Inktober


Untitled-1I’m sitting at my desk, it’s 1 am and I’ve just returned from the bar where I’ve been singing karaoke with a bunch of old friends. The cool air is flowing past from a whole house fan and I’m  listening to my hip hop Pandora station while drinking a large glass of ice water. It’s a good night.

Anyhoo, I’m here to write about Inktober. Created in 2009 by a Mr. Jake Parker, this is something that has been popping up in my social network feeds for awhile now and this coming October will by my first time participating. The premise is simple enough; you draw something once a day for the entire month of October, and place it on one of your social media websites. They aren’t all that particular about which one, but if you’re planning on participating, I’d suggest Twitter as that seems to be the largest following I’ve seen.

Skill really isn’t a factor, but most of the people I’ve seen share their drawings generally know which end of the pen has ink coming out, and also tend to know how to use said pen as well. It ranges from people who are learning to draw and need the practice to people who are basically showing off. The whole point of it is to practice though, so I wouldn’t let the pro’s discourage. Or really ever in anything you do. This is your life, don’t let skilled people intimidate you from doing what you want to do. Everyone was a beginner once.

Also, once you’ve done the deed, (by that I mean drawing your drawing) you’ll want to tag it with a hashtag which is totally a twitter thing, but you can do it on other services as well.

#inktober

#inktober2016

This will allow people to look up inktober submissions and enjoy your artwork!

There are actually a lot of different months like this. The other one that comes to mind is November’s Nanowrimo, where people attempt to write a book in a month. I’ve attempted this one as well and didn’t finish, but I think this year I’ll give it another shot. If I don’t succeed this time, I’ll give it a shot next year. You can also attempt to grow a beard in November for no shave November. There are also 48 hour game making competitions if you’re more of a techy. These guys are great. I’ve been apart of Ludum Dare for a few years now and if you’re into making games, I’ve found few communities I like as much.

When November starts coming up, I’ll attempt to write a book and write another blog post about my attempt as well as a postmortem.

My name is Chris Diel and when I’m not singing karaoke, doing Inktober, attempting to write a book in a month, not shaving for November, developing video games, or programming in general, you can find me at Sacramento State’s only student run radio station KSSU.

Look forward to next week when I release an article on my current progress with my Raspberry Pi, or Linkedin, or something else. I don’t know what I’m going to write about yet, but it’ll be good!

Let’s Review Pomades Vol.1, Review 1: Lockhart’s Goon Grease


pomade-pomadeLockhart’s Goon Grease is a heavy hold pomade created by Steve and Nichole Lockhart, owner and operators of Lockhart’s Authentic Grooming Company in Michigan. Goon Grease applies like a light hold, but keeps your hair up and shining all day according to the Lockhart’s website. Made for “The scary fellas that come from the other side of the tracks,” The Lockharts suggest that Goon Grease is perfect for slick backs, pompadours, and everything in between.

hr_465-166-00_lockharts-goon-grease-hair-pomadeTHE TIN

Lockhart’s Goon Grease comes in a nice and sturdy 4oz tin can. The tin comes in a variety of designs including the original, which just says “Lockhart’s Goon Grease” on the top of the tin (The one featured in this review), the special edition, which features the Goon Grease mascot, and the recent “Goon For President” tin, a presidential campaign button appearance guaranteeing you that Goon Grease is a “REAL” pomade that you can trust.

THE PRODUCT

The original Goon Grease comes in a teal color with either two scents: a cucumber citrus blend (Featured in this review) or a cinnamon sandalwood blend. The cucumber citrus blend is uniquely aromatic, but not too overpowering. It is an oil-based pomade made of petrolatum, microcrystalline wax, beeswax, avocado oil, lanolin, and parfum for the scent.

APPLICATION

Surprisingly, the product was easy to apply for a heavy hold pomade. Though the top layer of the pomade is pretty hard, a few seconds under the hot air of a blow dryer should make the top layer easier to scoop. Just a knuckle’s worth of Goon Grease did the trick for my hair, but you may need more or less depending on what you are trying to achieve with your hair. The break down of the pomade took about fifteen seconds. Like the Lockharts stated on their website, Goon Grease does not apply like your average heavy hold pomade. There was not much hair tugging or struggle to run a comb through the hair like the past experiences of dealing with heavier pomades, but a more simple process.

STYLING

Using a fine-toothed comb, styling with Goon Grease was moderately simple. Though the short hairs on the sides were resistant at first, I managed to get them down as well as creating an executive contour-like look with a clean part on the right side under ten minutes. In other experiences with heavier products, it has taken as long as twenty minutes to style my hair, but in this case, I got the style I wanted in half the time.

