a CRT that doesn't make much of a difference, BUT, it makes my eyes happier, so if you too would like a nice dark desktop background, here is the unsaturated dark version of the above picture.

 

It's yooge, you can center it and be done with it, but if you have a monster monitor you might want to center it and set the background color to black. 

 

Suitable for background use, feel free to download and apply.

(Left Click (openapple-click), Steal (save to desktop))