Use this handy IFTTT snippet to export your Fitbit daily activity to Day One as valid JSON for munging at a later date.
Personally, I’m much more interested and excited by the materials than I am by the tools. But I think it’s right and proper that other developers are excited by the tools. A good balance of both is probably the healthiest mix.
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).
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.
- 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
- Take a heavy lidded casserole pan, heat a glug of olive oil on a low-to-medium heat.
- Add the onion, red onion, garlic and sweat until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add the tomato, crushed red pepper and dried mixed herbs. Cook until the tomatoes turn soft.
- Add the pork, chorizo and the white beans, stir.
- Add the white wine and vegetable stock, stir.
- Add the pimentón and bay leaf, stir!
- Put the lid on and cook on a low heat for ~2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Take the lid off and reduce for ~30 minutes, or until desired consistency.
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!
I enjoyed this interview with Pusha T from October 2018.
Biangbiang noodles from Murger Han
I enjoyed this interview with Don McCullin from January 2016.
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