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i live on coffee and stardust

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demure  ·  10 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Meetup(?), San Francisco

Thursday evening? Dinner or drinks?

demure  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Meetup(?), San Francisco


how long are you here?

demure  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uber’s new loan program could trap drivers in cycles of crushing debt

these loans + uber rentals

sharecropping 2.0? also makes me think of old mining company towns

demure  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 4, 2019

I also used to buy from Happy Mug Coffee when I lived in New England, and was satisfied with both their green beans and their roasted coffee (but for roasted, order the 1-lb bags; the 1/2-lb don't show up in vacuum sealed bags).

I started out roasting with a popcorn popper!

demure  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 4, 2019

Mostly Sweet Maria's. They're local to me so I don't have to pay for shipping, which is handy.

I am also local to Cafenated Coffee, a roaster and café. I met the owner when they opened the shop and he agreed to sell me green beans from the farms he has relationships with--so occasionally I do that.

demure  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 4, 2019


I bought an espresso machine. An actual espresso machine--with non-pressurized portafilters, a 58mm grouphead, &etc. Very, very excited. To the right of it you can see my coffee roaster.


This is a little late for Pubski but halfway through November I ran my second ever half marathon. I beat my old time by nearly 11 minutes by running a 1:46:06 (8:06 pace). Race report is as follows:

I was trying to beat my "PR" set at the first half marathon I ran earlier this year. I was aiming for 1:55 since my last time was 1:56:59 on a fairly flat course, and I figured that was a reasonable goal since Berkeley is also a pretty flat course. I originally started training with my housemate, but he wasn't as consistent with the training towards the second half of the training program, which will come into play later.

Used the Hal Higdon Novice 2 program for the most part. I tended to extend the weekday runs by .25 or .5 of a mile. I rarely (if ever) did the suggested Sunday cross training, and I may have flopped the order of a couple of the Saturday runs. The last two long runs I did in the week up to the race were only 9 and 10 miles, but I did them on some local fire roads to gain the benefit of hilly runs. Most of my long runs were on those fire roads.

Before the race, my housemate and I decided that we'd start running together and we'd go our own ways once he couldn't keep with my pace.

On race day, the corrals were pretty crowded, and once the race began it was difficult to make much forward progress--we were kind of stuck running at the pace of the group until things began to thin out and we ran onto wider streets. Once we got onto the UC Berkeley campus about 2 miles in, my housemate told me to go on ahead and I started running at a little faster pace.

I only ever looked at my average pace on my watch during the race. As we had a sort of slow start, I ran until I saw the average pace hit 8:49, but as the race went on, I kept feeling on top of things and I saw my average pace continue to drop. At that point, I started running based on how I felt. As we crested the last rise before heading all the way down to the edge of the San Francisco Bay, it seemed like it'd be a good time to take advantage of the gradual downhill and keep up the quick pace I was running.

At the 6 mile mark I saw my housemate and another friend on the course, running the other direction as part of the race has an out-and-back section. Once we were back in the residential part of town, and passing the mile markers, I clung to the pace that I had mustered for the earlier part of the race and told myself it was only a 5k to the finish. Folks along that part of the course who were cheering us all on were a welcome morale boost.

At the 13 mile marker, the finish line was in sight, and I just booked it with all I had--after all, I wouldn't be running for a few days after the race, right? Ran past the finish line and immediately my quads just wanted to cramp up. Thankfully they had volunteers with water and bananas right at the finish line.

Checked the final results and was absolutely floored by my finish time. Never expected I could possibly run that pace for that long.

demure  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Sunday Paper 2019.12.01: petrichor

I guess I never did tell ya, huh? I ended up training for and running two half marathons this year! Set a time I was really, really, happy with on the second one. So yeah, even though I didn't train nearly as much as you do, it did resonate with me in certain ways.

demure  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Sunday Paper 2019.12.01: petrichor

Let's hear it!

demure  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Sunday Paper 2019.12.01: petrichor

I finished reading it a couple of months ago. Really, really enjoyed it. It was sharp, witty, amusing, thoughtful, and I enjoyed the journey. Also has a hilariously evocative (and accurate) scene where he describes the kinds of people who run along the Charles River in Boston.

I also read it as an audiobook, which I don't do too often but I had a decent-length commute this summer, so it worked out. Would say I still prefer reading print, but it was convenient!

In terms of other Murakami, I've only read 1Q84 and I can't really say that I quite understood it. Suggestions for what Murakami to try next? The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

demure  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Adventures in Batshittery

mk got another one

demure  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Sunday Paper 2019.11.24: the color of dawn

Thanks! Hasn't been a regular weekly since 2015 so hopefully I keep it up here for a bit.

demure  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tesla Wedge

I think they're aiming squarely at Rivian with this.

demure  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Why We Sleep" Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors

Walker has at least partnered with Verily in conducting sleep research for Project Baseline.

But yes, it was weirdly non-trivial to find public acknowledgement of his work at Verily.

demure  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Marble Machine X’s first working song

woah, no I haven't! that's sweet. Malgosia is pretty awesome.

demure  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: THAT'S NOT WHAT MUSTANG MEANS

wait lol that's a very apt description