|Jul. 28th, 2014 @ 12:06 am Catching Up at End of Weekend|
Cooking successes from the past weeks:
Work was very full of busy-work last week, but reasonably productive.
- Kale with beet, pinto beans, and water chestnut seasoned with coriander, anise, and garam masala
- Basil-lemon pickles (which made for amazing tuna salad)
- Salad with red lettuce, mozzarella, heirloom tomato, and maxixe (a spiny cucumber)
- Chicken, carrot, and onion glazed with Carr's Cider Syrup
Last Friday, I went to the release party for Amazon's new phone. Very interesting to see another company's effort at creating a full-fledged mobile ecosystem based on Android. The key features they add to Android: Firefly (image/audio-recognition camera app with an API, kind of like Google Goggles but recognizes more things and other developers can create plugins to recognize and react to more stuff), Dynamic Perspective (head-tracking simulated parallax 3D), and Mayday (live video customer-service). On the other hand, the disconnect from Google Play surely has some drawbacks, the maps app looks nice but I don't know if the navigation is good enough, and it's pretty expensive at $650 unlocked. They've definitely got my attention, though. There's some real UI and features innovation going on, which is cool to see.
Seems all the tech companies are expanding in Kendall Square.
Today, I climbed a bit at Brooklyn Bolders a rock-climbing gym that's only a few blocks from my house. I really should have gone sooner, they've been open for almost a year now. The location is really convenient for me, and I want to get back to climbing, I hadn't been for ages. Their setup seems pretty cool. Tons of bouldering courses, plenty of top-rope, and a fully equipped gym with weights and cardio equipment.
The week was tiring and this weekend is over far too soon.