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For the Love of Traffic

by William Anderson August 14, 2018

I ventured off on a drive to visit my girlfriend in San Luis Obispo for a few days, and that inevitably meant I had to spend a good portion of my drive on Highway 5. For any California resident, to put it politely, you know that is a less than glamorous experience.

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Redding Relief
Redding Relief

by William Anderson August 03, 2018

Residents wake up to a hazy layer of grey. A sky looming with darkness, as if a thunderstorm were about to be unleashed. Homes that once stood strong, housing families like yours and mine, are disintegrated down to weak and shivering foundations...

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What Are You Waiting For?
What Are You Waiting For?

by William Anderson July 31, 2018

We like to put a lot of worth into things that are worthless. The outcome of that is a little remorse, two servings of “I’m not so sure,” and a generous dash of guilt. A recipe that even the world’s worst chef can perfect.

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A History of Coffee: Part 3 - America
A History of Coffee: Part 3 - America

by Josiah Branaman July 23, 2018

You know that scene in a movie where someone with a British accent offers an American tea and the American kinda does one of these -_- and says “Coffee”. It’s happened countless times in movies, so much so that I can’t even think of a single film where it’s happened but I know I’ve seen that particular exchange in multiple different situation like it’s a glitch in the Matrix or Groundhog day or something. And it’s a little weird seeing as how it’s not even grown in America except for in Hawaii...

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A History of Coffee: Part 2 - Caffeine Contraband
A History of Coffee: Part 2 - Caffeine Contraband

by Josiah Branaman July 23, 2018

A lot of things have been banned for starting a revolution. From kilts and bagpipes to hip hop and Facebook, what seems to be the smallest, most insignificant thing (or possibly obnoxious in the case of bagpipes) have been seen as the symbol and sometimes vehicle of a movement that can overthrow a seat of power. Ever heard of coffee being such a vehicle? No? Let's take a trip to 16th century Mecca.

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A History of Coffee: Part 1 - The Blessed Bean
A History of Coffee: Part 1 - The Blessed Bean

by Josiah Branaman July 12, 2018

It seems there are no limits to the legend of how coffee was discovered. Depending on who you talk to, it might have been discovered by farmers in present day Saudi Arabia who noticed goats acting much more energetic after eating certain leaves. It might have been monks who referred to it as “the blessed bean”. You might have also heard an appropriated story of a monkey that only picks the best beans and the locals, for whatever reason, decided to use that bean after it had run its course.               

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