Fuck the Aeropress

Seriously, fuck the Aeropress.

So, as a nerd who likes to drink coffee it was inevitable that at some point I had to buy an AeroPress. Because I have heard it makes really great coffee.1

Half a year later, I’m pretty much done with it. Even if I buy small batches of really good beans, measure them diligently, grind them myself, make sure the water has just the right temperature, use the silly upside-down method – the coffee ends up tasting just… meh.

And after I managed to break a cup today by apparently using too much force pressing the aero through the coffee, I decided to unpack my ten-year old Senseo machine and have a nice, fast, simple to make and actually good cup of coffee.

  1. You know, like having a great camera turns you into a great photographer, Moleskines turn you into a great writer and using Textmate makes you Merlin Mann

Me on Better Know A Jackal

If you want to hear me being very tired, very nervous and tres awkward on a podcast, this is your moment.

If you rather want to hear Mike interviewing interesting people, why not listen to one with a Dominican friar or an online dating coach?


Unpredictable Unicorn

Now that Jawbone has an App that uses the M7 chip and HealthKit to collect the data that the band used to provide, I can finally start using all the information with the UP Coffee app.
Apparently caffeine intake does not have a real impact on my sleep pattern, though.

“Shia LaBeouf”

Play a sound when the volume is changed in OS X Yosemite

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If you were – like me – afraid Yosemite broke the audio on your Mac: here you go. System Preferences → Sound → Sound Effects. ↬ @caseyliss



I know I am not the only one to notice, but lately all this stuff that used to “just work” for me on my Mac tends to have it’s problems.
This morning I wrote something in Byword on my phone, tried to save it to iCloud, which – yes – used to work great, and then it was just gone. Magic!
Do I now have to copy it first to the clipboard, like back in the bad old blogging days, when one could never be quite sure if a web form might not properly post something?

.5: The Gray Chapter

A new Slipknot album.



From the department of useful software: let.ter.

A small email client with only one goal: write an email, send it, get out. No looking at an inbox, no sorting, nothing, just a textfield for the email, a line to enter the recipient and a button to send.
I like software like that. A lot.

Bill Murray

Absolutely worth the time. Great man.

Viele Deutsche haben nur schlechte Internetkenntnisse

Ich schwanke wild zwischen Traurigkeit und “Das sind doch mehr, als ich gedacht hätte”: Viele Deutsche haben nur schlechte Internetkenntnisse@nico

Feed weirdness. (Sorry)

I have no clue what is going on but for some reason WordPress decided to randomly show old entries in the main feed for this blog. I’ll try to find out what’s wrong and what I can do about it.



Did Google start blocking third-party email clients?

Constantly unsatisfied with desktop email clients, I tend to try new ones once in a while. Just now I tried to use Airmail with one of my lesser used Google Mail accounts (unimportant enough that I did not enable two-step verification.) and was most certainly slightly confused when it refused to connect.

I was even more confused when this showed up in the mailbox of the recovery account:

You can switch to an app made by Google.

No. I don’t want to switch to an app made by Google – I want IMAP.

Thanks anyway. As far as I know, this is a new thing and it is a bit worrying.