February 17th, 2004

buzzed, B&W

Nightsky Coffee House

So, I'm at the Nightsky Coffee House in Troy. I stopped in here after being at the library doing some research into writing a business plan, mainly to see how this new coffeeshop stacks up. They've got a little blurb about their philosophy/origin, and it's pretty close to what I envision as a coffeeshop. A place for all, that you could play board games at, where book clubs could hang out, and free WiFi. They've got three internet terminals as well, which I think is kind of silly. They're 6 cents a minute or $3/hour. Considerable cost their as they've used mini-itx cases, and 15 inch flat screens with viewsonic keyboards. They've gone for a sleek elegant look, with the black plexiglass cases, the interesting looking monitors, and the slim silver keyboards.I don't think they fit the decor at all.

They have loose leaf tea, which I appreciate, but mainly fruit flavored teas. It did come out in a little tea press, which is kind of nice. (The tea press is similar to this one.) It should be noted that the tea press was already "pressed" by the time I received it.

The decor is relatively nice, where they're going for a hangout type atmosphere, with some couches and things, but it feels too restaurant-ish in the back. It seems that they're doing a decent amount of business, even at 2:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. Maybe I'll stick around and see if they draw in high school kids in an hour.

Overall a nice addition to Troy, Ohio, though it isn't quite the destination/hangout type place it could be.
buzzed, B&W

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This story made me laugh. Of course Britney and Christina are bad role models for young girls. "From the time they're seven or eight years old, (girls) are being taught that the only thing that makes them special and beautiful is their sexuality, and I think that's wrong." While I don't agree with Orrico's quote all the way, the sentiment is true. I think it's more interesting that this is considered "news."

Hmm, two business looking guys just walked in and one took a quick walkthrough and said "they did a very nice job with this place, very nice" in a rather loud voice. It definitely fills a void for Troy, and I'm guessing that the older guy, probably 40-ish, has never been in a truly nice, unique/kitschy coffee shop.
buzzed, B&W

Bad Gas and tech education

Bleh, I've been lazy about starting the book Marquez got me. I just read my first entry today, and it's titled "Bad Gas." It's an excerpt from Mere Christianity, and it talks about how God is the fuel humans run on, and that if won't run properly on anything else. This running "on the wrong juice" is "what Satan has done to us humans" and is why all human endeavors eventually fail/collapse.

So, first off I didn't realize just how religious Mr. Lewis was. The Chronicles of Narniaapparently are not allegories. Interesting to read that FAQ and realize that Lewis wrote about Aslan w/o intending to retell the Christ tale, but instead just did a "what if" type exercise. "What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia and He chose to be incarnate and die and rise again in that world as He actually has done in ours?"

Anyway, back to the Bad Gas idea. If Lewis is right, I've been running on the wrong gas for 25+ years now. This could explain why I've accomplished no "great" endeavor. I'd like to think that's it's more likely a poor work ethic that has resulted in this, and a lack of motivation. As Marquez wrote in his farewell card to me, it's that I haven't found a passion and embraced it. So, do you need to be running on the right fuel to find a passion? (Not The Passion.) I don't think accepting a faith of any sort will lead to passion though. I think the main problem is my fear of commitment, my fear of losing options and getting stuck in some career/job/endeavor.

Oh, and I've only seen four high school kids (1 girl, 2 girls, 1 boy) come in. Slightly disappointing consider this place is maybe a half mile from the high school.

Exploring the THS webpage, I stumbled upon this kind of neat page. While most of the collages aren't that great (no free form cropping, just rectangles, and no real composition) this is the kind of stuff that should come out of web design classes. Projects that allow students to explore the tools, but let students deal with topics interesting to them. The better ones use degrees of transparency and free form shapes, as one would have in a true collage if you cut pictures out. There are even decent ones that use rectangles in slightly more engaging ways.

Man, I babble a lot here when I'm in coffee houses.