The Art of Correcting a Botched Cocktail
Death & Co. bartender Joaquín Simó shares tips for repairing a botched cocktail:
Build a drink with your cheapest ingredients first. If there’s any error, at least you’re not throwing everything out, like your expensive booze, just because you added too much citrus.
This often happens when you’ve poured too much soda water. Add a small amount of booze, say a half-ounce, or a little more. But remember, you already added two ounces of booze—you don’t want three or four ounces of alcohol in a highball. So add a little booze, but maybe add a little bit more sugar and a little bit more acid as well. An overly diluted drink will taste thin, which is what the sugar will correct, and it won’t taste very bright, which is what the citrus will correct.
Sometimes you can make adjustments when something tastes too boozy just by adding a very small amount of a sweetener, especially when it’s a rich sweetener. It’s not so much about adding a lot of sweetness—sugar can help round out a sensation, gaining critical mouthfeel.
You’re better off starting a drink with the bare-minimum amount of sugar. If it’s too sweet, try adding a little more citrus.
If the drink is too bitter add a pinch of salt. Salt blunts bitterness on the palate. Try this at home: Pour a little Campari in a glass and taste it. Then throw a little salt in it and taste it again. See how big a difference that makes?
#TBT Eric Prydz #wmc2013 secret party with @amgftw and @nzeitel91 (at Club Axis)
March Madness (at The Yacht Club at Portofino)
[Van Halen / Warner Brothers]
This video of the Russian meteorite crash is eerily similar to the American film Independence Day
According to the Society of American Florists, in 2010, a whopping 64% of imported flowers came from Colombia [into the United States]
*nix chmod explained
Because of legacy reasons, chmod uses an octal numbering system (0-7). Four digits are used to calculate a file’s permissions. If the first number is zero, it may be disregarded. For example, 0400 is often shortened to 400.
The position of the digit is important. The last digit describes what others can do to the file. The second to last digit represents the access control list for a group of users. The third to last digit grants permission to the file’s owner.
There are three types of permissions:
- Execute =
- Write =
- Read =
Each digit in a chmod number represents a sum of these values. For example, the octal number for read+write access is
2 + 4 = 6.
Some more examples:
chmod 600 <file>: owner can read and write
chmod 666 <file>: anyone can read and write
chmod 700 <file>: owner can read, write and execute
chmod 777 <file>: anyone can read, write and execute
To learn more, visit the chmod man page.
- Execute =
How to locate Python’s site-packages directory
Type the following on the command line to print the location of Python’s site-packages directory to stdout:
python -c "from distutils.sysconfig import get_python_lib; print(get_python_lib())"
I did not know Aaron Swartz, but like many others, wonder about the values of a culture that chooses to prosecute him for alleged informational crimes while bankers implicated in massive frauds against the public still frolic. Given that I am doing an AMA on reddit and rely on RSS every day, I’m struck by the fact that in some respects, it’s Aaron’s world and I’m just typing into it.
David Carr’s IAmA on Reddit: IAmA columnist and reporter on media and culture for the New York Times.
ViM Runtime Path
runtimepathcontains a list of directories where ViM stores color schemes, documentation, plugins and settings. Type the following while in ViM to display your machine’s
The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard:
Trailer for the upcoming documentary TPB AFK about the founders of the filesharing site the Pirate Bay.
Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 1
Robert Baratheon, King of the Seven Kingdoms, travels North to visit an old friend, Lord Ned Stark of Winterfell. During his visit, the King promotes Ned Stark to a new position in the capital city. Lord Stark will serve as the King’s right hand man.
In Essos, the Dragon Prince Viserys Targaryen marries off his sister, Daenerys Targaryen, to a savage warlord named Khal Drogo. In exchange for his sister, the exiled prince hopes to forge a new alliance with the Dothraki army. The Targaryens will use the Dothraki army to win back the Seven Kingdoms.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using zsh instead of bash (or other shells)?
Everything you know from bash still applies, but zsh does a bunch of other useful things. I know that I use only a small subset of them, but these are especially useful for me:
- Extended globbing: For example,
*(.)matches only regular files, not directories, whereas
a*z(/)matches directories whose names start with a and end with z. There are a bunch of other things, such as
**as described by Ole Tange.
- Inline glob expansion: For example, type rm
- Interactive path expansion: Type
cd /u/l/band hit tab. If there is only one existing path each of whose components starts with the specified letters (that is, if only one path matches
/u*/l*/b*), then it expands in place. If there are two, say
/usr/libexec/bootlog.d, then it expands to
/usr/l/band places the cursor after the l. Type o, hit tab again, and you get
- Nice prompt configuration options: For example, my prompt is currently displayed as
tov@zyzzx:/..cts/research/alms/talk. I prefer to see a suffix of my current working directory rather than have a really long prompt, so I have zsh abbreviate that portion of my prompt at a maximum length.
Posted to Quora on 20 July 2011 in an answer to the question “What are the advantages and disadvantages of using zsh instead of bash (or other shells)?”
- Extended globbing: For example,
#raybans with @nikim123