A theme, sort of
Site-seeing by Jules Allen
For the first time in a long time, Ive managed to create a thread
through this weeks column. Flukey things like this can happen,
though my editor will surely put me in my place. Normal service
will resume next week.
Armed guards, roadside heists and bandits, oh my! Youd be forgiven
for thinking that we were talking about precious metals or California
semiconductors. But this is todays world of coffee. Coffee, as
you may know, is one of the three food groups (the other two are,
of course, fat and alcohol). Roast and Post does an excellent
job of presenting caffeinated facts, news and the like on the
humble coffee bean.
While the subject of getting wired out of ones gourd is top of
mind, the Net Cafe Guide could be a valuable resource if coffee
and e-mail take up large parts of your business or leisure travel
plans. If Customs confiscates your french press at the border,
all may not be lost. Like Yahoo! or any other manually updated
guide, some of its going to be out of date and the entries concerning
this part of Florida were riddled with broken links to defunct
cafes. Ho hum.
In my continuing personal mission to classify everything on the
planet into two neat, binary halves, my mind turned to the thing
that often comes before afternoon coffee: sushi. Youre either
one of those who thinks of it as fresh bait or somebody who considers
it a delicious, nutritious reason for doing lunch. This site doesnt
just cover sushi; it offers a peek at other Japanese cuisine and
some nifty-sounding places in Tokyo that Id love to try should
I ever make it over there. If youre on the fence about the raw
stuff, be sure to read the section on parasites. Mmm!
Weve seen some weird sites that involve bugs and parasites in
the past, up to and including eating them. I wouldnt go as far
as to say Im terrified by these invertebrates, but Im generally
wary of anything that naturally has less than two legs or more
than four. Maybe finding them on the Web is some kind of catharsis
for yours truly. Who can tell? Anyway, the University of British
Columbias online entomology museum is one of the better bug sites
out there and is very visually pleasing. Unfortunately, the Bug
of the Month section is just online and you cant send your mother-in-law
a roach 12 times a year like those beer clubs. Heck, Id pay good
money for that.
Okay, so the thread gimmick isnt true, which even my editor caught,
but Im glad you made it this far. So, changing the subject, a
site like this is pretty useful to the numerically challenged.
I did learn to work out how to leave a 15 percent tip some time
ago and Im glad to see they repeat this cool trick on this site.
No tips on sales tax, though Im lucky enough to have my Palm
Pilot glued to my hip. The embarrassment of not having enough
cash to buy something is well worth the embarrassment of looking
like a nerd all the time. Wear your geek toys with pride!
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