Turkish Pysch music



Saw this on Boingboing. I like it



Tiny houses

Saw this site

Which led me to this site


I dig it. I’ve lived in small spaces and liked it despite being larger than average. It forces me to get out of the house and focus more on doing than having – on relationships and experiences than stuff.

90 sq feet is a good challenge.

Dataspora has a great blog on data and statistics. There are not too many articles, but as I walk around and read I find mindself thinking about them. Here is a quotation from one of his posts:

“In a nutshell, the Data Singularity is this: humans are being spliced out of the data-driven processes around us, and frequently we aren’t even at the terminal node of action. International cargo shipments, high-frequency stock trades, and genetic diagnoses are all made without us.

Absent humans, these data and decision loops have far less friction; they become constrained only by the costs of bandwidth, computation, and storage– all of which are dropping exponentially.

The result is an explosion of data thrown off from these machine-mediated pipelines, along with data about those flows (and data about that data, and so on). The machines all around us — our smart phones, smart cars, and fee-happy bank accounts — are talking, and increasingly we’re being left out of the conversation.”

Two articles in the New York Times show examples of this going on. Both highlight how “we’re being left out of the conversation.” One is on immigration and the other is on lawsuits over deb collection:

“Collection law firms are able to handle such large volumes of cases because computer software automates much of their work. Typically, a debt buyer sends a law firm an electronic database that contains various data about consumers, including name, home address, the outstanding balance, the date of default and whether interest is still accruing on the account.”

Illegal Workers Swept From Jobs in ‘Silent Raids’

Published: July 9, 2010

Throughout last year, ICE auditors examined forms known as I-9’s, which all new hires in the country must fill out. ICE then advised Gebbers Farms of Social Security and immigration numbers that did not check out with federal databases.

Just before Christmas, managers summoned the workers in groups. In often emotional exchanges, managers immediately fired those without valid documents.”

Nerd vs. Snobs

Snobs, be it a coffee snob, wine snob, tech snob, sports snob, political snob, the medium they use to “snob out” on is a means toward building status that is higher than those in the medium or community and those outside it.

 Nerds, on the other hand, (coffee nerds, wine nerds, tech nerds, sports nerds, political nerds, theater nerds, star wars) , the medium they “nerd out ” on is a means toward having an experience and satiate curiosity. It is a medium to learn and experience the world and oneself. When nerds encounter people who are interested in their nerd medium, yet maybe this person doesn’t know as much or doesn’t have as much experience as the nerd,  the nerd is  psyched for the following reasons:

1. Now here are more nerds in their medium, more people to nerd out with.

 2. they get to nerd out and get excited about something with other fellow nerds.

3. There nerd market just got that much bigger, and shall be that much better served.

When snobs encounter a new person, they are excited because now they can display their status, and there is a new person below them. However it is also a threat. The new person could ask a question they might not know the answer to, undermining status. They are competition for status, and my one day beat the snob.  For the snob, it is better hold information and experience, be closed off, fight to maintain status. The snob remains indifferent and aloof, guarding information and experience, trying to make this status seem important.

 The nerd remains excited and engaged, sharing information and experience.

In short, we need more nerds, and to cultivate inner nerdiness.

I will write more about the elements of nerdom, and how they relate to coffee.

Check out the caffeine stream:


It s a pod cast that talks about coffee, I got to talk on it last week, it was a lot of fun. Nicole and  Gaeleen Q are great hosts.

Questions I have

I’ve been back in the good old U.S and A for about a month now, and being in North East, I can boil my culture shock right now down to three things:

1.Sticker shock. $10 for a burrito, chipolte? Come on! I could buy 20 lbs of rice for that.

2. Options shock: so many taps of beer.

3. Stimulation shock: I was trying to have a conversation with my aunt at a restaurante the other day, but found it hard with a 7 ft screen behind her playing one football game, and about one square inch of tv screen per square foot of floor space, each one playing a different game.Trying to draw out the main idea of a conversation is like some cruel jedhi mind trick challenge.

If you have any advice how to get through these forms of culture shock, please leave something on the comments.

That being said , I’ve had time to reflect here in comfort/option/overprice/overstimulation land, and sort of gotten together a group of questions  I’m interetsed in. I know they are not particularly unique, but they are what I am thinking about.

How can Business help grow “Social Capital?”

What are the possibilities and limitations for business to reach human capital or development goals?

What are these goals?

How do we measure these things?

Ans how do they relate to the business of coffee?

With globalization and urbanization, does coffee present a unique opportunity for low income rural poor to increase their capital?

Can business, particularly the coffee business help farmers increase their “happiness”?

How does coffee and it’s trade highlight connections and inform us about our relations across countries and cultures?

And, how do you find a market for people who want a socially responsible product? How do you increase this market?