Tag Archives: hip hop

Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* The data collection and storage implementations that Mercedes uses for its F1 cars. (Courtesy: Nathan Matisse/Ars Technica).

* Chengdu is the center of Chinese hip hop. (Courtesy: Amy Qin/NYT)

* Colin Powell was against the tear-down-this-wall line in Reagan’s 1987 Berlin speech. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Kyoto/Japanese/Cold Slow Drip Coffee and Internet Fail

The Internet has failed me. And I’m increasingly cynical about the state of journalism and, more importantly, people’s ability to follow-through on curiosity. But then I remember Mos Def and the state of hip hop:

Listen.. people be askin me all the time,
“Yo Mos, what’s gettin ready to happen with Hip-Hop?”
(Where do you think Hip-Hop is goin?)
I tell em, “You know what’s gonna happen with Hip-Hop?
Whatever’s happening with us”
If we smoked out, Hip-Hop is gonna be smoked out
If we doin alright, Hip-Hop is gonna be doin alright
People talk about Hip-Hop like it’s some giant livin in the hillside
comin down to visit the townspeople
We (are) Hip-Hop
Me, you, everybody, we are Hip-Hop
So Hip-Hop is goin where we goin
So the next time you ask yourself where Hip-Hop is goin
ask yourself.. where am I goin? How am I doin?
Til you get a clear idea
So.. if Hip-Hop is about the people
and the.. Hip-Hop won’t get better until the people get better
then how do people get better? (Hmmmm…)

Therefore, in my hunt for some real information about Kyoto Slow-Drip Coffee Makers (aka Japanese Slow-Drip Coffee Makers, aka Cold Slow-Drip Coffee Makers), I have to stop criticizing everyone else’s sloppy reporting that focuses on where these devices are and not how these devices are constructed. Instead, I need to work on researching blueprints to build one.

The first step, though, is that if I want the coffee reporting to get better, and the coffee reporting won’t get better until the people get better, then how do we get the people better? Well, I’m going to jumpstart things by asking if any of you have experience with these devices and insight into how they work and how I can build one. That’s step one.

Step two is that I’m going to harass coffeeshops.

Stay tuned…and post a comment if you know something!

p.s. Thanks to ZS for exposing me to this awesomeness.

Three Mixes of Three (or Two)

I hit a period of listening to some incredible singles and wanted to share them with friends, so I whipped together a couple of elementary mixes of the songs. The tracks aren’t as fresh since I’ve sat on them for a minute, but they are still excellent (and one or two are old but I just keep digging them). Here they are:

He Gets the Women (15MB)
(1) Hazard – Machete
(2) Mistabishi – No Matter What (Jason’s Re-Edit)
(3) Unknown (from the 50 minute block of the 20080524 Futuredub Radio One-Year Anniversary Show with FSTZ)

It’s Sometimes Easy (9MB)
(1) Trim – Liar Liar (Part 1)
(2) Soulja Boy – Booty Meat (Jason’s Re-Edit)
(3) Wiley – Gangster

Prayers for Hoods (12MB)
(1) J. Rawls and Middle Child – Useless
(2) Roger Robinson and Charlie Dark – Prayers for Angry Young Men