Reflections on ten years of sooz.com

I bought the sooz.com domain towards the end of 2000 and this website came to life in 2001 thanks to web designer and developer Makiko Itoh. Maki was writing a book about Javascript at the time and used the work she did on my website to test some of the content for the book. Fast forward to 2011, and the sooz.com website is ten years old. Crazy, yet true.

Continue reading for an assortment of blog articles I’ve written during the past ten years: my first panel at SXSW Interactive in 2001 with Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, Mandy Moore blogging about me, reflecting upon my mom’s death in 2003, joining a bunch of die-hard Howard Dean supporters to greet him in New Hampshire at 2:00 a.m. after he returned from the “Dean Scream” in Iowa, becoming vegan in 2010 … and the list goes on.

I bought the sooz.com domain towards the end of 2000 and this website came to life in 2001 thanks to web designer and developer Makiko Itoh. Maki was writing a book about Javascript at the time and used the work she did on my website to test some of the content for the book. Fast forward to 2011, and the sooz.com website is ten years old. Crazy, yet true.

Here are some of the blog articles I’ve written during the past ten years. Ah, nostalgia!


“10” photo by Kirsty Hall

2001

December 7, 2001: “Independents Day” panel at South by Southwest Interactive Festival in 2001 with Nick Finck, Dori Smith, Evan Williams and Kelly Abbott. This was my first trip to Austin for SXSW and my first time being on a panel + moderating. I think there may have been 500 people at the festival back then.

2002

December 6, 2002: My music blog Exploit Boston! came to life in 2002.

2003

January 18, 2003: 30th birthday brunch with friends at Henrietta’s Table in Harvard Square. There is not likely to be a better place to have brunch on the planet.

March 21, 2003:It Can’t Rain All The Time” — the day after I received the news that my mom died very suddenly.

May 31, 2003: To celebrate relationship anniversary happenings, (ex-boyfriend) Michael and I saw Cowboy Junkies at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA

June 24, 2003: Soozle, the official summer cocktail of sooz.com

2004

January 20, 2004: Birthdays and Howard Dean (and Joan Jett). Lots of Howard Dean supporters greeted him at crazy o’clock in New Hampshire after he returned from the “Dean Scream” in Iowa.

2005

May 19, 2005: Hello, WordPress! This was the day I moved sooz.com from Movable Type over to WordPress.

2006

July 7, 2006: Bang Camaro’s first show (at the Paradise Rock Club). The day their epic rock and roll was officially unleashed.

November 25, 2006: David Drucker’s op-ed in the L.A. Times about relocating to Canada

2007

October 3, 2007: Music Video Nostalgia: 1986-1994

2008

January 13, 2008: Podcamp Boston 2 Photos. I was a co-organizer of Podcamp Boston in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

April 3, 2008: Bloggers @ A.R.T. I organized three blogger nights with the American Reperatory Theater in Cambridge. This was a blog entry about the second collaboration that connected bloggers with theater.

October 10, 2008: Mandy Moore was a surprise guest of Mike Viola at the Lizard Lounge. And then she blogged about me.

2009

Marcy 19, 2009: TAZA chocolate Factory Tour: how the cocoa winnowing machine works

June 21, 2009: Photos of silver performance artist in Harvard Square

2010

January 8, 2010: Amanda Palmer and Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) perform together at Lizard Lounge

March 18, 2010: Video and interview of Boston poet Mignon Ariel King on WGBH’s Basic Black

August 29, 2010 Photo and recipe for Post Punk Kitchen’s vegan tofu scramble — I became vegan on March 18, 2010 (the day after I returned to Boston from SXSW Interactive Festival). This is one of many tasty recipes on the Post Punk Kitchen website.

TAZA chocolate Factory Tour: How The Cocoa Winnowing Machine Works

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Here’s my second of two videos of TAZA chocolate’s tour of their chocolate factory in Somerville. In this video, TAZA co-founder Alex Whitmore describes how the cocoa nib winnowing machine works. This is the process of removing the shell off of the cocoa bean. They donate the shells to Groundworks Somerville, a community gardening organization.

This video was shot in a room with a lot of people in it and no tripod. Always better to get someone in their natural element than a staged tour — but you’ll also notice a little extra noise at times and the camera moving to avoid a person walking by.

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Part 1: How The Roaster Works.

Part 2: How The Cocoa Winnowing Machine Works

Part 3: Grinding the Cocoa Nibs

Sooz TV: Tour of TAZA chocolate in Somerville — How The Roaster Works

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TAZA chocolate gave tours of their facility in Somerville on December 6th. I’ve tried to use their chocolate for my truffles and they never turned out all that great. Next time I’ll probably use a little less of their choco just to give the truffles a different consistency without overdoing it. I definitely have a better appreciation for their “stone ground bean to bar” chocolate after co-founder Alex Whitmore gave a tour of how they make their chocolate modeled after a traditional Mexican chocolate making process.

In this video, Alex explains how the cocoa beans are roasted.

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Part 1: How The Roaster Works.

Part 2: How The Cocoa Winnowing Machine Works

Part 3: Grinding the Cocoa Nibs