Saturday, April 04, 2015

Psalm 88:11-12

MUG: Ubiquitous Chinese novelty mug, patterned after the Waechstersbach barrel mug. Designed by Madeline Audrey, and made and sold by Society6 (who also makes a really cool Joy Division Cat mug). I saw a pillow with this design on the Facebook feed Karl Barth for Dummies, followed the link and got the mug. Today, Holy Saturday, is my first use.

COFFEE: The truly excellent Colombian San Roque. More is on the way.

NOTES: Growing up, Holy Saturday was the day we dyed Easter eggs in preparation for the Easter Sunday egg and candy hunts. Religiously and theologically, it was a bit ill-defined (to me). Some years later, while reading works from the Christian Orthodox tradition (and practicing some Eastern Orthodox prayer methods), I discovered an understanding that was held by the Early Church that opened doors of Faith for me. The Nicene Creed states that Jesus "descended to Hell" but it doesn't say what he did there. Peter mentions Christ "preaching to the dead in Hell."  Jesus' descent into Hell/Hades/Sheol wasn't to condemn the dead, but to save those who would listen to him. For all time. The answer to death (and therefore to everything) is Jesus.

Nobody has to die. Get on the bus. Free rides. Great coffee.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Wine and chocolate: more than a date drug.

MUG: One of my surviving original Waechtersbach mugs (purchased at the original Container Store on Mockingbird Lane in Dallas in 1979). I've said all that needs to be said about this particular mug's perfection. PMS MUD (essentially Pantone Matching System color 406) is also my favorite color.  

COFFEE: Colombian San Roque from La Colombe Torrefaction in Philadelphia. A truly superior Colombian coffee. A lighter roast than most commercial roasteries (I hear rumors and see evidence that Hipster-kulture™ has picked up on the benefits of lighter roasts), the strong chocolate and citrus overtones stand out (to my simple palate).

From the Roaster (via the Merchant): "Producers in the San Roque Association process and dry their own coffees and deliver them to quality analyst, Duver Rojas, who tastes the coffees delivered every day and pays incentives for the best coffees. Of 100 families in the association, this lot represents only ten producers who embraced these best practices. Their hard work on the steep hillsides unfolding below the San Roque Monastery and above the Magdalena River created this coffee of refined sweetness."

NOTES: A sample package from Der Kuchen Laden in Fredericksburg, Texas, no doubt meant to lure me back to Deutsche Disneyland Texas. Just might work.

It's been too long.

Friday, March 06, 2015

The death of science, and the birth of something not good.


MUG: Yeti Rambler. Made in China. Marketed out of Austin. Strongly made.

COFFEE: Colombian Santander. The usual, except when it's not. Strongly made.

NOTES: There's a problem here. It's more than a misunderstanding, and it's not simply ignorance. There is good dose of arrogance, however. Do you see it?

Yeti is a manufacturer of rigorously designed ice chests and accessories, including thermal drinking cups like this one (this is their 'small' size model). They really do apply some of the best available technology to create containers that will retain temperatures for long periods of time, hot or cold. Stainless steel, double-walled travel cups are no big deal, and this one far out performs the other name-brand ones I have. Far outperforms. I filled two vessels this morning (6:15 a.m.) with 200° F degree water. Within an hour, the contents of one cup had cooled to 152° F. The Yeti had cooled to 180°. Eight hours later, vessel #1 had cooled to room temperature (65°), while the contents of the Yeti were 112°. That's impressive performance. But...

"KEEPS YOUR DRINK AS COLD AS SCIENCE ALLOWS" is the marketing motto on the cup. Since when did Science have consciousness? 'Science' is a methodology at its basic level, a reservoir of knowledge at its highest level. At its basic level, it is a rigorous method of investigation, designed to leave nothing to 'chance' or prejudice. At it's highest level, it's an ever-changing amorphous, non-sentient, entity. It doesn't "allow" anything. It enables, at best, through discovery and application.

But in our culture, 'Science' has been deified by many, led by anti-theists (atheists), but mimicked by the gullible. In the popular culture, it's easy to see the word "science" used as a name, as "Science." This entity Science replaces (or co-exists in competition with) the notion of a god/s, with a Creator God, and with Yaweh (reducing Yaweh to a mere god, or replacing 'Him' with a new god). As a believer in the Creator God Yaweh, and as a believer in the investigative truth of science, this alarms me, because it's a dangerous disservice to both.

The outcome promises to be a great steaming pile of 'not good' for all involved. The heat will be retained at all costs.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Collect the whole set!

MUG: I recently acquired yet another 1980s Waechstersbach novelty mug from the Art Institute of Chicago. All the usual physical accolades about this mug apply.

COFFEE: Guatemalan Antigua. Organic, Free-Trade, freshly medium-light roasted.

NOTES: I previously have purchased white, blue, and grey versions of this 'Famous Artists' mug, all made in Spain. This one is different. The glaze is the fantastic molten-lava red that you just have to see in person. Similar to the radioactive (literally) red glaze that Fiestaware used years ago, but with a two-tone element that looks like hot flowing lava and the slightly cooler, darker surface.  In addition, this mug is unique in that was not not made in Spain, but in Germany, "W GERMANY" to be exact (which also dates the mug to no later than the mid 1980s).

Of personal interest, Raoul Dufy was one of my mother's favorite artists, while Marcel Duchamp is one of mine. Both signatures are visible above (and examples of their work can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Freeze Relief

MUG: Waechstersbach (Germany) winter motif mug. I love the glaze-resist decoration method, and the deep royal blue color.

COFFEE: Guatemalan Antigua from Central Market.

NOTES: Late February freezing cold spell. Off work conveniently. Fire in the fireplace. Appropriate occasion for the mug.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Name It and Claim It.

MUG: A novelty 11 ounce ceramic mug designed/marketed by Mulberry Home Collection. Made in China, using the glaze-resist method. This is inspired by the old enameled steel cups known for their small liquid capacity and their high capacity to burn lips.

COFFEE: An organic, free-trade, vegan (and possibly terrorist) approved high altitude coffee from Chiapas Mexico, via Central Market Westgate (roasted by Frank last Friday).

NOTE: In the pre-dawn darkness when coffee is brewed, labeling can be an important aid in drinking the correct beverage.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Hands up! Bottoms up! Merry Christmas!


MUG: A Christmas novelty mug I found at HEB+. Chinese-made, there were also reindeer and Santa boots models available (I passed on those). Surprisingly easy to grip with the giant candy cane handle, and stable on its three-point support (two hands and a cap tip).

HOT COCOA: Hot Cow Cow double dark chocolate cocoa from McSteven's Cocoa of Vancouver, Washington. I found this at Central Market. Very rich, and priced for the same. The packaging oddly has a cow with the state of Texas on it. No explanation.

NOTES: Speaking of "stable...(and) three-point support." In a stable, the Creator of the Universe (as the second person of the Trinity) became like us so that we can become like him... if we just surrender to his good news.

Hands up! Merry Christmas!