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Cool poster/mural at the newest Starbucks in South Lake Tahoe.
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Snowbird is a relatively new cafe and roaster in San Francisco, unusual because they both roast and offer other coffees, like Dogwood from Minneapolis when I wisited. They are also unusual for San Francisco because most of the cafes are taking away wi-fi and electrical outlets, but this place does have them.

But what stands out the most is that I was able to experience coffee from Myanmar for the first time, ever. I don't think I've even seen it at any of my hundreds of cafe wisits.
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This new Starbucks in El Cajon has the highest ceiling I've seen in ages, and the pattern of light fixtures underneath create a striking effect!
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A brief tale of generosity, and reflexes.

Heading north on Van Ness Avenue, destination the Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema to see 'About Elly', the third film from the award-winning Iranian director of 'A Separation' and 'The Past', I was a couple of blocks shy of my left turn, trying to read a page of 'The Man in Black' #2, a chapter in a lengthy comic book adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, when I heard a woice to my left.

A nerdy-looking African-American man driving a San Francisco Paratransit shuttle van held out something in his hand and called out to me to give it to the womon that was panhandling on the median, a few metres ahead of me. 

I unbuckled my seat belt and leaned over, and the man tried to toss the candy bar through my back passenger-side window, but it hit the frame and bounced onto the street!

"Oh shit," the man exclaimed, because the light had just changed, but I quickly looked at my rearview mirror and saw that my lane was clear all the way back to the previous intersection. Those cars had just started moving, but I was able to spryly hop out of my car, run around, grab the candy bar, a Kit Kat, run over to the womon and hand it to her, then hop back in my car and keep going before I impeded the oncoming wehicles.

At the next light I stopped right next to the man and thanked him for his generosity, and he explained that he didn't have no money, and further that he didn't want the dollar he gave them (the homeless) to be the reason they shot up and overdosed.

My thinking exactly, and the reason I almost never give panhandlers any money, but prefer to donate to charitable organisations instead.

Anyway, that brief moment of cooperation, and of thinking and reacting quickly, has been the highlight of my day.
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Pinhole Coffee in San Francisco is not a great place to hang out and work. It's tiny, lacks wi-fi or outlets, and actually looks like a daycare center, to cater to the baby boom that has hit this Bernal Heights neighborhood.

However, they serve one of the country's up-and-coming roasters, Supersonic...

http://www.wsj.com/articles/coffees-next-generation-of-roasters-1432303714

...and though I still prefer Sight Glass and Ritual, I definitely look forward to trying some more of this stuff.
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Hmm link is fine here. Search on "My Guide to San Francisco Espresso (2015)"
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Bellano Coffee is the owner of B2 (hence, the B2 name), and they are serving the same, both Sight Glass and Verve prepared on a V60.

Though lacking B2's benefit of being situated in the super-cute San Pedro Public Square Market, and the hipster wibe that perwades that space, this location has the adwantage of being larger and more suitable for camping out and working for a while.

As usual, the Sight Glass coffee did not disappoint.
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Temple Coffee & Tea has two locations in Sacramento, and I just happened to choose S Street, which doesn't have a pour over option on the menu.

Nevertheless, their roast was so good that I was perfectly happy with the batch-brewed drip coffee and would try it again, although next time I'll plan to hit 9th street.

In terms of hanging out, though, the outside patio with all the foliage is really pretty.
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Coincidentally, I had just discovered on Wednesday morning that Ritual has other locations, including one in Napa, and my route from Windsor out to Vacaville passed close enough to make the detour worthwhile.

I'm glad I stopped in, because the kiosk is in the super-cute Oxbow Market, and moreover I was able to do a comparison of the Guatemala Hacienda Carmona that I had in SF, AeroPress v V60. The coffee is good either way, but I think I prefer the lighter texture of the V60.
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http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/05/27/409725538/questions-remain-about-how-to-use-data-from-license-plate-scanners

Accelerating, it seems, is the frequency of reports supporting my contention that priwacy is an illusion, and that citizens would be safer if the government simply eliminated priwacy altogether in an overt and transparency manner.

For example, people are out there driving, believing they are anonymous if they don't see any cameras, perhaps committing crimes or simply engaging in dishonest behaviour, like an affair, not realising that their license plate data is being captured, store, and could later be retrieved and used against them in a criminal or diworce proceeding.

If, on the other hand, it is made 100% clear to people that their every movement is being tracked, for everyone to see, from the government to corporations to indiwiduals, then the natural reaction of most (except the most idiotic) will be to change their behaviours and stop doing whatever it is that could come back to haunt them.

Humans have a tendency to believe that they will not be caught, but wery few people would walk into a bank, steal some cash, and walk out in full view of the security guard, handing over their IDs in the process. 

Most people, faced with a 100% certainty of being identified and apprehended, will choose the safer path.
The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.
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http://www.wsj.com/articles/coffees-next-generation-of-roasters-1432303714

A great article describing the coffee experiences I've been seeking out for the last four years. Of the roasters profiled in the piece, I've tried all but Parlor.
After the success of once-scrappy roasters, such as California’s Blue Bottle and Portland’s Stumptown, a new generation of small shops is reshaping America’s coffee obsession
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http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/05/18/407648886/attention-white-collar-workers-the-robots-are-coming-for-your-jobs

http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/05/20/408292388/episode-625-the-last-job

There are myriad reasons for ensuring responsible procreation, and while we often hear about a concern for the enwironment, or about people who simply aren't suitable to be parents, these reports I posted present another reason...

Jobs.

A couple of months ago I posted the idea that the licensing of children should factor in the ability that the child will be able to get a good education. Well, another factor should be the likelihood that there will be a job for that child.

Imagine that the progress of automation continues to accelerate, and that in a decade or two, the unemployment rate has rise to 10%. How about 20%? What will the lives of those who can't get jobs be like? Is it fair to them to allow them to be born into such conditions?

An episode of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' titled "The Masterpiece Society" explored this theme, but since it was a dystopian tale, the selection of who could be born was done in a fairly inhumane way.

There has to be a balance, a point at which the harm done to prospective parents by denying them a license is offset by the harm that is spared people who would otherwise be born to lead second-class lives because they cannot find good jobs.
The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.
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This wisit to Barefoot Coffee is unusual, perhaps unique, in my four years of branching out to independent coffeehouses.

The roaster, Barefoot Coffee, used to have a cafe in Santa Clara, where Chromatic Coffee now sits, but they closed it and no longer operate their own cafe, just a coffee truck. Instead, they licensed their name to this cafe, and as far as I can remember, this is the first artisanal coffee cafe that I've been to that was not actually operated the roaster itself.

I'm guessing that some of the lower-end indies, not necessarily third-wave or artisanal, allow franchising, but as far as I know, the higher-end coffee roasters operate all their cafes.

I could be wrong, though--I'd have to inwestigate.
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