So, of course it’s Christmas and I’m sitting in my apartment, surfing the interwebs after breakfast. I stumbled across a video about the new Ferrari F1 engine and figured I should post something about that, and the purpose of motorsport.
Those who know me know that I have a love-hat relationship with cars in that I absolutely love driving as well as beautiful automotive design; but I also hate cars and the distinctively American vehicular fetishization that seems to be focused on gaudiness and extravagance rather an emphasis on utility and practicality that is a bit more present in the European approach to automobiles (have you seen the cars in Europe, they’re TINY!). This being said, I used to be a huge fan of Formula 1 which is, to those that don’t know, the premier motorsport in Europe, Asia, and most of the rest of the world (except for ‘merica, of course).
Recently, the trend in F1 is less focused on the spectacle of racing, and more focused on the sport as R&D for the automotive industry. This is absolutely what racing should be about and makes perfect sense. Over the past decade or so, more restrictions on fuel usage, engine size/ composition, as well as the introduction of energy recovery systems have forced constructors to develop engines with an emphasis on efficiency rather than power. This is why I’ll be watching F1 next year. That alone speaks volumes to the intent of F1 as a sport; while it is a competition first and foremost, it’s also a research laboratory for automative companies to test new equipment that, ultimately, will make it’s way to consumer vehicles in one capacity or another. Remember the energy recovery system I mentioned? Where do you think that wound up being first heavily used for a production car… on the Toyota Prius, surprisingly enough.
Yes, as an environmentalist, I shouldn’t support a form of entertainment based around the mass consumption of fossil fuels; but, given how much of a revolution we need in automobile efficiency and design (for the sake of mitigating long, term environmental damage all without taking away peoples cars— even though I would gladly give mine up if that meant safer bicycle infrastructure and more reliable and prevalent public transportation options), the new regulations that F1 has introduced seem to based in the realization of the need for more efficient cars.
Nascar, drag racing, rally racing, most of these sports are huge wastes of time, money, and are, collectively, a huge detriment to fostering a sense of environmental consciousness. F1, on the other hand, is headed in the right direction and, while the logistics infrastructure for each race alone still negates any positive gains in terms of reducing carbon emissions per race; the long term benefits from the cutting edge research and design (as well as showing the world that more efficient and smart design doesn’t mean sacrificing power and speed) will hopefully offset any negatives.
Clam found off Iceland was 507 - “the oldest animal on Earth”, until British scientists killed it
Another fucking story about humans killing fascinating creatures to “learn stuff”.
When a clam was dredged up from the bottom of the sea of Iceland, a team of scientists eagerly cracked it open - killing the oldest animal in the world.
The mollusc was 507 years old - when it was born, Michelangelo was just about to start work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The process of opening clams to study their “growth lines” is fatal. The clam was named Ming after the Chinese Ming Dynasty, which was in power when it was born.
There go the British again… traveling to foreign shores and killing things unnecessarily.
GOD FORBID YOU GET OFF THE INTERNET FOR 15 FUCKING MINUTES
"Kind of a travesty"… incredible overstatement much. But, if no-wifi is kind of a travesty for this person, then they must have the best fucking life EVER.
I can explain why we have no wifi: We want to make a profit because we’re a business. Honestly, if we had wifi, no one would ever be able to find a seat in our shop because people used to camp out for hours after purchasing a $2.25 cup of coffee. Think about it. If 4 people sit in that same seat within a span of two hours, we’ve already quadrupled the income from that seat. This wifi use and abuse is kind of a problem for small, high traffic coffee shops. The profit margin on coffee itself is so small that, unless you’re a roaster, you need to make a fuck-ton of coffee to survive and laptop hoboes, who don’t understand that a coffee shop is not a library, seem to miss that point when they ask for a refund.
Basically, it’s a $3 cuppa joe. If you have nowhere else to go for wifi, maybe you should skip paying for the daily coffee and (using the money you save in doing so) buy yourself internet access.
Hmm, interesting. Well, given that I was one of the “children” (even though I’m more than twenty years old and hold a college degree) that made this man his macchiato, I feel that I need to comment.
The recipe for a macchiato is strictly: 1-2oz espresso + equal amount of steamed milk (i.e., not dollops of foam on top). Temperature varies, but I make mine around 140-150, as to not lose the natural taste of the espresso in the sweetness of the milk.
The recipe for a cappuccino is strictly: 1-2oz espresso + 4-5oz milk steamed at around 140 degrees and evenly textured with at least 1cm of microfoam prevalent throughout (i.e no fucking dollops or spoonfuls of foam.
I’ve been doing this long enough to never, ever forget what my recipes are or mistakenly make one instead of the other. That being said, either this guy grabbed the wrong drink or he knows very little about what he’s talking about.
This is the problem with yelp. While customer feedback is great and very informative, it also gives people with very little actual knowledge of something an opportunity to talk about it with some self-assumed authoritativeness. This not only hurts the reputation of a business, but as an employee that regularly reads yelp reviews, I get pretty damn offended when a non-industry person tells me I’m doing my job wrong because, 90% of the time, I’m not (drinks do get missed occasionally)… you just don’t know what exactly specialty coffee actually is and are too prideful to acknowledge the fact that the “child” making your macchiato (whose been alive for fewer years than you’ve probably been drinking coffee) may actually not just know more, but make it better than you ever could.
So, here’s a lesson for all you yelpers out on tumblr: If you have a problem with the way something is made, just ask the whomever made it rather than posting it on yelp. 9/10 if a mistake was made, it will immediately be corrected and if it isn’t… THEN POST THAT ON YELP. Let the food critics do their job of scrutinizing the craftsmanship and keep your comments strictly about the quality of service and experience you had.
Both talk incessantly about how what they’re doing puts them above everyone else.
Seriously. It’s great that you want to challenge yourself physically or intellectually, but damn, talk about something else for a while just to give yourself (and everyone else) a fucking break.
Just was put on the schedule for Thanksgiving week even when I made it very clear, several months ago, that I would not be in town.
this was my only chance to see my family for the holidays and if I have to quit my job in order to have those days off, I’m going to do it.
Best part of having an indifferent/ shitty landlord: Cheap Rent!
Worst part: Shoddy construction; cheap appliances; A/C that doesn’t work in summer; heating that doesn’t work in winter; no hot water for 3 months; unresponsiveness; mice.