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July 05, 2012

It’s that time of the year again. I like how Shawn put it a couple days ago:

Today’s the day all those forums I joined and abandoned so many years ago send me birthday email.

Every year, this day brings something special (besides ancient forum email). It’s an opportunity to say Hi to old friends and spend some time with the people you love. To review everything that’s happened to you in the last 365 days and appreciate how far you’ve come, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Today it’s my turn. Tomorrow it may be yours. Make the most of it, because these days are numbered, and they’re meant to be savored.

Best, Álvaro.

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Higgs within reach | CERN →

July 04, 2012 |

Our understanding of the universe is about to change…

Massive news today from the folks over at CERN. The search for the infamous Higgs boson may finally be over. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of this discovery.

Our species takes another baby step out of the darkness. For all of us who are part of the scientific community, today is a great day.

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Quote of the Day →

July 02, 2012 |

In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

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The Martini FAQ →

June 21, 2012 |

Beefeater, Tanqueray, Bombay, and Boodles are all reliable, worthy London dry gins. Try Booth’s, Gilbey’s, or Gordon’s if you’re in the mood to experiment. Tanqueray No. 10 and Bombay Sapphire are both premium gins: they both cost more, and they’re both very good. Plymouth Gin is not a London dry gin, but it is steeped in history as well as botanicals, and makes a damn fine Martini.

Impressively comprehensive lecture of general culture. Don’t they teach kids this stuff at school?

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How to Make the Perfect Martini | The Art of Manliness →

June 21, 2012 |

To complete your assignment, here’s the appropriate etiquette to prepare an original, classic Martini (which uses gin instead of vodka):

Strain the concoction into two martini glasses (I say two because martinis need to be drunk in the presence of beautiful women. The same logic goes for the olives. You use two, as Sinatra put it, so there’s one for you, and one for the beautiful gal that’s about to walk in the door.) In go the olives. Out go the day’s troubles.

Yes, sir. A million times yes. Suddenly I’m feeling thirsty.

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Perfect | Coudal Partners →

June 21, 2012 |

Jim Coudal, on the perfect Martini:

First a note about substituting ingredients or tools. Don’t. This method has been exhaustively tested and retested for excellence and the smallest variation can result in catastrophic and unintended consequences. See the “butterfly flaps its wings and causes hurricane” metaphor from Chaos Theory. There is room for personal preference and improvisation in many things. This is not one of them.

Obligatory reading. Gentlemen, you have your homework. Engage!

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Tony Stark / Bruce Banner: How $1 of great writing/acting makes $100,000 of CGI totally worth it →

May 07, 2012 |

That is All:

First of all, their parallels. Both geniuses, top of their field. Both suffered an accident that physically changed them, forever, and not in a wholesome Spider-Man kind of way. Both try to do what they can to help others despite their own issues; Banner heals people, Tony works on developing clean energy. And both struggle, in their own way, with duality; Tony and Iron Man, Bruce and the Hulk. Two identities, one body. Only difference is Iron Man’s bad side is Tony.

Agreed. I love how the movie portrays the relationship between the two. Kudos to Joss Whedon for an incredibly fun, entertaining and exciting film.

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Why was Wall Street surprised by Apple’s performance? →

April 26, 2012 |

Horace Dediu:

The reason lies in the way the Earth is tilted and the way the continents are arranged upon it. So perhaps a better understanding of astronomy and geography would have helped investors make decisions during the past few weeks. I suggest remedial lessons for those who missed this.

Horace Dediu, being badass. I love it.

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