W. Richard Stevens' Favorite Links
Here are some of my favorite links with comments.
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- The Roasting Man.
I am a fan (addict?) of pure 100% Kona coffee beans and for many years
mail-ordered my beans from Kona Kai Farms on the island of Hawaii.
Don Gridley was roasting coffee for Kona Kai for many years
and in 1997 when Kona Kai was sold he took over their mail order
If you have ever bought what is labeled as Kona beans (often called
"Kona blend") you are in for a real surprise
when you try the real thing.
I always order about half medium roast and half Peaberry dark roast.
Sometimes I brew the beans as-is, and sometimes mix half medium
and half Peaberry.
- Lorie Line.
Lorie Line is a pianist, probably described as "new age".
I found her in August 1997 when I walked into the house and my wife
was listening to Lorie's PBS special on the TV. I heard the music
("Threads of Love") and had that immediate "wow that's neat" feeling.
I watched a little more of the special, then we pledged to
get a CD and concert tickets for her December 1997 Tucson concert
(at which I got to play handbells on stage for one song,
but that's another story).
Later that afternoon I went down to the local Border's and got her
"Live" CD. I shortly found all of her CDs and bought them all.
I listened to all her CDs while doing the page layout of
"UNIX Network Programming, Volume 1, 2nd Edition" in September 1997.
(Normally I do not listen to music while writing,
but her music made the page layout phase much more enjoyable.)
Lorie was the third "find" of mine through the PBS network.
The first was about four years ago when I was in Chicago on a
I was channel surfing in a hotel room and came across a PBS special
about the music developed for the "Civil War" series:
Jay Ungar, Molly Mason,
and their group Fiddle Fever were playing
Farewell" and I instantly loved the tune.
You know that feeling when you hear a song for the first time
and say "wow, this is neat", versus some other music that
needs to grow on you for a while.
My next PBS music find was about two years ago when our local Tucson
station played the St. Olaf's Christmas special. I tracked down the
St. Olaf's bookstore through the Web and ordered my own copy of the
special. It is a wonderful collection of Christmas songs.
- Mach 1 Books.
Having been a pilot and getting a degree in Aerospace Engineering
in 1973, three engineering feats of the 1950s-1970s have always
fascinated me: developing the U-2 spy plane, developing the SR-71
Blackbird, and putting a man on the moon. The first two were done
at the Lockheed Skunk Works under Kelly Johnson and are truly
incredible engineering feats. (Just imagine if any of these three
projects had been handled the way programming projects are handled
flew the SR-71 and has written two fascinating books on it:
Sled Driver and The Untouchables, both published
by Mach 1 Books. The writing and photographs (almost all of the
photographs were taken by Brian) are phenomenal. Buy both books
and read them in that order. I am fortunate to have autographed
copies of both, having met Brian while he was selling and signing
books from a little booth at an air show at Davis Monthan AFB in
Tucson in March 1998.
You can also order autographed copies directly from Brian, as detailed