By Caffeine Alone…

I saw an amusing signature in a friend’s email tonight that echoes the current week. I’m editing three Take Control ebooks simultaneously, which all need to go out post-haste. So, my self-assigned label of “Late-Nighter” is certainly apt right now.

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed,
the hands acquire shaking, the shaking becomes a warning.
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

A quick Google search reveals that the poem is oft-quoted, and a parody of a mantra from Dune attributed to Dennis Ferguson (though I don’t know who that is) or a National Lampoon pardody called Doon.

(If you’re curious, I’m making lattes and espresso shots using fresh Sumatra beans from Lighthouse Roasters.)

  1. I read this little mantra in a book called Authentic Thaumaturgy, by Isaac Bonewits. It’s a book for pen & paper role-playing games. He has a whole adventure based on the Javacrucian religious order with funny puns for spells and such.
    More info at http://www.sjgames.com/thaumaturgy/

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