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Learn better by sharing your knowledge

Reading Sacha Chua’s blog post on testing what you know by sharing inspired me on how to practice some basic computer science skills I have not used much in a while but are very useful to have freshly in mind. I’ve been wanting to improve my computer algorithm knowledge skills for a while, but never got around to it, putting the task aside for “other important things”.

For a very basic start, an algorithm is a series of steps to accomplish something. A cooking recipe can be an algorithm for the dish, and like every recipe, there are several ways to make the same dish.

See, that wasn’t hard to explain at all! I hope the rest comes as easy as this one.

By sharing what I learn here in my blog, I will need to comprehend fully the concepts to write them down and I will also be practicing my programming skills, keeping a log of my notes for future reference and sharing with other people interested in the topic. Hopefully I will get comments with better ways to explain this concepts or better code examples. So this looks like a win-win situation for everyone.

By the way, if you want to read a fun blog with a mixture of cooking recipes (or algorithms) and politics, check out Tacos and Politics.

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Photography

Martini recipe: shaken, not stirred

Martini for two

Some shots of a weekend together with my girlfriend making some martinis at home. It was my first time making them so I had to practice a little. We also had some fun while making them.

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I searched for the martini recipe online and every one I found was in ounces and I don’t have a measuring glass. Damn these people, join the rest of the world and use the international system! Digging for some quick way to measure, I found somewhere that one ounce was about the size of a tequila shot glass. And of course I do have those! So after a few tries, I think I got the recipe in balance:

  1. put ice in shaker
  2. add 1 2/3 oz of gin
  3. add 1/3 oz vermouth
  4. shake well
  5. drop an olive in a toothpick
  6. drink and enjoy

Gabriel Saldana making martinis

Now, why shaken vs stirred? There are sources that say that shaking a martini causes it to break down and contain more antioxidants than a stirred one. So, in a way, we can conclude that it’s healthier.

Martini olive kiss

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Discreet smile

Do you have other recipes for martinis? Please share in the comments below