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On laptop stickers

laptop full of stickers

My laptops are usually full of stickers. While my usual excuse for them is that stickers are great conversation starter, there is a point where there are too many for the individual stories to matter.

That’s why I’m happy that I’ve been more conservative with this sticker real estate. Looking at it while surviving 11-hour flight I realized that every brand that I put there, is there because I respect the people behind it and that I’m happy to endorse any one of them, if someone would come up to me and ask me about an individual sticker.

I also like the way they’re only temporal as they wear out with time, leaving just a white space and opportunity for me to reconsider if I want to put that meme on my computer or is there something else that I would now feel more comfortable endorsing.

I would imagine that creating time-lapses of laptops with stickers could show us some interesting trends within our industry as well as provide a nice visual.

Tortoise

More great fun a few days ago when a failed coffee attempt turned into opportunity to go to a concert of a group called Tortoise. Powered with only Wikipedia infobox, I decided to give it a try and see how I like them. I liked them a lot and based on my latest last.fm scrobbles, they have a new fan.

To get a feel for them, check Tortoise on YouTube:

There was another surprising thing with the whole event. The crowd was really, really nice to the degree it was almost unreal zombie experience. Everyone stood nicely in front of band, gave lots of personal space to everyone and besides a bit of headbanging of a few, didn’t do much. Just stood there like in a trance. Everyone had one beer and that was it. How very unusual.

Thanks goes to K. for the tip :)

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Shabu-shabu

San Francisco is one of those cities that restaurants with cousine from all over the world and also have enough people from that area living here that they have to make sure it’s good and authentic.Shabu-Shabu

My current travel/summer plans include a dinner or two each week, trying new foods and restaurants as recommended by locals on Yelp, and to also blog about a few of them.

The pick of this week was Happy Shabu-Shabu that serves Shabu-Shabu :) Wikipedia describes the dish (more the whole experience of eating as):

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese variant of hot pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style, where both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables, and usually served with dipping sauces. However, it is starkly different in taste; shabu-shabu is more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki. It is considered a winter dish but is eaten year-round.

Shabu-shabu
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In the beginning the experience is a bit funny. It’s one of those more involved dishes where you have to actively work during the meal in order to have food. In this case, it involves quickly cooking different vegetables and meats in the pot, that you add extra spices and sauces for the taste. After it’s cooked, which usually takes less than a minute, you can dip it in on of the additional dipping sauces.

A great experience overall and something to keep coming back to in San Francisco.