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Introducing memeburn.com (Really this time)

March 31, 2010 by  

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It’s been an interesting couple of months. I started memeburn in December last year. Funnily enough I did the first install and the first lines of custom code while I was in the inspirational setting of Paris, at Le Web. In fact quite a bit of the critical work was also done at Charles De Gaulle airport (of all places). I found the domain name around about January, I had spent three months looking at options and using various domain tools to come up with creative solutions. I eventually found “memeburn” lying inconspicuously in the text of a small New York-based marketing blog — the owner of which was moaning about the increasing “memeburn” he’s being seeing on Twitter. The other name I had ready was memecube.com, as well as five others that never made the grade. It’s been a long time since I’ve put on my propeller cap to code, but I started hacking the PHP, HTML and CSS myself. This last month it’s been late night after late night trying to pull everything together. Tim Gane and

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Silver Spirit in Ensenada

March 31, 2010 by  

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We have experienced Ensenada many times, and have no interest today. However, I did learn one thing: This area is “the heart of the wine region. In truth, I have never seen a bottle of Mexican wine. The first vineyard was planted in 1703, but for some reason the results don’t appear in stores north of the border. Because it’s close to San Diego and Los Angeles, Ensenada serves as the mandatory foreign port for many ships to and around Hawaii. It’s also a close Mexican location for good prices on silver and gold, some of which is still mined in the vicinity. A new shop has opened dockside. If you want to go into town, shuttle  is $2; back to the ship, $3, OK, one thing before Cabo fades. It is almost a tradition for me, when visiting Cabo to buy the hottest sauce I can find. This time I found it in a large store that sold all kinds of goods. Here’s what blew me away; the price was in pesos, but they would only accept dollars. And now, the…

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Ratatouille with Green Olives and Feta

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It’s vegetarian night at Chez Maggie and Jeff and as usual the recipe we gravitated to has eggplant in it. It’s funny because I’m not that big of a fan of eggplant but as Jeff likes to say, “She’ll eat anything that is covered in tomato sauce and cheese.” Thanks, honey… Seriously though, this recipe, which is adapted from a Tyler Florence recipe, is a really nice take on traditional ratatouille. We scarfed it down the first time we made it. Serve it with some pesto pasta and a salad and you’re in for a treat. Plus, it’s easy enough for a weeknight meal.
Ratatouille with Green Olives and Feta
Ingredients
Serves 4 as a main meal
1/3 cup whole almonds
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
½ tsp. red chili flakes
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 packaged feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pitted green olives, chopped
1/2 bunch fresh basil, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
5 medium Japanese eggplant, chopped (or 2 lg. eggplants)
3


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India Redux: World Water Day, WaterCredit Forum, Bombay Belly & Kindness of Colleagues

March 31, 2010 by  

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It’s hard to believe my time in India has already come and gone.  It was a good trip, as always – full of hectic meetings + early morning flights + learning + sensory overload + wonderful people – but far from my best.  Though I was there 2 weeks, it felt more like one since the other was a blur spent in bed and doctor’s offices.  But I’m getting ahead of myself. The key highlights of this trip were definitely World Water Day (March 22) and our inaugural WaterCredit Forum (March 26).  Each year one of Water.org’s partners, Gramalaya, organizes what we believe is the largest World Water Day gathering in the world.  More than 21,000 people – probably 99% of whom are women – come from over 400 villages throughout Tamil Nadu to celebrate their access to clean water and safe sanitation, and to advocate on behalf of those who don’t. A sea of bright saris flooded my eyes, all sitting underneath a giant bamboo-lattice roof to protect from the searing heat.  WaterCredit loan group members had matching saris; that was a totally unexpected, absolutely thrilling sight to behold.  There were dances.  Children dressed up as animals…

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Casado: Costa Rica’s National Dish

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Rejoining the ship after several days we once again head across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Caribbean Sea.  Our destination is the Central American mainland and the small nation of Costa Rica.  I always feel that the name of this place should be pronounced:  Costah RRRRReeeKah and preferably to the tune of a fast moving Calypso beat. In a direct, about face from the trials of much of post colonial Africa, Costa Rica has a long and polished reputation as a safe, happy and carefully managed country.  Although this is of course subjective, consider some of the facts about this unique country before you decide.  Costa Rica took the unusual step of permanently abolishing its military in 1949.  They rank 1st in the Americas in terms of the Human Development index, 3rd in the world overall, are rated the “Happiest Nation on Earth” and also the “greenest” and plan to be the first “Carbon Neutral” nation by 2021.  Not a bad track record for a small country surrounded by troubled neighbors. So what makes a country like Costa Rica stand out from so many of its neighbors?  Is it unique philosophies, a more holistic…

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Troye Sivan is Spud

March 31, 2010 by  

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For some reason Spud, the movie, fell off my radar. It appears, however, that in spite of it falling off my radar, the film is going strong and is currently in production. I thought it noteworthy to mention that Troye Sivan is Spud. This is Troye:
Troye Sivan looking mighty steamy
Before you jump to various different conclusions here is some info from Troye’s Wikipedia page: Troye Sivan Mellet better known as Troye Sivan (born 5 June 1995) is an Australian child actor and treble singer. He played Young James Howlett in the X-Men movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine,[1] and will star in the movie Spud, due in 2010.[2] Now sadly that isn’t 100% accurate. Troye is actually South African born and has lives in Australia. He appears to be one helluva talented kid and is most well known for playing the young Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Here’s a bit of a tune from Troye: And here is a brief shot of his performance in Wolverine:
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Brain & Evolution

March 30, 2010 by  

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Why is it that only human brain evolved over millions of years and no other brain did? Are cows smarter now than they were when they came about? We evolved from monkeys. Is there any other species which changed its form?


Success

March 30, 2010 by  

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Many think about trying. Some try. A few get lucky & succeed.


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