Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Eating the Globe: Burundi

Update 1: It is very bland and has almost no flavor. I'm going to try with an extra spoonful of beans next time.

Update 2: Not good. K has threatened to throw the bag away.

I'm in a rut. Other than an elusive Haitian food truck, I am out of restaurants in the Bay Area. Plus, with a second child on the way, I am not dining out as often. So I am going to try coffees from obscure countries. I found Teasia on Amazon and they offer coffee from some random-ass countries, like Burundi, Panama, and Timor. So here we go.

From their website:

Grower: 1500 coffee producers associated with Shembati Washing Station
Variety: Bourbon, Jackson, and Mbirizi
Region: Mbirizi, Kayanza Province, Burundi
Harvest: March - July
Altitude: 1700-1800 meters
Soil: Volcanic loam
Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds

The beans are lighter in color and dull (not shiny/oily). I will give a taste review tomorrow morning.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vatican City
North America: Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, St Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Any other good Ryan Gosling movies?

I just watched Drive and it was great. I've seen Lars and the Real Girl and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Any other movies of his you recommend?

Saturday, June 22, 2019

A day in the life of a Japanese car repair shop

What happened to MH370?

I've been following this tragedy and this article is the most comprehensive. If anything, read part 6 about the crazy pilot.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tesla Model 3-amino

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Candylab Fire Chief

I came home yesterday and saw the boy playing with his new purchase, a wooden car?!

I googled the name of the company and it looks like Jalopnik has done a video on it.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Protests in Hong Kong

How much longer will the protestors fight? And will the Hong Kong/PRC government escalate its own response?

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Kolyma Highway documentary

H/t to Sanchez. This Russian documentary with English subtitles is half interviews about the gulag system and half travel shots. Well worth watching.

World Leaders Cars (19)

175. Brunei: Rolls-Royce. 2007 car: Same.

176. East Timor: Land Cruiser. 2008 car: Land Cruiser.

177. El Salvador: Land Cruiser. 2008 car: Toyota Sequoia.

178. Grenada: Land Cruiser Prado. 2008 car: Mitsubishi Montero.

179. Kyrgystan: BMW 7-Series. 2008 car: Mercedes S-Class.

180. UAE: Gelandewagen. 2007 car: Maybach.

Mercedes S-Class: 45
Toyota/Lexus Land Cruiser: 37
BMW 7-Series: 16
Audi A8: 10
Lexus LS: 10
Toyota/Lexus Land Cruiser Prado: 10
Mercedes Gelandewagen: 8
Chevy Suburban/GMC Yukon: 7
BMW X5: 2
Jaguar: 2
Land Rover Discovery: 2
Range Rover: 2
Toyota Sequoia: 2
Audi A6: 1
Aurus Senat: 1
Cadillac: 1
Chevy: 1
Citroen DS7 Crossback: 1
Hongqi: 1
Honda Accord: 1
Hyundai Equus: 1
Hyundai Genesis: 1
Hyundai Santa Fe: 1
Isuzu MU-X: 1
Lancia Thema: 1
Land Rover Freelander: 1
Lincoln Navigator: 1
Lincoln Town Car: 1
Mercedes E-Class (old): 1
Mercedes E-Class convertible: 1
Mercedes GL: 1
Mercedes-Maybach: 1
Mercedes ML/GLE: 1
Proton: 1
Rolls-Royce: 2
Skoda: 1
Toyota 4Runner: 1
Toyota RAV4: 1
VW Touareg: 1
VW Transporter: 1

Fancy cars and wealth inequality

I posed this question on Twitter and got some responses.

John Osborn, former NASA engineer, sees fancy cars as art.

Matt Farah, aka The Smoking Tire, sees it as still less expensive than a yacht.

Patrick George, head of Jalopnik, says:

Run the Joules sees union jobs.