This is how I feel right now as I try to finish my ITP thesis paper.
I took this photo in Williamsburg on my way to Joel’s dinner party last week.
I’ve been on a cooking spaghetti kick lately.Â Here are two kinds I’ve made in the last week.
Below: Shiitake carbonara – my own creation.Â Super easy.Â SautÃ© some cubed pancetta in some olive oil, add a diced shallot and diced clove of garlic, some hot chili flakes, a pinch of pimentÃ³n (smoked Spanish paprika), 3 chopped shiitake, some herbes de provence, and plenty of black pepper.Â When things start to brown, turn off heat and whisk in 2 raw eggs, a handful of grated cheese (I used Manchego) and a bit of half and half or cream.Â Then add the cooked spaghetti and serve.Â That’s it.Â This would make a great brunch dish with some champagne, cava or prosecco.Â Or even a some of the 8-bit wine I still have around from last fall.
some unexpected beauty from the bowels of the MTA
A major milestone for SokoSquare this week.Â We turned in the final draft of our business plan for the Stern Business Plan Competition.Â Now we just need to refine our 15 minute pitch for the semi finalist pitch round on April 16.Â We had a very successful feedback session in the pitch dress rehearsal last week.Â We were scored all fours and fives (on a five-point scale) for the various judging criteria.Â We were told that our visuals and branding were very clean and clear and that we had a fresh and unique energy. ;-)Â We need to cut back on some of the competitor analysis and spend a bit more time on our operations plan.Â This seems very doable between now and April 16 (9 am pitch, yikes!).Â If we make it past this round, there will be a final pitch on April 30.
On the tech side, I have been researching various frameworks for developing the new version of SokoSquare moving forward.Â Looked into CakePHP and CodeIgniter and looked at some how-to videos.Â There’s also the Ruby on Rails option, but I think I’m over my head in this area.Â Meeting with Elizabeth tonight to discuss, and need to loop Peter in too.Â In the mean time, I need to finish mocking up the various user registration pages.
Also, found out at the Awesome Foundation trustee meeting on Monday night that someone else is working on a project very similar to SokoSquare, so meeting on Thursday night to follow up.