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Re: “Coffee resources for beginners

Roasting is easy with a hot-air popcorn popper, and the results are fantastic.

But more importantly, why not mention some local sources for green beans? I get mine in person at Firedance Coffee ( on North Prospect and at Purple Mountain Coffee Roasters ( under the bridge on West Colorado. Colorado Coffee Merchants ( on Filmore said they'd sell green beans, but I haven't tried theirs.

Comparing costs is misleading. It's true that green beans are cheaper per pound than roasted ones. But it's also true that the beans get lighter when roasted, so 1 pound of green beans yields less than a pound roasted. I generally get around a 7/8 ratio, so for 16oz green I'd expect about 14oz roasted.

Posted by atomicbird on 08/09/2014 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Grocer X: Self-checkout, you’re doing it wrong

"...if your main goal is to avoid human interaction of any kind..."

Isn't that the whole point of self checkouts? The stores minimize human contact, and therefore manage to avoid paying wages to more humans?

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Posted by atomicbird on 08/04/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Ama-zonked

For me a big factor is being able to easily find out whether someplace actually stocks the item I want. A few years ago while looking for a specific gift, I drove to five different stores that advertised that they carried the items made by the manufacturer. None had the specific item. Eventually I realized I could just order it online, which I did.

Then a few months later it happened again.

Now I often don't bother. If I can order something online, I will. Five minutes and I'm done. I would prefer going to a local store, but I hate having to hunt like that. I could call the stores, but if the first doesn't have what I want, and the second, and the third, etc, I rapidly run out of patience.

Of course, the stores I visited all could order the specific item I want. But if it has to be ordered, I don't need to be in the store in the first place.

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Posted by atomicbird on 08/01/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “It's Nikola Tesla's birthday, and here's how you can celebrate

Of course, Tesla also said "Man's new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. The only method compatible with our notions of civilization and the race is to prevent the breeding of the unfit by sterilization and the deliberate guidance of the mating instinct. The trend of opinion among eugenists is that we must make marriage more difficult. Certainly no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny. A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal."

He did a lot of interesting stuff, but let's not idolize him unduly.

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Posted by atomicbird on 07/10/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Maketa's video

Not enough. He needs to go.

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Posted by atomicbird on 06/09/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Drake fire bumps electric bills by $5 a month

"Insurance does not cover replacement power costs".

Seems like it really should.

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Posted by atomicbird on 05/15/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Slice of Life

Hey that's me!

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Posted by atomicbird on 02/13/2014 at 9:55 PM

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