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ALL I WANT IS A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

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Re: ALL I WANT IS A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

Post by Jaeger » Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:14 pm

red wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:26 pm
...Since quitting the tobacco sticks, my tolerance for caffeine went way down. Can't down a pot of coffee and go to bed like I used to as a young man. Wait... maybe I just didn't sleep back then.
Really? Weird. When I quit cigarettes (the first time) my caffeine intake skyrocketed. Then again, I was still in my 20s at that point -- and working as a night-shift dispatcher.

Of course I went back to smoking AND drinking 3-4 pots of coffee a night. I've moderated both over the years, but I'm still quite addicted to both caffeine and nicotine. Now it's just vape, snus, and only a single pot of coffee a day.

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Re: ALL I WANT IS A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

Post by red » Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:34 pm

I miss smoking, especially the ritual of it, and the little moments away. Haven't touched them since 2011 besides a few flings while traveling for work and Do0M.

I honestly don't drink more than 2 or 3 cups a day.
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Re: ALL I WANT IS A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

Post by DerGolgo » Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:44 am

red wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:26 pm
What I want to know is why do I want coffee when I shouldn't drink it? Typically, around 9pm.
Do you have a cup of coffee when you get up in the morning? Conceivably, your body- or neuro-chemistry somehow adjusted itself to process caffeine when you're in a tired state, hence a craving.

I remember when I was serving my bit of conscription, there was one fella in the facility where I worked (assisted living). He'd have at least two mugs of coffee in the morning. And another one or two in the afternoon, after work.
And if there was any coffee left in the evening, eight or nine pm, before going to bed, he'd have that. And then basically switched off and slept like a rock.
It was explained to me that, for some people, coffee doesn't just stimulate, but also helps them get to sleep. Not a thing I have ever experienced personally.
red wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:34 pm
I miss smoking, especially the ritual of it, and the little moments away.
If I may contribute as to that point
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Disclaimer: I don't want to suggest that you use a habit-forming substance.
You can do it with, or without, the nic. But specifically contrasted with caffeine, it bears elaborating.

Nicotine is a remarkable substance. It's both a stimulant and a depressant. Picks you up in the morning, or when you have to pull an all nighter. But will also calm you down when you're wound up, won't it.
I've read a number of opinions by people who research that stuff scientifically, including reputable physicians. They figure that nicotine is a safer stimulant than caffeine, since it doesn't mess with your pulse/heart-rhythm, like caffeine does, nor gives your the jitters by overstimulating your nervous system. Also a thing caffeine does.

I understand that potheads and black-market dealers have given vaping a bad rep in the US.
But it lets you scratch the itch and get the ritual without murder-cancering your lungs, with or without nicotine.

You don't have to use a device that requires a blowtorch and precision wire-cutters to set up. That is, you don't have to do it the fun way.
Friends of mine use a device, one of many available, that's build for convenience and stealth. Intensity/vapor production is controlled by how hard you draw. A fire button, an LED for battery status. Very simple. One friend thinks it's great fun to use it on the commuter train. By law, vaping is treated as smoking here, so is plus-illegal on any public transport. He can hide the device in his hand, and it lets him control vapor production so well, he makes no visible clouds, and neither other passengers nor conductors will notice.
This, for example, is what my friends use.
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The "Yearn" by Uwell.
It's smaller than the USB cable next to the box makes it look. Imagine an older USB stick, a long one. 86.7mm x 20.2mm x 10.4mm; that is 3.41" x 0.79" x 0.41".
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The cartridges are ready-to-use, you just have to fill in a juice of your choice. Heating element and wick are built in and, once those wear out, the cartridge is easily disposed of. My friend fills up multiple cartridges so he has spares, and doesn't have to mess with a bottle while he is waiting for his train.
I'm told that a full charge, from empty, is achieved within one hour on the charger that plugs in the wall outlet. My friend usually gets by comfortably on one charge between leaving home in the morning and returning in the afternoon.
If he unusually doesn't, he just recharges it on his power brick.
This is just one example. There are many devices from many manufacturers. If you want to look into this, I am of course available for advice and support in finding a device that suits you.
On juice and running costs
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In case you figure e-juice prices are prohibitive, or the legislature in your state has bent over for big-tobacco and outlawed the stuff, fear not.
Mixing your own, from easily procured pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, is no great shakes.

For most people who aren't me, just buying pre-made juice and using small devices such as the one above does the job, and so much cheaper than smoking, the initial hardware purchase pays for itself within a month. That math is obviously not relevant to your situation, I mention it just to illustrate.

Me, I vape like a steam engine. On some days, I'll consume an order of magnitude more juice than those other, normal people.
Mixing my own juice, I estimate my running costs are maybe ~20% of what my pack-a-day habit would cost me.
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Re: ALL I WANT IS A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

Post by red » Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:21 am

DerGolgo wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:44 am
If I may contribute as to that point
Show
Disclaimer: I don't want to suggest that you use a habit-forming substance.
You can do it with, or without, the nic. But specifically contrasted with caffeine, it bears elaborating.

