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Many, many (many) years ago, my sister bought me this “stone” tea holder.

And I used it to hold tea. I used it almost everyday.

One day, many years ago, I accidentally chipped the cover.

You can see that small little white chip in the photo above. No big deal. Still useable. Life went on.

Two days ago, the cover fell no more than two inches onto my kitchen’s stone countertop. What followed was disaster.

I’m guessing when stone meets stone, and you apply pressure at just the right angle, total cleaving occurs.

Sadness followed. I now use a metal tea container.

 

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Top Cuisines

My top 3 cuisines:

  1. Chinese
  2. Indian
  3. French

Arguably, Turkish could be placed 4th, but I’m still not sure.

The other Southeast Asian cuisines I’m familiar with (Thai, Malay, Indonesian) are good, but objectively, Indian and Chinese blow them away. They are like the predecessors of Indian cuisine — using 7 spices instead of 14.

Chinese cuisine is the epitome of salt and soy; Indian of cumin and cardamom; French of dairy. Turkish is the center of Middle Eastern cuisine. But a cuisine born of the desert just isn’t that great.

One last note about Italian — IMO, a good but completely overrated cuisine here in the United States. A decent cuisine centered around the tomato, but it has just way too much mindshare in the media and public.

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A good reminder that you don’t have to attend every meeting.

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A good list of reminders on how to deal with too much paper.

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"I think the Buddha said it right: If you want to draw water you do not dig six one foot wells. You dig one six foot well. Islam is my six foot well. I like the symbols and metaphors it uses to describe the relationship between God and humanity. But I recognize that the water I am drawing is the same water that every other well around me is drawing. And no matter the well, the water is just as sweet!"

— Reza Aslan on his Reddit AMA.

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This apartment is similar to the one I’m renting right now. $689k for what can’t be more than 600 sq ft.

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Interesting data. Need a better source to corroborate.

• Worst Traffic Day: Thursday
• Worst Week Day Morning: Tuesday
• Worst Commuting Hour: Friday 5-6 p.m.
• Worst Evening Commute: Friday
• Best Week Day for Traffic: Monday
• Best Week Day Morning: Friday morning
• Best Week Day Commuting Hour: Friday 6-7 AM
• Best Week Day Afternoon: Monday

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That’s actually a great quote from this article. In the Silicon Valley tech world, just because there appears to be racial/ethnic diversity, it doesn’t mean it’s a diverse culture. Sure, you may be exposed to great Asian cuisine, but everyone here has that engineer-capitalist-libertarian mindset.

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"It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings."

by Wendell Berry

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The Happiness Advantage (Shawn Achor)

A short summary of the book:

Happiness results in success. It has a surprising ripple effect. Start small, and it will lead to big effects. Don’t underestimate mind over matter. Focus on the positive and it will result in you being more positive. Casting adversity in a positive point-of-view will help you bounce back faster. Humans are surprisingly resilient. If you start with what you can control, it will lead to larger effects. Humans are lazy. Make hard things as easy as possible. Make bad habits a little more irritating. A social network is a key buffer.