There are many benefits to being a regular at any given establishment. Better service, discount pricing, the ability to skip lines. It’s like being a preferred airline customer. There’s only one problem: It takes too damn long to become a regular. Rachel, Ross, and the rest of the Friends gang were regulars at Central Perk, but they were habitually late to work at least once a week over the course of 10 YEARS! George Wendt was a regular at Cheers, but he only patronized ONE bar for 11 seasons. It doesn’t have to take this long. Read on for my fast tracked guide to becoming a regular in just 3 visits.
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I read an article yesterday on TechCrunch entitled Foursquare Starts To Enforce The Rules, Cracks Down On Fake Check-Ins. It really bothered me. So much so, that after about 45 mins of my ranting about it (and location aware mobile apps in general) to friends, someone suggested I blog about it.
Oh yeah, I have a blog!
I could go on and on about this, so I’m going to try really hard to keep this focused on my main gripe: a well designed game shouldn’t have to “CRACK DOWN” on players. (more…)
Success never comes in one fell swoop. It requires sustained and persistent effort over a given period of time. This notion is easy to forget. It’s common to look at success and, unable to work backwards, assume that it somehow happened overnight. Perhaps this is due to lack of imagination, perhaps it’s less taxing on our grey matter to think about it like this. Who knows.
I have a lot of varied interests: art, memory, cooking, judo, typography, rock climbing, genetics, design, tea, sleep, quantum physics… the list goes on. I’ve decided it would be a good idea to focus on a given topic for 30 days, and then formalize/synthesize everything I’ve learned into a thesis paper. I think having the goal will help motivate me, and forcing myself to collect all the disparate info will help me retain it. (more…)
It’s a bit of a secret passion of mine, but I’m kind of a biology geek, particularly the fields of neuroscience and genetics. Memory, the science of creativity, cloning and genetic repair, sleep deprivation, and language acquisition all get my juices flowing. (more…)
So I’ve been MIA for a bit and I wanted to address some of the reasons why.
First, all of my computers crashed. Yep! Within two days my desktop and my laptop both died on me. My external is ok, but I hadn’t backed up in awhile (bad Danny Boy). That means that a lot of the content I had been working on, including recipes, art, and locally saved posts went bye bye. In fact, the only photos I have left are whatever was uploaded to Flickr. Argentina: Gone. Thailand: Gone. As you may suspect, I’ve been thoroughly embracing “the cloud” as of late.
I’ve begun tinkering with Dropbox, will only compose in Google Docs, and have made a habit of sending current working files to drop.io. If anyone has any cloud backup recommendations I would love to hear them. My current “system” is a bit ad hoc.
My younger (no longer “little”) brother has also been in town for the majority of the summer. I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like, so i’ve been spending the vast bulk of my time hanging out with him. It has cut down on the already limited amout of time i had at my disposal for posts, which brings me to my next update.
Mobile posting! I had been mucking around with composing posts on my phone (during commute) via Evernote and then making them live once at a bonafide computer, but that workflow left much to be desired. Enter the WordPress iPhone app! This whole post is being composed with it. Admittedly it is my maiden voyage, but so far i’m impressed. I’ll continue to post on the go and provide a further critique in a few weeks or so.
I’ve been painting a lot lately as well (future post). Unfortunately, I also found myself in a state which I now dub “perfection paralysis” (next post), which kept me from completing a few articles. No more!
When I haven’t been hanging out with my brother, I’ve been working on a secret project that is due for alpha release at the end of this week! I’m so excited! I hope you will be too.
There’s no reason for you NOT to prank someone this year.
This is one of my favorite practical jokes for a reason! It’s easy, takes about 5 seconds to set up, and it doesn’t cause any damage – so you can’t really get in trouble. The perfect crime! Happy April Fool’s Day everyone!
Quinoa (pronounce it ‘keen-wah’ and you’ll sound smart) is an important source of nutrition in much of South America. While not quite a grain, it’s often eaten like rice, either on it’s own or as a side, and can be prepared in a myriad of ways. Recently, it’s become my staple side dish because of it’s high fiber and protein content. 1 cup of cooked quinoa has 5 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein (source).
