I knew a lot of these before I read the article. The last one was unexpected, but totally obvious.
Eat with other people, especially people you care about, as often as possible. This has benefits even outside those of nutrition. It will make you more likely to cook. It will most likely make you eat more slowly. It will also make you happy.
Via Jason Kottke.
Today, more and more sixteen year olds are yearning for cellphones rather than drivers licenses.
While teenagers may be less free to move around and explore, she said, the independence that a driver’s license once symbolized has been replaced by the cellphone.
I remember signing up to take my learner’s permit at fifteen and my driver’s test at sixteen as soon as I was able. Times have changed.
Via Justin Blanton.
A thought experiment designed to illustrate how difficult it is to deliver millions of products efficiently and profitably.
There’s no rush; you can deliver your million lobsters any time during the month, provided that you don’t mind people complaining that you are way too slow at getting this done. Oh, and you’ll be criticized in the international press for every failure to produce perfect lobsters.
And now, imagine this same plan, except with this twist: no one has successfully folded this particular type of Origami lobster before, so you really don’t know how it’s all going to turn out. And your reward if you are successful will not be praise, but demands that you build even more next month.
Congratulations. You’ve just imagined the scenario that Apple executives had to create for the launch of Apple Watch, except that Apple products are orders of magnitude more complex than paper lobsters. Also billions of dollars of revenue hang on you getting this process right the first time; if you don’t, your company and possibly the entire category of smartwatches will be deemed a failure. No pressure at all, really.
Logistics are hard.
For his movie, Chef, Jon Favreau enlisted Kogi founder Roy Choi in an advisory role to help make the movie feel authentic; to make everything on screen look “real.” As Favreau dove deeper into the role, he started learning how to cook and started experiencing things that happen only in a restaurant kitchen.
“But everything takes on a different meaning once you see the work that goes into a dish,” he says. For Favreau, this soul-expanding moment came in a tiny prep area of the Sunny Spot kitchen. “There was a woman sitting next to me peeling fresh avocados,” he says, “building a guacamole from scratch. I watched every tender step: putting the citrus in; seasoning, mashing, making it the right texture. Then she turns to me. I don’t speak any Spanish, but we got to know one another, and she goes to hand me what she’s made. It’s not even something I think about. It’s just like, ‘Thank you! My gosh! What you’ve put into this!’ I never eat guacamole, and it was one of the best things I ever ate in my life.”
Two years ago, I worked in a kitchen in San Carlos for a few months. On the line, I worked next to someone who spoke very little English. The small Spanish I retained from high school and hand gestures were all we had to communicate. Even during the craziest shifts, we were able to work together to get food out quickly and efficiently. At the end of our shifts, we usually found ourselves sharing a beer while we cleaned up our stations. I’m sure there are thousands of these types of interactions that occur in kitchens every day.
Be sure to watch these behind the scenes clips of Chef Choi and Jon Favreau.
via Tools & Toys
Natasha Phan is the Head of Business Development and Marketing at Kogi. She recalls when she was hired on full time:
I don’t remember how many conversations it took, but eventually Roy asked me what it would take for me to join the team full time. I was leaving a corporate gig that gave me a 401K, health insurance, an expense account—it was a cushy job. I gave him a number, and he matched the number, and it’s been six years since.
I had a strikingly similar conversation with the owner of Dos Chinos four years ago.
Ben Thompson on Tidal, a new streaming service backed by several popular artists, including Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyoncé:
“This ultimately is why Tidal will fail: it’s nice that Jay-Z and company would prefer to garner Spotify’s (minuscule) share of streaming revenue, but there is zero reason to expect Tidal to win in the market. Tidal doesn’t have Spotify’s head-start or free tier, it doesn’t have Apple’s distribution might and bank account, and it doesn’t have any meaningful exclusives3 — and to be successful, you need a lot of exclusives; it’s too easy and guilt-free to pirate (or simply skip) one or two songs.”
I’m a fan of Jay-Z and Kanye but I see no other outcome for Tidal but failure.