Weekly Roundup: The Meaning of Life & Whiskey

Welcome to the end of the week. It’s time to wrap up all the interesting stuff I didn’t get to this week.

A Day In The Life Of A Sushi Master

Honestly, this is one of the best videos I’ve watched in a good while. The Tasty profiled chef Nozomu Abe of Sushi Noz in NYC and the dedication to his craft is just incredible. He spends an incredible amount of his time preparing the restaurant and menu before he even starts cooking:

It’s no exaggeration to say that my entire day revolves around serving eight customers who sit at my sushi counter.

There are a lot of fine dining experiences that focus on ingredients or weird/unusual processes, but few show such dedication to the craft. Gold flake sundaes are lazy, this is anything but.


Old Forester Launches Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky

“Our signature bourbon recipe has done this brand proud through Prohibition, World War, and changing consumer palates,” Campbell Brown, Old Forester president and great-great-grandson of founder George Garvin Brown, said in a statement. “This January we will create a new tradition with a Kentucky Straight Rye that will capture the hearts and excite the palates of experienced rye drinkers and curious whisky enthusiasts alike.”

Old Forester Kentucky Straight Rye will be available starting February 1 and will retail for just $23, to match the price of Old Forester 100 Proof Bourbon.


Don’t Miss the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Weather permitting, the Blood Moon will be visible in its entirety to all of North and South America (as well as parts of western Europe and northwestern Africa). Viewed from the U.S. east coast the moon will enter Earth’s umbra just a few minutes after 10:30 P.M., with the full lunar disk falling wholly into shadow for slightly over an hour, beginning at 11:41 P.M. If you’re farther west, you will have even earlier local viewing times. If you get the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday off then you’re really in luck!


Gradually, Then Suddenly

Tim O’Reilly writes about some technology-related changes that are happening in the world right now where incremental advances in recent years are set to soon become pervasive. It’s an interesting and informative read.

2) The rest of the world is leapfrogging the US.

The volume of mobile payments in China is $13 trillion versus the US’s $50 billion, while credit cards never took hold. Already Zipline’s on-demand drones are delivering 20% of all blood supplies in Rwanda and will be coming soon to other countries (including the US). In each case, the lack of existing infrastructure turned out to be an advantage in adopting a radically new model. Expect to see this pattern recur, as incumbents and old thinking hold back the adoption of new models.

4) The next agricultural revolution

Last year, when I spoke at the Food+Tech Connect Conference in Amsterdam, I got an eyeful of the agricultural revolution that is happening in the Netherlands. Did you know that this tiny country, 1/270th the size of the US, is the world’s second-largest food exporter? That’s a testament to the way that precision farming and other new technologies are transforming agriculture. Silicon Valley is waking up to the opportunity, and so are consumers. I stopped in at an Oakland sports bar recently, and what did I see on the menu but an Impossible Burger. This new meatless meat is no longer just a treat for tech elites. Expect meaningful change in the makeup of our food supply, what we consume, and how it gets to us. If you’re skeptical, remember that 25 years ago, the internet was just becoming mainstream, and even the smartphone revolution is only 10 years old. Gradually, then suddenly, both have transformed the world.


The Worst Cycling Tweet of the Week

The Best Cycling Tweet of the Week


The Purpose of Life is Right in Front of You

Zat Rana distills much of what I think about the universe and humanities place in it into a beautiful essay over at Medium:

The purpose of life is right in front of us: It’s to create a reality we want to inhabit — to reach towards the better end of our conscious experience. At each moment, in every second of life, we are given a choice about how we want to conduct ourselves in this world, and though it might not always seem like it, each of these choices are of consequence. They each interact with culture to give it a new form; a form that we are responsible for creating by either doing what is right or doing what is wrong in that specific moment.


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