cafe karalis

Enrico over at Cafe Karalis contacted me through my site and asked if he could send me some coffee. I was mid-way through my decaf phase, so I opted to wait a month. It showed up yesterday, so I tried it this morning.

The vacuum sealed can opens with a satisfying hiss of air, and the beans, though not shiny, are still pretty fresh: the photo shown is the crema off the first shot I pulled. I used a standard grind (10 on my sunbeam grinder).

Tasting: there was some mild acidity, and a lot of cocoa in the flavour. It had a thick, syrupy mouthfeel and a pleasant aftertaste. I thought it would have worked better with milk, so I made up a couple of flat whites: as it turned out, it was better as a short black. With milk, it’s an above average, but not exceptional cup. Worth a look!

Movie: Amazing Grace

Movie: Amazing Grace

The story of William Wilberforce; the man who was largely responsible for the abolition of slavery in 19th Century England. It’s a good – more than watchable – but not a great movie, and it distills Wilberforce’s life down – if anything, he worked even harder than was portrayed in the film. If you don’t know the story, it’s a good investment of time to learn about it.

Greek, chapter 15: the passive and voices

The second week back to Greek, and there’s already a sense of foreboding. It looks like the last half-dozen chapters of the textbook are going to be tough. I’ve had the vocab CD on fairly high rotation in the car, and still a few words escape me: not a good sign.

This week we covered the first half of chapter 15 – passive voice. Until now, all verbs have been in “active voice” – this is the way that MS Word would tell you to write.

The difference?

The dog chased the cat: active.

The cat was chased by the dog: passive.

The cat was chased : passive.

It gets more complicated when you add in the other “moods”. All told, there are now twic as many endings to know, and by the end of the chapter, it will be three times! Lots of memory work.

Combine that with my unwise decision to read harry potter 7 in english, not in greek, and there’s a lot to catch up on before next week!

Book: Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough

Book: Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough

A book written by a couple of Australian researchers discussing the change in focus for “the great Australian dream”. Though Australians are three times richer (on average) than we were in the 1950’s, most of us feel that we don’t have enough money for basic needs. A great many middle-class Australians feel that they’re battlers, though they’re battling to pay off larger houses than in previous generations, with more consumer items in them than ever before.

Struggle street, it seems, has become crowded; the trouble is the new residents want to build McMansions there.

Affluenza describes the fix for this problem in political terms: legislate against all the advertising that makes luxury items into necessities; create a society that is less driven by material aspirations, and allows people to focus on “what’s really important” – usually defined by the book as family and other relationships.

It’s a book that presents a great assessment of the paradoxes that I see in people around me, but more importantly, the things that I’ve taken on board as my own values. Though its conclusions don’t factor God into the picture, it’s nonetheless an eye opening book (in the vein of Naomi Klein’s No Logo) to a problem that is easily missed.