Researching Chocolate and Cocoa on the Interwebs | #PodSaveChocolate

Researching Chocolate and Cocoa on the Interwebs | #PodSaveChocolate

Episode 19 of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of the tools and resources I use to do my research on chocolate and cocoa on the Interwebs.

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Episode 19 Overview

This episode of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of the tools, resources, and approaches I use when researching chocolate and cocoa on the #Interwebs. These techniques have been developed and honed over more than thirty years spanning careers in high tech and chocolate.

Why? And How?

I spend a lot of hours poring over news, opinion, and research about chocolate and cocoa in my roles as a chocolate and cocoa consultant, journalist & podcaster, and critic.

This kind of research is something I have done since shortly after I finished college and went to work for my first high-tech startup – in October of 1983. I subsequently spent over a decade working on teams designing, developing, marketing, and selling hardware and software for computer graphics, interactive multimedia, HDTV, information/database management, and Internet apps. For most of that time I wrote for technical journals on related topics, and I wrote the first book on HDTV production.

I attended every SIGGRAPH conference between 1984 and 1998, I was at TED2 (where I met Jane Metcalfe and Louise Rosetto, the co-founders of Wired), I exhibited at Photokina in 1986 and at several NAB trade shows before I attended my first Fancy Food Show (in the summer of 2001).

What this history provided me with is perspective. And I have learned, over the course of more than thirty years, are techniques to if not get at the truth then to at least recognize BS when it comes my way. Much of this I credit to my formal college education in the fine arts at The Evergreen State College and the Rhode Island School of Design.

The most important things are to:

  • Pay attention and recognize useful patterns – especially to things going on on the periphery.
  • Learn how to look for information and organize the results of your research into schemes that make what you learn memorable and easily accessible.
  • Remain skeptical.
  • Always seek a truthful position to represent. It may not be a perfect understanding but it should be defensible based on facts.
  • Have opinions about the facts, and speak what you believe to be a truth, but be open to changing them when new information comes your way.
  • Admit your mistakes, apologize when and where you need to, and move on.
  • Have fun.

(With) What

Note: I use all the tools listed below, many of them on a daily if not weekly basis. None of the links is sponsored; there is no compensation for my recommending them.
The Browser Company | Building Arc
We’re building a better way to use the internet, starting with your browser. Let go of the clicks, clutter, and distraction with Arc.

The Arc Browser

Ground News
Top Stories from around you and around the world. Compare how different news publishers frame the same news AI-powered video summaries
TLDR This - Article Summarizer & Online Text Summarizing Tool
TLDR This is a Free online text summarizing tool that automatically condenses long articles, documents, essays, or papers into key summary paragraphs using state-of-the-art AI.
20 Helpful Verification Tools for Journalists | Beyond Bylines
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Some links to other tools

I also use spreadsheets (Excel and Airtable mostly), plus a programmer’s text editor (Sublime) that supports search and replace using regular expressions.


ResearchGate | Find and share research
Access 160+ million publications and connect with 25+ million researchers. Join for free and gain visibility by uploading your research.

Scholarly papers

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a library of free eBooks.

Historical books and papers

Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free & Borrowable Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Industry Publications & Newsletters and How to Recognize When a “Story” is just an Edited Press Release”

  • International Confectionery Magazine
  • Confectionery News
  • Confectionery Production
  • Kennedy’s Confections
  • Candy Industry
  • Food Dive
  • ARS/Tellus
  • Specialty Food Association

A Cautionary Tale

2023 Edition

Paying close attention is important

A New Resource

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection | The Collection

A new favorite resource.


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