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Summer break for Max

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by Casinomeister, Aug 20, 2012.

    Aug 20, 2012
  1. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    Max will be out until next Monday (the 27th), so just a heads up he won't be processing any PABs, posting warnings, reading PMs or emails. If you need anything, you can always contact me :D
     
  2. Aug 20, 2012
  3. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

    Occupation:
    Pencil Pusher
    Location:
    Up$hitCreek
    Good for him. :thumbsup: Have a great time, Max!
     
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  4. Aug 20, 2012
  5. Nifty29

    Nifty29 Dormant account

    Occupation:
    PAID CASINO SHILL
    Location:
    Turn right, then right. then right again
    Have a great vacation Max!
     
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  6. Aug 20, 2012
  7. rainmaker

    rainmaker I'm not a penguin CAG webmeister

    Occupation:
    -
    Location:
    -
    Have a great vacation Maxy!

    Well deserved :thumbsup:
     
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  8. Aug 21, 2012
  9. butterflyboogie

    butterflyboogie Senior Member MM

    Occupation:
    Making Money
    Location:
    Casino Oblivion
    Have fun Max-a-Million :)
     
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  10. Aug 21, 2012
  11. rockycatt

    rockycatt meistercatt CAG MM

    Occupation:
    carpenter
    Location:
    Boston
    enjoy your vacation max :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Aug 21, 2012
  13. PaaskeDenmark

    PaaskeDenmark Always think positive CAG PABnoaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Clerk with shipping discounts worldwide
    Location:
    UnKnown
    Have a good sunny one Max :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Aug 21, 2012
  15. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    Hope you have a good vacation Max!
     
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  16. Aug 21, 2012
  17. incrediblestuff

    incrediblestuff SearchingForTheHolyGrail! CAG webmeister

    Occupation:
    Currently: Self employed, Previously: Manager
    Location:
    Mostly the Netherlands
    Same here Max!
    :thumbsup:
    Have a good one, maybe see if you can become a master brewer: perhaps go on adventure in the deep jungle to scout for the "ultimate" bean!
     
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  18. Aug 21, 2012
  19. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Occupation:
    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    Location:
    Earth
    Well deserved break, Max - perhaps to somewhere a little cooler than Paris?
     
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  20. Aug 21, 2012
  21. P.V.

    P.V. Senior Member webmeister

    Occupation:
    Make money!
    Location:
    Turn around...
    I believe Max said he was staying home and taking care of things he hasn't had time to do.

    Hope he stays off the net, enjoys the break! :thumbsup:
     
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  22. Aug 21, 2012
  23. ultra100

    ultra100 Meister Minion MM webmeister

    Occupation:
    Sport, Aff.
    Location:
    Europe
    Well deserved :thumbsup:
    Have a great one! :cheers:
     
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  24. Aug 21, 2012
  25. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

    Occupation:
    Builder, mainly renovations.
    Location:
    Planet Tharg, dark side, where nothing grows.
    Enjoy your well earned break max :thumbsup:.
     
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  26. Aug 21, 2012
  27. ksech

    ksech Dormant account

    Occupation:
    yes
    Location:
    Here
    Hope you get some well deserved rest from all us crazies!:D Enjoy your time off, you'll be missed!

    Kim
     
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  28. Aug 21, 2012
  29. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots webmeister

    Occupation:
    Nursing & Run Bus Trips
    Location:
    Hartford,Ct
    Have a great vacation Max & Enjoy.
    ~T~
    Summer break for Max: hey_have_a_fun_vacation.gif,Aug 21, 2012
     
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  30. Aug 27, 2012
  31. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

    Occupation:
    The PAB Guy
    Location:
    Saltirelandia
    Yeah, the 40C weather wasn't exactly what we had in mind. Paris wilts in weather like that (humidity, etc). I remember back on the Canadian Prairies as a kid 40C was a warm day but no biggie. Then again everything was dry as dust and a glass of water would evaporate in an afternoon. :rolleyes:

    Anyway, I'm back! I don't think I knew how much I needed a break and I really soaked it up. Had a great week, made much-welcome progress on some of my pet projects.

