Archive for category ‘induced tangents’

coffee and bikes and commensurate likes …

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

breaking speculative theory: coffee highs spawn hallucinogenic bicycle longings. for some reason.

obscure spro goes glossy

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

spro purveyors to whom we kow-tow -- two of them -- get the full feature treatment in the new issue of imbibe magazine. just desserts for hinterlands coffee laborers everywhere, if you ask this blog ... but particularly for the barista-poet and greenville's hudgens. we're deeply apologetic for marring their ...

our advice: project upon your christmas tree

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

this blog cannot recommend strongly enough this boffo bit of holiday decoration from urban outfitters. it's practically carbon-neutral, it leaves plenty of room for presents AND it's appropriately reflective of morose, charlie-brown-like december outlooks! pass us some more of the idido misty valley ...

the lengths we’ll go for trouble-free spro

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

remind this blog: which part of the homemade kombucha wonder beverage isn't prohibitively gross? oh, right. the part about punting for good those caffeine highs and lows. still, the more our vital beverage-making fungus grows, the more this blog wonders if this ale is worth the slimy spectacle. we now have ...

blog’s booch

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

smelly disasters notwithstanding, this blog continues to pursue the kombucha. which, you know, requires months of rotting, in the dark, so that The Mother may do her work creating our wonder beverage. comes now the day of reckoning, when the jar is removed from the obscure yonder and our espresso detoxification ...

keys to cafe success: supporters!

Friday, September 7th, 2007

what does it mean that h&m -- worldwide swedish purveyor of the fittingest underoos known to man -- is coming to octane's atlanta neighborhood? it means another reason to frequent big cities we hate (next closest store: d.c.). it means more staggering spro-shop-spro-eat-spro road trip tabs. it means that purchasing ...

old blog becomes new

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

it's a new blog -- quite possibly more kinetic, topically random and hedonistically devoted to white space than ever before! your bookmarks needn't change, nor the rss feeds. if they do, then we will flog the toiling blogbrother, whose hours of service created this place, and who purports to have ...

the tentacles of tragedy

Friday, April 20th, 2007

in a tiny and unsettling example of how many people are unexpectedly "touched" by large-scale tragedy, this blog is getting hits (we kid not) from people googling "23 QuickTime video files showing Cho talking directly to the camera" ... for some obvious reasons involving name similarity and previously posted quicktime ...

jaunt, explained

Monday, March 19th, 2007

the cause of the day-trip d'atlanta, which we normally shun like the gassy, pretending robusta that it is: now all we have to do is harness her with a spro cart and the gs3. p.s. it's a 1970 vespa p200e ... or that exact scooter, anyway, made in 2003 and sold under ...

paging hoffmann

Friday, October 20th, 2006

question is, if billy is serving up "espresso pearls" at the northwest barista competition, will the judges grasp the visionary ability to esteem them (or, say, fawn like an appreciative fiancee?)? or will they behave more like, you know, swine? p.s. thanks to reader mikep, who once again keeps us covered ...

well, dang

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

it's not just that billy's scintillating signature beverage from last year's u.s. barista championships got ripped off by a euro poo-producer. it's that coca-cola now impudently robs him of this year's concoction before he can even compete! "effervescence" indeed. isn't it enough that everyone's favorite production-barista underdog gets called "heavily ...


Monday, September 25th, 2006

yeesh. this blog never really wanted this kind of reader.

rare induced tangent (moblogged)

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

one hesitates to contemplate the impetus for a neighbor who proffers -- count them -- four wheelchairs. free, apparently, and all at once. on the curb. in a color range roughly analogous to a 1990s j.crew catalog.

what the innerneck looks like without that morning shot

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

this blog, apparently, is getting web hits from all sorts of messed up places.

