Mar 04, 2003, 1:10pm
Sigh, no one liked my Virgil rant :(
I've been sick with the flu for about a week. I'm sort of recovered now, but I have a bad cold still, and can't seem to shake it. The downside to this is I cannot taste espresso. I've scaled back my testing schedule because of it.
I think my company is close to a decision to get out of the web development business... somewhat. We're not hanging up the Closed sign, but I'm not actively pursuing new web contracts right now. This may change after the SCAA (www.scaa.org) show in Boston in late April - I'm giving a seminar called 'Venturing into eCommerce", and if there's a lot of business interest there, we will take on new web dev clients.
So if we're gettng out of the web dev business, whatupwitdat? Well, I'm thinking about moving from running CoffeeGeek as a "volunteer, all my spare time and then some" job to a full time, salaried job. I have to raise site revenue to do that though - right now the website, for all its popularity, could not support me in my lavish, elitist lifestyle. (there, I said it!).
I'm working on that aspect, including a lot more "mainstream" advertisers like the big coffee chains and such. I may know more by the SCAA show time.
The second thing we're doing (I think) is we're going to get into software development for mobile devices. I think this is a growing market, and we're going to get in on the bleeding edge of new technologies. I think, based on my rants as of late, you can guess the initial platform we'll be developing for.
Right now, Wayne is in exploratory mode - he's working on a Tetris clone and an eBook reader, and we're still at the point where we're wondering how viable this is. The first two applications, if released, will be freeware, then we start working on the real meat. I'm working on structuring the new "company", setting up a web site, registering the domain names (I think we have a good name and domain name for the company, but I won't let the cat out of the bag until I've actually completed the registration). I also will be working on the UI for our applications.
It's a bit scary, but if we can get revenues to about $4K a month from the new venture, we'll be in good condition, considering the CoffeeGeek engine is now self-sustaining and hopefully grows from there.
Fun Days Ahead!
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D