I''ve had a seriously tense morning. Jory Desjardins and I had a conversation about human legacy a while back - a family is one hell of a legacy sometimes. One wonders how bad writing a book could possibly be...
I'm winding down from a session with the day centre, planning for my son's next 12 months there, which took all the diplomacy I could possibly muster - and then some. The adult training industry sends me reeling sometimes. So this is a grab bag of the last week's snatches and titbits.
From Elisa Camahort's blog, this link to Hip and Zen about testing out Starbuck's fair trade coffee assertion. I wouldn't give them the custom myself, as we like our coffee here in Melbourne (snark snark), and we also like our shops to be small and personable - but if you usually go there, do ask them for the fair trade blend and let other bloggers know what answer you get. Create some buzz out there...
I'm just about over coffee myself, having realised four lattes a week is also four cups of full cream milk I didn't really need, and it's making me thirsty in my old age. Tea - Russian Caravan, English brekky, camomile after lunch, and for very special occasions, Terry's Mix from a magnificent mail order service in Sassafras here, is all hitting the spot. However I am absurdly, foolishly choofed with myself as I have always considered Atomica on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, to serve some superb stuff - and a food guide has recently suggested theirs is the best coffee on the strip. So snobby snob coffee snob.
In other news, here's a great link from Robert Nagle at Idiotprogrammer to a lovely piece on Brian Eno, and (among other engrossing things), how he came to write the start up music for Windows.
And just in case anyone gives a shit, I've been amassing a page of links for a professor of media studies up in Sydney who is not amused at the somewhat capricious way bloggers distinguish between what they publish on their blogs and what is written in the paper or online. And that's all I want to say about the squirrel, the nut, the barber and the campus right now. She is also still working as a print journo, so in a few weeks time I'm sending her a mass of material to look through and draw her own conclusions.
I'm also going to tell her that I'll use the same material myself if the mood takes me, to write something here or in another publication. I think how we both approach the matter would make for an interesting comparison - also I want to make sure she does her own research! (Whether I get around to it, or fail to be tough enough over her information seeking strategies, is quite another question altogether.) It is rather fascinating, though, that both these blogging hullabaloos blew up at the same time across two different continents - and that I have links to both of them. Not many degrees of separation there.