Q:I would totally buy that book.
See! It’s been two minutes and already we have our first sale (plus the hundred or so copies I would hand out as Christmas presents to everyone I know.)
Myths About Cocktails and Ice, Debunked
If, as you drink your cocktail, the large ice gets exposed to the air. Then what happens is that the big ice starts cooling the atmosphere instead of your drink and you get additional dilution with no added chilling. It can be easier for small ice to rearrange and stay submerged in a drink as you sip it. So in the case of a chilled Old-Fashioned, all that really matters is you use ice that stays submerged for as long as you intend to drink the cocktail.
No—you also have to consider water that is on the surface of the ice before you add it to your drink. Small ice has tons of surface area. As a result, it accumulates surface water—liquid water that builds up on the outside of the ice through melting and through condensation. When you add small ice to a drink, that surface water immediately dilutes the drink without adding any chilling benefit.
Of course, this is really much more of an issue if you are in a bar situation where ice is stored at room temperature. If you use lots of small ice directly from the freezer, surface liquid should be insignificant.
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Short synopsis at link above.
More in-depth analysis at The National Memo.
28 Lessons from Strength Training for Over 10 Years - What You can Learn about Your Body and Mind » Nia Shanks
That’s how long I’ve been strength training. During that period of time I’ve learned a lot. Not just about strength training, but the effects it has on my body and mind. I’ve also learned some other valuable lessons that one is bound to experience from having a heavy barbell in their hands.”
Turns out our smart devices don’t actually know that much about talking to one another, and that’s a problem.
Tuesday Link Dump
The brain of a dragonfly has to do some serious calculations — and fast — if it hopes to nab a mosquito or midge in midair. It has to predict the trajectory of its prey, plot a course to intersect it, then make adjustments on the fly to counteract any evasive maneuvers. Neuroscientist Anthony Leonardo created the tiny dragonfly backpack above to study how circuits of neurons do these computations.
“We recently announced that we have purchased a company called Makani Power. You get one of these 300 tonnes wind turbines, 300 tonnes of steel. You only get power through tips of blades, just circulating in space. What if the little tips circle in space without the 300 tonnes of steel – wouldn’t that be awesome?”
In case you’ve somehow missed all the hubbub about the Rift, here’s what you need to know: it’s quite possibly the most exciting thing going on in gaming right now. Packed tight with 3D stereoscopic displays and a fistful of motion sensors, it’s the virtual reality headset that science fiction has promised us for decades. Strap the Rift on your face, fire up a compatible game, and it’s like entering a whole new world.
Soon, You’ll Be Able To Charge An Electric Car Just By Driving Over This Road (B note: Short article, but the photo’s awesome.)
Last year, Volvo and Alstom built a quarter-mile long track with two power lines at Volvo’s testing facility in Sweden. The idea is to keep cars continuously supplied with electricity.
The dust has settled since Apple took the wraps of iOS 7 last week, and opinions seem to be leveling out to an extent. Bloggers and pundits who exploded with rage have since backed up a bit. Starry-eyed Apple fans who squealed with excitement have calmed down as well. So now, we can finally all take a deep breath and talk about iOS 7.
“The life expectancy was 20 1,000 years ago. … We doubled it in 200 years. This will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now, probably less than 15 we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more time than has gone by because of scientific progress,” said Ray Kurzweil. “Somewhere between 10 and 20 years, there is going to be tremendous transformation of health and medicine.”
Tesla is to show off its new battery swap technology at an event at its California design studio on June 20th. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the event, confirming reports that the company would soon allow Tesla S owners to drive longer distances without needing to wait for the battery to charge at a local Supercharger station.
On Sunday night, during my award winning Harmontown podcast, which is available for free and, for those interested, is a joyfully overflowing source of opportunities to dislike me, I vented some spleen about the allegedly traumatizing experience of binge-watching a season of TV I didn’t get to control (cue microscopic violin). Laughs were had, I felt better, I cried about my Dad, we played Dungeons and Dragons - it’s a great podcast
I went to bed feeling great, woke up and started work on season five of Community with our exciting season five staff. I took them to lunch, checked my tweets, discovered my name in several headlines next to several bad words, and, as usual, it was then that I started to consider how my words might affect other people if viewed as headlines. After five seconds of thinking, I realized, as usual, that other people might be hurt, and that I really need to do this whole “saying things and thinking about other people” cycle in a different order at some point. I think it would make my podcast shorter but I think there’s a lot of listeners that would consider that an upgrade, too.
