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On Friday, the startup said it’s delaying its full product release until spring of 2015 while it refines the device and works out kinks in manufacturing. Instead, the company says it will ship what it’s calling Coin beta, the latest iteration of the all-in-one card, to the first 10,000 pre-order customers who opt-in to the program.

Cue the inevitable mockery from my wife, but this is disappointing. Not surprising, but disappointing.

What is surprising about Coin is that they still refuse to address EMV chip compatibility, except to that that they won’t have that until after the first full version of Coin ships in Spring 2015.

The lack of EMV compatibility wasn’t a big deal when Coin launched last November, because even though we knew that the US needed it to help fight fraud, it wasn’t imminently on the horizon. In the intervening nine months though, US credit card companies have said that it will be in place by October 2015. So now, at best, your fully-featured Coin will work for something like six months before being made obsolete due to the lack of EMV support.

I’ve never asked for a refund on a crowd-sourced purchase that was delayed (and, by my count, I’ve been involved in three of them). This may be the first time I do it.

Coin delays product launch until spring 2015 as questions remain - CNET

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Jeff Buckley’s lasting legacy is that voice, a divine power that he harnessed and whipped around like some superhero with a killer haircut. Yorke wasn’t the only one to imitate it; there’s an entire school of (mostly British) vocalists who owe their careers to Buckley, including but not limited to Chris Martin, Matthew Bellamy, Fran Healy, and that guy from Ours. Grace is a fine time capsule of Buckley’s tremendous singing ability, but beyond that, it’s a portrait of a well-rounded artist brimming with inspiration…

Jeff Buckley’s Grace turns 20.

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Jeff Buckley’s lasting legacy is that voice, a divine power that he harnessed and whipped around like some superhero with a killer haircut. Yorke wasn’t the only one to imitate it; there’s an entire school of (mostly British) vocalists who owe their careers to Buckley, including but not limited to Chris Martin, Matthew Bellamy, Fran Healy, and that guy from Ours. Grace is a fine time capsule of Buckley’s tremendous singing ability, but beyond that, it’s a portrait of a well-rounded artist brimming with inspiration…

Jeff Buckley’s Grace turns 20.

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Yes, of course I meant “tourtière.” It couldn’t possibly have been “torture,” which was only off by one letter. 

I really hope this shit gets fixed in iOS 8.

Yes, of course I meant “tourtière.” It couldn’t possibly have been “torture,” which was only off by one letter.

I really hope this shit gets fixed in iOS 8.

Whole Foods.

Opposing endcaps.

One with Bell’s Oberon, the other with Shipyard Pumpkinhead.

Welcome to August.

For a long time, Toynbee Tile obsessives believed the tiles to be the work of James Morasco, a Philadelphia carpenter. They based this assumption off of a 1983 call to The Philadelphia Inquirer where Morasco, a Philadelphia social worker, pitched an idea to resurrect humans on the planet Jupiter.

Typical crack reporting from Gothamist…

But this is interesting. I’ve seen these tiles around NYC for years and never knew what they were. Going to see about the documentary they referenced.

The Reappearance Of The Toynbee Tiles: What Does It Mean?: Gothamist

Thursday morning entertainment

I’m currently listening to a colleague, whose emails are formatted in Comic Sans, trash an offshore team for using improper English in their emails to clients.

63words:

why is it that people who refer to themselves as “coffee snobs” are always the ones who are needlessly rude and also have no idea what they are talking about?

does being mean to the barista somehow make the coffee taste better?

The same is true of self-identifying “beer snobs.”

No. Just go away, and take the fucking pumpkin beers with you while you’re at it. I don’t want to see any of you before Labor Day at the earliest, preferably mid-to-late September.

No. Just go away, and take the fucking pumpkin beers with you while you’re at it. I don’t want to see any of you before Labor Day at the earliest, preferably mid-to-late September.