Back To My Green Coffee Subscription

Green, raw coffee beans

Last year, about July, I received a replacement credit card. My green coffee bean subscription was on that card. I attempted to change it but they told me there was no way to change it. Rather, I’d have to cancel and start a new one with the new credentials.

I cancelled. But when it came time to start a new one I just bought 20 pounds of a single bean instead. That lasted for several months and I then I repeated by buying yet another 20 pound bag of a single bean. I did miss the rotation of origins and the surprise of what beans I’d be getting every month.

This month I started the subscription back up. 4 new, unknown beans a month. A pound each. This month’s subscription just arrived and I’m all giddy inside.

May 2024 brings me, in layman’s terms, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Costa Rica. For the coffee savvy lot of you, here are the exact lots: Guatemala Michicoy Finca Rosma Lot 2, Ethiopia Hambela Benti Nenka, Rwanda Milles Collines Peaberry, and Costa Rica Red Honey Don Oscar.

Mean Spirited, by Nick Roberts – 5/5

This was my first read by Nick Roberts, and boy was it good. From the opening sequence in the prologue, it had the hairs on the back of my neck standing straight up. And that happened several times during the story. You learn really quick, once them lights dim, shit’s going down – and fast.

A story about Matt Matheny, a teacher, who through a random series of events takes on the responsibility of caring for the dog of a former student of his who has died. But is it just a dog? Or is something more? You’ll have a hard time putting this book down to get your answer.

My favorite quote: “The lady with the two-thousand-dollar designer dog is quoting me on the virtues of animal rescue.” Golden.

Creep Out, by Jeff Strand – 5/5

Reading another book by Jeff Strand is always a pleasure and will certainly interrupt the old “To Be Read” queue like no other. Well, like no others. Plural. King. Konrath. Strand. Crouch. These are my favorite authors and will always take precedence.

Strand’s latest tale weaves together feels of the classic Devil Doll (1964), Amelia (part two of the Trilogy of Terror), and Conky (from The Trailer Park Boys), and throws them at you all at once. Coincidentally, Amelia has always been the most scary movie I have ever watched. I remember watching it with my dad, who then terrorized me for many nights after, chasing me around the house with his comb as a make-shift spear, sliding it back and forth under the door. So thanks for bringing those memories back, Jeff.

Ezra visits his mom after the death of his father and receives his inheritance – a box containing a ventriloquist dummy, named Virgil. What happens next is neither traditional nor expected from the Devil Doll subcategory. Prepare for Strand’s typical fast paced delivery, quirky dad-jokes, and immersion into a hellish story that will certainly have you locking up your own dolls and sleeping with the lights on. Warning: do not fall asleep.

Available at all the usual sources.

I’ll leave you with my favorite quote.

“He wanted to strangle that bitch. Rip her head off and gargle the blood as it poured into his mouth.

Ezra, Creep Out

Can I Use My Welding Helmet to View the Solar Eclipse?

Titanium 9.3 sq in Welding Helmet from Harbor Freight

For those of you who may have been curious, such as myself, if you can use your welding helmet to view the upcoming eclipse, here is our answer from NASA.

Short answer is yes – if your lens is at least a shade 12. NASA claims 12 may be too bright for others and 14 too dark, and most don’t offer a 13. But this article is from 2017. My Harbor Freight Titanium 9.3 sq. In. claims it’s a shade 13.

Many people find the Sun too bright even in a Shade 12 filter, and some find the Sun too dim in a Shade 14 filter — but Shade 13 filters are uncommon and can be hard to find.

NASA

So am I going to attempt to look through my Harbor Freight welding helmet? Fuck no. I aint gonna trust my already aging, worsening vision to some Harbor Freight tool. In the last words of Michael Dewayne Smith, who was convicted of killing 2 people in 2002, “Nah, I’m good.”

Automakers Sharing Our Driving Habits with Insurance Companies.

Amazing how much data these new cars are sharing with the manufacturer who then share with insurance companies – for a fee. GM is making in the “low millions” from LexisNexis. GM. Subaru. Kia. Honda. Hyundai.

Users are unknowingly agreeing to this when they click yes on the user agreement for Starlink and Onstar or the manufactures’ equivalent. Instructions on how to opt out or get your own report that is being shared can be found at the story.

Read the full New York Times article here thanks to Dan Gillmor for the paid link.