I think our house is the right color blue (Kelly-Moore: Postcard Perfect for color but Benjamin Moore paint done via Cydney Ortzow Painting).
We asked if our house was too blue 13 years ago and it might have been without the landscaping and plants. As an aside, I need to put up the American flag again and if we switch out from DirecTV to DirecTV Now, we can take down the satellite dish.
This is that no knead bread recipe from the New York Times from Jim Lahey/Mark Bittman. It's stupidly easy to make and if you have some of my bread, you're not allowed to put guacamole on it. F'ing avocado toast, gtfoh.
My only variation is 2 cups of all purpose flour with 1 cup of Sonora wheat flour – get from Eatwell Farm if they have it, otherwise Grist and Toll, or wherever you can find it online. The Sonora wheat makes it a little more interesting and gives it some flavor.
Acme levain bread is like $5. Pizzaiolo's country loaf – which is very good with an almost burnt crust and not quite sourdough flavor – is like $10 and some usual wait time in line. The no knead bread is maybe like $1 worth of flour: it's just flour, salt, instant active yeast, and water (and an oven that can go 500 degrees and a cast iron dutch oven).
Surprisingly easy to make bread and just as good if not better. Now part of my TFL biscuits and skillet corn bread rotation. Next up is dinner rolls and I need to figure those out.
Even if you didn't know these were the Obamas, by looking at the portraits you could tell these two were important — and both are giving off a look of needing you to do something. Glossy vs matte is always a fun argument, both of these are really cool. About as good as it gets.
Haydel's Bakery is our favorite. We always get the sugar only (the sugar + frosting is pretty sweet) and we get the package with the coffee, bead pack, etc. because why not!?! The high costs of these cakes are due to FedEx shipping but good luck trying to find a legit King Cake outside of NOLA. Buy NOLA and support their economy!
For the ability to connect with friends and family and things that interest you, the price you pay Facebook is the opportunity for companies and groups to influence you (to buy or do something).
What it seems like is that folks are surprised that Facebook is really good at figuring how to influence people. The price for the opportunity to influence you is explicit to advertisers. It's implicit and hard to quantify from a user perspective because it's attention and time and the conversion isn't always immediate. If it was easy to price out, FB would be a subscription service. And, some users are more valuable than others.
Further, people do not care about their privacy. People definitely care about losing money and time dealing with identity theft, definitely care about fraud, anything to do with actually losing real money. But privacy, people don't really care (or know enough to care) about it.
FB has an altruistic view of wanting to connect everybody and those connections are supposed to make your life better and the world a better place. And there's nothing wrong with trying to work towards that goal.
Here's the new rule. If you buy or own a house that's worth $1MM, it *must* have a toilet with a washlet (aka bidet).
$1,000,000 has to mean something. Used to be a house had a $1MM view and those houses exist and those houses are probably worth $1MM because of that view/size/architecture/finishes.
Now, $1MM homes, especially in the Bay Area, are just houses — maybe 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, maybe in a generally ok neighborhood, maybe recently renovated, maybe near BART. None of those things combined or separate are enough to justify a $1MM price tag – ever. So install a toilet/washlet where you can at least say for your $1MM house, you have a toilet that washes your ass for you.
Don't even need to buy the most expensive toilet/washlet combo out there, a cheap $250 washlet will suffice. You don't even have to use it. It's the idea that matters.