New School Hack To An Old School Method

At work, sometimes the easiest way to take notes is on good, old fashioned pen and paper. At times, I find myself trying to find a note I’d written in the past. Here’s a clever way to use hashtags on a physical notebook.

Now you’d go back to the first page where the recipe is and on the exact same line as the ‘Chinese’ label you just wrote you’d make a little mark on the right edge.

You’d make this mark so that even when the notepad was closed the mark would be visible. After repeating this for various recipes you’d now have various tags visible on the notebooks edge.

Now if you ever wanted to find a Chinese recipe you’d simply look at the index, locate the Chinese recipes label and look along the visible edge to find every single page which has been tagged as Chinese. Then it’s simply a case of flicking to each page.

The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles

By 1930, California was producing nearly one quarter of the world’s oil output, and its population had grown to 1.2 million.

Signal Hill, near Long Beach in 1937
Signal Hill, near Long Beach in 1937

Really clever how they hide oil drilling sites. I had no idea.

Mise En Place

The best explanation of mise en place:

What amazes me is how they can get out so many appetizers, salads, entrees, & desserts with relative ease. Sure they have a crew of three or four, but think about how much work goes into cooking a gourmet dinner for six in your own home. These guys are putting out a hundred plus dinners per night.

What you notice is their mise en place. Each station is fully prepped with all the ingredients necessary to make a particular dish. All the meats, chicken, and fish are cut and de boned, the fresh herbs for seasoning sauces are washed, cut, and separated into small bowls, the vegetables are sliced, diced, or julienned to the correct size, everything ready to go because when the show gets going, there is no time to go back and dice up some carrots. The show must go on.

Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

When wearing the polish, women can test their drink by stirring it with their finger. The company hopes to make would-be rapists fear the potential repercussions of being caught trying to drug a woman.

Freaking genius.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant turned 36 over the weekend. In honor of his birthday, here are two great reads on the Laker legend.

Kobe Bryant goes one-on-one with Father Time

Bryant’s age might not be the most worrisome number as he approaches his 19th professional season. He has also logged 54,208 minutes of NBA action, including the playoffs, over 1,465 games. Tack on his appearances with Team USA in international competitions and Bryant’s basketball odometer may be about to roll over.

Bryant recently told Sports Illustrated he was “70 in basketball years.”

Kobe Bryant Reveals Competitive Fire, Unique Kindness in Untold Stories

“What did you do when you were little and kids would make fun of you?” Darius asks, going off script.

Bryant answers: “I wouldn’t listen to them. I would just focus on getting good grades—and show them on the basketball court.”



Weekend Long Reads, August 23, 2014

Every weekend, I’ll post longer form, interesting articles from the week. Kick up your feet and enjoy.

Inside The Dark Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection

It turned out to be a good one. Siegel quickly discovered that when he bought the right kind of paper, the profits were astronomical. He obtained one portfolio for $28,527, collected more than $90,000 on it in just six weeks and then sold the remaining uncollected accounts for $31,000. Siegel bought another portfolio of debt for $33,388, collected more than $147,000 on it in four months and sold the remaining accounts for $33,124. Even to a seasoned Wall Street man, the margins were jaw-dropping.

19 Things I Learned In Nigeria

14) Men holding hands with their male friends is not taboo. A product of the American system of taboos, I was jarred when I was walking alongside Femi and he started holding my hand. And I’m not talking about the milder mitten-hand grasping position—this was the full interlocking fingers position. In my experience, the mitten-hand position is mainly for dating couples and parents/kids with maybe a few other applications, but the full finger interlock is only for seriously dating couples. I finally gathered the guts to ask Femi about this, and he told me it was a very normal thing to do with your friends. Later, his brother would do the same thing to me. This time I was prepared and just got into it because fuck it, I’m in Nigeria and we’re holding hands and this is what’s happening.

The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit

Knight stated that over all those years he slept only in a tent. He never lit a fire, for fear that smoke would give his camp away. He moved strictly at night. He said he didn’t know if his parents were alive or dead. He’d not made one phone call or driven in a car or spent any money. He had never in his life sent an e-mail or even seen the Internet.

RIP Food Trucks

They had a great run…

Gone was the era of innovation, competition, and evolution. The Food Truck movement had become operational and stale. In the early days, the successful trucks were developing innovative menus and rotating items. As time progressed, rotating menus disappeared, prices went up, and food trucks became boring.

To compound the problem, many of the food trucks started to sell the same items. I couldn’t throw a brick at a food truck lot without hitting a customer eating a grilled cheese stuffed with pulled pork and bacon.