    And yes, thanks, I am now well and seriously into the home-roasting of coffee beans, even started supplying some of my friends here in the city with the results of my efforts. It's very difficult to find single-origin, high-grade dark-roasted beans here in Paris -- the coffee geeks here seem to think that anything darker than cinnamon-coloured is for heathens -- so I guess the demand for custom roasts is none too surprising. And I now make coffee about six different ways if you can believe it! In fact a little gift from a friend has been a great recent addition: an You must register/login in order to see the link.. If you don't mind a bit of messing about when it comes to making your caffeinated brew I highly recommend the thing. Between that and a good home-roast it's hands down the best cup of coffee I've ever had.

    Summer break for Max: aero_press_markedup2.jpg,Aug 27, 2012
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012
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  32. Aug 27, 2012
  33. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Occupation:
    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    Location:
    Earth
    Good to see you back!

    On the coffee front, I have to say (as someone who has not progressed beyond the cartridge-fuelled Nespresso machines lol) that I am impressed:thumbsup:
     
  34. Aug 27, 2012
  35. P.V.

    P.V. Senior Member webmeister

    Occupation:
    Make money!
    Location:
    Turn around...
    Starbucks, where I live just recently added Clover brewing but I can't tell a big difference other than price. It's higher priced for the clover.

    Being cheaper for a regular cup of black coffee, that's how I drink it vs. their new clover brewing method I'm sticking with the regular brew for now.

    The Clover® brewing system uses innovative Vacuum-Press™ technology to create your cup right in front of you. You watch as a stainless steel filter lowers into the brew chamber. Hot water is added at a precise temperature to brew your coffee for an ideal length of time.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    I'm a coffee lover! :D
     
  36. Aug 27, 2012
  37. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

    Occupation:
    The PAB Guy
    Location:
    Saltirelandia
    Thanks for the replies guys, good to be back.

    Call me cynical but it looks to me like "Clover Brewing" is a euphemism for "lay off the baristas". No machine on earth can match a skilled barista because there are too many skill-based variables involved: coffee = origin, freshness, grind, tamped or no, etc. ; water = amount, temperature, pour time, etc. ; brewing = steep time, stir or no stir, pressure (where applicable), degree of extraction, etc. Under ideal conditions a machine may approximate a decent barista but change any one of the variables and the machine is spitting out swill. And trust me, the variables are always changing, and so they should. Anyway the key point is that the machine can't taste which is what good coffee, no matter how you prepare it, is about.

    I feel about coffee the way many people feel about wine: it is roughly 95% the art of taste and preparation and 5% the science of making. Not too many serious wine people I know or have met would suggest that wine made in automated machine is the real thing. Same deal with coffee. The origin and preparation of the raw beans is an art and is critical to the end result. Ditto the roasting. Ditto the preparation. And all this requires skill to do and judge. Skills machines don't have or care about, and it shows.

    Starbucks may want to entrust all that to a machine but I reckon that's because Starbucks has something to gain by doing so. I don't do Starbucks now and I have my serious doubts that their machine is going to change that. FWIW most people can't produce a proper shot of espresso from a machine either so it's nothing against this particular machine, it's just that the best cup of coffee and/or espresso and fully automated machines are pretty much mutually incompatible. No offence to your Nespresso machine Jetset, I know that it serves its purpose, but ... well, I reckon you know where I'm coming from too.

    No thanks, I'll brew my own, or visit a coffee shop where the baristas know their beans. ;)
     
  38. Aug 27, 2012
  39. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

    Occupation:
    STILL At Leisure
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    I now take my Mum each year to Norwich to see what remains of her sibling family. We have stopped at a few service & rest stops selling Starbucks, which my Mum considers to be "dishwater". She prefers the "instant" variety over the grossly overpriced Starbucks experience. I will have to see whether this new "Clover" system can impress her, but I doubt it. In the interests of science, I will treat her from my winnings as she will walk away upon seeing an even more ridiculous price than usual.

    I have noticed that the machines always advise users to buy the specific cartridges made for it, so this must be how they attempt to control the variables such that most users can't tell the difference. It would be rather expensive to hire a live in Barista for one's coffee needs;)
     

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