My first solo camping trip to Harriman State Park in NY. Here are some notes and observations that probably only make sense to myself:

Cook from upwind to avoid flames. 
Learn how to simmer. Cleaning burnt food from your only stove that’s also your bowl and mug is not fun.
Make a cozy for your mug/pot. It will keep your food and drink warm while protecting your fingers.
Weigh your food next time. Therefore you know how much you brought and ate.
Aqua mira works! First time I drank water from streams and lakes.
Ziplocks are great, smaller ones would have helped.
Although it is delicious and comforting, green tea before bed is a bad idea. (You knew this, Eric.)
Learning compass skills is essential. Next on the list: How to adjust for magnetic declination and how to triangulate.
Sunlight stayed out a lot longer than expected. Trust the sun, not your watch.
Humans are dirtier and scarier than nature.
Be smarter and more patient when planning a route. Rushing into decisions and mistakes are costly for time and energy.
Pay more attention to map contours and features.
Advice isn’t real until you experience it.
A heavier throw sack for your bear bag is easier to throw. Make sure there’s enough slack line and be patient to avoid tangles.
I hiked about 11 miles the first day, and about 3 miles the next. My first solo camping trip to Harriman State Park in NY. Here are some notes and observations that probably only make sense to myself:

Cook from upwind to avoid flames. 
Learn how to simmer. Cleaning burnt food from your only stove that’s also your bowl and mug is not fun.
Make a cozy for your mug/pot. It will keep your food and drink warm while protecting your fingers.
Weigh your food next time. Therefore you know how much you brought and ate.
Aqua mira works! First time I drank water from streams and lakes.
Ziplocks are great, smaller ones would have helped.
Although it is delicious and comforting, green tea before bed is a bad idea. (You knew this, Eric.)
Learning compass skills is essential. Next on the list: How to adjust for magnetic declination and how to triangulate.
Sunlight stayed out a lot longer than expected. Trust the sun, not your watch.
Humans are dirtier and scarier than nature.
Be smarter and more patient when planning a route. Rushing into decisions and mistakes are costly for time and energy.
Pay more attention to map contours and features.
Advice isn’t real until you experience it.
A heavier throw sack for your bear bag is easier to throw. Make sure there’s enough slack line and be patient to avoid tangles.
I hiked about 11 miles the first day, and about 3 miles the next. My first solo camping trip to Harriman State Park in NY. Here are some notes and observations that probably only make sense to myself:

Cook from upwind to avoid flames. 
Learn how to simmer. Cleaning burnt food from your only stove that’s also your bowl and mug is not fun.
Make a cozy for your mug/pot. It will keep your food and drink warm while protecting your fingers.
Weigh your food next time. Therefore you know how much you brought and ate.
Aqua mira works! First time I drank water from streams and lakes.
Ziplocks are great, smaller ones would have helped.
Although it is delicious and comforting, green tea before bed is a bad idea. (You knew this, Eric.)
Learning compass skills is essential. Next on the list: How to adjust for magnetic declination and how to triangulate.
Sunlight stayed out a lot longer than expected. Trust the sun, not your watch.
Humans are dirtier and scarier than nature.
Be smarter and more patient when planning a route. Rushing into decisions and mistakes are costly for time and energy.
Pay more attention to map contours and features.
Advice isn’t real until you experience it.
A heavier throw sack for your bear bag is easier to throw. Make sure there’s enough slack line and be patient to avoid tangles.
I hiked about 11 miles the first day, and about 3 miles the next. My first solo camping trip to Harriman State Park in NY. Here are some notes and observations that probably only make sense to myself:

Cook from upwind to avoid flames. 
Learn how to simmer. Cleaning burnt food from your only stove that’s also your bowl and mug is not fun.
Make a cozy for your mug/pot. It will keep your food and drink warm while protecting your fingers.
Weigh your food next time. Therefore you know how much you brought and ate.
Aqua mira works! First time I drank water from streams and lakes.
Ziplocks are great, smaller ones would have helped.
Although it is delicious and comforting, green tea before bed is a bad idea. (You knew this, Eric.)
Learning compass skills is essential. Next on the list: How to adjust for magnetic declination and how to triangulate.
Sunlight stayed out a lot longer than expected. Trust the sun, not your watch.
Humans are dirtier and scarier than nature.
Be smarter and more patient when planning a route. Rushing into decisions and mistakes are costly for time and energy.
Pay more attention to map contours and features.
Advice isn’t real until you experience it.
A heavier throw sack for your bear bag is easier to throw. Make sure there’s enough slack line and be patient to avoid tangles.
I hiked about 11 miles the first day, and about 3 miles the next. My first solo camping trip to Harriman State Park in NY. Here are some notes and observations that probably only make sense to myself:

Cook from upwind to avoid flames. 
Learn how to simmer. Cleaning burnt food from your only stove that’s also your bowl and mug is not fun.
Make a cozy for your mug/pot. It will keep your food and drink warm while protecting your fingers.
Weigh your food next time. Therefore you know how much you brought and ate.
Aqua mira works! First time I drank water from streams and lakes.
Ziplocks are great, smaller ones would have helped.
Although it is delicious and comforting, green tea before bed is a bad idea. (You knew this, Eric.)
Learning compass skills is essential. Next on the list: How to adjust for magnetic declination and how to triangulate.
Sunlight stayed out a lot longer than expected. Trust the sun, not your watch.
Humans are dirtier and scarier than nature.
Be smarter and more patient when planning a route. Rushing into decisions and mistakes are costly for time and energy.
Pay more attention to map contours and features.
Advice isn’t real until you experience it.
A heavier throw sack for your bear bag is easier to throw. Make sure there’s enough slack line and be patient to avoid tangles.
I hiked about 11 miles the first day, and about 3 miles the next. My first solo camping trip to Harriman State Park in NY. Here are some notes and observations that probably only make sense to myself:

