Coffee Break – 07.24.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the U.S. Civil War. In 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations. And in 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

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A Glass French Press – Using a French Press is one of my least favorite methods of brewing coffee, although I have a couple and they do come in handy occasionally. However, this one is simply a thing of beauty…

A Rugged Interchangeable Wardrobe – Did you know you can get 162 different outfits from just 15 pieces of clothing? This article explains how, and you can see an infographic here.

Pushing That Crosswalk Button… – Did you know that many crosswalk buttons, and some of the buttons in elevators are just placebo buttons? Push it all you want. It probably won’t make a difference.

When Animals Scream – This is an amusing collection of shots from the new Planet Earth 2 video by BBC.

Coffee Break – 07.17.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to the U.S. In 1866, authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. The three-year project cost $512,709. And in 1955, Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opened on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California.

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How To Make Cold Brew Coffee At Home – One of my favorite ways to make coffee is a cold brew. This method creates a coffee with a very low acidity, and it tastes great either hot or cold. Give it a try! You can get a Hario cold brew pot on Amazon.

10 Stylish Items Under $10 – We all want to look our best, but sometimes that can get expensive. Here are a few ways that men can step up their style game without costing too much.

Master Your Time – I really like the idea of being proactively productive. I want to be able to accomplish as much as I possibly can, without overworking myself, or sacrificing my family on the altar of work. Here are some great thoughts on productivity, and some great ideas to try.

Why All World Maps Are Wrong – Did you realize that all the maps you’ve ever seen of the world are wrong? Making a globe into a flat map is actually mathematically impossible. This video explains why.

Coffee Break – 07.03.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration - Independence Day Edition

In the United States, tomorrow is Independence Day, a day we celebrate our freedom as a nation, and the beginning of this Constitutional Republic. On this day, we typically celebrate with cookouts and fireworks, and we focus on the fun. But the meaning is so much deeper as we remember and celebrate the birth of a country.

Coffee Break: Independence Day Edition

The Preamble to the Constitution says:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Declaration of Independence states, in part:

When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

If you are interested in finding out more about Independence Day, here are a few resources:

Coffee Break – 05.29.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration - Memorial Day Edition

In the United States, today is Memorial Day. This day of remembrance began in 1868, and was initially called Decoration Day. It was established as a day to decorate the graves of those who were killed in the Civil War. After World War I, the observance was expanded to include those who fell in all American wars. Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday by Congress in 1971, and placed on the last Monday in May.

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We all need to be reminded of the sacrifice that many have given to ensure our freedom. In honor of Memorial Day, here are a couple of statements made by past Presidents of the United States.

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” — John F. Kennedy

“They do not need our praise. They do not need that our admiration should sustain them. There is no immortality that is safer than theirs. We come not for their sakes but for our own, in order that we may drink at the same springs of inspiration from which they themselves drank.” — Woodrow Wilson

“It was the transcendent fortitude and steadfastness of these men who in adversity and in suffering through the darkest hour of our history held faithful to an ideal. Here men endured that a nation might live.” — Herbert Hoover

“I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” — Ronald Reagan

“Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice.” — George W. Bush

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones defending the American Way.

If you are interested n finding out more about Memorial Day, here are a few resources:

Coffee Break – 05.22.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: Today marks the anniversary of a lot of human ingenuity. In 1570, Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas in Belgium. In 1841, Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair. In 1849, Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock. In 1891, the first public motion picture was given in Thomas Edison’s lab. In 1892, Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube. And in 1906, the Wright brothers received a patent their flying machine.

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How To Make Coffee Cookies In The Shape Of Coffee Beans – Because you have always wondered this, right? Give it a try. And then drop some off at my office…

Why Do We Put Candles On Birthday Cakes? – This is not just a random tradition it seems. The article is interesting, but the bonus facts at the end are especially intriguing.

The Curta Calculator – I have long been a fan of history, and for various reasons, the period of the 20th century surrounding WWII is my favorite. This article shows the ingenuity of man, even in the face of the most dire of circumstances.

You Can’t See This – Our minds play tricks on us. Very often there are things we can see or can’t see that are different from what is really there. This video explains. Despite the evolutionary assumptions it makes, it’s pretty interesting.

Coffee Break – 05.15.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1602, Cape Cod was discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold. In 1800, President John Adams orders the federal government to pack up and leave Philadelphia and set up shop in the nation’s new capital in Washington, D.C. And in 1942, gasoline rationing began in the U.S. The limit was 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.

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Chemex Coffee Brewing – This is my favorite brewing method by far, and it is a lot easier than most people realize. This tutorial explains just how easy it is, and you can order one here.

7 Tips To Look Amazing Without Overdressing – There is no reason why you can’t be the best dressed person in the room, no matter where you are. But doing so does not mean that you have to be overdressed. Here are seven excellent tips to help you out.

Just How Big Is The Universe? – This comes from the Huffington Post, so take that for what it’s worth, but the universe may be a whole lot bigger than we imagined. And God knows every last particle of it.

What Happens To Our Bodies After We Die? – As Christians, we know what happens to us after we die. But what about the body we leave behind? What happens to it? This my be slightly morbid, and maybe even gross, but it’s a valid question, and the answers are very interesting.

Coffee Break – 04.24.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1800, the Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation. In 1833, a patent was granted for first soda fountain. In 1982, Jane Fonda’s first workout video was released. And in 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

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Scientists Sequence Coffea Arabica Genome – The coffee nerd in me found this quite fascinating. The opening article is brief, and the actual findings are here, along with a video. And now I’m looking for my Chemex

5 Productivity Tips You Haven’t Heard A Million Times Before – I’m always trying to make the best use of my time. This list doesn’t contain any staggeringly amazing tips, but it is intriguing.

Scientists Admit Limit To Human Life Span – Despite the first verse being misapplied (I don’t think 120 years is a limit to our age, but rather a time frame for the flood to come), the point of this article is very interesting.

What’s The Fastest Way To Alphabetize Your Bookshelf? – This is interesting, but seems to stop short of the easiest method of just inserting the books in the proper order without comparing each separate pair over and over. Watch the video to see what I mean.