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Before you vote, think on this from Douglas Adams:
“I come in peace,” it said, adding after a long moment of further grinding, “take me to your Lizard.”
Ford Prefect, of course, had an explanation for this, as he sat with Arthur and watched the nonstop frenetic news reports on television, none of which had anything to say other than to record that the thing had done this amount of damage which was valued at that amount of billions of pounds and had killed this totally other number of people, and then say it again, because the robot was doing nothing more than standing there, swaying very slightly, and emitting short incomprehensible error messages.
“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”
“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like to straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?”
“I said,” said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, “have you got any gin?”
“I’ll look. Tell me about the lizards.”
Ford shrugged again.
“Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them,” he said. “They’re completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone’s got to say it.”
While I don’t have stats going back that far I did manage to find a whole bunch of old blog posts from back in 1999, and one in particular where I referenced a traffic spike from the post above. It was a huge thing for me, not so much because of the traffic but because I read that site as a real fan (I think the site and specifically this article were instrumental in getting me into “Blogging” rather than creating “websites”) 🙂
Unfortunately the .com site is no longer maintained by the original owner, Cameron Barrett, and is now a pr0n site 🙁 However I dug around and found a .org site … but he no longer maintains it.
So thanks Cam, it probably doesn’t seem like much but it certainly was 🙂
I’m going to dig up as many old posts as possible and paste them into this site so they are not lost forever 🙂
I LOVE these cartoons.
We have had our Nespresso machine for four years this month and it has served us well. Unfortunately when we moved to Canada we discovered that the power supply is not switchable and it would need an industrial strength transformer if we want to use it on the power system here.
Up to now we hadn’t found a supplier locally for Nespresso machines. We figured if we were going to buy a new one it might as well do the milk and stuff, go for a posh one. Then I saw a tweet from Scott Stratten.
I’m not above begging if it will get me a new gadget, so I sent my plea (“Oi, Stratten, gimme a Tassimo!”) and surprisingly it turned out I was eligible and the good people at OgilvyOne in Toronto would make the appropriate arrangements!
Yesterday the machine arrived so this morning’s cup o’ joe comes curtesy of this spanking new bad-boy.
The first thing you notice is the machine is bigger than the Nespresso. In the past we had to use espresso cups then tip the coffee into a mug. Here you can actually place the mug right under the spout.
Second, rather than tiny aluminium capsules, the Tassimo uses much larger plastic “T-Discs”. I thought the Nespresso was wasteful, this feels even worse. The positive to this system, though, is the flexibility it affords. You can do everything from tea to hot chocolate. Not sure why you would, but you can.
We were only interested in doing espresso and optionally foam milk, and they have an app for that. Sorry, a T-Disc for that.
Espresso starts out at a bit more than $0.50 per cup ($8 for 16 discs, plus taxes and delivery). If you want that as a Latte then you are going to pay double. Yes, adding milk makes each cup $1 (plus appropriate taxes and delivery). Fancier blends go up in price from there.
Tim Hortons is starting to seem the better option, right?
I can’t compare the prices between Nespresso and Tassimo right now because the Nespresso site won’t allow me to change my country to Canada, but before when we lived in the UK we would pay around 24p per capsule which converts to around $0.38 so I imagine the prices are roughly equivalent.
In operation the Tassimo is really easy. Place the mug into position, insert T-Disc, press the button, wait a couple of seconds, and you are done. If you want milk then you insert that disc and repeat.
At first the coffee was too strong for my wife, and the quantity it output wasn’t enough for me, so we ended up splitting two discs between us … but then we discovered you could hold the button down for a few seconds to switch from fully automatic so that you get a longer drink.
My impressions are obviously clouded by the fact we had gotten so used to the Nespresso way of working. I had never considered a single serve machine for Starbucks type coffee, and certainly not tea or hot chocolate, so I see those as largely irrelevant. As a machine for making a cappuccino though? Yeah I would say definitely consider it. With the Tassimo system you have less cleaning as with the Nespresso machines to get foam milk you either use a dedicated machine or the coffee maker has a milk reservoir. That said, per cup using your own milk rather than a capsule is cheaper.
You need to find the right coffee for you which would mean either going with a name brand or going into a store and trying some out. This gives Tassimo an advantage because while Nespresso has a much more considered “gourmet style” selection, Tassimo has the brand recognition of Suchard, Starbucks et al.
This has been bugging me for a while.
I can’t understand why everyone things teleportation would be cool, to me it is horrifying.
It’s like a fax machine blended with a shredder! Instead of instant transportation a duplicate of you will live out your life while you are killed – dissected into particles and dumped, never to be seen again.
Have I got this wrong?
Bug Hunters was a comic strip by Jerry Paris in the back of the old Computer and Video Games Magazine (“C+VG”). While going through our stuff ready for the shipping people to move us to Canada I found some of these old strips and have been going through them.
This dude has serious art skills but I can find precious little about him on the interwebs. I am not sure but this might be his blog.
These strips, along with the 2000AD ABC Warriors were slightly responsible for me getting a ‘C’ in my Art & Design GCSE – instead of still life drawings and all the other crap we were expected to do, my portfolio was full of warring robots 😉
By searching for the character names I managed to find some scans in Google images, such as this one of “Melissa Ravenflame” (I think):
Would love to know if anyone has more info on these strips or artwork.
OK, I shouldn’t have used the word ‘hate‘. I don’t hate it, but I was full of my own sense of entitlement and whining is what bloggers do best, right? 😉
Anyway, I still prefer comments on blogs but I understand sometimes people who blog don’t want them. Most often because of the peanut gallery, because the sheer number of comments becomes overwhelming, or because of the spam.
Not having comments makes Seth’s blog into a giant linkbait, which has to have done wonders for his SEO. Essentially if you want to talk about what he writes then you have to link to it either from your own blog or from some other social tool. Clever.
The problem comes when someone you really like writes about something you are interested in but it’s a conversation that you can only really have on their blog.
I have that situation now.
D’Arcy is one of my favorite “not social media echo chamber” people. He blogs about stuff I don’t blog about, my tweets do not get to him, and now he has turned comments off.
Engage Chris’ whiney feelings of self-entitlement. But only for a moment.
What D’Arcy does with his blog is up to him. Who cares if I can’t “join the conversation” now there IS no conversation. I get it. His job is in education, not entertaining people 4,000 miles away.
A blog without comments is the speaker at the podium. A blog with comments is the speaker asking for questions in Q&A. Most blogs never get to the stage of community, which is people talking to each other, with or without the speaker being involved.
It’s ok to be an audience member. The content still has value even when you can not provide feedback. It just feels different, but that is not always the important thing to the content creator.
Sometimes we have to remember that we were not invited.
I discovered D’Arcy’s blog via Teddy who wrote about Calgary. Nobody asked me over to D’Arcy’s place, I just gatecrashed. A blog post is not an open invitation to share my opinion until the author says it is.
I’m still going to read both Seth and D’Arcy. They won’t know, but that’s OK too.
If comments do not add anything and do not relate to why you are blogging, then it is OK to have comments switched off. We just have to remember that some people might hate that.