Tuesday, March 08, 2011

New Blog

With mixed emotions I have to announce that I have a new location for M.J. Butterworth and that is www.mjbutterworth.wordpress.com

Please put that in your readers!

View from the Top

That little building next to the Camii is my apartment.

Artisan Roast

Whenever you hear about coffee in the UK you always hear about Square Mile and Hasbean, and sometimes Climpson & Sons and Union (and for good reason, I've had coffee from the former 3 and they're great!) . But since my roommate Seth was checking out Scotland I thought it would be worthwhile to look into what reputable roaster are in the Highlands.

Anyway Seth brought back some delicious Santa Clara Antigua Guatemala and Red Bourbon Rwanda roasted by Artisan Roast, which has cafes/roasteries in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. I've been enjoying both coffees so much I thought I would share this video i found on their Facebook.

Scottish Barista championships 2011 from Benjamin Cowie on Vimeo.

P.S. Seth was lucky enough to get a cappuccino from the barista featured in the video.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Sapphire Grand Opening

After a year of living next to it, I finally got to go inside/to the top of it.

The mall is fairly ubiquitous slightly bigger/nicer than Astoria though certainly no real competition for such super-malls as Forum and Isteniye Park. However the greatest appeal, besides the only Moe's in Istanbul, is the observation deck on the 54th Floor. It's pretty over whelming to have the complete panorama- the Black Sea, the Marmara, the financial district, both bridges, and on a clear day like today, even the Prince's Islands. I expect it will soon make Çeliktepe must-see stop on the tourist check list - not sure how much I like that, but it's fun to live in the middle of the action.

View from the Sapphire's Observation Deck from Michael Butterworth on Vimeo.

(pictures coming soon)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Umbrella Graveyard

I was warned before I moved to Istanbul that the winters can be harsh. In reality the temperature is much more forgiving than the humid Ohio Valley winters I spent the last 5 years in, or the massive snowfalls Arizona's White Mountains can get when there's not a drought (which admittedly isn't often). However, since 3 major weather systems meet at Istanbul, the city can get some pretty gnarly winds. That coupled with incessant rain can make for a fairly miserable winter- even if the thermometer hasn't dropped below 0 C. Case in point, the short walk to my metro stopped was littered with discarded broken umbrellas whose poor construction could not withstand the elements.
Definitely looking forward to Spring.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Grand Opening

One of my first blog posts here in Istanbul was about the Sapphire, the skyscraper that's being built in my front yard. Anyway, it looks like they're almost done, cuz this popped up on the jumbo tron. It's still looks bomboş (empty) on the inside- so I'm a little skeptical this grand opening is for reals.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

2,000 FT MTB Descent

Riding 2,000 Vertical Feet with Darren Berrecloth from Bike Magazine on Vimeo.

Number one thing I can't wait to do after my clavicle is healed: ride my bike! I don't think I'll be trying anything this insane though.
HT: Bike Magazine

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

N.T. Wright on Jesus

"My proposal is that Jesus took his own story seriously- so seriously that, having recommended to his followers a particular way of being Israel-for-the-sake-of-the-world, he made that way thematic for his own sense of vocation, his own belief about how the kingdom would come through his own work. He would turn the other cheek; he would go the second mile; he would take up cross. He would be the light of the world, the salt of the earth. He would be Israel for the sake of the world. He would defeat evil once and for all. But the way in which we would defeat evil would be the way consistent with the deeply subversive nature of his own kingdom-announcement. He would defeat evil by letting it do its worst to him."
-N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, 564-65.