Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Porto Rico Importing: Coffee

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Since we are on a bit of a coffee theme today, you still have 2 days left of the big sale at Porto Rico Importing:

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New Kickass CoffeeMaker: Capresso 455

Back in April 2004, I posted Your Coffee Sucks!

It definitely resonated with people -- as you can tell from the many comments its recieved.

Well, we have an update: This week, I received as a birthday gift the latest Capresso Design -- and its awesome: The Capresso 455.05 CoffeeTEAM Therm Stainless Coffeemaker/Burr Grinder Combination

Yeah, its $300 -- but its the best machine I've come across that's under 4 figures.

The latest advance -- aside from the slick black and chrome sdesign -- is that there is no pot/carafe warmer, which has a tendency to burn coffee. Instead, the brew drips into a vaccuum thermos.

Mrs. essays & effluvia one complaint about the old Capresso grind & brew was that it wasn't hot enough (she says that about most coffee makers. though).

Not so with this baby -- its not only much hotter than the old machine when it brews, but an hour or two later, its still much hotter. On Sunday morning, you can start the NYT with a cup, and refill it when you are done, with fresh still very hot coffee. Hmmmm, delicious.

I've only had it a week, but its awesome.

If you can't bring yourself to spend that type of wood on a coffeemaker, than put it on your list for a holiday gift. Its the type of indulgent item that is easier to give a s a gift than spend the money on for yourself. You will not be disappointed. 

 

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You probably don't want to spend this type of wood, but the next step up is the $3,000 Magic Saeco. Yeah, that's right, you can drop 3 large on an expresso maker, so stop whining about 300 bucks . . .

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Oops! That was the origianl price --its now on sale at the low low price of $1,159.00

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Blackbird

This is Blackbird, take 1, from the "White Album" sessions.


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Saturday, October 28, 2006

2007 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640

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A Lamborghini isn’t just a car, it’s an event. The Murciélago, named for a famous Spanish fighting bull, has been out since 2001 with a 580-horsepower V-12 engine, and more than 2,000 have been sold — a huge number for a supercar. The LP640 is a new variant that is more powerful and more user-friendly.

The LP designation refers to the engine’s mounting position (“longitudinale posteriore”) behind the two seats; 640 is the horsepower it makes in European specification. Because of slight changes to meet American emissions rules, the output in this country is slightly less, at 632 horsepower — akin to the difference between getting hit by a .44-caliber bullet or a .45; the wounds are pretty much the same size.

The V-12’s displacement has grown to 6.5 liters, from 6.2, by increasing the cylinder bore and lengthening the piston stroke; torque output is improved to a mighty 487 pound-feet.

Gas mileage is on par with the thirstiest big trucks, just 9 miles a gallon in town and 13 on the highway, earning the government’s biggest gas-guzzler tax, $7,700. This is part of the price you pay for the most powerful street-legal (to use the term loosely) Lamborghini ever. It is also the fastest. This 3,670-pound projectile has a claimed a top speed of “over 211” miles an hour. The numbers on the speedometer go up to 220, in case you catch a good tailwind.

INSIDE TRACK: Have mercy!

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Source:
2007 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640: More Horsepower on the Hoof
JERRY GARRETT
Published: October 15, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/15/automobiles/autoreviews/15AUTO.html

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Sun Shuttle

How cool is this:

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The Sun, with the Space Station and Shuttle
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"It looks like a speck of dust on the surface of the sun. But this spectacular picture shows the space shuttle Atlantis alongside the International Space Station (ISS) silhouetted as they orbit the earth.
The image was taken in Normandy by French astrophotographer Thierry Legault. He used a digital camera attached to a £5,000 specially kitted-out telescope.

The shuttle, which returned last week from a 12-day mission, and the space station can be seen in orbit 250 miles above the earth while the sun is 93 million miles away."

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Source:
A spot in the sun
Daily Mail, 12:37pm on 29th September 2006
http://tinyurl.com/mr2uu

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Biff's Question Song

Very funny:

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

World's Largest Hamburger Pictures

Pretty ridiculous via SupersizedMeals.com

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

'Beginning of the end of America'

Olbermann addresses the Military Commissions Act in a special comment:



Full text is here:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15321167/

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Monday, October 23, 2006

The Philosophy of Dogs

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
-Anonymous

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
-Ann Landers

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
-Will Rogers

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Ben Williams

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves
himself.
-Josh Billings

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
-Andy Rooney

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
-M. Acklam

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.
-Sigmund Freud

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
-Rita Rudner

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
-Robert Benchley

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
-James Thurber

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
-Unknown

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
-Joe Weinstein

Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
-Anne Tyler

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
-Robert A. Heinlein

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
-Mark Twain

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'
- Dave Barry

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
-Phil Pastoret

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
-St. Francis of Assisi

 

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