At Samovar, a tea bar on Valencia Street in San Francisco, white ceramic mugs line white walls, and the seating is one long bench, also white. Behind the counter, attractive men sport bespoke canvas aprons while tending to elegant glass contraptions that look like tall, thin French presses. Heaps of scones and croissants sit under glass domes in front of the tablet registers. It has the reverential air of many neighboring third-wave cafes in the Mission: Four Barrel, Ritual, Sightglass. advertisement advertisement People often come into Samovar looking for a cup of pour over coffee (although none is available–only tea). That it’s frequently mistaken for a place that sells a particular grade of coffee is no accident. Jesse Jacobs, who has a tiny tea empire that spans three locations throughout San Francisco, calls his six month old Valencia Street spot the “Blue Bottle of tea.” “Coffee has become cool,” says Jacobs, at a quick clip for … [Read more...] about Giving Tea The Blue Bottle Treatment
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises adultery is an “archaic provision”. According to the 158-year-old provision, a married man can be punished for having sex with a married woman without the consent or connivance of her husband.A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Indu Malhotra, RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, is hearing the matter on the constitutionality of adultery laws in India.The bench observed that even though the provision punishes an adulterous man with a term up to five years specifying that the woman cannot be booked even as an abettor, it is more discriminatory towards the woman.Close Justice Nariman said, “Requirement of the husband’s consent or connivance makes it appear as if the woman is a chattel or property of the husband." Terming the provision “manifestly arbitrary”, he … [Read more...] about Adultery law is an archaic provision, says SC; indicates it may go
As I walked up to the Intel visitor center in Santa Clara, California, a big group of South Korean teenagers ran from their bus and excitedly gathered round the big Intel sign for selfies and group shots. This is the kind of fandom you might expect to see at Apple or Google. But Intel? advertisement advertisement Then I remembered that Intel is the company that put the “silicon” in Silicon Valley. Its processors and other technologies provided much of the under-the-hood power for the personal computer revolution. At 51 years old, Intel still has some star power. But it’s also going through a period of profound change that’s reshaping the culture of the company and the way its products get made. As ever, Intel’s main products are the microprocessors that serve as the brains of desktop PCs, laptops and tablets, and servers. They’re wafers of silicon coated with millions or billions of transistors, each of which has an “on” … [Read more...] about Inside Intel’s billion-dollar transformation in the age of AI
There’s no coffee at this rave, and it’s a problem. “It’s hard to get people to deliver in the sixes,” says the woman behind the bar, referring to the 6 a.m. hour. The coffee won’t arrive until 7:30 a.m., she says, which basically sounds like never to me. I’ve been up since 6 a.m., and haven’t had my usual cup of warm, milky, caffeinated joe. She suggests a green juice instead. advertisement advertisement Caffeine isn’t the usual drug of choice at a techno dance party, but it’s the only sanctioned mind-altering substance at Daybreaker, a twice-a-month sober rave in the too-early-to-function (let alone dance!) hours of 6 to 9 a.m. Daybreaker started as a social experiment. Longtime friends Matthew Brimer and Radha Agrawal were bored with New York’s nightlife scene. “Nightlife can be exclusionary. It can be judgmental. It can be dark,” says Brimer, also a cofounder of the tech vocational school … [Read more...] about What A Sober 6 A.M. Rave Can Do For You
Before the most recent flight I took from JFK to my hometown, a 90-minute hop across the state of New York, I asked the flight attendant for a drink. “Do you need a double?” he asked, after seeing my likely nervous-looking face. A few minutes later he brought me a plastic cup filled with Johnny Walker wrapped in a napkin, free of charge. advertisement advertisement I have an irrational fear of flying that I usually manage with self-medication, an expensive and not always convenient remedy–gulping down shots at 8 a.m. isn’t exactly ideal. So when I heard of a new (free) app that promises “to relax anxious passengers” from Japan’s All Nippon Airways, it sounded like a healthier and more appealing way to handle my flying anxiety. But can an app really cure a deep, nonsensical phobia? Taking advantage of the recently relaxed FAA regulations on in-flight cell phone use, various airlines and third parties have developed apps catering to the … [Read more...] about Can An App Cure Your Fear Of Flying?