The sushi of Jiro's dreams will run you $20/minute -
Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo that many say serves the best sushi in the world. The chef/owner, 86-year-old Jiro Ono, was the subject of last year’s excellent Jiro Dreams of Sushi documentary film.
Adam Goldberg of A Life Worth Eating ate at Sukiyabashi Jiro yesterday. The meal was 21 courses, about US$380 per person (according the web site, excluding drinks), and lasted only 19 minutes. That’s more than a course a minute and, Goldberg estimates, around $20 per person per minute. And apparently totally worth it.
Joanna and I saw this documentary earlier this year, and we both highly recommend it. It’s now available for streaming on Netflix and iTunes.
Paying for Streetlights, One at a Time -
The trick is not just the introduction of web and mobile technologies; the real trick is architecting government as an open platform that allows outside developers to build citizen-facing services, and designing those services to let citizens do more to help each other. In order for this to work, in order for us to rearchitect government in a way that actually scales, we need more citizens responding to requests for help from their neighbors. We need more involvement, less expectation that someone else will take care of our problems. In short, we need more people thinking of themselves as citizens and acting as citizens.
Great post by Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America
8 (new) steps for fixing other people's code -
Way back in mid-2007, when Rails 1.2 was the new hotness and GitHub was still a year away from crawling out of the primordial internet soup, prolific open source contributor Dr Nic wrote an article titled “8 steps for fixing other people’s code”. It offers excellent general advice, but the workflow details are clearly a product of their time: RubyForge, SVN, and .patch files feature heavily.
Here in the fantastical future world of 2012, while we still don’t have hoverboards or household nuclear fusion, we do have some great tools that make fixing other people’s code a lot easier. Join me as we rewrite “8 steps” for the modern age!
Google Flight Search Results - On mobile, Google flight status results include an airplane placed on a line at a point relative to its flight progress. Color communicates whether the flight is on time or not.
/via Erin Olmon
Looks great, and so much easier to use than the FlightStats mobile site!
Here’s the best tip ever for when your home button is stuffed on your iPhone (until you can get around to fixing it).
Go to settings, general, accessibility, and then turn on assistive touch.
This will allow an icon to appear in the top left corner of the screen that, when pressed, expands and gives you the ability to activate the home button on the screen.
Very clever. A nice temporary solution until that $3 button and pentalobe screw driver arrive from eBay.
Risk-free solution, unlike applying WD-40. Also, on my iPhone 4S, the icon is actually in the bottom right corner.
The Ultimate Blue Note Box Set... for iPad -
Since 1939, Blue Note Records has set a remarkably high standard for the release of jazz music. So it should come as no surprise that when it came time to release a definitive iPad app from its legendary catalog, Blue Note and developer Groovebug would rely on The Echo Nest’s ability to…
Committed is a great way to be notified when someone pushes new code to the GitHub repositories you care about. Committed notifies you using OS X’s new Notification Center feature when someone pushes code.
Anonymous asked: Hey Moncef, thanks for your write up on installing Octopress. I'm no coder but I followed it and it worked like a charm. One thing is stumping me though because my knowledge of CSS stopped at 1.0. Any thoughts on how the Octopress header works so nicely resizing the image and repositioning based on the screen size? Would be a great tutorial post if you had the time ;-) Regards, Art
The technique used to make the entire site (not just the header) display nicely on various screen sizes is called “responsive design”. In CSS, you use “media queries” to define the layout based on the screen size. Look up those terms to learn more, but I recommend starting with this article: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/responsive-web-design/