Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Ernesto Illy

1925 - 2008


Patrons of 17th century London coffeehouses
could hear lectures on astronomy, mathematics,
chemistry, and "experimental philosophy"
which included mechanics, pneumatics,
optics and hydrostatics.

no longer available


Squirrel said...

Have you seen this coffee blog?

H said...

You definitely don't get that at Starbucks.

roger said...

we barely get that in universities nowadays.

Squirrel said...

I got to hear James Taylor 'scat' a song at Starbucks last year.

Coffee Messiah said...

squirrel: Have not seen it and will look over the weekend. I do get a coffee feed here and there are a few sites here and there between the other log links that I frequent. Thanks for the heads up! See,(JT) I guess there is something good coming out of SB once in awhile, although not their coffee! ; (

h: That goes without saying, although you do have to learn a new language in order to purchase any of their drinks! ; )

roger: How sad is that? ; (

Bobby D. said...

Hey, who did the Banksy illustration? Funny!
Kurt left a snarky comment on my blog, too.

didn't mike tyson say"I'm gonna eat your children?"

was that for breakfast? or just a snack?

Bobby D. said...

wow I was surprised that illus was done by Banksy--I only knew him through his graffiti.

Daniel said...

Hey, Coffee, hope you're holding it all together after Super Tuesday. Viewed from afar, it looked pretty scary.


P.S. You might want to check Seeking Utopia for some breaking news!

Anon-Paranoid said...

And today you go order your coffee and sit at a table while blogging on the internet access.

God Bless.

Daniel said...

Hey, Coffee, I checked the link and, of course, it works. Must be a small glitch that only occurs periodically.

New site is at

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Coffee Messiah said...

dcb: Glad you saw the link. He's creative, imaginative and cuts through the bs with his art. He appears to have much fun. Recently I saw some of his work went for a "kingly" sum.

daniel: Thanks and I just can't seem to catch the fever that is supposedly swarming through our country, except to get rid of the "renegade, faux, cowboy!" I'll stop by, and Thanks for letting me know.

anon: Well, maybe for some, but I never go anywhere where people don't speak to one another and interact. Looking at a computer other than at home or work, seems rather silly, unless you're on the road. Thanks for coming by, it's been too long since I've been your way! ; (

Unknown said...

Each time I drop by I learned new things. Thank you!

Michael Bains said...

That banksy pic looks like Guy Falks (sp?) Or at least like the mask worn by V in V for Vendetta.

Bottoms up!

earlbo said...

Coffee, thought you enjoy this bit of Indiana almost - history.

Feb. 5, 1897: Indiana declares pi=3.2

1897: Egged on by an amateur mathematician, the Indiana General Assembly almost passes a bill adopting 3.2 as the exact value of pi (or π). Only the intervention of a Purdue University mathematician who happens to be visiting the legislature prevents the bill from becoming law, saving the most acute political embarrassment.

What became known as the Indiana pi bill was sponsored by Rep. T.I. Record at the behest of Edwin J. Goodwin, a physician and math dilettante who claimed to have figured out how to square circles.

House Bill 246, proposed as "an act introducing a new mathematical truth," went through three reads before being passed unanimously by the House, presumably to avoid having to endure a fourth. [Wired]

As Tommy Long notes in Wired, the bill didn't use the word "pi." Instead, the bill stipulated that the ratio of the "The ratio of the diameter and circumference [of a circle] is as five-fourths to four." If so, Indiana pi"=3.2, as opposed to the more cumbersome reality-based 3.1415926535...

Coffee Messiah said...

nick: Thanks, that's kind of you to say.

mb: Hi ya! ; ) I still have not seen the film. Want to, I think, but every time I get close to putting it on the list, I chicken out.

earl: Those Hoosiers, what will they think of next? And Thanks for popping in. I keep meaning to drop by, but started a new job and am leaving my mind open to more positive thoughts. I can't even watch more than a few minutes of the news! ; (

Cathy said...

The music reminded me of my childhood, listening to the percolator. It was set on a timer and would have the coffee ready at exactly the right time. It was my job to fix two cups (cream and sugar in one, just cream in the other) and take them to my parents. Was that music used in a coffee commercial? That's what I'm remembering.
Always a pleasure to visit with you and your friends.

Coffee Messiah said...

cathy: Ha, ha, yes, that was called the "Percolator Song" but not sure if this exact one was used in the commercial you mentioned.