Itinerant

Itinerant is an experimental weather forecast app, utilizing the human visual perception system (i.e. recognizing shapes and colors) instead of the symbolic interpretation system (i.e. reading words and numbers).

Looks interesting and available on the App Store — I (of course) use Weather Line.

Fabada asturiana

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Using the leftovers from last weekend’s roast pork shoulder I cobbled together a tasty fabada asturiana with what I had in the kitchen. It’s a rich, heavy dish — I had it with a couple of boiled potatoes.

Ingredients

  • Leftover pork shoulder, cut into 6 ⨉ 3cm cubes
  • Chorizo, cut into 4 ⨉ 3cm pieces
  • White beans, 400g tin, drained and rinsed
  • Tomatoes, 2, chopped
  • Onion, 1 medium, diced
  • Red onion, ½ medium, diced
  • Garlic, ½ bulb, minced
  • Bay leaf, 1
  • Pimentón, 1 tsp
  • Crushed red pepper, ½ tsp
  • Dried mixed herbs, 1 tsp
  • Vegetable stock, ½ pint
  • White wine, 1 glass
  • Olive oil, a glug
  • Salt + pepper

Instructions

  1. Take a heavy lidded casserole pan, heat a glug of olive oil on a low-to-medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, red onion, garlic and sweat until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add the tomato, crushed red pepper and dried mixed herbs. Cook until the tomatoes turn soft.
  4. Add the pork, chorizo and the white beans, stir.
  5. Add the white wine and vegetable stock, stir.
  6. Add the pimentón and bay leaf, stir!
  7. Put the lid on and cook on a low heat for ~2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  8. Take the lid off and reduce for ~30 minutes, or until desired consistency.

Art of the Game: Ukiyo-e Heroes

A Canadian craftsman and an American designer with a father and son generation gap collaborate to revive the ancient Japanese woodcut using pop-culture icons: Mario and Pokémon.

I stumbled upon this documentary on a flight recently — would recommend.

Yesterday, I peeled a bulb of garlic, bashed it up with a handful of rosemary, salt and pepper, loosened with a tablespoon of olive oil and rubbed all over a joint of pork and left to marinade in the fridge overnight.

I’ve just unwrapped it to slow roast and it smells fantastic!

Biangbiang noodles from Murger Han

Murger Han
62 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1DA

A History of Tokyo in 8 Dishes

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.

The Aldi effect: how one discount supermarket transformed the way Britain shops

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?”

Objects in Space

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.

Newsletters and the Inbox as our News Feed

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.

How Jeff Bezos Turned Narrative into Amazon’s Competitive Advantage

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.

Can’t Unsee

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

This afternoon I went to see Free Solo. It’s an astonishing documentary about Alex Honnold‘s free solo climb of Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall.

Would recommend!

The weightlessness of privacy

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 Great Divide

The divide is between people who self-identify as a (or have the job title of) front-end developer, yet have divergent skill sets.