ENDURANCE

Heavy holds have the reputation to keep your hair up all day even through the roughest of working and extracurricular conditions. Goon Grease has a strong endurance. After an afternoon work shift exposed to the California heat, Goon Grease kept my hair looking good throughout my shift. The cucumber citrus scent became subtle as time passed by, but still stood out as an evening breeze passed by. Goon Grease’s shine is great for a heavy, but the shine will dip down as time goes by, but that’s normal

 

 

WASHING IT OUT

Compared to heavy hold oil-based pomades, Goon Grease can take a couple of washes to completely remove from your hair, which may be a good thing or bad thing depending on your preferences. To get Goon Grease out of my hair, I used a little dab of Brylcreem to reduce the build up in my hair and proceeded to shower. Most of the product washed out thanks to the Brycreem and thoroughly shampooing my hair.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Goon Grease has a big following in the pomade community, praised by reviewers for its easy application and its impressive hold. Though I’d recommend Goon Grease for styles such as vintage pompadours and slickbacks, Goon Grease can be a reliable product to use for many styles from the quiff, executive contour, and everything in between. With a variety of good scents, easy application, and low styling difficulty, Lockhart’s Goon Grease is a must try for all of you who prefer heavy hold oil based pomades and for those of you who think you are one of “The scary fellas that come from the other side of the tracks.”

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall


BeachDJ Sloppy Joe here.

It’s sad to know that Summer fun is over with and its’ back to the grind with Fall 2016. However, it’s not completely bad that Fall 2016 is upon us; in December, I will be graduating with my bachelors degree in Communications and minoring in Psychology. All the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears at Sacramento State is finally going to pay off. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

However, let’s do a recap of my Summer 2016. For starters, at the end of Spring 2016, I attended the Bernie Sander rally at the Sacrament Cal Expo. During a time where political debate is high and presidential candidates are going to be voted on in November, I felt that it was necessary to attend the Bernie Sanders rally. To be honest, I am not very political and I am not very happy with the candidates we have to choose from, but listening to Bernie Sanders speech was very insightful and shed light on economic topics that I had never considered before. I didn’t attend this rally to be a band wagoner, but more so to learn about a candidate that I thought fit the middle road between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Overall, the rally was fun to attend and I learned a lot about the possibility of change within our country.

20160608_144600Beyond the Sanders rally, I actually was a part of some fun activities. For instance, my girlfriend Jessica and one of my best friends, Devin visited the South Yuba River State Park for the first time where we were able to lounge in some watering holes and float in our inner tubes down a few rapids. This place was really cozy and not crowded by tons of people, which made it relaxing. We packed enough food for the afternoon, had lunch, jumped off some rocks into the water, and headed home for the day. Overall, it was the perfect day escape when the temperatures in Sacramento were 100 plus degrees.

Next on the Summer list was Pokemon Go. This app took me by storm. For those who don’t know, Pokemon Go combines the feature of geocaching with the means of catching Pokemon characters. Mind you, I never grew up watching Pokemon or playing with Pokemon cards, so Pokemon Go was completely foreign to me. When I initially started playing, I had no idea what I was doing and luckily my friend Amanda is a comic nerd and she educated me on everything Pokemon related. What started out as this fun app quickly turned into an addiction of wanting to “Catch Them All”. Nepokemon-go-logoarly every night that I was not working, I would spend evenings in Davis parks, the Woodland Cemetery, and Old Sacramento attempting to spin Poke Stops and catch Pokemon over and over again so I could keep leveling up. Eventually the problem got so bad that I racked up a nice data charge on my phone bill. Ha! It was at this point that I had to do some self-reflection and wean myself off of playing Pokemon Go. The game in general is extremely fun, but super addicting and it makes it hard to play during the semester when you’re balancing work, school, and organizations that you are a part of.

Another fun event that I was a part of this Summer was taking my 89-year-old Grandpa to Yosemite National Park. We collectively went as a family and got a chance to see Half Dome and El Capitan. We stayed at a cabin within the park for only two nights, but we packed in as much sightseeing as we possibly could, including hiking to Yosemite Falls.

Between traveling and working as a server at a restaurant, I  spent my free time hitting the gym religiously, teaching myself Spanish, going out to restaurants with friends, and viewing the latest films of the Summer. In sum, I feel that I had a pretty successful Summer and I am looking forward to graduating in December. Sacramento State University has been one of the best chapters of my life.

