Javatrekker – a book review. August 2008.

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I picked up a copy of Javatrekker after being asked to represent Heine Brothers’ Coffee in the Just Creations International Book Club. Author Dean Cycon is the owner of Dean’s Beans, another founding member (including HBC) of Cooperative Coffees. Things didn’t work out with the book club, but since I am interested in travel, the lives of coffee farmers, and fair-trade, I sent ahead and read the book.

Dean Cycon has traveled the world, visiting coffee farmers, and has a great story to tell. He is also a great story-teller, and does an excellent job keeping the reader entertained in the various antics that go on during his travels, but also reminds the readers that coffee farmers are some of the poorest people in the world, and deserve a lot more for the coffee the produce for their customers.

Africa, the Americas, Asia – he has been to them all, and has adventures that really make me want to hop on a plane and visit some of these farmers. Fair-trade coffee is a great step in helping these farmers – if you are looking for a local fair-trade roaster, check out Cooperative Coffees member list.

Child’s Play 1988/2011

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My grandfather went by “Charles”, my father goes by “Charlie”, so when I was born and my parents gave me the same first name as them, they decided to call me “Chuckie”. As a child of the 1980’s I was there for some of the best horror movies ever made – A Nightmare on Elm StreetFriday the 13thSleepaway Camp, and of course, Child’s Play.

The doll/killer in Child’s Play was a “My Buddy” (rumors are it was a “That Kid” doll, whatever that was) doll named… Chucky. Of course I had one of those dolls when it came out in 1985. I was a fan of horror movies as a child (I still am), so I was excited about Child’s Play. I won’t go on about the movie, I assume most people have seen it and it’s greatness.

Sequels have followed – Child’s Play 2Child’s Play 3Bride of ChuckySeed of Chucky – and now the writer/director of the series has decided to, instead of doing yet another sequel, reboot the series. Great idea, or a complete disaster? Most will agree that the modern reboots of 80’s horror movies that have come out lately have been disasters, but if you have the same writer/director, maybe it’ll work out? I guess nothing can be worse then Seed of Chucky…

Pitchfork Fest 2010: Thumbs Up & Thumbs Down

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Thumbs Up:

  • Pavement! I never thought that I’d be seeing them live.
  • Big Boi – probably the most entertaining of the fest.
  • Comedy Stage on Friday – seeing comics perform at a music festival was great.
  • Cheap water, vegan corn dogs, Arnold Palmers.
  • Real Estate, Best Coast, Sleigh Bells, St. Vincent, Liars, Lightening Bolt, etc.
  • Recycling bins right by every single trash can

Thumbs Down:

  • Small park, lots of people.
  • Knowing several people that were going, but not seeing any of them
  • Heinekin beng the only beer available. How about some local brewers?
  • No coffee vendor – I could have used iced coffee after being there all day

Forecastle 2010: Thumbs Up & Thumbs Down

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Thumbs Up:

  • Working at the HBC booth means that I got in free all weekend
  • Cap’n Jazz’s first full set in 15 years! They were awesome – played everything I wanted to hear, and they all looked like they were having a lot of fun.
  • Devo – Costume changes, great use of the video screen on-stage, highly entertaining
  • Cake was surprisingly good for a band that I haven’t paid attention to in 12 years. I’m going to check out some of their newer stuff, it was really good.
  • Cirque Berzerk was beautiful. They had multiple performances every day – I wish I would have been able to check them out more than once.
  • Mucca Pazza was definitely fun.
  • Had too much iced yerba mate, and felt like I was cracked out for the weekend.

Thumbs Down:

  • Only 1 water fountain, bottled water costing $3 each, no way to refill them.
  • Heat. I guess it could have been worse, but it was HOT.
  • 4 stages, most bands that I wanted to see were playing at the same time as another band I wanted to see.