CI, your drill-down bloggy investigator

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

hmmm. is coffee-blogger teme's breezy review of the latest 'barista magazine' a barely veiled sign of quid pro quo for the extra linkage he now gets on the magazine's 'community' page? it's not like the mag only lists three carefully selected blogs in an environment of at least a couple ...

heaping pikes of inconvenience

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

no sooner had the power returned than the phones went out -- presumably the fault of those electric pole-climbing types fiddling with their wires and ignorantly goofing with those wires. the cheery, two-dimensional voice at the other end told me that not only had my problem already been reported, but ...

drink idea: crystalline sheathing

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

clearly, the almighty weather widget was right: the entire world had been sheathed in a hefty layer of crystal and the power went the way of the victrola. it's the first time i have been one of the statistics, as far as power-less-ness goes, and, as it turns out, i have ...

choice bleat

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

jury duty, described riotously by one of my favorite authors.

2 things

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

1. no, this blog is not dead. it moved last week, and built an espresso bar over the weekend, and tried an alternate and primitive grinding method, and used 600 feet of galvanized wire to roast a batch of ethiopian harrar, and employed a blowtorch in the pursuit of frivolously ...

what could be more tedious than calibrating brew pressure?

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

deftly avoiding past aesthetic horrors, the effulgent cypriot has produced, with the help of szymon the pollock, a bewitching bit of tastefully stitched time-accelerated stills from his back yard. watch it. it makes you want to shimmy. then, when you realize he took a single photograph every minute for, like, ...

self-flagellating, perspective-bearing post

Friday, July 8th, 2005

a longtime friend of my wife's viewed this blog today, then used the term "maniacal." *sigh* we humbly note that she drinks the brew ... boy, does she drink it. also: "maniacal"! that's an underused moniker this blog heartily appreciates. even if it is derisively applied to us.

fresh new blend

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

advisory: blogging could be sporadic (or heavier than usual) due to the sudden advent of a lady. stella meredith. you must excuse her somewhat lethargic demeanor. when this photo was taken, the straight-yemen i.v. drip had yet to commence:

veering late-night postage (a tangent!)

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

holy schmoakes. lileks has a gleaming new screedblog, in which he rantingly dismantles, well ... just about anything that puts him in a foul mood. agree or no, much hilarity and evisceratory wit ensues. add to your perma-list of reading material.

shottage, etc.

Friday, May 27th, 2005

and it occured to me -- when one is shopping alone, with a toddling dude in a buggy, one should unload one's rustling gaggle of warm-tobacco-spittle-colored grocery bags first. see, i had been doing it all wrong -- the human boy comes first, and all that ... besides, if he's ...


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

lileks has jubilant nonsensical verbage for your consumption about the mac's new OS. don't you wish i wrote like this? of course, tiger's widgets (mac-speak folks, sorry) would make this site a lot easier. hmmmm. The interface tweaks are subtle and gorgeous. The first time I saw the Ripple effect when ...

lileks gone wild

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

i think james lileks, my all-time favorite columnist, has insecurity issues. behold: I have on deck five pieces. Four: one Newhouse column, mostly done; one Backfence, half done; one Bleat, currently being written, obviously, and two Joe Ohio episodes, neither of which satisfy me. All of these things have to be done ...


Monday, April 25th, 2005

dave barry is live-blogging the grippingly haunting, and also hauntingly gripping, tv show '24.' it is utterly pointless and totally hysterical.

WRIT: Tour de Nuts

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

warning: what follows is what will be an occasional feature on this blog. namely, lengthy and hyperbole-fraught writ on some worthless element of my day. tolerate it if you must. "how is this related to the divine espresso?" you ask? it isn't, really. but it's my blog. and you could ...

on seeing lance

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

as if lance armstrong weren't already beset by an adequately effusive pursuing gaggle, we thought we'd add to the mayhem. despite a looming retirement, the usual bluster about being out of shape and the recent strength of the fastest mennonite on two wheels, one would seem to have a good ...


Friday, April 22nd, 2005

quite frankly, there could hardly be a more spine-chilling realization to thunder down upon this blog than that his mother has been posting comments. heh-heh. [frantically rereads entire archive of blogposts for hints of etiquette breaches and hyperbolic overreaches.] UPDATE: this is a particularly ghastly discovery when the blog's mom leaves ...