Palate Fatigue

Mann Bijlani

For a blogger as passionate as I was, it’s been a while since I blogged about anything at all. That’s the thing about most amateur bloggers. We either get bored blogging and just outgrow the idea or we run out of stuff to talk about. Although an amateur blogger myself, neither of these happened to me. I tried to give it a term. Every once in a while, I’d write a few words and then somehow find my way to the backspace key. The one key humanity uses to hide their true thoughts and feelings and boy, does it work wonders. I was going through a depression but not the kind most people feel. My head and heart were zen but oh, my palate? A whole different story. I was going through intense palate fatigue.

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Baked Chicken Wings tossed in a Korean Sauce

Mann Bijlani

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I know what I said, but I just had to post another Asian recipe, these wings are delicious. My family was fed up of fried food, especially chicken. So, I said why not bake it? But I wanted it to look like it was fried. This recipe does use oil but as less as possible.                So here goes:

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika, but any chilli powder will do just fine
  • 2 tbsp baking powder and that’s where the magic happens.

For the sauce:

  • 1/4th cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried chillies de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp mulyeot which is basically rice malt syrup. It’s a concentrated starch water…

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Met Apple’s SVP of Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio at UMASS!

In case you guys didn’t know, I go to school at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst (UMASS).

It turns out Dan Riccio is a UMass alumnus! He came to campus from Cupertino to talk about his journey from UMass to Apple.

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It was an inspiring talk. He spoke about how he almost failed UMass, but got saved thanks to 2-credit Table Tennis coaching.

Of course, the usual *all hail Apple* attitude pervaded the audience.

I did, however, get a chance to ask him a question – “Steve Jobs always said that Apple never looks at competition when creating products. Is that true, or do you take cues from the market, as you may have done with the latest bigger screened iPhones?” He responded saying that 90% of what they make is what they “think” is right. They spend lots of time thinking about a technology, whether it makes sense to implement yet (*ahem*NFC*ahem*), and whether it will degrade the user experience.

I think this is extremely important, and I find that I agree with this method of production rather than Samsung’s “throw-anything-to-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks” approach. I think it just makes for better products, and that’s clear from Apple’s product line.

Oh yeah, and I got a picture with him.

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I’m Back, and PushBullet’s Color

Hey guys, I’m back. It’s been almost two months, but my exams are over.

Let’s get right into this –

So PushBullet is an app I found out about recently, and I don’t know what I’d do without it. Basically, I can “push” a note, link, or a file from one device to another. This is really helpful when I see an interesting link on my phone, but I want to read it on a bigger screen. I just push it to my laptop or tablet.

Well anyways, one small thing that’s been annoying me about pushbullet – the color.

I really wish they’d match their shade of green!

The pushbullet logo

The pushbullet logo

 

The pushbullet app - notice the green color.

The pushbullet app – notice the green color.

 

What do you think? Does it bother you as much as it bothers me? Am I just crazy?

Bad Camera UX

So this rant pertains only to a couple things about the Camera experience on stock Android.

We all know that the stock Camera app is a pain. These are a couple more details worth noting:

First up, the lockscreen. In <4.3, you could access the camera by swiping to the left on your lockscreen. The indication to swipe, however, was fairly weak, so I assume they decided to add an icon to make it more obvious, like iOS.

Android 4.2 Lockscreen widgets & camera

Android 4.2 Lockscreen widgets & camera

iOS Lockscreen - Sorry for the old iOS image. *shudders*

iOS Lockscreen – Sorry for the old iOS image. *shudders*

The problem here is, on iOS, you’d hold the camera icon and swipe up with it, revealing the Camera viewfinder. On Android, the icon is placed lower than where the viewfinder’s image shows up, so it feels very odd and non-intuitive.

Android 4.4 Lockscreen. The white dot is my finger.

Android 4.4 Lockscreen. The white dot is my finger.

It’s a little hard for me to explain – you’ll have to try this out for yourself. Your finger is sliding under the image of the viewfinder. It’s just wrong. 

Next, in the Photos app (comes annoyingly bundled with Google Plus), I don’t understand why the icons need to disappear and reappear for each damn image!

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Instead, the icons can be kept constant, as the image changes.

As before, you’ll have to experience it yourself to get it.

Anyways, that’s enough for today. What do you think? How do you like the Stock Android Camera experience?