singing calculus nerds

these fellow nerds would have certainly been my friends in high school.



it seems that in my previous post, i was a bit incomplete. i left off the units of measurement, which is nearly unforgivable in the scientific community.

so first of all, let me say, "i'm sorry".

secondly, it's kilograms. kilograms of coffee consumed per capita, by country.

i trust this will clear up any confusion. thank you.


coffee consumption

below is a table of the annual per capita coffee consumption, by country.

Norway 10.7
Finland 10.1
Denmark 9.7
Sweden 7.8
Netherlands 7.1
Switzerland 7.0
Germany 5.7
Austria 5.5
Belgium 5.0
France 3.9
Italy 3.2
United States 3.0*
Canada 2.4
Australia 2.0
Japan 1.4
United Kingdom 1.2
New Zealand 0.9
Ireland 0.7

*now that brew nerds is on the scene, you can expect to see u.s. coffee consumption to increase significantly.


new wii game

last weekend, a new addition was welcomed into my home. i am now the proud owner of mario kart for my nintendo wii.

i have attempted, unsuccessfully, to evenly distribute my playing time in such a manner as to allow for my necessary daily tasks to go without suffering. however, each time i pass by my high definition, dynamic picture broadcasting device, in my peripheral vision, the glowing blue light on the wii console seems to be calling out for me. the force is strong with this one. my nerd instincts take over, and before i know what has happened, i find myself reclined in the video rocker, revolutionary wii wheel firmly in my grasp, racing furiously against internet participants across continent.

past experience indicates that once the novelty wears off, i can resume my daily routine as i once knew it, but for now, you can find me virtually located in the wii network, most likely in the form of yoshi.


quote of the day

Toast always lands buttered-side down, and a cat always lands feet first. I propose we strap buttered toast to the back of a cat; the two will hover, spinning inches from the ground. With a giant buttered-toast/cat array, a hovering monorail could easily link New York with Chicago.

-John Frazee (Journal of Irreproducible Results)


geek v. nerd

from wikipedia:

geek: a peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, gaming, etc.

nerd: a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests.

furthermore, it is commonly believed that nerds are socially awkward, but in the new generation of nerd, this is not necessarily true. nerds can be simultaneously nerdy and cool.


neglect, halo 3, employees, and a+bi

it appears this blog has fallen victim to slight neglect and has suffered from a long interval between posts. to my faithful readers, i send my deepest apologies.

the fact is, there hasn't been much to blog about in the life of leonard the coffee nerd.

last weekend, there was a halo 3 tournament at the local mall. not wanting to spend the rest of my existence in a state of "what might have been", i headed over to put my skills to the test. unfortunately, i suffered an early demise, at the hands of some energetic teenagers. however, in my defense, video game prowess is widely considered (by the intellectual community) to be the pursuit of a geek, rather than that of a nerd. i am quite a sore loser and decided that there were more important endeavors to participate in, so i didn't wait around to see who would be crowned the halo 3 mall champion.

the store is operating very smoothly. my employees have been eagerly gaining a wealth of knowledge concerning the best practices of making great coffee. they have also showed unwavering dedication and have completely embraced the brew nerds way. it increases the levels of serotonin in my brain when i see them engaged in the task of providing the masses with great coffee.

in my personal time, i've been investigating the subject of complex variables. it's a topic of mathematics that has given me a lot of grief at times, but that i find most intriguing. mere mortals cannot wrap their brains around the concept of imaginary numbers, much less performing high level mathematical operations on them. i suppose that's what seperates the brew nerds from the rest of the pack...