Cook from upwind to avoid flames. 
Learn how to simmer. Cleaning burnt food from your only stove that’s also your bowl and mug is not fun.
Make a cozy for your mug/pot. It will keep your food and drink warm while protecting your fingers.
Weigh your food next time. Therefore you know how much you brought and ate.
Aqua mira works! First time I drank water from streams and lakes.
Ziplocks are great, smaller ones would have helped.
Although it is delicious and comforting, green tea before bed is a bad idea. (You knew this, Eric.)
Learning compass skills is essential. Next on the list: How to adjust for magnetic declination and how to triangulate.
Sunlight stayed out a lot longer than expected. Trust the sun, not your watch.
Humans are dirtier and scarier than nature.
Be smarter and more patient when planning a route. Rushing into decisions and mistakes are costly for time and energy.
Pay more attention to map contours and features.
Advice isn’t real until you experience it.
A heavier throw sack for your bear bag is easier to throw. Make sure there’s enough slack line and be patient to avoid tangles.
I hiked about 11 miles the first day, and about 3 miles the next.

My first solo camping trip to Harriman State Park in NY. Here are some notes and observations that probably only make sense to myself:

  • Cook from upwind to avoid flames.
  • Learn how to simmer. Cleaning burnt food from your only stove that’s also your bowl and mug is not fun.
  • Make a cozy for your mug/pot. It will keep your food and drink warm while protecting your fingers.
  • Weigh your food next time. Therefore you know how much you brought and ate.
  • Aqua mira works! First time I drank water from streams and lakes.
  • Ziplocks are great, smaller ones would have helped.
  • Although it is delicious and comforting, green tea before bed is a bad idea. (You knew this, Eric.)
  • Learning compass skills is essential. Next on the list: How to adjust for magnetic declination and how to triangulate.
  • Sunlight stayed out a lot longer than expected. Trust the sun, not your watch.
  • Humans are dirtier and scarier than nature.
  • Be smarter and more patient when planning a route. Rushing into decisions and mistakes are costly for time and energy.
  • Pay more attention to map contours and features.
  • Advice isn’t real until you experience it.
  • A heavier throw sack for your bear bag is easier to throw. Make sure there’s enough slack line and be patient to avoid tangles.

I hiked about 11 miles the first day, and about 3 miles the next.

What a gorgeous bike.

A gorgeous day in Central Park

A life-changing app: @TalkTo

A few months ago I read about TalkTo and decided to install it on my iPhone. Since then it’s changed my life.

I love trying new restaurants and because I live in Manhattan, the act of reserving a table can be quite the hassle, especially for the trendier ones. Everybody hates having to call restaurants, being put on hold, only to find out that there’s no availability. It’s a huge waste of time.

With TalkTo, I find whatever restaurants I want to try, draft up my request, I’d like a table for 2 on Friday at 8pm and copy and paste that message to each restaurant. TalkTo corresponds with the restaurant and then tells me which are available – then I simply choose which I want to eat at and then TalkTo arranges the reservation. Yes, it’s that easy. TalkTo is persistent too, they call back if it’s busy or closed.

I think TalkTo’s positioning can be tweaked. I see them as a micro version of Fancyhands - a virtual personal assistant that you send piecemeal tasks to.

Using TalkTo raises a couple questions: How do they make money? What’s the experience like for the receiving end of a TalkTo inquiry?

Things I’m currently interested in

Quartz

I’m deeply interested in China due to its seemingly wild and uncontrollable growth in all directions – and Quartz’s editors keep on top of it better than any publication I’ve seen so far. The Quartz website is well-designed, presenting content quickly in a nice layout. qz.com

Elon Musk

He’s the man of the hour, with Tesla knocking awards out left and right, his work with privatizing space travel, and his plans for the Hyperloop. I personally believe he will surpass Steve Jobs as the next great visionary. Tesla will soon be releasing its Model X, and SUV that will redefine how we’ve traditionally viewed them, as gas guzzling eyesores.

legorobo

I’ve always been fascinated with Lego and I think the most interesting work comes not from Lego but the extensive builder community that churns out mind-blowing creations. The builders I admire most are ones who can create figures with complex shapes and patterns while maintaining a pleasing and consistent aesthetic throughout their work. legorobo is one such builder.

Custom purpose-built bicycles

I came across Sizemore Bicycles the other night and have loved reading about his philosophy of “just enough is perfect.” A well-crafted frame of strong metal gliding on good components is just heaven.

supersonicelectronic

An amazingly curated tumblr of art. I like a post or two daily. supersonicelectronic

Last year I wrote a post entitled Siri, or Watson, or Jarvis about the advent of technology that will allow us to have conversations with it to help solve problems we didn’t even know existed.

Each person has a unique personality guided by a mind-map of influences that has shaped them. Because each of us is so different, we respond to stimuli in our unique way.

Therefore, there will be a day where we can choose the personality of our iPhone, or Android, or whatever device it will be – one that complements all our eccentricities.

What will your device be? Encouraging? Authoritative? Meek?

My friends at MATTE - they’ve come a long way and there’s no stopping them.

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There’s always somebody better than you. This is the best beatboxing I’ve seen in a long while. Accurate hits and syncopation!