The Coffee Experiment, Day 5

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After yesterday’s run-in with completely nasty office coffee, I decided I would try brewing some better coffee up at home. While Jason and Daniel both suggested a french press, I decided that I should first make sure this coffee thing is gonna stick before I make the investment. So I pulled our drop coffeemaker out […]

Scot McKnight’s “The Blue Parakeet” – a review

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When Zondervan offered up free early copies of Dr. Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet for bloggers to review, I knew I wanted to get in on the action. I’ve enjoyed reading Scot’s (he won’t mind if I use his first name here, I think) blog for some time now, and while I knew he typically […]

The Coffee Experiment, Day 4

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I’m not sure whether to call this Day 4 or Day 6 of The Coffee Experiment. Do I count the weekend where I didn’t drink coffee? I guess I’ll be conservative and call this Day 4. The office coffee, to this point, has been palatable. While being Folgers, which Allie assured me Saturday night isn’t […]

The Coffee Experiment, Day 2

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For 31 years I have professed to very much dislike coffee. If in need of caffeine to keep me going, I will resort to a diet pop of some sort, or, in extreme cases, Red Bull. However, my Diet Pepsi consumption levels have been high for the past month, and given the cost of Diet […]

Good free music

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OK, so I’m biased a little bit. I really like Andy Osenga’s music. I run his fan website. I drive for hours to see the guy play shows. But all that aside, yesterday Andy put out Letters to the Editor, Vol. 2, and it’s definitely worth a listen. Or multiple listens. As the “Vol. 2” […]

My Genius playlist for this afternoon

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I mentioned before that I’m enjoying the iPod’s new Genius playlist. I hit on a really good one this afternoon, and at Hunter’s request I’ll just post the whole thing. The seed song was Fleet Foxes’ White Winter Hymnal. The playlist it turned out (from the 7 GB of music on my iPod, not the […]

Why I dislike salespeople – or at least their tactics

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Update: I received a response from Rainsoft of NE Iowa that very much helped to resolve the situation. Click here to read about it. Last week while shopping at Home Depot, a nice lady struck up a conversation with us, and proceeded to ask if we’d ever had our water tested before. Would we be […]

Adventures in Genius playlists

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I’ve quite enjoyed playing with the new Genius playlist feature in iTunes 8.0, but found out yesterday that it makes some interesting choices when it’s limited by the subset of music I have on my 8GB iPod touch. (To make sense of this for my mom and others who might read this who have no […]