How to Adult: Establishing a Credit Score


imagesWelcome to the first installment in my ‘How to Adult’ series. Today, we are going to focus on establishing a credit score. We live in post-recession times, and a major contributor to that recession was poor risk management by major financial institutions. Basically, that means banks and other lenders were handing out loans, even to people who couldn’t afford them. Consequently, when everything went to hell, the federal government (who can’t keep their nose out of anything) increased regulations which has made it harder to get a loan. This has greatly impacted those of us who want to get started building credit, which is something the real adults have been nagging us about forever. Now that the regulations are more stringent, lenders are not handing out credit cards to the inexperienced anymore, so we will explore ways to get credit, even when you have none.
First, let’s explore what a credit score is. There are three major bureaus (which are actually publicly traded companies…yea…put that in your pipe and smoke it) creating elaborate algorithms in order to determine if a person is lendable. Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian each have their own patented equations intent on turning a person’s nature into a number, and often times there are many equations that weigh factors differently in order to meet specific needs of a lender. Just in case having countless financial institutions, and three different credit bureaus isn’t convoluted enough, now we have to come to terms with having something like…30 different scores!? But fear not; we are going to work through this together.
First to build credit: My three recommendations to get you started.

  1. Get a low limit student credit card from a larger institution that won’t be overly concerned about taking a potential loss. From the perspective of the financial institution you choose, you having no score means they have no way to tell if you are a person who ‘makes good’ on your obligations. In other words, lending to you comes with higher risk. This is why I recommend a larger institution who may have a higher tolerance for risk.
  2. If you are like me, and absolutely loath big banks, but still need to get started building credit, fear not, because this will be the option for you. Find a smaller financial institution, like your local credit union, and ask for a secured credit card. The financial institution will ask you to put down on deposit all or some of the dollar amount limit on your credit card, meaning you put $300 into an account and allow the institution to hold that money. In return, they give you a credit card with a $300 limit. The money you put down is still yours, it is merely held just in case you choose to use the credit card irresponsibly. This means less risk for the smaller financial institutions which increases the likelihood of lending to an individual without a credit score. An excellent option to start building a credit score for those of us without a co-signer.
  3. Although this is by no means the last option to start building credit, it will be the last explored in this post, and the most simple: have a co-signer or qualified co-applicant. A family member who is willing to take responsibility for a person without a credit score mitigates risk for the financial institution, making it more appealing to lend to you. This is an excellent option for a person wanting a higher limit credit card, but does not necessarily have the money to put a large amount down.

Join us here on the KSSU Blog for the next instalment ‘How to Adult: Improving a Credit Score’ where we will take a deeper look into what the magic number means, how the bureaus come up with the numbers, and what to do if you need to turn that score around.

-DJCHY

Introduction-How to Adult Series


imagesWe live in the age of instant gratification, short attention spans, and even shorter sighted goals. The myriad of distractions available have such a hold on our generation—mind you, I am no exception— they can and often do usurp from our minds all things uninteresting and dull. What motivation do we have to spend any amount of thought on the practical when the time could be passed scrolling through social media while watching Netflix and simultaneously Facetiming our S.O.? It is human nature to take the path of least resistance, and we see this played out most dramatically in the lives of us young adults.  The problem is a snow-balling self-fulfilling prophecy; as college students we are aware it is happening, we understand that each moment willingly spend on the readily available distractions does nothing to improve the quality of self, yet we do not resist. That new cat video on YouTube is still more interesting after 30 views than some article about the election, or the pile of homework that never seems to go away, right? Arguably the most depressing part of that idea is not that we are such terrible people who don’t find academics and learning interesting, it is that no one creating curriculum tries very hard to make it interesting—or even relevant half the time.
As a collective, college students are stuck on a cycle of ‘memorize, regurgitate, forget’ and are unwittingly perpetuating the assignment of tasks that can be depressingly menial, all in order to beget knowledge that often times is never interesting enough to file past short-term memory. It is my hope though, that knowledge and learning that has a practical application to life will have ability to hold our interest in a way that a teacher telling us something is relevant does not.
All that being said, I am going to endeavor to do something here that should have begun in grade school. In a series of Blogs I will attempt to share important life skills—knowledge that will actually benefit the life of a college student, or anyone—in a brief and hopefully interesting way. It is my hope that these short, beneficial lessons on ‘How to Adult’ will be able to contend with those ubiquitous distractions and impact in a meaningful way.
Join me here on the KSSU Blog for our first instalment next week: ‘How to Adult: Establishing a Credit Score’ which will be a precursor to our second article ‘How to Adult: Improving a Credit Score’.

