Coffee again

When I switched from Instant coffee to the capsule Dolce Gusto I was impressed with the capsule stuff. Tastes so much nicer than Instant. But I’ve been using the Aeropress for a while now and last week had the same capsule coffee I used to have. It tasted really flat. Bland almost.

Years ago someone showed me the difference between whiskies. 3 glasses. A generic whisky in one, a blended malt and a single malt in the others. The tastes were markedly different. The generic was just falling down water you’d mix with anything to help it’s passage while the single malt was to be sipped and savoured. It feels like I’ve just had the same experience with freshly ground aeropress and capsule.

I’ve been using this hand grinder as it was cheap. I can grind 4 cups worth of beans by the time the kettle boils and although I’m not so precise each time to get exactly the same the results have never been less than really great coffee. Pondering getting an electric burr grinder. A plus is that it’ll be quicker to grind. A minus is that I might drink even more coffee.. and as I typically have a 4 expresso mug full of the stuff more might not be a great idea.

(but then I drank such a mug less than an hour ago and my pulse as I sit here is only 68 so it’s not that bad)

Coffee

Just completed my first week of having only Aeropressed coffee with beans I grind (burr not blade) as I wait for the kettle to boil. One 250g bag of beans lasted me the week – 2 scoops of beans for one coffee. The aeropress has numbers 1-4 on the side which I assume is meant to indicate the number of cups? I fill it completely and it makes less than 1 mug. But it’s very smooth coffee indeed and even though I’m not precise in my actions each time I have been very pleased with each mug.

Backups. What to do.

I see almost everything stored on any hard drive as disposable. I say almost because photos are the only exclusion I can think of. They really are irreplaceable. But everything else?

I have been thinking about backups. Places like Backblaze, CrashPlan, Spideroak and extra drives.

Black.

I’m getting really fed up of black. Right now on this desk all these items are black – laptop, netbook, 2 mice, 2 controllers, wacom tablet and pen, TV remote, Blackberry, mouse mat, numerous cables, pen, fitbit, earphones, headphones, speakers, external drives, phone, keypad, socks. (No idea why they are on the desk but I may as well be complete). Is Henry Ford still running the colour shop in all these places?

New toy

Had to go into the city (for the first time since December). Passed a gadget shop and one of the staff was playing with a remote controlled helicopter. Looked pretty good but we didn’t pass that store again.

Checked on Amazon and they are pretty cheap! Less than 14 quid delivered for a machine with a shedload of star reviews.

Not a good week

The neighbour’s “home improvement” has continued. Drilling, hammering, banging at random intervals throughout each day and starting before 8:30am too.

My Wacom pen broke so I had to use a mouse. Pain arrived within minutes. Couldn’t use the big trackball, using the mouse was doable for a couple of minutes at a time if I then did not use the mouse at all for many minutes after. Got a mouse trackball (a Logitech M570) which works and is improving but it’s whole new set of muscle control and that is infuriating at times.

Winston had an eye op so he has one eye stitched closed to allow a corneal ulcer to heal.

Something upset the graphics drivers on the Windows laptop so that had to be restored from a backup image. Nothing of value was lost, just annoying.

Bought Starcraft 2 and downloaded the game. The European download defaults to the cuddly “sorry didn’t meant to hurt you” love’n’stuff German version because of their pathetic video game laws so that 7.08gb has had to be re-downloaded. Bought the Company of Heroes games from Steam. If you are going to play RTS you might as well play the best ones. I have Dawn of War / Dawn of War 2 / Starcraft (was playing SC up until the pen broke). Can’t play either as much as I’d like until I get the pen – the replacement was posted from Germany this morning apparently – as the pen = work, trackball = play and that helps the hand somewhat. Not as much as ibuprofen + paracetamol though.

It’s my birthday next month and I need to make a list of things I want.
I don’t own a dremel.
Yet.