Jun 15, 2003, 12:25am
Some people take themselves far, far too seriously (check out "Jena's" commentary!)
See, all of this was in response to the posting of this parody of certain web loggers (bloggers). Some are probably A-List because of who they are and their daily readership. Others are more likely a-list in their own minds (hence some of the parody text used).
About a year ago, John Dvorak wrote about bloggers in a very real, and very "hey, wake up" way - some bloggers take themselves too seriously, even then. I wrote Dvorak saying thanks for the article and hopefully he won't be put under a tidal wave of people very in parallel to the folks on the show Trailer Park Boys - people who think they're not only the most important things on the planet, but also changing the world from their own meager little corner, just by updating a diary often. (in the Trailer Park Boys version, they think the world should stop because a few of their dope seeds dried out, or the park supervisor kept their hockey ball).
Dvorak wrote me back and we exchanged a few emails, and sure enough, the tide of "incensed, doesn't get it" crap flowed, overwhelming his mail box. But we also shared a laugh at the small mindedness of it all.
I do believe the web has the power to change things - for the worse or for the better. It has the ability to communicate, to network people (oldschool, not coax-cable networking), to change minds, to teach, and to debate. But that job is mainly for community websites, influencer websites, and the online press.
Bloggers *aren't* press. They aren't even media. They're someone writing a diary entry. Someone posting a collection of links. Someone talking about how cool they are, or what they bought, or what time they took a piss this morning, or the amazing thought they had while taking a crap.
This is all why I hate calling this page on my site a "blog". Not because it isn't a blog - it is. I hate calling it a blog because of the freakbloggers out there ruining what can otherwise just be a simple, fun diversion.
I ain't changing the world over here at Spiffle (I'm doing that over at CoffeeGeek heh heh heh).
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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
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iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
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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
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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