February 23 Meditation (Oliver Carson)

February 23 Meditation (Oliver Carson)

February 23 Meditation (Oliver Carson)

I used to date a Coffee Guy.

Not a guy who makes coffee for a living but, like, a guy who only wants to drink the best coffee (to be fair, he wanted the best of everything, which is either why he dated me or why he broke up with me). He was the kind of guy who researched different coffee-making techniques online and stored his coffee in the freezer. I learned how to use his AeroPress upside down, and weigh out exactly the right amount of coffee (I’ve since forgotten – 12 grams?), and stir it and steep it for exactly the right amount of time. I used to enjoy popping out the little round of compacted coffee grounds at the end.

I don’t drink coffee more than maybe twice a year, but I do like little rituals, so I liked today’s Meditation (from Oliver Carson) about making coffee with a French press. I appreciated the countdown timer giving me some idea of when the game would end, though I think I expected the game to somehow judge the coffee I’d made. And the best part – pushing the plunger, obviously – felt a bit fiddly because it took a couple of attempts to get the game to respond. But apparently it was made on short notice, so that’s understandable.

The other day, Frank Cifaldi tweeted about a range of CD-Rom “Playsets” from Hasbro:

My family had the baking set and the shopkeeping set when I was a kid, and I remember loving them, which I guess is unsurprising given I love to bake. But even now, I love to play games that let me do the kinds of things I could do in real life – when I play The Sims I tend to stay away from the more supernatural elements – and would gladly play more games that let you make cakes or coffee.