Also via Bon Appétit: 35 Drink Recipes That Don’t Need Booze to Taste Great
Also via Bon Appétit: 35 Drink Recipes That Don’t Need Booze to Taste Great
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May 31, 2019 in food, new!
Get out your gin and your shaker and have a go: 3 Martinis for People Scared of Martinis | Bon Appetit
For those of us who are feeling old, or simply are old.
Your city should be so lucky as to have Jim Bachor filling your potholes with amazing mosaics such as this:
For more on it, see: Mosaic Vermin Invade New York City as Part of Jim Bachor’s Latest Pothole Interventions at Colossal. Also, search from him on Instagram: he posts regularly and he does a wide range of mosaics. And he travels, so maybe your city is next.
Chatbots are relatively straightforward to deploy these days. AI providers like IBM and others provide all the technology you need. But do you really need them? And if you already have a bunch of them deployed, are you doing it right? If these questions have you wondering, I recommend you read this: Does Your Company Really Need a Chatbot?
You still may want to proceed with chatbots: they make a lot of business sense for certain types of work. But you will have a better idea when not to use them, too.
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May 27, 2019 in AI, new!
…Is a good one, I think. I found after I read this book, American Nations, I had a much better appreciation for decision made by people from different regions of the United States, once I had a better understanding of the culture and background of each “nation” and how that affects their thinking.
If you are curious, this is a good article that summarizes the ideas in the book:Which of the 11 American nations do you live in? – The Washington Post
The book is good, though. Worth a read.
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May 26, 2019 in ideas, new!
Tagged America, geography, history, ideas, Northamerica
Mainly for me:
A smart approach to managing your time is allocating no more than 20 minutes to any task you need to do. So says this: Everything should take 20 minutes | The Outline.
The reasoning in a nutshell:
Think about a task you wish to or must complete, and imagine how long it should take you. If you are a right-thinking person like myself, the answer is “20 minutes.” A 10-minute task is hardly a task at all, more of a minor interruption, and anything that takes 30 minutes invites the thought that you could have watched a half-hour episode of television instead. Twenty minutes is, objectively, the ideal amount of time — the Goldilocks number when it comes to doing things.
Now you can quibble about it, but it’s a smart rule. If you are still unsure, read the piece.
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May 25, 2019 in advice, new!
Tagged advice, productivity, Time, timemanagement
It uses smart ink, so it’s low power. But it changes throughout the day, based on the information it gets from the Internet. It looks great, and it’s around $134, which is not bad.
I’d like to see more tech do this. A fine marriage of high tech and aesthetics.
For more information, see A smart poster that knows the weather | Yanko Design
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May 23, 2019 in cool, new!
Tagged art, display, IOT, smartink, tech, technology, weather
Seriously. They have a workout for everyone. Short, long, general, focused…all kinds. Even the supervillian workout, show above!
Find them here: DAREBEE – Fitness On Your Terms.
Toughness is good and bad. When it is prioritized over other qualities, it is bad. When it seen as a reservoir to get through tough times, it is good. Regardless of your situation, if you want to improve your mental toughness, here are some books you might want to consider: The 5 Best Books for Increasing Your Mental Toughness | Inc.com
Be as tough as you need to be, not just tough for toughness sake.
One, It’s always terrible when this type of thing happens: Jamie Oliver’s U.K. Restaurants Declare Bankruptcy – The New York Times.
But two, I am curious about what has been happening with his businesses based on this:
… his British restaurants ran into financial trouble in 2016 and got into such dire straits that Mr. Oliver had to inject millions from his own savings to salvage the business. Even then, he had to close about 20 restaurants and pizzerias in the months that followed.
What has been happening in the past three years? I remember reading that at the time and it seemed like they had turned the corner at were going to be ok. They turned a corner but they were the opposite of ok.
I’d really like an in depth article of what happened.
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May 21, 2019 in food, new!, nytimes.com
Tagged business, food, restaurant, uk
Here’s twelve articles on Kubernetes, from introductory to advanced.
Some introductory pieces on getting started with Kubernetes:
Some good tutorials from IBM:
Some harder pieces for if you are already well versed with Kubernetes:
(Image from pexels.com)
Like many, I am well aware of Pei’s work at the Louvre. I was not aware he designed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I liked this piece, Six of I.M. Pei’s Most Important Buildings – The New York Times, because it showed the diversity of Pei’s work and touched a little on how he approached new projects.
A good way to remember a great architect.
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May 19, 2019 in architecture, new!
Tagged architecture, Louvre, paris, Pei
I used to be a haphazard reader and my reading had slacked off. In 2017 I decided to have a goal of reading more and recording the books I had read. For the record, I had a simple Excel spreadsheet. This was good, but not easy to share.
