Variety doesn’t really matter to me. I would be perfectly happy to eat the same Caesar salad or peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich every day.
From the fishing village of Edo to the global leader in Michelin stars, eat your way through Tokyo’s past and future.
I wouldn’t read this if you’re hungry.
Paul Foley, the former Aldi CEO, who now runs his own retail consultancy, often tells his clients about his attempts to replicate a KitKat in the 1990s. It turns out this is really hard to do without the chocolate making the wafer soggy. Eventually, Aldi gave up. Foley asked his buyer to contact Nestlé’s UK office to announce Aldi’s surrender and request to stock KitKat. Nestlé would not return his call. So Foley ordered the bars from Germany, where they have a slightly different taste. Soon, Nestlé UK starting receiving complaints about the taste of its KitKats, and traced the problem back to Aldi. When they phoned Foley to complain, he “politely refused to cooperate”.
A fascinating long read.
These days when I sign up for a web service, the first thing I think of is: “How can I get my data out of this?”
I really enjoyed this episode of The Food Programme:
With the help of whisky writer and author of the award-winning ‘Way of Whisky: A Journey Round Japanese Whisky‘, Dave Broom, Dan asks: what lies behind the rise and rise of Japanese whisky and who are the people who helped make all this global recognition possible?
Well worth the 30 minute listen.
Objects in Space is a modempunk stealth space-trading game set in Apollo – a huge cluster of star systems dozens of lightyears away from Earth.
I bought this on a whim — it’s great.
With our social feeds being so polluted these days, combined with the fact that we no longer have easy ways to subscribe to specific people and feeds through well-designed feed readers, we have no place else to go. The inbox has become the feed reader by default, as it used to be before we had RSS, readers, social feeds and the like. We’ve gone full circle to where we started, and there are many things broken about it (e.g., discovery), but it’s a move towards something better.
Japan is a country of small conveniences.
Bezos is Amazon’s chief writing evangelist, and his advocacy for the art of long-form writing as a motivational tool and idea-generation technique has been ordering how people think and work at Amazon for the last two decades—most importantly, in how the company creates new ideas, how it shares them, and how it gets support for them from the wider world.
A game where your attention to details earns you a lot of coins. WARNING: Once you see the difference between the images, you won’t be able to unsee it
Privacy isn’t security and I had fucked up thinking it was one and the same. Sometimes security and privacy overlap but just because you’ve built a secure application doesn’t mean it’s a private one.
A private application strives to capture as little information about people, prevents people from being subjected to tracking and respects people’s information.
The divide is between people who self-identify as a (or have the job title of) front-end developer, yet have divergent skill sets.
In John Scalzi’s short story, an overbearing CEO demands that his employees engineer a solution to his dad’s ageing dog.
I quite enjoyed this.
Being a programmer is about replacing problems with other problems.
We’re used to seeing bustling restaurant kitchens – but what’s it like to be the only one behind the pass? Four chefs tell of the ups and downs of doing all the cooking by themselves
A small sloth has been haunted for weeks by a mysterious ghost that nobody can seem to track down. There’s a mystery afoot, and the only one who can solve it is the renowned investigator known simply as The Detective. Finding clues and questioning suspects is just part of the job for such an experienced frog, but this case is a tough fly to catch.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the Slack logo. So it goes.
How content-management systems will shape the future of media businesses big and small.
Migrating to WordPress: A brief retrospective
Sharing content on social media platforms is straightforward. I recognised for this initiative to succeed I had to ensure that posting on
reyhan.org was just as easy.
To this end, I tailored WordPress to my needs:
- Removed functionality that was superfluous, a distraction or maintenance burden.
- Wrote a build script to tear down and rebuild the WordPress instance on Production.
- Wrote a backup script to create backups of posts and the database.
- Created a separate repository for the
reyhan.orgtheme, using Vagrant to run the WordPress instance locally. GitLab’s Continuous Integration allows the theme to be updated and deployed to Production automagically.
I’ve been very happy with the results so far.
Separating concerns into three areas: build, backup and theme has worked remarkably well, and though upgrading WordPress and creating backups are currently manual processes, there’s no reason why these tasks couldn’t be automated in the future.