I had the privilege of visiting Vienna with Priyanka last month. I got to relive the months I spend in Vienna between 2012-13. It was a very relaxing trip. We got to enjoy taking a bunch of photos, and do a bunch of other touristy thing I hadn't done before.
In 2013, the Virgilkapelle (Vergilius Chapel, an unground crypt and chapel) was still being unearthed and prepared for exhibition. On this visit, we were able to see it. It was nothing remarkable but it's story is strange and mysterious.
We also visited the Clock Museum, and the Ducal Crypt below Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral). The crypt is the home to the remains of departed Viennese royalty, Catholic clergy, and victims of the black death.
After a lot of trial and error (mostly trial), I've finally got a killer combo that works, and I've documented it. This is what you need to make some awesome Pão de Queijo (aka Brazilian Puffy Cheese Bread things):
I'm using extra sharp cheddar and parmesan cheese. Is that the real way of making it? Probably not. Shut up and preheat your oven to 400°F (204.444444 C?).
- About 1 cup of cheese (about 3/4 finely shredded cheddar, and about 1/4 grated parmesan). I also shook the cup a lot while I was shredding so that the cheese settled, and I could cheat some extra cheese in.
- 1.5 cups of tapioca flour
- 3/4 cup of whole milk
- 1/3 cup of oil (I used a combo of sunflour oil, about 1/4 cup, and extra virgin olive oil the rest of the way).
- one egg.
Keep some Fleur de Sel or sea salt aside for later.
Throw everything into a blender and blend it until its smooth and you don't see chunks of anything.
Then pour all the gook into a mini muffin pan. NOW sprinkle some salt over the top. I like using fleur de sel because it's not as overbearing as table salt, and the salt crystals are very light, sometimes even hollow, providing a nice salty crunch. I know it sounds stupid, but trust me.
Stick it in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until they begin to brown over the top (don't let them brown over completely unless you want them to be chewy). That's all. Thank you and Jah bless.
I'm a Wordpress guy to the core. Everyone knows that. However, recently I've started to migrate some of my sites to Squarespace, including this one. I've realized that as I get busier, a perfect Wordpress site becomes less achievable. Anyone who knows anything about customizing a Wordpress site knows that it take a lot of time to get it right. See, it even rhymes.
This is probably the biggest advantage to moving to Squarespace. In order to keep your WP install safe, you have to continually update core installation, as well as all of the plugins. Anytime you update anything, you're at risk of breaking your theme or elements of your site beginning to look funky. For instance, let's say there is a particular theme that is designed for the version of Wordpress you are currently running. A new version of Wordpress comes out, and in the release notes, you see that there are some critical security patches. Great! Let's update! But wait, now your theme looks like complete garbage because there were other coding changes that caused the theme to break. Not to mention all the plugins that are probably now worthless. Now you've spent all day updating your theme and/or rolling back your sites (crossing all appendages hoping that you have backups that are intact).
And the plugins. OH, GOD, THE PLUGINS! Isn't it ironic that plugins are one of the strengths of Wordpress, but when things go wrong and you call support, the first thing they tell you to do is disable all of your plugins? Plugin are awesome, but between SEO, speed optimization, image crunching, CDN plugins, slider plugins, and all that other great stuff, things can get out of hand really quickly.
It's Not That Expensive
You may think so but you haven't seen my AWS bills. Trust me, Squarespace is cheap for the peace of mind. It's $12/mo. if you pay annually. You never have to worry about server health or any of that crap. At one point, I had to convince myself that I am not in the server management business nor do I ever want to be. Nothing beats the prices that you get for Wordpress hosting, but you'll get a lot of time back, and if you're like me, many a sleepless night, too.
It's Squarespace's job to keep your site up and safe. Their sites are not prone to the same brute force attacks you'd experience with a self-hosted Wordpress install. Of course, there are probably a lot of plugin options to ward of brute force attacks on WP, but as mentioned earlier, that's just another plugin you have to worry about.
I just tested 3 sites: this site, which on Squarespace, a Wordpress site on AWS (which I pay a lot for), and a site hosted on GoDaddy's Managed Wordpress service. I tested for server response, because in this case, all 3 sites had different amounts of content, so it doesn't make sense to line them up that way. Anyway, this site had a server response time of 233ms, AWS was at 855ms, and GoDaddy clocked a whopping 3.06 seconds!
In other words, Squarespace blew everyone out of the water speed-wise. That leaves you to focus on the content itself and make sure you are compressing images before uploading them.
That's all for now. Let me know if you have any questions.
You're a stakeholder in a company, DMO, or other organization and you need some marketing done. Where do you turn? The old way to do it is to go out and hire an Advertising Agency. I'm still under 30 and I've quickly realized that there is no such thing as a good, all-around ad agency. I managed to learn advertising and ROI tracking on my own, through experience, and I'm honestly ready to teach anyone who shows me a reasonable effort to learn.
Their interests aren't aligned with yours
What do they do? Simply put, they do some shopping and take a cut off the top. Economically speaking, they are rewarded for doing as little as possible while convincing you to spend as much money as possible. I know it sounds cynical (it is), but any successful business person is far better off hiring an agency for the learning experience, then cutting them loose and doing it yourself. You know who your customers are. You now know how to reach them. Advertising takes a lot of tailoring, and constant monitoring. You WILL NOT find an agency on the face of this planet who is willing to do that for you, no matter how much you pay, and ESPECIALLY if you have a strong sense of urgency.
What makes me qualified to say all this? I oversee an annual advertising & marketing budget of about $300k. From that, I purchase print (collateral and ads), internet PPC, graphics when needed, and production. In the past 10 years or so, I've adjusted that budget from about 20% internet advertising, to 80%. I did this after obsessing over ROI metrics, and realizing that traditional (print, TV, etc.) advertising is a very imprecise form of advertising. Facebook and internet re-marketing are the golden standard because of their depth of targeting parameters, but re-marketing is at least 300% more expensive than Facebook. Google is great for a very specific application, but still less precise than Facebook.
Another frustration that I'll go ahead and vent is my on-again, off-again experience with the South Padre Island CVB, my hometown's DMO. All I'm willing to say that this time is that their current agency delivers very low competency and a very high price. They have an advertising budget of over $2 million, which they spend all of, with shit to show for it.