Setting Up Raspberry Pi


piSo I recently got a Raspberry Pi and boy is it everything I hoped it could be! Recently my old laptop I keep for Linux purposes is beyond being on its last legs and it basically on life support. It seemed like it was about time I set up a new Linux environment. What better way than exploring the new and exciting world of Raspberry Pi?

Since I got it I’ve been a little skeptical about jumping right in, I have a habit of reading all of the directions a few times before I do anything stupid and break something. As it turns out that’s hardly necessary. Full disclosure I got one of the starter packs that comes pre-installed with NOOBS and has a power adapter as well as a case. I went with Vilros but there are a lot of decent options out there and most of them seem like they’re about the same level quality wise anyway. The only major differences being instructions, power adapter, and case since they all come equipped with whichever Raspberry Pi you’re looking for. There are also some kits out there that come with electronics stuff like resistors and breadboards, they cost a little more for the extra materials, but that’s not what I got it for so it felt a little pointless for my purposes.

Things you may want to know right off the bat, the heat sink isn’t really necessary unless you’re doing something that’s likely to overheat your Pi. It basically exists for people who are overclocking their Pi and from what I hear it’s not really necessary in that case either. I feel like it’s likely there just to put people’s minds at ease. Of course it never hurts to be prepared, but I didn’t bother throwing it on. I did keep it in case I change my mind in the future though. A heat-sink is basically a piece of metal that’s going over your CPU to soak up heat. Generally computers don’t like heat that’s why you see some fancier ones with lots of fans. Or even more extreme cases where people use liquid cooling solutions.

Snapping together the Raspberry Pi is a relatively easy process. Most things are marked, and the mini SD card (I got the Pi 3 model B) only goes in one way so they’ve made things pretty simple to put together.

Once your pi is together and you have your keyboard/mouse and screen hooked up you can start-up your raspberry pi. This will load the default desktop environment which is LXDE or Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. Personally I’m not a fan and the first thing on my to-do list was updating it to my personal tastes. I really love the gnome interface, but it does eat up a little too much space for my liking on the mini-SD card. So instead I went with XFCE much like LXDE it’s a lightweight environment for Linux and I prefer it aesthetically. If you’re not a fan of the default desktop environment there’s a lot of options out there, if you want XFCE this is how to go about getting it.

Switching to XFCE

Enter the following commands into your terminal.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xfce4

You’ll have to reboot at this point (annoying, I know).

sudo reboot

When you come back, you’ll be booted directly into your old environment if you want to switch to your new environment you’ll have to log out and log back in. At the login screen, go to your top right corner and click on the circle which will have a drop down of different environments to choose from. Choose XFCE or whichever one your chose to install.

username: pi

Password: raspberry

Now if this seems like an annoying process, I completely agree and there’s a solution. We can change our default desktop environment with the following code.

sudo update-alternatives –config x-session-manager
You’ll get a window that allows you to choose your default environment. Select the number that corresponds with the path “/usr/bin/Xfce4-session”
Now the next time you reboot, you’ll end up directly in XFCE. At this point, you’ll notice your menu has many more applications and the environment should be eating up a bit more of your resources. It’s a downside, but I think it’s worth it. If you go to settings > Settings Manager, you can make the appearance a little more to your liking. Personally, I switched the appearance to “Xfce-dusk” right away.
Switching Keyboard

If you’re like me, you started with a UK keyboard for some reason, which is annoying if you have any intention of writing C code or ever using the # symbol.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

This will take you through a menu to choose your keyboard. I just picked whatever I was on and on the next screen, choose US if you’re one of us, or choose whatever keyboard you’re looking for. Personally, I just went with Default, no compose key, and I didn’t use the shortcut to terminate the X server.
Once again, you’ll have to reboot to get the benefits of this.
Fixing the Time
If you’re like me, you don’t live in the default region of the Pi. Fixing the time is actually pretty easy. Enter the following into your terminal.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
Select your country and then the city within your time region. This is the one thing you won’t actually have to reboot for. If you have an internet connection, things should update themselves after a minute or so.
Shutdown
You should never unplug a running computer, it’s just bad practice. You can go through the menu to shut down, but I just use the following line in the terminal.
sudo poweroff
Eventually, your screen will have no signal and one of the two led lights on your raspberry pi will be green. This process should only take a few seconds.
Don’t want to use Raspbian Pi?
There are many distros(distribution) out there that you can use to make your pi do just about anything you can imagine. My card came pre-installed with NOOBS, but if you have a blank card, all you have to do is unzip NOOBS to your SD card or Mini SD card and it will handle the rest of installing Raspbian Pi as well as many other packages on it. That doesn’t mean you have to use it though. I haven’t tried any other distros yet, so I can’t give in-depth instructions on it.
Some of the more interesting ones I’ve seen are Kali Linux, a distro made for security, specifically penetration testing. As well as a distribution called RuneAudio that is based on Arch Linux, it can act as an interface between your music collection and your music equipment. It seems pretty cool. The cool thing is all you need is an extra SD card to install these and experiment with them. After Installing them on extra SD cards switching between distros will be as easy as swapping SD cards.
My name is Chris Diel and when I’m not playing with computers I host a radio show on KSSU

