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Guarana In My Coffee

I don’t know about you, but I am not a morning person. Every day, my alarm goes off. Every day, I hit “Snooze” at least five times. The worst parts of my day are a) the 30 second count­down before I tell myself I have to actu­ally get out of bed, b) the approach to the bath­room, anti­cip­at­ing the sub-zero tiles on the bath­room floor, c) turning the shower off and d) drying my hair — the moment I apply a towel, I can feel my icy hair sapping away any remain­ing warmth.

I get the feeling I’m the only person that cannot bear getting out of bed. At 9am, every­one else seems cheery; I’m feeling miser­able, trying to pry my eyes open. Some­times, I even feel deli­ri­ous, just trying to force myself to stay awake. So, I decided to do some­thing about it.

This morning, I cracked open a tub of powdered Guarana, aka Paullinia cupana, a Brazilian herbal stim­u­lant, and added a tea­spoon-full to my coffee. This is one of those (seem­ingly rare) herbs that actu­ally tastes nice as well as pos­sess­ing psy­cho­act­ive prop­er­ties. Right now, at 9:51, I’m wide awake and not too bothered that it’s another 15 hours before I’m asleep once more. I’m just praying the effects won’t wear off and leave me in an unsus­pect­ing heap on the lab floor.Powdered Guarana

One thing to look out for with Guarana is making sure you stir your coffee prop­erly. If you don’t, the last dregs are full of powdery chunks, but it’s not the end of the world. Did I mention that this actu­ally tastes pleas­ant?

Guar­an­ine, the com­pound respons­ible for keeping my eyes open, is chem­ic­ally identical to caf­feine, derived from other sources, but that leaves out the plant’s other xanth­ine alkal­oids, such as theo­bromine and theo­phyl­line. These stim­u­late the heart, among other things, so it def­in­itely gets you going.

If Guarana really is this good, I think I’ll be using it every day. My quality of life has just increased dra­mat­ic­ally!.

Posted in Drugs | Tagged guarana |

Good News From Google

…For me, anyway! This quarter’s toolbar PageR­ank update has been a good one.

Coffeesh0p has gone from 2 to 3, with all my main cat­egor­ies having a PageR­ank of at least 1
Salvia Trip has gone from 0 to 2
A-mus­caria & P-viridis have both gone from 0 to 1


For those that don’t know what PageR­ank is, it is one of many metrics that Google uses to rate your site, and is gen­er­ally determ­ined by the links to your site from other pages. If one page has a high PageR­ank itself and links out to only a few other sites, more of that “Link Juice” is going to flow down each of those links. If a page has a low, or non-existant PageR­ank and links to many sites, those links won’t pass as much juice. It’s these links to your site, or back­links, as they’re known in the industry, that govern where you appear in Google’s search results. Relevent sites, with high PageR­ank that link back to your own site can really provide you with a boost in rank­ings.

Remem­ber, PageR­ank is only one factor that Google uses when think­ing about your site. As a general rule, pages with a higher PageR­ank should be more trust­worthey than those without. Having little or no PageR­ank is a good indictor that a site is new, or doesn’t get a lot of traffic. You can see the PageR­ank of any site you visit by installing the Google Toolbar..

Posted in Internet Marketing | Tagged google, pagerank, seo |

First Day

The first day back at uni­ver­sity and the first day owning a blog! Hello, every­one, and welcome.

About Me

I’ve just started my 3rd year at uni­ver­sity, study­ing medical science, with a par­tic­u­lar emphasis on phar­ma­co­logy. I also run Coffeesh0p with my girl­friend — we sell all sorts of stuff, working from home. I’ve always got little side­line pro­jects on the go, too, so never a dull moment.

About This Blog

I’ve set this blog up for many reasons. Firstly, it seemed like it might be fun. Secondly, I thought the stuff I do is really inter­est­ing, so perhaps others might like to read about it. It will also provide me a much more casual oppor­tun­ity to talk to a public audi­ence than through the more busi­ness-ori­ent­ated Coffeesh0p.

So, I’ll be posting on all sorts of things, mainly on drugs and Inter­net mar­ket­ing, and my unique pos­i­tion where I can combine the two.

Right now, I’m cur­rently learn­ing how to use Word­Press — I’m not quite sure how all this blog­ging stuff works yet. I guess the first step is make it look half decent. I’ve already found myself a nice green theme, and added my own header and a massive RSS button (please sub­scribe!), but there’s a lot more to do!

That’s all for now. Another day at uni­ver­sity tomor­row, and hope­fully some more devel­op­ments here!.

Posted in About This Site, Personal | Tagged blogging |