It’s not very well known in the states, so it can be hard to find outside of specialty food stores. However, if you have a Trader Joes near you, you should be in luck; they carry it.
This particular recipe was gifted to me by the chef at Cava de Cano Winery in Mendoza, Argentina (pic). Like all talented chefs, he had no idea how much of each ingredient he put into the dish, so it took a bit of experimenting to get the proportions just right. It’s light and zippy, and pairs especially well with salmon and chicken.
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Lemon (juice)
- 1 Cup Fresh, Chopped Parsley
- 3 Cloves Garlic, minced.
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Pepper to taste
Combine Quinoa and water in a small pan and bring to boil. Immediately reduce to very low heat and cover. Cook for 15 minutes (or follow intructions on packaging). Do not stir. While waiting for quinoa to cook, squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl, taking care to remove any seeds, and combine with parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.
When quinoa is finished cooking, stir in lemon mixture, cover, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Serve hot or cold.
How many of you have tried Quinoa before? I’m curious.
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This place is an ESTABLISHMENT. Jorge Luis Borges (who heavily influenced my graphic design education, thank you Professor Corwin) used to write his books here. It’s like the equivalent to City Lights in San Francisco. The decor was awesome and the Chocolate con Churros was THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE I’VE EVER HAD. And that’s saying a lot, as I make a pretty killer hot cocoa.
Don’t worry, I’ll add Cafe Tortoni to my forthcoming Buenos Aires guide.
The tango AFTER this was probably the HOTTEST thing I’ve ever seen, but my batteries died halfway through!
Mnemonic devices are, simply put, mental tools used to aid memory. Many teachers in grade school have put them to great use. Remember this saying?
“My Very Eccentric Mother Just Sold Us Nine Pickles”
If not, it’s a simple mnemonic device used to remember the order of planets in our solar system. The first letter of each word corresponds to the first letter of each of the planets: Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto. There are variations on this saying, and of course Pluto has since been stripped of its planetary title, so I guess your mother no longer sells anything, but that’s beside the point.
There are many types of mnemonic devices, but they all work either by adding emotional value, lumping multiple pieces of information into one idea, or by infusing arbitrary information (lists, etc.), with an already established thought structure.
Most Americans can’t remember the last 10 US Presidents in order, but I bet at least 85% percent could name the previous winners and runners up of American Idol, in order. All connotations about the US education system aside, most people can’t remember presidential order because the information seems arbitrary, whereas there is a massive emotional, and contextual factor to American Idol. The planetary order is arbitrary as well, until you instill structure via the small story about your industrious mother.
Except for the occasional question at trivia night, knowing how the planets stack up won’t really be all that useful. However, circumstances like running errands and remembering everything your boss said needs to be done by 3pm are situations we run into every day. I would now like to share an awesome, mnemonic device my 7th grade social studies teacher taught me for remembering 10 items, in order, forwards, backwards, leftwards and even rightwards.
How to Remember Anything
First, remember this easy list. Hint: all words rhyme with their corresponding numbers.
Second, create associations with each item on your list and the corresponding word from the above list.
These were the first 3 items chosen by the class, for the demonstration in 7th grade (1997 and I still remember).
2. Welcome mat
3. Garbage can
- How do I relate a pencil to a bun? It might sound silly, but the pencil has a similar shape to a hot dog, and would fit nicely in a bun. Done.
- The welcome mat and shoe was easy, you wipe your shoes on the mat. That was a gimme.
- Garbage can? Well, you throw a lot of paper in the garbage can, and paper comes from trees, so there we go.
It doesn’t really matter how silly or unusual the relationship is, just as long as you form a connection in your mind. It doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else except for you, and you’ll often get strange looks if you try to explain your thought process anyway. I use this technique all the time, and never forget a thing at the grocery store.
Coming soon: How to Remember Everything Pt 2 – Learning Languages and Creating Original Mnemonic Devices.
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