I'm not much of a chef, but I've got a yearly tradition: On Super Bowl Sunday, I make Chili. I'm not much of a football fan either, but I like a good excuse to socialize. Well, most years anyways.
Still though, tradition remains. I approach cooking like I approach my code. I like keeping simple things simple. My chili is one of those things.
30 oz black beans
30 oz kidney beans
40 oz diced tomatoes with green chilis
1 sweet onion
3 red bell peppers
2 jalapeño peppers
Dice onions (or if you're me, SLAP CHOP them), brown them low heat
Dice all peppers and mix with onions when they begin to brown
Mix everything in a crockpot, 6 hours high or 8 hours low
When adding Cumin and Chili Powder, be bold. Use more than you think is sufficient. For non-vegetarian, add 1 lb browned ground beef. For extra spicy, add diced habanero peppers. Use a spicier pepper sauce.
[*]: For Pepper Sauce, I use Palo Alto Firefighters, since it's local and awesome. For my spicy chili, I use the Habanero one.
Fun fact about the Pepper Sauce: I used to always get it from Whole Foods since it was right around the corner from my apartment. Whole Foods became a mainstay in my life for a time; mostly their hot bar and burritos.
One day, Amazon bought Whole Foods and it slowly stopped being awesome. I started buying my sauce from any local Philz. It's important to not be stuck sourcing your dependencies from Big Tech, especially for something as essential as food.
I've been thinking about the Titanic a lot lately. A ship that was believed to be unsinkable, due in part to the watertight bulkheads. A ship that was designed for 32 life rafts, carried only 20, a decision that was driven by aesthetic or money.
Each raft could safely carry 70 passengers. Had all 32 rafts been present, all 2,240 souls on board could have had a chance at survival. Sadly, with only 20 rafts on it's maiden and final voyage, the risk of 840 human lives was deemed worthwhile. After all, the ship was unsinkable.
However, one fatal flaw was glossed over in the pursuit of grandeur. The watertight bulkheads were not quite watertight.
The best thing to come out, imo, is Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts. This show has had a profound impact on me personally and I'm not going to share details with any of you.
What I can say is, you should check it out, because maybe a part of it will resonate with you too. In a year where we all need hope for a better future, this show might give you peace and resolve for how you can help.
If I might include one recommendation, don't binge it. Watch one episode a day and you'll be done in 30 days.
For the past few years, every company I interact with doesn't get the same email address from me. I'm trying to be as plain as possible with this post, but we're going to go on a bit of adventure. So what I'm really trying to say here is, “You should be doing this too and your privacy is important.”
The rest of this article is why it matters to you, but most importantly, what you do matters for everyone.
Thanks for bearing with me. Starting this blog has given me the catharsis I wanted and was looking for. I'd spent too long living in my own head.
I mean, I still do and still will, but I had a lot I needed to unload there. The conclusion I found is that I don't need to take anyone along for the ride I'm on. I'm more than happy to have travel companions, but I'm done dragging the past with me where it doesn't belong.
My career progression happened in the corporate realm. Job titles are essentially meaningless, especially as they have a tendency to change every few years. Some titles eat others and become bloated jargon, see: full-stack engineer.
For the future, we need everyone's tech literacy to improve if we're going to have a successful Solarspace. I think having a ladder to climb with self-promotions can give us all goals to aspire to. It's up to all of us to make this as easy as possible to progress through.