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With just a few hours left in Paris before I take the TGC to Lyon, I manage to get to one more indie coffeehouse, Cafe Strada.

Although tiny, with the tables a tight squeeze, this place served me up a pretty good V60 brew of a Honduran roast by Mokxa, and they also carry other roasters, so I hope to return at some point.
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Kooka Boora brings me to five indie coffeehouse wisits on this trip, and coincidentally enough, the roast I was served is from Five Elephants, a Berlin roaster.

It's good stuff, and possibly better than what I had yesterday from The Broken Arm, but I cannot be certain if that's just my fondness for patterns (quality increasing with each shop) influencing my judgment.

Wifi at this cafe, but the lone outlet does not appear to work.
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Even though they were not offering a pour over, their roast, from the parent company Belleville, was my favourite of the five indie coffeehouses I've tried since 2013.

Their scones were also excellent, and I am eager to try them again, with some eggs and bacon, but one issue with 10 Belles is that it is TINY--not a great place to hang out.
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La Cafeotheque was the only indie coffeehouse that I was able to see on Saturday, because The Broken Arm just happened to be closed (for exceptional reasons) that day, and Telescope was closed for the summer.

I was not a fan of the table serwice (I prefer to just go to the bar and order my coffee), and the roast itself did not do it for me.
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http://www.wnyc.org/story/work-we-know-it-disappearing/

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/07/world-without-work/395294/

Thompson writes of a future in which technology eliminates the need for people to do drudge work, and where everybody receives a basic income to replace what they would have otherwise earned by working.

I spoke of this TEN YEARS AGO, to students at UCSB, and much of what I said ended up in 'Starbucking'.
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http://www.marketplace.org/…/challenge-pairing-sick-social-…

Listening this report saddened me, because well-meaning altruists like Dr. Labby are willing to spend all this time and money on people who are, to some extent, responsible for their predicament, while there are plenty of children out there who are innocent and could use that time and money to improve their lives.

If you listen to the report, you will see that Scott Freeland entered into his predicament in large part because of his decisions. In fact, he admits that he is not going to stop drinking.

How many children could be helped, I wonder, if Freeland were just written off, and that time and money were instead spent on the innocent.
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I'd been hearing about the Rochester Mall store from superwisors, managers, and even two customers, since yesterday morning, and when I arrived, I found it to be as spectacular as promised!

Besides behind in a charming mansion-like building, homey throughout, the store has unusually design elements and a collection of old photographs upstairs.
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After having Cafe Lomi's roast at two Paris cafes in the last few days, I finally hit up the source.

Unlike most of the other Paris cafes I've seen, which use a V60 for the pour over, this place offers an AeroPress and Chemex, although the latter only comes in a large size, for two, so I went with the former.

Good stuff, but not as good as what I just had from Kooka Boora--obviously, my streak of increasingly-good coffee at each cafe could not last.

With both wi-fi and working outlets, plus a lot of tables inside and out, this is a great space to hang out and work.
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Went back to The Broken Arm on Tuesday morning (after finding them closed on Saturday), and I'm glad I did, because their brew turned out to be the most flavourful and tasty I'd had yet in Paris.

They serve Cafe Lomi's roast, just like Craft, and also use the V60 brew method, but I enjoyed both cups (one batch brewed, the other slow brewed) much better than Craft's, or any other cup I'd had on this trip.

Couldn't tell you if it was the actual roast, or the skill of the barista, but regardless I'm satisfied.

I should also point out that The Broken Arm is a concept cafe, combined with a clothing retailer.
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After another miss, HolyBelly, closed for the summer, I walked a few minutes to Craft, which serves coffee from Cafe Lomi and uses a V60 for the pour over.

The coffee was a little better than La Cafeotheque, but still not like the best coffees I enjoy from American roasters.

Something interesting about this coffeehouse is that they have a "co-working" option in the back, with larger tables and outlets, for which they charge a minimum of 3 euro per person per hour.
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http://www.popsci.com/amcs-humans-and-parallel-worlds-robotics-research-and-science-fiction

The pilot new AMC series, 'Humans', hits the jobs issue hard, and could not come at a more appropriate time, on the heels of Derek Thompson's article about a world without work...

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/07/world-without-work/395294/

The more I look around, the clearer it is too much that increasing automation is going to lead to great levels of suffering and social unrest until a radical paradigm shift is adopted, with the possible solution's being a basic income for everybody, and/or free basic necessities like food, shelter, medical care, and education, with controls on procreation in place to forestall the possibility that population increases will outstrip the ability of technological progress to take care of everybody's needs.

Unfortunately, I do not see a feasible path towards adopting such a solution in a country like the United States, with its broken political system, which is why I think the best hope is for a group of powerful and wealthy wisionaries to carve out a utopian freedom zone where people do not need to work, a place free of the social problems that plague modern society.

Absent this, I am not hopeful for a suffering-free future.
The new sci-fi cable show imagines a world of Synths, but it's not far from today
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Another win in Singapore!!!

At the Resorts World Sentosa store, the district manager happened to be there, and besides clearing up some questions for me about new and relocated stores, he informed me that the Universal Studios Singapore Starbucks is inside USS, and thus required a ticket.

Fortunately, after a relatively short way in the Guest Services line, the first person I spoke to immediately agreed to get somebody to escort me into the park, just to wisit the Starbucks.

$74 SAVED!!!
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