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August 4, 2007

DIY Indian Food

We found this great site that has recipes of Indian food, Route 79. Indian food takes a long time to cook, so start early.

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I like shopping for produce and spices at the Mid-Manhattan Market in Chelsea (it's in the complex where they tape most of the shows on the Food Network). I get the meat from Whole Foods, it seems fresher, and you know what's organic or pasture-fed. So we tried this curry three times with lamb and chicken. I would recommend not using the lamb stew meat, it's too tough to be in this dish. This recipe works well with dark meat chicken. Substitute all frozen and some dried spices with fresh ones, if that's possible. It will make a difference. Most of the spices can be found at the Mid-Manhattan Market, with the exception of Garam Marsala. You can get that at Whole Foods. They sell two, so get the one with less cloves, if you're like me and you think the scent of it is overpowering. Here are the recipe links to Aloo Gobi (potato and cauliflower dish) and Channa Marsala (chick peas).

The saffron salt is not an ingredient but you can replace salt for Spanish (Paellas), Mexican (Fajitas) and Italian (any pastas) foods. The spices in Mid-Manhattan market are way cheaper than Whole Foods.
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I like how they leave the root on cilantro and basil. They last longer, and the price is about the same if not less (~$1.50).
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This is how the Aloo Gobi came out.
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If you like spicy, you can use habaneros instead. The lamb curry came out like this...
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August 5, 2007

Hagedorn and Company Building

Found this building walking towards the South Ferry. They're probably going to convert this building into condos or rentals. Hagedorn and Company is an insurance company. I just looked them up, and they still exist, call me nosey. Judging by the art on the door, they probably insured ships, trains, carriages, airplanes, and balloons. I'm not sure about the symbolic meaning for the pelican, swan and squirrel (which look like like Egyptian art).

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August 10, 2007

ITP on BBC

ITP Press

Jenny Chowdhury's Intimate Controllers, allows game players to get intimate with their opponent/loved ones. LOVE/HATE, hmmmmmm. Anyway, this was Jenny's thesis project. I think you could play Pong with these controllers.
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Joo Youn Paek's concept piece of shoes has air pumps that connect to a wearable chair. In this case, you can sit on your efforts. Very cute.
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and of course, Andrew Schneider's Solar Bikini, which has received so much press. A bikini that converts solar energy to power for your ipod.
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All of these were on exhibition at SIGGRAPH just a week ago in San Diego. BBC link here. CONGRATS guys!

ITP on Good Morning America

Botanicalls aired on Good Morning America (Channel 7) Thursday, August 9.

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Link to video, here. Diane Sawyer rocks! Her laugh is so contagious.

Congrats to Kati London, Rob Faludi, Kate Harman and Rebecca Bray for Botanicalls. Plants that call you when they need water or need to be moved to a sunnier location. Now that's news that really matters.


ITP on the cover of Craft Magazine

Knitted crime scene tape on the cover of Craft Magazine. Very funny. Text is so straight.

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August 11, 2007

Meta-Market Game

So lately, I've been playing a lot of games set in the social networking stratosphere. I just added the app, Scrabulous, which is the Scrabble game designed digitally. Prior to this, I've never played Scrabble before, so I'm learning the strategy of placing the most valued letters that pays off double or triple.

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Then, Ilteris and Nick just got me into this game called Meta-Markets. The point of this game is to gain the market by trading shares and IPOs. Nick is so nerdy that he even created a script so you can aggregate the delicious links that follow the IPO rules (will publish this link soon, so stay tuned).

How to play:
1) You select a market (Flickr, Delicious, Facebook, etc.)
2) You buy low, sell high.
3) You can offer IPOs but there are certain restrictions (e.g. bookmarks that you post first on delicious that have to be posted at least by 10 other people)
4) You could set the price you want to sell them at, and set the amount you want to sell as well

It's kind of a strange market (social capital as a commodity), but interesting approach to learning economics. It really forces you to be proactive with posting news of photos first, and then sharing them, which promotes it virally. If you collaborate with enough investors, you could raise the prices (insider trading). The publishing markets will get a hoot.

As you can see Ilteris and Nick (relevante) are doing very well. They rank in the top 10 in 3 or the positive categories. This is a true time-sucker, and they're servers are really slow, but I think worth the wait. Designed by MIT students.

Sidewalk Art

Beautiful sidewalk art on 5th Avenue and 8th Street in Manhattan, close to Washington Square Park.

Contact information:
Hani
917-673-4843

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And this is why I ♥ NY.


August 12, 2007

What happened to the status section on LinkedIn?

I used to rave about LinkedIn because of that feature, and now I don't see it. It used to give you information like how many people are checking out your profile, what industry they're in, and how many times your name or your site has been pinged in the world wide of web. And now nothing! That was one of the features that made me visit LinkedIn often and become more proactive about my account. They recently did some updates on Friday night. Hope they're going to bring that feature back.

