I enjoy using my Rancilio Silvia to make espresso as much as I enjoy drinking espresso. I wish I could make a shot every couple of hours, but I can't tolerate more than 3 double-shots a day. And decaf seems to make me jittery without the good rush of caffeine so I rarely drink it.
I recently bought a bag of Red Espresso, which is rooibos tea ground for espresso makers. Rooibos has no caffeine, and has a strong toasty flavor. It's fun to make espresso-style and it even produces a crema-like substance. It's a wonderful before-bed treat. (This is an unsolicited endorsement. Boing Boing doesn't accept money for posts.)
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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