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Vanilla Fudge "Keep Me Hangin' On" on The Ed Sullivan Show

The incredible Carmine Appice on drums and Pete Bremy on Bass.

A true live performance. We watched Ed Sullivan faithfully in our house and this was a standout performance.

When a live performance makes the studio version seem kind of dull and lackluster...

Eric Burdon & War - Spill The Wine (1970) - Live on Beat Club

War (originally called Eric Burdon and War) is an American funk-rock band from Long Beach, California, known for several hit songs (including "Spill the Wine", "The World Is a Ghetto", "The Cisco Kid", "Why Can't We Be Friends?", "Low Rider", and "Summer". Formed in 1969, War is a musical crossover band that fuses elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae. Their album The World Is a Ghetto was Billboard's best-selling album of 1973. The band transcended racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up. War was subject to many line-up changes over the course of its existence, leaving member Leroy "Lonnie" Jordan as the only original member in the current line-up; four other members created a new group called the Lowrider Band.

Why do I feel like we are being bullied in the playground and not fighting back?

Let me explain.

When I was a young man, I got bullied, mercilessly. Every day after school, I was stalked and beaten by a gang of bullies. I had no way out. The main bully would start the beating and get me down and after others would pile on when he took a break. It was the worst year of my life and at 10 years old, I wanted to die. Summer came and I was able to shelter as normal and recover.

The next school year we were all bussed across town, so walking to school was out, but the bully was bussed too, so the bullying was about to continue.

I was a very nice kid and quickly made friends in the new school as, well, I was nice. I got a girlfriend quickly. She stole my watch off my wrist. Her brother brought me my watch and told me, "My sister likes you and wants you to be her boyfriend." I simply said, "Cool"

After that we all hung out in the playground together, the bully from my old school always waiting for his opportunity.

One day, I was alone in the playground and the bully and his friends cornered me and started in on me. A few shoves later and a group of my new friends and my girlfriends brother came to my aid.

After that, they taught me how to fight. Not fun fight. Dirty fight. The kind of fighting that quickly ends a brawl because it shocks the recipient and onlookers.

The next time I got bullied while alone, I fought. Dirty.

It never happened again.

We are in a fight for the democracy of this country and the other side fights dirty.

We need to stop being so freaking nice, even if it means calling out some of our 'own' on their choices to side with the enemy.

My apologies for the rant...thanks for listening/reading...I feel better now.

I'll go roast some coffee and feed the ducks.


Frank Zappa - Inca Roads (A Token Of His Extreme) - 47 years ago...this happened.

Recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood, A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME features Frank Zappa with five incredibly talented band members for this extravaganza of live music.

The line-up exists of Frank Zappa—guitar, percussion, vocals; George Duke—keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brock—sax, vocals; Ruth Underwood—percussion; Tom Fowler—bass; Chester Thompson—drums.

My Morning Coffee Routine - Hario v60 Pour Over

My morning pour over routine. Hario v60, 30g coffee, 600ml water. This is pretty much my staple morning brew. I usually brew two of these to start my day working as a consultant. I've found that the ratios and brew times for this roast give me a great tasting cup with a smooth feel, slight chocolatey taste with some good tonal qualities and nothing harsh or any lingering aftertaste.

In this video, you can see my setup with my Hero scale and timer, Sette 30, Stagg knockoff brew kettle all alongside my Breville Duo Temp Pro espresso machine. Mods to the Baratza Sette include the single dose hopper with bellows and soon I will be adding the Sette 270 Adjustment Assembly to get a little better control over grinds, but for now it is working just fine.

This mornings brew:

1:20 Ratio
30g Saldana Columbiana - SR5
600ml Water - 93c
Hario v60
First pour and bloom - 136g, 30 second bloom
Second Pour - 136g, 30 second draw down, Hoffman/Rao swirl
Third Pour - 327g, continuous pour, Hoffman/Rao swirl
3:30 second finish, pour high to aerate and mix.

Enjoy a cup of Coffee with me...Peace, DMC (cayugafalls)

Then and Now: Mean Mary James

Little Miss Mean Mary James, Then and Now.

Fast Mean Mary James

'Time Traveller' performed by RHAIN in London (Wet Leg lead singer from before...)

Is it ok to have a new favorite after only 2 songs?

"I'm an f'ing lobster!"

Wet Leg - Wet Dream

Wet Leg - Chaise Longue

Greatest debut single in quite a while, but then again, I'm quite caffeinated...

Coffee is life...this morning I had the best cup of coffee in the world.

To so many people in this world, fair trade and specialty coffee has been a god send to small coffee farmers around the world.

A good friend of mine runs a local specialty coffee company and he has been an inspiration to me as I have watched him help to transform the lives of coffee farmers he deals with. His company directly buys from and then gives back proceeds to help build clinics, schools, shelters and more, all while ensuring the farmers get the profits they deserve.

Now, I find myself retired, yet still working full time helping people with tech issues and manufacturing process problems, while enjoying my everyday cup or two or three of coffee.

For many years I have been doing manual pour over techniques like the French Press, Hario v60, Kalita Wave, Chemex, etc...I gave up traditional electric pot methods decades ago. During the last decade I went deeper into the rabbit hole of seeking the perfect cup, or the perfect shot of Espresso. I thought I had done it all and gotten every last drip of flavor I could.

Then I really started talking with my friend about the why of coffee. Seeking the perfect cup and how it ultimately leads to roasting your own beans. Much like growing your own vegetables has long been accepted as the ONLY way you get really tasty produce, roasting your own coffee beans is the last holy ground when seeking to brew the perfect cup.

Beans 24 hours off roast are a wonder to brew with and drink.

There is an old story about a barista who once went into a tiny café and had what he later deemed the worlds best cup of coffee. He spent days watching and learning their technique for brewing their cup. After many failed attempts at reproducing that flavor using their techniques, water, and the beans he bought from them, he gave up and asked what he was doing wrong.

The owner said he was not doing anything wrong. The only problem was that the beans they sold him were the beans that were leftover after a days business, meaning that they were technically 2 day old beans before he even got a chance to brew with them.

The next few weeks were spent in learning, preparation, and trial and error.

One day the barista roasted his first sample batch of beans. 24 hours later, during his morning ritual, he finally had the best cup of coffee in the world.

This morning I made coffee with my first sample roast I did yesterday. My wife, who normally takes her coffee with cream and sugar drank half a cup before adding cream, she said it was the first time she had ever enjoyed black coffee.

A little peek at what it is like when you take a leap down the rabbit hole. Today I roasted my 2nd sample roast.


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