Whole Foods "Rustica" is a BARGAIN!

I had my reservations about eating here because I wasn't sure if they were separate from the entity that sells the deli stuff downstairs (rest assure, they're not). I even hesitated to go to the salad bar before settling down at Rustica. This place is a bargain for the food. I went for the brunch special (only offered on the weekends), reasonably priced between $6.99 and $10.99. Tipping is not permitted, even though you want to (awesome service by Samantha [in photo below]). I ordered a frittata with Italian sausage and potatoes, and Nick ordered an open-face sandwich with steak and a poached egg, topped with a dash of balsamic vinegar. Both dishes came with a side of fresh grilled asparagus (perfectly cooked, vibrant green and crunchy). The frittata had the perfect consistency, and the steak was soft. We also tried the brioche. It competes with the Eatery's french toast, which also uses ice cream. You could just tell that the ingredients were of high quality and heavy silverware. The experience was fantastic.

The bread is always awesome there. They have specialized bakers and chefs working here. Joshua [photo below] is a chef that works professionally and knows the hidden secrets to dish delights. When he talks about grains or yucca, you just know you're being taken care of by a creative genius. With 13 years experience and an alumni from Johnson & Wales, he really knows what he's talking about. I would recommend going there when he's there (he's only there until the end of August, before Whole Foods moves him to Miami).

These photos were taken with a mobile (typical that the day I don't bring my camera is when I need it), so it doesn't really give the food justice, but trust me, the food will knock-out your senses.

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Rustica Minardi
2nd Floor
Whole Foods
Houston, F, V, B trains

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Whole Foods Market Bowery Block Party!
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Start your night off right at Whole Foods Market Bowery's weekly tasting party. Sample the best the store has to offer, try new-to-you products from every department and learn about our faves from near and far.

August 14, 2007

VMware Goes Public

EMC's spinoff VMware [VMW] went public today in the NYSE. Said to have opened at $29 and closed at $51.

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August 17, 2007

Last Night at Material Connexion

Benjamin Rosenthal of Material Connexion had coordinated this warm reception and exhibition. They have a great materials library!

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August 24, 2007

Intermix Sample Sale

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This is my first time at this sample sale, and I saw a lot of good stuff. Some examples, Michael Kors brown leather boots (originally in the 400's for $59), Diane von Furstenberg swimsuit (was $165, now $29), and necklace from Lee Angel (was $130, sold for $5).

Here's the info:

Metropolitan Pavillion
125 West 18th street
Close to the 1 train

August 24, 2007, Friday 9-8pm
August 25, 2007, Saturday 9-8pm
August 26, 2007, Sunday 10-6pm
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Next door was the Hermes sample sale where they were selling an umbrella for $300, unbelievable!

August 25, 2007

Unlocking iPhones

This may be a perfect project for an ITPer. A 17-year-old discovers how to unlock the iphone, but takes soldering and programming in 10 steps [links below]. Reading the comments, most people seem to have gotten lost around step 5, but who knows, you might even discover a new and easier way to unlock it. Or you could buy a Turbo SIM for $80 [to read more...].

Two weeks ago, a company called Bladox, based in the Czech Republic, began selling an $80 device called a Turbo SIM. The thumbnail-size card, attached to another carrier’s SIM card and inserted into an iPhone, tricks the iPhone into thinking it is running on the AT&T network even when it is not.

Links:
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Or, you could just buy the iphone that he hacked from him, as he's having problems selling it on eBay, but that's a whole new other issue (eBay, I mean). I think he should sell it on Amazon Marketplace, and not worry about the hassles of fraud.

August 26, 2007

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park

It continues today (August 25, 2007) in Thompson Square Park at 3pm, more info. It's free and the jazz music is great performed by talented jazz musicians. Yesterday, Lezlie Harrison, Marc Cary, Chico Hamilton and Cassandra Wilson performed. Cassandra Wilson was a surprise guest at the last minute, and substituted Abbey Lincoln. Today, Todd Williams and Maurice Brown perform instead of Marc Cary and Lezlie Harrison. Listening to hamiltonia by Chico Hamilton (track 8, "arroyo"). I was disappointed that I didn't have a chance to buy Marc Cary's CD. :(

Lezlie Harrison, Roy Hargrove plays the trumpet
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Marc Cary
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Chico Hamilton
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Cassandra Wilson, Jonathan Batiste on the piano (up and coming, he's going to Julliard)
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August 29, 2007

Beer Room at Whole Foods

Beer Room is at the Whole Foods on Chrystie. People who work there seemed to know their beers. We had one that was similar to Brooklyn Lager. You can taste the beers as well. I like the fact that the 1/2 gallon jugs (growlers) are reusable (you wash and refill the beers), saving $$ on recycle fees. If you go now, they give you the growler for free, and you just pay for the beer.

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Also a perk is the free wi-fi upstairs.

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