|BAD NEWS ON THE MOM FRONT...
Aug 15, 2002, 10:50pm
I'm a "down" guy today, which is weird because there are many good things happening in my life as of late that, while they have me a bit scared due to some increased visibility and responsibilities I'm being saddled with in the world of coffee, they are also incredible opportunities that I should feel honoured and proud of.
I'm down though because, well, my Mom isn't doing well. The cancer that was thought to be in regression after her first chemo sessions is in fact growing, and has been found in other parts of her internals. It's not good news, but we hold out hope. She's going for an operation very soon to do certain things, but where before they thought they'd be able to cut it all out, they're going in now knowing they have to leave some in. Some of the cancer is in her pelvis, which they cannot remove.
My mom has mentioned recently to my brothers and a girlfriend of one of my brothers that she wanted to save money up for a computer, but that it would take time. When I heard this, I had a short talk with Jeanette, and we decided to buy her one on the spot. My brother Mike, in Ottawa (where my Mom lives too) was the go to guy, and he got a fairly decent setup and built it and loaded tons of stuff on it. We did this without telling anyone else in the family. I bought the 'pooter, Jeanette bought the monitor. Yesterday, Mike brought it over and set it up for my Mom, who was ecstatic, very surprised, and very happy. Which, of course makes me very happy. Today she got Rogers broadband cable, and though she had a trip planned to her sister's cottage for this weekend (and left this evening), when she gets back next week I fully expect her to be this internet-surfin, letter writting, photo editing, game playin' fool, and she'll probably be stopping by here to read and maybe even post to the comments board.
(note, there was another part to this rant about a guy who had me a bit miffed, but I've decided to edit this out).
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D