September 1, 2016

Coffiest fails at everything Soylent 2.0 succeeds - Updated.

Soylent’s breakfast drink came out just as I was running out of my first Soylent 2.0 box. I was already adding cold brew coffee to half a Soylent 2.0 bottle for breakfast, so it seemed like a great time to tried.

First, a Soylent 2.0 review

I love Soylent 2.0. It delivers on everything I was looking on a meal replacement drink: price, ingredients1, simplicity and taste.

A note on taste: Soylent 2.0 doesn’t taste good, but it doesn’t taste bad. It has an absence of taste, which I appreciate after trying many shakes that either fail at faking a flavor, or do taste great — which is explained when you check the ingredients.

Soylent 2.0 flavor is inline with what it is: a meal replacement meant to simplify your life. You’re not drinking it to suppress hunger with a peanut butter flavored shake, you’re eating a balanced lunch quickly to get back to work and leave early.

And now, the Coffiest disappointment

Coffiest also doesn’t taste good, but the coffee with a hint of chocolate flavor is not subtle. So basically you end up with most disagreeable cold mocha you have every tried. To make matters worse for me, unlike Soylent 2.0, Coffiest seems to have an aftertaste.

Now, being clear that my objectivity is blown, I also experienced some stomach discomfort with Coffiest that I didn’t had during the previous month with Soylent 2.0. But this could be a nocebo effect, so YMMV.

Even though Coffiest is not for me (and I can’t recommend it) I will continue to buy Soylent 2.0 — as soon as I struggle through the remaining 9 Coffiest bottles.

Update: Emailed Soylent about returning my remaning 9 Coffiest bottles and exchanging for Soylent 2.0. In a few hours they emailed back saying that they will refund the order and:

Feel free to keep the remaining Soylent with our compliments, or you can share it with interested family and friends.

And that’s how you make a customer happy.

  1. I buy into Soylent’s drink ingredients and sourcing.

Health Lifehack Diet
August 29, 2016

Sold my Apple Watch

With the new Apple event on the horizon, I sold my Apple Watch Sport last week on Swappa before it deprecated further.

I expect Apple to announce new Apple Watch’s, and keep the old Apple watches at a $199/$249 price point. My guess is the original Apple Watch will receive a minor silent update of the internal components to fix any number of issues of the original design.

In truth, the main reason I sold it was because I wasn’t using it. For about 3 months I choose the Pebble Time over the Apple Watch. It got even more consistent when I took up swimming again and I was surprised how well the Pebble app worked — even compared to my Garmin Swim watch.

I’m sure I’ll be drooling over the new Apple Watch next week. But the I think the upcoming Pebble Time 2 (which I preordered) is going to be closer to the original Apple Watch in build quality, which is the one area it really doesn’t even compare.

At $199/$249 and with WatchOS 3, the original Apple Watch may make some sense for more people, but it continues to be my least recommended of the Apple devices I’ve owned.

August 17, 2016

Review: Star Trek Beyond

Ana’s parent are visiting so we did a mid-week movie night. Heard so many bad things about Suicide Squad that I settled for the new Star Trek.

5 word review:

Good Sci-Fi setup and… boom.

What I’m always disappointed with these movies is with how dumb they end being… and they can’t help tacking on ending after ending.

By dumb, I mean how everything is spelled out. I don’t think Star Trek needs to be Inception, but it can at least have a little of Wall-E.

In any case, if you’re a Star Trek fan, this is another fun adventure in the universe. Not the best, not the worst. For the rest, if/when this makes it to Netflix, it worth a mid-week date at home.

Movies Review
August 17, 2016

Twelvety — Back to One Master TaskPaper File:

I know, though, that the attraction of that app for me is to have a perfect relational database of tasks. The flaw in that idea is that a perfect task structure may help get things off your mind, but it can be so perfect that you go numb to it and just gaze at its perfection.

Phil Nunnally is talking about Todoist here (great app), but he crystallizes my procrastinating habit with all productivity tools.

It reminded me of my mindset when I wrote about broken workflows being a good thing… which I should circle back to more often.

Link Productivity
August 12, 2016

Cheeseburger hosting

One of the reasons I like my current blog host so much is the price. At $20 a year it comes out at less than $2 a month — that’s about the price of 2 basic cheeseburgers at most fast food chains in the US.

I’m currently looking at helping two projects that need a quick and nice looking site. It used to be that I’d host them at one of my servers, but experience1 has taught me that projects need their own infrastructure so they can move on without you.

The typical setup for a simple website is always a Wordpress blog, but the bottom price for a reliable host is around $6 a month. Yes, that’s low, but it does add up.

Even with the ability to use Google Cloud, or Amazon Web Services, the basic budget starts at $5. For all the talk about the web democratizing content creation, that’s still too high for the next 2 billion people.

It may be that content managers like Wordpress require resources that cost $5, but then we’re doing content hosting wrong. If you only pay $1 for gigabytes of podcast downloads in S3, then text content should be less.

I hope not to be turning in an old guy for having to clarify that I’m talking about the web: accessible to all, backwards and forwards compatible as it can be. It’s great that you can post in Twitter, Medium, Snapchat and Facebook for free, but these are just like doing a graffiti in a neighbors wall, you shouldn’t be surprised if your content disappears. It’s your graffiti, but it’s their wall.

I’ll keep looking for a solution before breaking down and paying the $5, but something doesn’t add to me.

  1. And parenthood has taught me that I don’t have time to be maintaining servers.

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