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Monday, August 3, 2015
Through the Keyhole - August 2015
AUGUST 2015 Through the Keyhole
Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
Dog Days are here again!
now we are all thinking about the end of summer but you don't have to
put away your sunscreen just yet. We have plenty more sunshine to go
before the fall is upon us. Remember that Labor Day falls late this
year and combined with an early Memorial Day, we got a long summer... One of the puzzles of summer is why so many of us persist in pretending
that August is a month when nothing happens, when we can step back, tune
out, take a break, and recharge. Europeans even think they are entitled
to take the entire month off. There’s a melancholic quality to August, a month nearly synonymous with
“waning days of summer.” Less acknowledged in our cultural vernacular is
the extent to which the “waning” feeling is as much about the end of
another year as it is about the end of summer.
now for a new
keyhole picture above- Can you guess where it is? You will notice that I
have used the complete picture above. I believe it necessary for one
to guess the location. "This place really shows off the
forces of natural erosion and was once described is a 'hell of a place
to lose a cow'. HooDoo you know who's been there?"
Last month, Stuart Aynsley guessed correctly with Punta Mita, MX. That one was not so easy...
Correct answers will be given recognition but half the fun is trying to figure
it out. The correct answer will be revealed in the subsequent
issue. Good luck and have fun.
As always, send any items you think are newsworthy, interesting or just plain
odd to firstname.lastname@example.org
Punta Mita, Mexico - Keyhole Answer
place will change your life, said a friend of mine some 8 years ago.
Located on a "point", this location was once a bustling fishing village
that was moved to create this world class resort."
friend, Robert Daugherty advised me about 10 years ago to "go to Punta
Mita, it will change your life." That was about as strong a
recommendation one could give so I went...and it did. My family has
been going to Punta Mita since then and we have invested every moment we
can in being there. Thanks Robert.
In 1999, the Four Seasons
Resort (pictured above) opened here on this peninsula just north of
Puerto Vallarta, MX. Just last year Bill Gates's company, Cascade
Investment LLC, purchased the resort for $200M.
Punta Mita is a
1,500-acre (6.1 km) beachfront village located on the north end of
Banderas Bay in the Mexican state of Nayarit, about 10 miles (16 km)
north of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. There is evidence of prehistoric (pre
contact) human settlement in Nayarit. On the Punta de Mita peninsula, a
hilltop archaeological site known as Careyeros Hill has been dated to
circa 800 AD.
Punta Mita is surrounded on three sides by nine and a half miles of Pacific Ocean beaches and coves including Litibu Bay.
Mita is at the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands. It is kept
comfortable year round by gentle sea breezes, with average summer
temperatures around 85 °F (29 °C), and 75 °F (24 °C) during winter
months. One will see whales here in the winter months and it is quite a
Because of its temperate, tropical climate, Punta
Mita is a popular but low-key vacation spot. Hollywood celebrities such
as Demi Moore, Orlando Bloom and Vince Vaughn have vacationed at Casa
Aramara in Punta Mita, a private resort built by Joe Francis.
Billionaire Thomas Siebel has also visited the village.
Mita has several residential communities ranging from condominiums and
townhomes to private, single-family villas. All of these homes are set
among a rural Mexican fishing colony town. It is also the location of
the Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita as well as the St. Regis Resort,
The Marieta Islands are a 15-minute boat ride from Punta Mita and are a Mexican national park.
November 2012, several prominent Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and
investors, including Wendell Brown, Mike Maples, Tim Ferriss and Taro
Gold, launched a structured mentoring program and early-stage seed fund
in partnership with the MITA Institute and Tech Accelerator. The MITA
Institute hosts an annual "Tech Talks" conference in Punta Mita, which
brings together venture capital and tech leaders from both the U.S. and
Mexico. I am proud to be an investor in this technology effort.
any case, this place is special and those who know it love it. The
Mexican people are so gracious and welcoming. If you find yourself
longing for a low-key, high service vacation, look no further. Come to
Punta Mita. It will change your life...
Almost 20 years ago, Microsoft licensed the Rolling Stones
song “Start Me Up” to add a dash of rock ‘n’ roll to the release of
Windows 95, the product that catapulted the company to a high-water mark
of influence in the tech industry.
tagline for Windows 10, a new version of the operating system that was released last month: “A more human way to do.”
That slogan is
part of an advertising campaign for Windows 10 that Microsoft is using. The ads started appearing online and on
television July 20 in the United States and outside the country on July
29, which is when Windows 10 became available for downloading to the
first wave of consumers.
A scary malware is on the rise and it could end up costing you a fortune.
