Cost Efficiency

I have been making coffee for the last few years in a Melita coffee cone, using disposable filters for each cup. I buy the 100 pack of unbleached filters from Trader Joe’s for $1.99, or $2.10 after tax. That means each filter costs 2.1¢. I think to myself “geez, these filters are probably adding up to a lot of money over the years” and I start investigating other options. 

This is the Francois Et Mimi 12 oz. double wall stainless steel french press. There’s nothing too special about it, but it does cost $34.50 and requires no additional filters.
So if each 100 pack of filters costs me $2.10, the french press will start saving me money after only 17 packs. That’s obviously 1,700 cups of coffee. If I continue drinking only one cup of coffee per day, I will reach this goal after 4.66 years. After this point, I will be saving $7.67 per year on coffee filters. Not bad for a sub five year investment.

Someone should probably check my math though, I’m only half way through my coffee.

The Telling Room

The always fantastic David of Budget Fabulous Films just dropped a promotional video for The Telling Room, a non-profit writing center in Portland Maine that helps create great storytellers (and was just awarded a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by Michelle Obama herself.) I know what you’re saying “oh yeah, I’m definitely going to watch a promo video for a non-profit.” Shut up, just watch it.

“Haywire” by Soderbergh

ImageHaywire is now streaming on Netflix Instant. It’s quite well shot, especially for an action movie. It’s got everything you would expect from a Soderbergh film. How has nobody maybe a Soderbergh Bingo game yet? I’m not saying that he’s predictable or repetitive, but he’s got his style and certain elements seem to pop up in a lot of his films. No complaints here.

That’s Just Childish

Hot on the heels of NBC putting Community on hiatus, Childish Gambino (aka actor Donald Glover) releases his new album, Camp. Buy it on iTunes if you fancy like that, or stream it on Spoiler Alert: It’s pretty fucking good!

Greasy Father

It turns out there are no bicycle shops in western Maine that stock hub grease. This became an issue when I went to overhaul the front and rear hubs and the headset on the Puch. As usual, there’s a solution in Dad’s garage, but it ain’t pretty.
I suppose it’s close enough to what I would have bought at a bike shop, but the color is going to be very misleading when I open it up to inspect for dirt later.

HDR Distortion


Yesterday Bagwell and I took Doug and Cig‘s dog swimming. I’m pretty sure it was the first time I went for a swim in years. It was not something I returned to gracefully.

Being in the midcoast area for the past few days has been awesome and I’m looking forward to being back here for the shooting of Anatomy of the Tide!

Sorry Alan

I was just in the middle of a chat with Alan of The Geography of Youth. As most conversations with me typically do, we started talking about food, bread mainly. I actually had to step away and make a grill cheese sandwich at that exact moment or I was probably going to die. Sorry to do that to you Alan, here’s some pics.
Cheddar, mozzarella & tomato slices on homemade bread with pesto on the side for me.
Cheddar & mozzarella on whole wheat with salted & peppered tomato slice and baby basil leaves for Ashlinn.