(Happiness) Old Fashioned Himalayan Style Chai Recipe

Chaiā€”One Pot Method (makes two cups)

This recipe (modified by me) comes right out of The Happiness Revolution which is available free here. Totally worth reading now.

  • Ingredients
    • 1 cup of cow milk
    • 1 cup of water
    • ½ inch fresh ginger root
      • More or less to taste
      • More concerned with juice then mass, that is where the flavor is)
    • 1 pinch powdered saffron
      • More or less to taste
    • 6 whole pods of cardamom
      • Green
      • More or less to taste
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
      • More or less to taste
    • 1 tablespoon black tea
      • Black tea as the benefit of caffeine to which you don’t develop a tolerance. It works the same every time.
      • I like Wagh Bakri
    • 3 grinder turns of black pepper
      • Usually only during winter
      • More or less to taste
  • Tools
    • Pot big enough to hold the ingredients
    • Vessel big enough to hold the the number of cups of water and milk that you are using
    • Ginger Grater: extracts the ginger juice quickly and extracts every drop of juice
    • Coffee Grinder: for the cardamom
      • only hold the cup over the pot instead of the grinder when you dump in the seeds otherwise the steam will get inside the grinder and make it unhappy
    • Tea Spoon: to peel the ginger
      • Or paring knife if you are a ninja
  • Steps
    • Place pot on counter-top. Add pepper, black tea, saffron, and cardamom.
    • Add water to vessel. Peel and grate ginger. Grab ginger fiber and place in pot. Use water to rinse grater into pot. Add all of remaining water to pot.
    • Bring pot to a boil. Fill vessel with milk.
    • When water reaches a boil, pour in milk.
    • Allow chai to come to a boil, then quickly remove from the heat. Stare at pot the entire time otherwise it will boil over. Maitain focus without distraction here. Do this two more times.
    • Strain through a fine strainer so as to filter out tea and herbs.
    • Either add sugar to individual servings so everyone can sweeten to their taste or add it to pot.
    • Serve. The chai party begins.

(Happiness) Who Do You Need To Be A Hero To?

If you have something that helps you be happy in life, and you want to share it with the world, then you need a detailed and structured plan for making it happen.

Put it on paper under these headings:

  • Vision
  • Skills
  • Resources
  • Incentive
  • Action Plan

If any heading is a little light, then dig into it and fill it out before moving forward.

Share it with your friends and family. Make it happen.

You might call it being a hero, or good, good friend.

Who do you need to be a hero to?

(Emacs+Org-Mode) Why Not Bind `delete-forward-char’?

Thank you Greg for the big correction here <2018-01-12 Fri>

The documentation for delete-char suggests that delete-forward-char ought to be used for interactive use instead of delete-char

(global-set-key (kbd "C-d") #'delete-forward-char)

(macOS+Bash) Find All Locations Of A Binary Using `type’ not `which’

I can’t find the git 2.10 binary so I run

which git
/usr/local/bin/git

Excellent, found it.

And then I check it’s version to verify I am looking at the right version

/usr/local/bin/git --version
git version 2.15.1

Oops that isn’t what I wanted.

There must be another git getting loaded earlier in the search path.

Here is how to find out where all copies of git live

type -a git
git is /usr/local/bin/git
git is /usr/local/bin/git
git is /usr/bin/git

Look for the right git at version 2.10

/usr/local/bin/git --version
/usr/bin/git --version
git version 2.15.1
git version 2.10.1 (Apple Git-78)

I want the second one.

That is how to track down the location of a binary file on macOS that appears multiple times in the search path.

(PDF) Re-OCR A PDF Using PDFPenPro

Sometimes I want to recreate the OCR layer in a PDF using PDFPenPro but the menu item is greyed out.

Here is how force a re-scan:

  1. Hold down COMMAND+OPTION
  2. And then click Edit → OCR Document

If you open the menu first like I did, then the menu item remains greyed out, oops 😮😢.

PDFPenPro is in the top five list of best software that I’ve ever used. Check it out.