Archive for the ‘Pure Entertainment’ Category

Coffee/Espresso review

Monday, November 11th, 2013


Completely off the topic of energy codes I thought I’d share my recent visit to what is now my new favorite coffee/espresso destination.  Vitaly, located in the Camp in Costa Mesa.


Tucked towards the rear of the complex and next door to Asylum Tacos, Vitaly is three things in one.  At the front of the store is the coffee/espresso bar serving either Keanes roast coffee or their own Italian roast.   My favorite: Italian roast Americano with 1 teaspoon of Nutella added.


Further back is their gelato bar.  I sampled everything, lavender, salted caramel, amaretto, strawberry marsapone.  Wow!   Best I’ve ever had.  I also learned what makes gelato different from ice cream.  Much more dense, kept at a higher temperature than ice cream to prevent ice crystals forming, and less butterfat.  You can order a gelato flight with 5 mini gelato shots.


Still further back is the actual restaurant/cafe.  Behind a glass wall you can watch them prepare piadina or panini sandwiches or calzones.  Haven’t tried any of the food items but I can definitely recommend the coffee, espresso, and the gelato.


Extreme Tidying Up

Monday, September 12th, 2011


There are levels of tidiness.



Very Tidy

And Totally Deranged Tidy.


Ursus Wehrli is in Category Three.



Time Lapse: Milwaukee Art Museum

Monday, January 18th, 2010


Great article here on how it all works

Shuttle and International Space Station visible tonight after sunset

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

You can see the ISS and the Shuttle fly overhead this evening (November 25).  They have disconnected but are still very close to each other.  They will appear in the northwest sky at 6:21 pm and will be separate moving lights.  The ISS will appear first followed about 7 seconds later by the Shuttle.  They should be visable as they track from NW to SE for about 10 minutes.

Why we need architecture

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Great interview with Paul Goldberger, who writes about architectural design for the New Yorker magazine.

Click here to listen

The Historic American Building Survey collections

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

See historic American buildings from 1933-Present. Browse by subject or place.  View the architectural drawings, black & white photographs, and specifications of thousands of structures in the United States.

Searchable by subject or location

The Library of Congress Built in America Collection

View the International Space Station & Space Shuttle this week

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

With this NASA website allows you to simply enter your zip code, choose a satellite (ISS, Hubble, LaCrosse, Space Shuttle) and see when the next likely viewing will be in your area.  Satellites are normally only visible either just before the sun rises or just after the sun sets as they reflect sunlight from the sun that is below the horizon.  For the next week or so the ISS and the Space Shuttle docked together makes for a large target.