Ransomware, which is a type of malware that holds
your mobile phone, computer, or certain files on your computer hostage
until money is paid, is increasingly becoming a cyber criminal’s
favorite kind of weapon.
In fact, there was a
165% increase in new ransomware during the first quarter of 2015,
according to data published Tuesday by the security firm McAfee.
McAfee Labs Threat ReportThere was a surge in new ransomware in the first quarter of 2015.
Why is Ransomware becoming a big deal all of sudden?
Law of Mechanical Repair- After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.
Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.
Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.
Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.
Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.
Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!!
Law of Biomechanics- The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena -
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle,
always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several
times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before
the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle
seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies
and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are
very surly folk.
The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit
down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something
which will last until the coffee is cold. Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
Law of Physical Surfaces - The
chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor
are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.
Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about.
Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it!
Doctors' Law -
If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the
time you get there, you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment
and you'll stay sick.
Baseball rivalry? Watch this hilarious clip.
The guys at Funny or Die made a video of Chicago that aims to answer the eternal debate — The North Side vs The South Side.
We’ll leave it up to you to decide who wins the debate. Right after you finish laughing.
Sometimes all it takes to appreciate the good (and the bad) in something
is a little time apart, said your parents when they dropped you off at
camp. Well, the same holds true for countries. While obviously there’s
no place in the world like the United States, you don’t necessarily
realize just how unique a country it – and its red-white-and-blue-clad
citizens – is until you live abroad. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list
of things (both positive and negative) about this great land that you
can only appreciate by leaving.
The U.S. is pretty terrible at coffee
are a lot of things America is good at, but coffee is not one of them.
It may be difficult to fathom that there is a better order than your
Starbucks sugar-free vanilla double latte, but coffee is 10 times
tastier in other countries. Luckily, more cities across the U.S. are
catching on to what good coffee tastes like, so you don’t have to travel
too far for a good cup.
America is terrific at portions and pours Excess
is our specialty. We tout a reputation for being obese, but that’s only
because we’re wonderful at giant burgers and free pours of booze.
Believe me, there’s nothing worse than watching a foreign bartender
measure out exactly a 1oz shot for your $20 cocktail. In the U.S., you
learn what an “American pour” (land of the free pour?) really means.
American credit cards are downright medieval I
never expected to feel embarrassed when swiping my credit card, but it
turns out that American banks are waaay behind the times when it comes
to paying for stuff. In fact, some foreign cities have gone as far as to
BAN our classic signature receipts altogether, entering a brave new
world where customers simply tap their credit cards and walk out.
Meanwhile, I’m relegated to “taking it old school” if I ever dare use my
The U.S. is massive… like really big You
truly don’t understand how vast the U.S. is until you leave behind the
amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties. A quick flight from
New York to Miami or Chicago to San Francisco may be an easy trip for
most Americans, but the sheer enormity of the country overwhelms most
Have you ever been interested in
finding out just how suggestible your personality actually is? Well,
this quick and easy test might prove insightful if you’re looking
to learn a little bit more about yourself!
It begins with the “scientist,” Richard Wiseman,
standing in an orange room. He asks you to close your eyes and raise
your hands, and then he describes a scene to you. What your body does
during his story actually says a lot about your personality.
You’re either someone with a good imagination, someone who is more
down-to-Earth, or you’re someone who is a little bit suspicious of
everything! Who knew this could all be figured out with just a
one-minute test? I tried it three times and got the same answer each
While this test is not fool proof, and there are a plethora of other
options and things to say about your unique personality, I have to admit
it’s definitely worth trying at least once! Once you’re finished with
it, let us know what your answer was, we just love taking cool little tests like these!
Do you think Wiseman was correct in what his test said about your unique personality?
Concordia before it was righted and towed out to sea
Who are these people?
This is real but not sure what the point is...
The dreaded stool sample
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Chocolate-Chip Cookies (with salt)
Ingredients1 cup unsalted butter, chopped 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 ¼ tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 ½ tsp medium-grain kosher salt 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar ½ cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 12 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped Flaky sea salt to finish
Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 360°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over the lowest heat possible, stirring occasionally.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and
salt. Set aside. Pour the melted butter into a large bowl and whisk in
the sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until just combined.
Stir in the vanilla. Use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to stir in
the dry ingredients until barely blended. Stir in the chocolate.
Refrigerate for 5 minutes, then roll into 3 tablespoon balls and
arrange on the prepared pans, leaving 3 inches between each cookie.
Sprinkle with sea salt and bake until the tops are cracked and lightly
golden, 10-12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Cool on the pan
for 2 minutes. Then, move to a wire rack to cool completely.