Binge watching TV Shows


TVThe last TV show I binge watched was Charmed. It’s an old show but my roommate and I watched it during the last month of summer. It’s a show about three sisters in San Francisco who find out they are powerful witches. They try to live normal lives but realize they have to save the world from demons who are trying to take over the world. Eventually, they have children and their lives get more challenging because the demons are trying to take control of their children. It’s pretty much a show about good versus evil. This show opened my eyes to many relationship problems and how the world can be with negative people. I just enjoy watching shows that combines fiction with real life situations. If you have not watched Charmed I suggest you watch it. I would advise you to watch the first few episodes to understand the background of the show, then skip to the end of season 3. There is more drama when season 4 begins through the last episode of the show. I know it sounds strange to recommend skipping almost three seasons, but the show is better that way. If you have watched the show, then you know what I am referring to. If not, you will find out the show is better when season 4 begins.

The next show I am looking forward to binge watching is Grey’s Anatomy. I began watching it towards the end of Spring semester. And watched at least four seasons before July. It still premiers on cable and has over ten seasons. I am trying to catch up with the episodes on cable, so I can watch the new season that’s already premiering. The show is about doctors who work in Seattle, WA. Everyone knows that doctors have a busy work schedule. So, it focuses on what doctor’s deal with inside and outside of work. Most of the characters are dating, competing, dealing with health issues, getting hurt, whatever you think of is in this show. Grey’s anatomy is not only a medical show, it addresses life situations. On top of that the show is hilarious. There are random moments where you have to think about what just happened and laugh. So far I really enjoy the show. I am excited to catch up with the new season. I am guilty of watching some of the episodes of season 9 on cable. I have never seen a show to last for more than at least eight seasons. And this show has over ten. I enjoy the mystery of what is going to happen next in this show. Many people are aware of this show, but I really think this a show to recommend to everyone. There is never a dull moment. You will learn to love all of the cast over the season’s. Although some of them may annoy you at times. There are different things that each character deal with that draws you to them even more. So if you all are looking for a show, check out Grey’s Anatomy.

Get the Most out of Sac State


The first week of the fall semester has come and gone and is now in full swing. If you’re like me you’re juggling school life, work life, and your personal life; and finding the balance has proven trickier than running simple planning in your mind. Just a quick tip: use the calendar widget on your smart device to set reminders! But however busy you may be, at least make your time on campus worth while to make for a great semester. Whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer student, or on your way out as a senior, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved with an organization on campus. Using community organizations as networking platforms increases your chances of landing a career in the field that you’re most interested in, and regardless of what major you’re in, there is a group, club or society that is just right for you! If you were too busy to catch up with a club in the quad for the first week, Associated Students Inc. is a great way to get involved on campus, or just to obtain information on the wide variety of clubs on campus. ASI programs include Safe Rides and KSSU radio, but as mentioned earlier, most majors have a group to join. For instance, the Sacramento Anthropological Society (SAS), the Hornet Film Society, The State Hornet Newspaper, or you can venture off campus to groups at the aquatic center, like the Sac State Rowing Club, or contact the friendly folks at The Well sports complex to see what sporting clubs are currently offered. Whatever you might be interested in, whether it involves your major or not, seek out the opportunities to get involved and make new friends on and off campus, because your future really does depend on it.

The Convenience Store Pickle


107979219Why has the time of the convenience store pickle come and gone? A symbol of a time gone by, the imagery invokes memories of old time burger joints, learning to ride a bicycle, and other general childhood shenanigans. They would hand it to you in wax paper for some reason. It seems these days, all we can hope for are those vacuum sealed pickles in the stores that feel all too commercialized. They aren’t half bad, but it feels like a step back from a time when things were simpler. The joys of childhood gone past are truly disappearing; not just for the nostalgic filled adults of today, but for our future children as well.

