Monthly Archives: March 2008

Mouse Guard

Mouse Guard has been on my “to read” list since it came out. Now that the first collection is on shelves, I’ll probably pick it up. The illustrations are just beautiful. Even with it’s old timey feel, it’s a breath of fresh air in the comic racks. So in case you hadn’t heard about this title, I thought I’d pass it along.


Mouse Guard Official Site

Desktop Blogging

I’m actually writing this in Scribefire but it’s promoting Windows Live Writer. Both are top notch tools for blogging. Scribefire sits in your browser and makes it so simple to blog as you surf, even letting you drag and drop images into your post. It’s really my workhorse for blogging.

However I wanted a full featured desktop writer for more advanced post composition. I test drove a bunch and Windows Live is by far my favorite. Plus it’s free (and better than some of the pay for writers). I’m managing three blogs (technically four since the comics page is actually another WP install). So these tools make life a lot easier.

And on the managing blogs note, I’ve revamped my oldest site, absenceoflight. Check it out!

Writer ZoneWindows Live

Espresso – the legal drug

I finally broke down and decided to splurge on some illy espresso. I grind my own beans for coffee, but as I don’t have a heavy duty burr grinder, I buy my espresso pre-ground. Shying away from spending the money on the always expensive but beautifully packaged illy, I’ve stuck with the cheaper Italian brands. Really, could it taste that much better? We all know we’re paying for the slick packaging and marketing.

Well, it does taste better. Much better. There’s a bit of work that goes into making good espresso, and doing it at home with a little rinky dink home espresso machine is a severe handicap, but if you put a little love into the parts you can control (water and the coffee) you can still come out okay. And using the illy espresso certainly helps. And really, it’s still cheaper than buying a shot at the local Starbucks.

illy Coffee & Espresso Machine Shop : illy caffè North America, Inc.