Don’t think you are going to win in business with a better product, more capital, or a bigger team. You can’t just throw resources at a market and expect to win. The winner in a market most often has the best strategy and exectutes it well.
People only change when the pain the of the present outweighs the fear of the future. And we have grown accustomed of the future taking too long to arrive. We were promised jetpacks.
Monday Link Dump
Our great, global cities are turning into vast gated citadels where the elite reproduces itself.
Analysts fell under Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s marketing spell when they made what they now admit were hopelessly optimistic forecasts for its smartphone sales.
Entrepreneurs often fail at their first investment meeting. Here are five statements that turn off investors, and should be avoided if entrepreneurs would like to acquire investment.
What does “next-gen” even mean? Going into E3 2013, we had no idea what to expect. So on Monday morning, we made it our mission to answer this question. We tracked down the most advanced games, watched dozens of demonstrations, interviewed their developers, and occasionally even got to play. Slowly, over the course of the week, patterns began to emerge.
Violence can be power, but power doesn’t have to be violence. If you remember one thing from E3 2012, it’s probably the neck stabbing.
Anyway, while I mentioned Haswell has some serious mobile chops, it’s worth having a closer look at what it all means for mobile gaming and what you should be looking out for when bagging a laptop. In other news, AMD has annouced a 5GHz processor. Surely this can’t be the beginning of a new GHz war…?
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Convention is now over, but the event revealed a year’s worth of insight into what the company is doing with the Macintosh, OS X, iOS and iCloud.
Dr. Dorothy Washburn, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, studied the residues in 18 vessels first unearthed at one of the settlement’s sites in the 1930s. She and her team — including her husband, a chemist for Bristol-Meyers Squibb — found that 13 of the artifacts contained traces of cacao, also known as cocoa.
The teams have enough data to conclude they have discovered something new, a putative particle named Z(3900). But the scientists are still not entirely sure what to make of it. One possibility is that Z(3900) represents a subatomic structure made of four quarks, something that has never been solidly seen before.
Apple has captured 90 percent of the PC market for machines over $1000 since 2009. And given the rapid collapse of the PC market (at the hands of Apple’s iPad and smartphones), that’s a pretty sweet segment of the market to own.
Found this on Reddit. Been seeing a lot of similar sentiments passed around lately, and hearing a lot of the same from Brazilian friends of mine. It’s a damn shame, because this was the first World Cup I could conceivably attend (a life-long dream of mine.) But everything I’ve been hearing indicates that not only is it taking a huge toll on the country, but that attending will be very, very dangerous for tourists.
I’m glad Microsoft doesn’t make cars.
I’ve been buying used cars my whole life. In fact, every car I’ve ever owned was bought used and I’ve never even considered buying a new car. Until this E3, I didn’t realize that I was doing something so egregious, that it must be stopped by all technological means necessary.
Per Microsoft, used items shouldn’t be resold because I’m being selfish and really need to have more consideration for corporate profits. Microsoft says if I buy something, it should only be resold once - and if I try to resell something I bought from someone else, Microsoft should be able to hold it hostage so no one gets it until someone pays them a ransom.
According to Microsoft, the problem here isn’t that the video game industry has become reliant upon planned obsolescence through yearly incremental releases that serve specifically to commoditize and set up franchises for disposability; the real problem is that there are still some outliers who don’t immediately purchase (or pre-order) those yearly installments. And Microsoft just wants us to know that we’re are all being really selfish by thinking that we can just sell something we bought willy-nilly without giving them a couple dozen bucks; multi-billion dollar yearly revenues don’t just make themselves, you know.
So I’m really glad that Microsoft doesn’t make cars. In fact, I’m really glad that Microsoft doesn’t make any product I’d consider purchasing.