This Guy Who’s Been Living In A Sand Castle For The Past 22 Years Is The Hero We Need Right Now – Brobible

For the past 22 years, King Marcio Mizael Matolias has lived in a sand castle on the beach of Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Brazilian Coffee’s Innovations

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Given that Brazil has one of the most developed economies and coffee sectors throughout all of the coffee producing origins, its coffee producers and exporters are relatively “wealthy” in terms of resources and knowledge, placing them ahead of the curve when it comes to having the capacity to innovate in coffee production.

As Robert has previously reported, about 80% of Brazilian coffee is natural processed. This is due to a few different factors, not least because labour is relatively expensive in Brazil. In general, labour costs combined with the fact that many farms have good infrastructure, coffee production in Brazil is more mechanized than it is in other producing origins. One potential paradox to this, when it comes to specialty coffee, is the value that is often placed on specialty coffee being handcrafted or otherwise produced in a special way.

What we’ve found, over the years, is that it…

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Stories of empire

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Coincidentally, the first two novels I read in 2018 were both tales of empire, though from quite different perspectives. One was the Portuguese empire as seen through the prism of science fiction, in Brasyl by Ian McDonald. The other was the British empire via crime fiction in India, in A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee. I recommend them both.

Brasyl had an interesting structure, within each chapter there were three sections set in 1732, 2006 and 2032 respectively, in three different parts of Brazil. It had slavery (of different types), stratified societies, football, religion, and quantum mechanics running through everything, and I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes both historical fiction and SF (because most of the 1732 strand reads as straight historical fiction). The book was peppered with non-English words and phrases, which added a flavour of Brazil but I felt like my reading speed…

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‘Poor people don’t get depression’

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I was spurred into writing this post when I was suddenly blessed with a flashback. ‘Blessed’ is perhaps an improper word. It was one of those memories that makes you shudder with nausea. I suppose I was ‘blessed’ this time because the source of this nausea was not me, for once.

It was early November and I was on a Manchester-bound train from London Euston. We had barely reached a half hour out from the capital when we were informed by a very apologetic train-driver that we would be halted for a considerable while. Sure enough we grounded to a stop in some quiet country station.

There was a brilliant sunset, and the light brushed the crisp English countryside. I might have truly appreciated it, were it not for the hangover and the lack of bottled water. But like everyone else, I grudgingly excepted fate. Thirty minutes laboriously passed, then…

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a hundred letters to berlin, week one

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It’s been a busy little season, but within that have been the makings of a little online writing project, 100 Love Letters to Berlin. With this, I have been trying to write a brief piece every day or so in the format of a love letter to none other than the city in which I currently reside. This started as an exercise to put into words the positives about living here, as a mental training exercise for thinking about Berlin appreciatively rather than with regret or anger. It’s only been nine days, but I honestly think it’s working.

As you might recall from my post a couple of weeks ago, I made a resolution to “invest more in Berlin”. I clarified that separately both as an ‘event’ and a ‘project’ and pretty much gave myself zero parameters for how to conduct such an investment whatsoever. (That could be a…

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Japanese university student wows Twitter with unique shoji paper sliding door calendar

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as punching out the days on these traditional paper doors.

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Why chili pepper feels hot while Mint feels cold?

Have you ever wondered why eating a chili pepper burns your mouth and makes you feel hot while sucking up a mint brings cool sensation in your mouth??   This can simply be explained owing to “…

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The Biggest Threat to our Civilisation | Professor Brian Cox

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The average rooster crow is about 130 dB, about the same volume as standing 15m from a jet taking off. To prevent deafness from their own calls, roosters have evolved soft tissue that covers half of the eardrum while crowing.

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The average rooster crow is about 130 dB, about the same volume as standing 15m from a jet taking off. To prevent deafness from their own calls, roosters have evolved soft tissue that covers half of the eardrum while crowing.
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