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Savory avocado oatmeal: steel cut oats, salt, walnuts, raisins, avocado, lemon juice, milk, allspice

Savory avocado oatmeal: steel cut oats, salt, walnuts, raisins, avocado, lemon juice, milk, allspice

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Dirty Chai on Ice

Double shot
Pump of carmel torani syrup
Fill half with third street chai concentrate
Fill remainder with milk, heavily shaken first
Dust top with cinnamon

Dirty Chai on Ice

Double shot
Pump of carmel torani syrup
Fill half with third street chai concentrate
Fill remainder with milk, heavily shaken first
Dust top with cinnamon

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Iced Reboot

Double ristretto shot
Splash of cream
Low fat milk
Sweetner
Chocolate syrup

Fill a chilled glass halfway with ice and pour in a freshly pulled double shot. Add a splash of cream and sweetner to taste. Vigorously shake the low fat milk and fill the glass. Float chocolate syrup on top of the milk froth. Enjoy rebooting.

Iced Reboot

Double ristretto shot
Splash of cream
Low fat milk
Sweetner
Chocolate syrup

Fill a chilled glass halfway with ice and pour in a freshly pulled double shot. Add a splash of cream and sweetner to taste. Vigorously shake the low fat milk and fill the glass. Float chocolate syrup on top of the milk froth. Enjoy rebooting.

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The Perfect Old Fashioned


  • Sugar (small spoonful)
  • Orange bitters (2 dashes)
  • Angostura bitters (3 dashes)
  • Small batch bourbon (2oz)
  • Filtered water (splash)
  • Orange peel (thin slice)
  • Ice cube

Add sugar to the bottom of a glass with bitters and bourbon, swirling in glass until sugar is dissolved. Add a splash of water to taste, the orange peel, and ice cube. Enjoy with good company or a long to-do list.

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Steve Jobs’ plan to improve user experience (in 1980)

This talk given by Steve Jobs at Stanford in 1980 shows incredible vision for the products Apple was to develop over the next three decades. At the time, Apple was just 500 employees and had only released two computers: the Apple I and Apple II. Although Steve’s talk starts off a bit slow, there are some particularly juicy parts worth watching.

At 11:52, Steve discusses his thoughts on how to utilize the progressive increase of computational power (Moore’s Law). Rather than use a computer’s additional raw power to increase the speed of an application (e.g. improve the speed of number crunching in VisiCalc), Apple will use it to “help the one-on-one interaction go smoother.” In today’s terms, what Steve is talking about, of course, is improving the user experience. For its time, this was a revolutionary line of thought, and one which allowed Apple to develop superior products (like Mac OS X and iOS) many decades later.

At 15:35, there’s a great followup question from the audience on the same topic. Steve’s response illustrates his vision for the perfect integration between hardware and software. Today, it only takes one swipe on an iPhone to experience Steve’s vision. Yet he was able to articulate it over 30 years ago.

At 20:40, (my favorite moment) is in reference to the Apple II obsoleting the Apple I:

"I don’t think we’ll ever be in a situation like that again, of obsoleting a product." 

Well, it turns out that Apple’s consistent rate of innovation obsoletes many of its own products. But perhaps Steve makes good on this promise by shipping free software updates to old hardware: a practice that definitely breaks the industry trend. Or maybe, it’s just the old reality distortion field at work.

(Source: computerhistory.org)

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Oppose SOPA with a letter via OpenCongress

If you haven’t already, be sure to send a letter to your senators and representative expressing that you oppose SOPA. (There’s a good summary from the EFF or an NYT piece on the bill to-date, among many others.)

Today, I came across OpenCongress to construct and send my letter—it’s got to be one of the coolest and best gov2.0 web experiences around.

For instance, in a couple clicks I found out that one of my Senators (Boxer) has accepted literally hundreds of thousands of dollars from entertainment and media companies (the money force behind SOPA). With one click, I was able to automatically tell her I knew this in my letter, which I wrote in under 90 seconds.

All the OpenCongress data comes from the GovTrack, Sunlight Labs, and OpenSecrets APIs. And they offer an aggregated API themselves. Super cool site—use it!

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The Things I Carry

I’ve always wanted to do this, and my recent bag switch was a good excuse. Here are the things I carry everyday. Click for a closeup!

The Things I Carry

It all comes to just under 14 lbs of pure nerd preparedness. Here are the specifics (BTW, I fully endorse every product I carry):

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Quite possibly my all-time favorite Steve Jobs video. From WWDC 1997, Steve’s closing keynote. It’s long, but shows such incredible vision, and it was 1997.

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