Storm Trooper Family

I don’t really get people who insist upon placing cartoon images of their family on their car. But when I was riding my bike today I saw this on a back window of a minivan (minus the the “I [Galatic Empire] my family” bit. I laughed, turned my bike around, took a photo and made a vector image.

Coffee

Coffee is such an important part of my day, I drink it every morning. Coffee helps me connect what is going on in my brain with what is on my screen, whether that is creativity or logical. I make French press coffee and here in Victoria I have found the coffee that I like.

The beans that I like

I prefer to have something that is rich, bold, chocolately and earthy. I have tried a number of whole beans that are good, but they aren’t great, and now I have narrowed it down to a few that really look forward to in the morning.

The coffees

These aren’t in any particular order, these are the ones that I like to have. I like to skip around and try different coffees, and when I find one that I like, I add it to the list.

  • Cafe Fantistico – Sumantra Mandheling ($3.85/100g)
  • Cafe Fantisitco – Guatemala Antigua Finca Jauja ($3.85/100g)
  • Drumroaster – Monserrate, Colombia oscar medina micro-lot ($17/454g)
  • 2% Jazz – Rwanda ($18/454g)

The beans don’t like

Needless to say, there are some beans that I just don’t prefer all that much. These are the ones that are lighter, less earthy, more fruity. I don’t know, I guess I just want the coffee to smack me in the face, and have an aftertaste that I think long after the pot is finished.

Too Bold?

I didn’t really think that it was possible to be too bold, but every so often I come across coffee which is too bold for pure enjoyment.

  • Cafe Fantistico – Sumantra Mandheling Extra Bold ($5.95/100g)

“French Press” symbol from the Noun Project

SMeltery

SMeltery

A number of interesting and cool looking fonts. Some are free, some cost money, but very cool little website.

Am I missing something

Apart from this site being very quite beautiful, the web designer did a neat little trick. Many of the images are transparent png with a background set behind them. This makes them look normal when you first look at them, but when you investigate the code, you will notice that they’re title and subtitle have no colour to them. In fact, they font is a mask, and only the background is visible.

Now I am not totally sure why one would do this, it would really difficult to maintain, but I do see a few benefits, mostly

  • Changing the colour scheme of you site and all your logos can now be done with one vim command
  • No bot will be stealing you images, they just won’t understand
  • Sets you apart and shows that you really are on the cutting edge of design

Whatever the reason, I am sure there is a good one, and I will definitely think about that for the future, if I can think of a good reason to use this technique.

Great Pizza in Seattle

I took this photo in our trip to Seattle back in February. We didn’t have a car and we wanted to try this pizza. So we spent about two hours on the bus to get to this joint, it was worth it. Delancey makes good pizza. You can even see the guy making pizza dough in the background.

Posted from Shoreline, Washington, United States
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Simple Lunch

This is part of the reason why I love Victoria so much. When you are out riding, you can stop at a ton of places to pick up some good bread, purchase some amazing smoked meat at the Whole Beast and find a nice quiet and interesting place to eat it. This time we went to the Government House and enjoy a great meal in the warm sun in May. So perfect.

Posted from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Spot Prawns

Spot prawn festival opened this month, and it was about time we ate some.

Posted from Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada
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Radish

What the heck are you supposed to do with radishes? I only really know about placing it in a salad of some sort. Now I am not a huge fan of radish, I don’t like that spiciness that it has (although, I do like spicy foods, radish spice is different).

Part of my Saanich Organics veggie box I was lucky enough to receive a bunch of radishes. I went onto food gawker for some inspiration. It looks like you are supposed to roast them (unless you want to eat them in a salad, then you can eat them raw). So I roasted them, for about 15 minutes at 325. I also covered them in olive oil and thyme.

Not enough Time

I pulled them out of the oven, and they looked tasty, so I took a photo. They probably could have been in there for another 10 minutes, but they were still tasty. So now I know what to do when I get some radishes in my veggie box.

Quicksand and Droid Sans

I am working on a project that required an elegant font. So I went onto Font Squirrel and searched for a nice sans serif font that would fit the bill. I came across Quicksand and I thought that it perfectly fit the bill. So I used it, but then I had a to pair it with a another font.

Since this is a web project, I wanted to find another font that would contrast with it that would look great on screen. I thought about Droid Sans, which is created for the Andriod Operating system, and I would assume, would have been great for screens, and it is open source.

Final Thoughts

Quicksand works great as a heading, not as a body text. The thin letters and positive attitude go well with the droid which is easy to read and gets the point across.