Founder's Brew

Musings on startups, technology, city life and damn good livin
#prettyfreakinexcitedaboutthis #smokedmeat

#prettyfreakinexcitedaboutthis #smokedmeat

If you not doing this, your not doing it right #mowingthelawn @trueadventures (at Pere Marquette Park Beach)

If you not doing this, your not doing it right #mowingthelawn @trueadventures (at Pere Marquette Park Beach)

Japan’s first ISP #tedxmidwest located in MIT’s Joi Ito’s bathroom. #awesome

Japan’s first ISP #tedxmidwest located in MIT’s Joi Ito’s bathroom. #awesome

Game on, ready for TEDx 2013 (at Intelligentsia Coffee)

Game on, ready for TEDx 2013 (at Intelligentsia Coffee)

Good day to be a sig (at Bill Armstrong Stadium (Little 500/Soccer Stadium))

Good day to be a sig (at Bill Armstrong Stadium (Little 500/Soccer Stadium))

Mornings aren’t the same without a little goat chai from @stephandthegoat ! Thanks for bringing it home last nigh @sheagilliam

Mornings aren’t the same without a little goat chai from @stephandthegoat ! Thanks for bringing it home last nigh @sheagilliam

Ruby Koans: the best exercise I've found for learning every feature of Ruby

If you’re hoping to get good at Ruby, there are lots of ways, the best one obviously is to have a project to build (not to mention the only real reason to bother with it) but I’ve been working though Ruby Koans - a simple set of shell scripts that allow you to walk through the entire language syntax and libraries step-by-step. I’m only about 50% done, but I’ve already picked up  quite a few new tools that I hadn’t used before.

Koans open in terminal and a text editor

fastcompany:

Think Your Home’s Small? Look At Hong Kong’s Illegal Microapartments

COMPLAINTS ABOUT NEEDING MORE SHOE STORAGE OR HAVING NO SPACE FOR YOUR THIRD BIKE? PLEASE. IN HONG KONG, THE PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT AVERAGES $1,300.

It can be tough to grasp the reality of living in what amounts to a very functional closet through facts and figures, though. These images, which show us a bird’s eye view of several Hong Kong microapartments, do a much better job. They were produced by a Chinese human rights group called the Society for Community Organization, whose mission is to promote equality amongst citizens. “Grassroots people are struggling day in and day out to keep their head above water,” SoCO explains. “Standing in the line of dejection are caged lodgers, tenants living in appalling conditions, aged singletons, street-sleepers, mothers with no one-way permit to live in Hong Kong, families made up of new immigrants and boat dwellers.”

They estimate that over 100,000 people are living in unauthorized apartments in the city, a number that may well be low. 

Here’s the full story.