Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Why Should a Melon Cost As Much As a Car?

My journey to the heart of the muskmelon cult started with a strawberry. A few years ago, I was in a dimly lit Tokyo restaurant that served more courses than it had seats, where I dined on anatomical selections I couldn’t name belonging to species I didn’t know existed, prepared by a chef whose elegance with a knife resembled ballet more than cooking. Back home, an American version of this feast might have ended with a procession of desserts: a palate cleanser of grapefruit semi-freddo; a heftier dessert entrĂ©e of coffee buttercream with dark chocolate ganache; then a post-dessert dessert of truffles and sugar-coated jellies, plus a pastry to take home for later. But at my dinner in Tokyo, when the chef presented my dessert, I found a single, sliced strawberry, served alone on a plate.

Biting into one sliver of the fruit, I had the sense I was tasting in color for the first time. The strawberry was perfumed. It tasted of roses, honey, and a kiss. And it made absolutely no sense. Where did it come from? What made it special? Why only one?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Just Picked Up A Garrett Pro-Pointer II

Clever Lock Made In 1680

Do you think technology from circa 1680 can still surprise and delight in the age of the iPhone and Alexa?

I think it can!

Looping While Strolling

The Magic In The Warehouse

Costco became a phenomenon by doing things its own way. But with Amazon ever more powerful, millennial shoppers burgeoning, and a new generation of leaders awaiting its turn, can the company preserve its edge?

Picked Up Some Grill Beast BBQ Grilling Cooking Gloves

I got tired of burning my hands every time I needed to handle ribs, whole chickens or turkeys!

They fit nice and this weekend they will get the big test on some St. Louis-style Ribs.


Saturday, March 04, 2017

Range Rover on Hell's Revenge - Moab Offroad GoPro

Let's Start Planning Some Retirement Trips with Furkot!

Furkot is a road trip planner. It does things that you used to do with a road atlas and a bunch of post it notes. Or - more recently - with a spreadsheet and a bunch of websites displaying maps.

Always wanted to travel across US but were not sure if you have enough time for that? Did you ever try to figure out how long it takes to drive from Yosemite to Yellowstone or from Lisbon to Rome?

Start clicking on the map. Choose your destination and have Furkot calculate how much time you need to get there. Set daily limits on the travel time so none of your sightseeing has to be done under moonlight — unless, of course, that's what you want.

Don't worry about putting stops in order. Furkot attempts to plan a route for your trip in the most efficient way. If you don't want efficient, you can drag your stops around or even reverse your itinerary.

Tell us how long you want to drive every day, and we will show you where to stop for the night Furkot suggests overnight stops along the route based on your schedule and preferences.

Furkot can help you with all your travel plans: a day trip, a weekend getaway, or a continent-crossing road trip. And driving is not the only option. You can also schedule motorcycle rides, biking excursions and walking tours with Furkot.

Here's What Those Little Dots Are On The Edges Of Your Car Windows

Recently, while looking at the vibrant lights of Hong Kong through a bus window, I noticed for the eleven-millionth time those little dots and that black band running along the edge of the glass. “What are these?” I wondered. So when I got home, I called up a major automotive glass manufacturer to find out.

Reboot Your Kindle Once In a While

Is your Kindle feeling sluggish? Does it seems like it takes a little longer to change the page then it used to? That doesn’t mean there’s some technical problem. It means it’s time to reboot it.

3D-print a House in just 24 hours!

As we start to 3D-print everything -- including houses, of all things -- it's pretty impressive that a company built one in just 24 hours.

Ordered Some New Cards For Post Retirement!