To build this page, All the books I have read since 2017 | Smart People I Know, I wrote a Python program to convert the Excel spreadsheet to HTML. After that, it make it look modestly better, I stole some ideas from here. I was going to put the HTML directly into WordPress, but there were formatting issues. I instead put the page in an S3 bucket at AWS. And voila! Done!
What are some of the flaws with facial recognition software? Too many for me just to list. Instead, read this article to get a sense of how bad this software can be.
San Francisco is in the vanguard of trying to rein in this technology. Let’s hope more jurisdictions do the same.
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May 16, 2019 in IT, new!
Tagged AI, facialrecognition, IT, law, legal
The big takeaway from this fascinating article, Engagement Around the World, Charted, is that people who work on teams are significantly more engaged than people who are not.
But note the diagram above: working from home also makes people more engaged.
All managers and HR groups should take a look at this and proceed accordingly if they want higher employee engagement.
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May 15, 2019 in new!, work
Tagged employees, engagement, teamwork, work, workingfromhome
I am glad to see more articles highlighting the difference between ML and AI. For example, this one: How machine learning is different from artificial intelligence – IBM Developer.
There is still lots to be done in the field of machine learning, but I think technologists and scientists need to break out of that tight circle and explore AI in general.
(Image: from the article)
A good item to add to your bucket list, if you are a fan of Basquiat: travel the world and see all the places where his works are displayed. To do that, you will need this list: Where to See Basquiat Around the World – Barron’s. And money. And time.
After you do that, you can go see all the Vermeers in the world!
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May 14, 2019 in art, new!
It’s not for everyone, and you can make a case that it is not a good way to be healthy or lose weight. But if you are interested in knowing more about it, here’s some good links I’ve found on this form of fasting.
Bonus link, here
May 11, 2019 in food, health, new!
Tagged dieting, fasting, food, health, overweight, weightloss
Good tips in this article on how to take a successful staycation. Key quote:
The key to a successful staycation, whatever you’re doing, is to just be. That’s not easy for people working in cultures intent on busyness. Yet it is a way we can reduce stress levels and return to work with more energy. “We shouldn’t associate relaxation with being away,” advises Quartz’s managing editor Kira Bindrim, who describes herself as an avid staycation advocate. “Reclaim the place you already chose to live!”
I think you can do staycations in a number of ways. Sometimes they are great ways to achieve a personal project. Other times they are good for exploring the city you live in. But if you want to have a relaxing staycation, check out that article.
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May 10, 2019 in advice, new!
A good document on NoSQL database technology can be found here
Two good pieces on how three point shots are affecting the NBA. Opinions differ, but these pieces seem to think that the 3s are not improving the game:
My feeling is pushing out the 3 point line is likely the best thing to do to add more variety to the game. But read them yourself and decide.
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Posted in sports
Tagged basketball, sports
Lots of good stuff here, from how to save money on food, your kids, your transportation….and much more. From the New York Times, Vox, the Cut, and quite a few from a good site for this information called The Simple Dollar.
Sounds impossible, but if you go here and watch the enclosed video, you will feel confident you can watercolor too: How to watercolor: In under 3 mins.
That particular post comes from Danny Gregory , who has a great blog for all of us artists. (That’s you too). Well worth reading.
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May 7, 2019 in art, new!
Tagged art, creativity, tutorial, watercolor
Fun! For all you number theory fans out there: 9 Numbers That Are Cooler Than Pi
I still think Pi is pretty cool. But so are these other numbers.
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May 6, 2019 in new!, science
Tagged math, mathematics, numbers, Pi
Can be found here: How Should I Talk to My Son About His Career Dreams? – The Atlantic.
Being a parent is never easy, no matter what age your kid is. There is lots of good advice for people with infants and young children but not much for when your kids are older. Glad to see pieces like this and to promote them.
Hang in there, parents!
(image via pexels.com)
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May 5, 2019 in advice, new!
Tagged advice, career, parenting, theAtlantic
If you find yourself in a cooking rut, steaming or sauteing the same basic meals, then here’s a suggestion. Make some of the pestos and dressing here (11 Easy Pesto And Salad Dressing Recipes | Chatelaine) and add them to whatever it is you are about to eat. A bowl of steamed vegetables or a plain pork chop transforms into a better meal. Later, you can mix some with mayo or yogurt and add it to a sandwich of your preference. Even a plain green salad is elevated.
(Image: Eric Putz, from a link to their web site)
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May 2, 2019 in food, new!
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Posted in ideas, new!, productivity
Tagged ideas, productivity, tools, work