Cyborg Month @ O'Vineyards

Yo, it’s cyborg month.

Here are some wine cyborgs to get you thinking:

wine tasting robot

vineyard pruning robot

And if you think some of these aren’t strictly cyborgs, then I refer you to this essay about how all humans who use tools are pretty much cyborgs.  And this Dinosaur Comic about the exact same theme in much fewer words.  It’s a very fine line between walking around a city where EVERYBODY has iPods plugged into their ears and a society where we all look like Lobot.

Enjoy cyborg month. Feel free to add links in the comments if you know other wine related technology that makes us look more like cyborgs.

And if you’re in London tonight, drink one for me! I’m sorry that I couldn’t be there with you.  Darn the blend of Ryan Air and French Air Traffic Control strikes.  I’ll see you in November barring any strikes or volcanic eruptions or cyborg rebellions.  :-/


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this only adds to the stereotype? that african women know a lot about nature

I don’t check my youtube account as much as everything else these days. But it’s nice to go back occasionally and see that people are still watching and commenting.  Of course, the average youtube comment is very low yield in terms of relevancy and maturity.  But sometimes, you get genuinely interesting comments. And sometimes you get genuinely weird ones.  Like the one at the top of this page.

So my video about cane pruning (guyot) and spur pruning (cordon royat), may be reifying stereotypes about African women.  Oh, youtube, what would we do without you.

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Earlier when I was still willing to leave the house.We’re experiencing a mighty snow storm these past couple days. Pruning is impossible. Snow drifts have entirely covered small sections of the vines and have blocked a few doors.

Power went out for a bit the other day because everybody in France is cranking the heat. Thankfully, we’re working off a woodstove and we could stay warm.

Most of my appointments for Love That Languedoc have been rescheduled until the roads clear up. We’re not used to this kind of snow down here. We only get a handful of snow days and it’s usually nothing serious. That’s wonderful, but it leaves us a little unprepared to clear roads and whatnot.

I hear a good freeze is good for the vines. Helps the sap run down or something. Well, the vines are chilling.

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards, located in the North Arrondissement of Carcassonne, is just minutes from the Carcassonne train station, the Medieval City, and the Carcassonne Airport.
GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

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North Arrondissement of Carcassonne
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Best by GPS.
    Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou using the D118. At the end of the last straight part of D118, you will come to a roundabout with the Dyneff gas station.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which curves up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire on the left.
  4. At the last juction, bear left. the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.