Now I’m certain there have been good reasons for the loss of this jar. Surely, it was some sort of breeding ground for bacteria; or maybe society just got scared that it may become one. I’m not in the know on this one, and normally I’d look up a bunch of articles to find the truth. But this article isn’t about why they’re gone. It’s more about the changing of the times, and the loss of the past. As we grow, society grows with us, and it is only through memories that these little facets of our lives are really preserved.

You can still find pickles in local convenience stores in the vacuum sealed packs as it seems like not everyone has experienced the joy of these things though. If you haven’t had the opportunity, I’d suggest doing yourself a favor and getting one on a hot day. Of course, this could just be nostalgia speaking. But when I get one, memories come flooding back. The joy of the past is relived, so I guess it isn’t much different from people who collect things from when they were younger. Maybe I’m just having a hard time letting go of the past; or it could be that they’re delicious. I recently heard that you can purchase these things in Texas at the movie theater’s there. I believe this is a worthwhile tradition that the whole country should adopt.

I’m not sure if this article is aimed at the loss of those jars of pickles so much as it’s a rant about the changing of the times. Sure they were good, but if you’re dead-set on it, they do have the vacuum sealed ones at most grocery stores/gas stations these days and the flavor isn’t bad. Although, I have to admit, the spicy ones may be a little hotter then I’d like; and being a die hard fan of spicier foods, that is saying a lot. I do still get them though. All of this is really more of a reminder that society keeps changing with the times, and although this is inevitable, it’s nice to sit back with a memento of your childhood and remember simpler times. Maybe we all get sentimental with age, but sometimes you have to look up and smell the flowers.

Also, they’re like really good.

 

My name is Chris Diel and I DJ on the radio, at KSSU. Come listen to me, if you like Metal, alt/indie, blues, country, EDM, and sometimes hip hop. I’ll play just about anything. I also talk sometimes.

Siphon Coffee Maker


syphon_coffeeI recently received a Siphon Coffee maker(aka vacuum coffee maker) as an early Birthday present. These thing looks futuristic, requiring a heating source and a couple of glass globes. If you were to walk in to a room, you would see something that looks like a piece of Heisenberg’s set up. The science look is what made me interested in it from the get go. Although it has the appearance of how I’d imagine the Jetsons would make coffee, it’s actually a pretty old system for making coffee.

The Siphon Coffee maker was actually developed in the 1830’s predating the drip system we all know and love by almost a century. I know what you’re thinking, there must be a reason you never see Siphon makers anymore, maybe they aren’t that good? Well, I can say from personal experience, having used the thing for the first time today, it develops a mind-blowing cup of coffee. The full immersion system creates an aromatic cup of coffee that is really hard to beat. I have another system that does full immersion coffee, but I have to say the siphon coffee maker may be a little bit better.

There is a reason that it may be a bit less desirable though. This isn’t as simple as plugging a machine in and walking away. The Siphon coffee maker is a much more hands on experience than most coffee makers. We control the heating source and time the coffee spends brewing. There are a number of heating sources you can use with the various Siphon coffee makers on the market as well. Some are little alcohol burners; others butane (I love mine). There are even electric heating lamp selections. There are also siphon coffee makers built to be used on your stove.

This may seem like a lot of work to develop a cup of coffee, but the result is more than worth it, and watching these things work is actually a pretty cool sight to behold. I’m currently using the Hario Siphon coffee maker from Amazon, but there’s plenty of brands on there. One thing I would suggest if you’re planning on going down this particular rabbit hole is if you choose to get a coffee maker that requires an independent heat source, do yourself a favor and grab a butane burner. A lot of these coffee makers come with an alcohol burner, and while trying to use it, I found the process to be near impossible to complete. A Butane burner was a cleaner and more controllable solution, there are also halogen bulb burners on the market; I hear they work a little slower, and they are a more expensive choice, but they sure do look cool. It also helps to heat the water you’re going to use in your coffee maker before heating it up with your power source. I know this seems a little redundant, but it makes a huge difference in the brewing time.

The only real pain I’ve found is that you need to do a thorough cleaning of this thing before every use,
which is a bit more nerve-wracking with these large glass containers. I’m quite certain that its final moments will likely be during cleaning. It is fairly fragile, but I guess that may lead to the allure of the product.

My name is Chris Diel and when I’m not making coffee I’m a DJ on KSSU; I also do other things.