Nicotine is a remarkable substance. It's both a stimulant and a depressant. Picks you up in the morning, or when you have to pull an all nighter. But will also calm you down when you're wound up, won't it.
I've read a number of opinions by people who research that stuff scientifically, including reputable physicians. They figure that nicotine is a safer stimulant than caffeine, since it doesn't mess with your pulse/heart-rhythm, like caffeine does, nor gives your the jitters by overstimulating your nervous system. Also a thing caffeine does.

I understand that potheads and black-market dealers have given vaping a bad rep in the US.
But it lets you scratch the itch and get the ritual without murder-cancering your lungs, with or without nicotine.

You don't have to use a device that requires a blowtorch and precision wire-cutters to set up. That is, you don't have to do it the fun way.
Friends of mine use a device, one of many available, that's build for convenience and stealth. Intensity/vapor production is controlled by how hard you draw. A fire button, an LED for battery status. Very simple. One friend thinks it's great fun to use it on the commuter train. By law, vaping is treated as smoking here, so is plus-illegal on any public transport. He can hide the device in his hand, and it lets him control vapor production so well, he makes no visible clouds, and neither other passengers nor conductors will notice.
This, for example, is what my friends use.
Show
The "Yearn" by Uwell.
It's smaller than the USB cable next to the box makes it look. Imagine an older USB stick, a long one. 86.7mm x 20.2mm x 10.4mm; that is 3.41" x 0.79" x 0.41".
Image
The cartridges are ready-to-use, you just have to fill in a juice of your choice. Heating element and wick are built in and, once those wear out, the cartridge is easily disposed of. My friend fills up multiple cartridges so he has spares, and doesn't have to mess with a bottle while he is waiting for his train.
I'm told that a full charge, from empty, is achieved within one hour on the charger that plugs in the wall outlet. My friend usually gets by comfortably on one charge between leaving home in the morning and returning in the afternoon.
If he unusually doesn't, he just recharges it on his power brick.
This is just one example. There are many devices from many manufacturers. If you want to look into this, I am of course available for advice and support in finding a device that suits you.
On juice and running costs
Show
In case you figure e-juice prices are prohibitive, or the legislature in your state has bent over for big-tobacco and outlawed the stuff, fear not.
Mixing your own, from easily procured pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, is no great shakes.

For most people who aren't me, just buying pre-made juice and using small devices such as the one above does the job, and so much cheaper than smoking, the initial hardware purchase pays for itself within a month. That math is obviously not relevant to your situation, I mention it just to illustrate.

Me, I vape like a steam engine. On some days, I'll consume an order of magnitude more juice than those other, normal people.
Mixing my own juice, I estimate my running costs are maybe ~20% of what my pack-a-day habit would cost me.

I tried the vape route and didn't take to it at all. Back before this state banned smoke-able (<0.3% THC) hemp flower, I enjoyed that in rolled form.
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Re: ALL I WANT IS A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

Post by red » Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:03 am

I just got a nice bag of Jamaican Blue Mountain (blend) beans. It's tasty, not as good as 100% JBM but still good.
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Re: ALL I WANT IS A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

Post by red » Mon Jun 28, 2021 5:16 am

I was out getting filters for my Aeropress and I saw a basic pour-over mug kit and couldn't resist.
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My first attempt was yesterday, but it was hot out, so I added extra sugar and ice cubes. Ended up pretty tasty. My cup today was a bit weak but not terrible at all.
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Re: ALL I WANT IS A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

Post by DerGolgo » Mon Jun 28, 2021 6:54 am

I don't think this has yet been mentioned here. Came across my path on the facebooks a while back. Sorry I didn't think to share. They were looking for crowdfunding at the time.

https://hiconsumption.com/jogo-coffee-brewing-straw/
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The idea is clever, actually. Delicious coffee for when you're camping and stuff, and you can't lug the whole French Press along.
The idea: heat water, add coffee grounds (real coffee, not the instant abomination).
Then, instead of fumbling about with filters or anything, just suck it through the straw. There's a mesh-grid that does the job of the pressing bit in the French Press, basically.

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea. This is the future. This is what we need for mankind to move on, to get out of the cradle.
I don't know how they make coffee in microgravity, presently. But I bet dollars to donuts, it's gonna be worse than even the brown sadness water that comes out of vending machines down here.
This, though. Attach to a plastic bag with coffee grounds in it. Add hot water through a valve. Bingo bongo - zero-g coffee that's worth drinking!

So as near as I can tell, we now finally have assembled all the technology we need to get our Arse to Mars!
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Re: ALL I WANT IS A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

Post by red » Mon Jun 28, 2021 4:06 pm

Dear Gods, we've reached out pinnacle!
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