What's in a Name? | Help us with our Farm Share business idea!

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Hey everyone! We've been brainstorming names for the past few weeks as we start on the next chapter in our life experiment. The list of possibilities is narrowed down, now we need your help picking the perfect one for our new business :)

Our project isn't so much to make an app/website as it is to create a way to connect people, as many of the best businesses do. Currently there's a huge disconnect between local farmers and the consumers that want their produce, which we believe is one of the biggest limiting factors preventing further growth of small farms. Right now we're seeing a resurgence of small local farms, backyard gardens, and DIY chicken coops; the challenge is to efficiently utilize these resources and get any surplus produce to consumers before they spoil.

Farm Share Business Name Survey

We're envisioning an Airbnb level app and/or web platform, with farmers instead of hosts and produce instead of rooms. Let's help to bring the localvore movement to the 21st century!

Share your thoughts Here!




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Expereview Week #5 || Compression Fails! Or does it?

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Can you tell the difference between these 3 audio tracks? 


Check out the 3 samples provided, and pick the best sounding track for each sample. You might be surprised at the results:

How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality? - NPR Music

Today we're diving into a bit of a different topic than usual, audio quality. Audio quality affects all of us every day, whether good or bad, and with the increased proliferation of steaming services (Pandora, Spotify, Podcasts, etc.) the type and amount of compression used will continue to be an important consideration. I've read articles on this subject before, but NPR has put together one of the best side by side compilations I've ever seen/heard. So, sit back and relax in front of your best sound system (or ear buds) and let me know what you think in the comments. Personally, I got as many wrong as I got right, haha.

Compression algorithms have come a long way since the old 128 kbps mp3s, with optimized low and high frequency cutoffs, variable bit rate (VBR), and bass recovery. In the end, it often comes down to the quality of your audio equipment and even how well you actually hear. Find Out

Speaking of sound and vibrations, these guys developed a method of extracting sound from video captured on a high speed camera by tracking the vibrations in a plant! Definitely not high quality, but also taken from outside a soundproof room using line-of-sight. Jason Borne would love this:






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Basil Mint Tequila | Fresh picks for Cinco de Mayo from our organic garden

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Feliz cinco de mayo, from the photographer's garden! Spice up your favorite tequila with some fresh picked herbal flavors like basil & mint! Finish it off with himalayan rock salt.


We don't drink often, but when we do it's great to enjoy something fresh, organic and (relatively) low sugar. Traditionally celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans, Cinco de Mayo is not actually the Mexican Independence day as many people believe, but instead commemorates a landmark military victory by the underdog Mexican army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. 

I can't wait to try this basil, mint, lemon + tequila concoction tonight for Cinco de Mayo,
 especially with our colossal organically home grown sweet basil leaves. Ever since we added our fish emulsion and worm juice fertilizers from our vermiculture boxes, our basil plants have been thriving! And no, they aren't the same sort of worms that are in mezcal tequila! :) 

Cinco de Mayo Basil Mint Tequila Shots Makes shots for two
  • 2 shots of 100% Agave Tequila (Kah Tequila Reposado)
  • 2 Leaves of Basil
  • 4 Mint leaves
  • Himalayan Rock Salt 
  • Optional: Lemon or Lime!

How to make: Dip the rim of your shot glasses in rock salt- we used Real Salt Himalayan Pink, then add your freshly picked Basil and Mint leaves. Pour in 2 shots of your favorite tequila and cheers!


Cinco de Mayo Basil Tequila Lemonade Recipe
Makes 1 glass
  • 2 shots of 100% Agave Tequila (Kah Tequila Reposado)
  • 1 or 2 Large Basil leaves
  • Mint sprig
  • 1 cup Soda water
  • Fresh Lemon or Lime juice
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar

How to make: Mix Tequila, basil, mint, lemon or lime juice with ice, then add on top of the soda water in a Tom Collins glass! Add a basil leaf or lime garnish and enjoy!


About Kah Tequila Reposado
If you're interested in checking out this great Dia de Los Muertos inspired aged Tequila by Kah, check out Tequila.net's full review of Kah Tequila Reposado (110 Proof). This tequila has a great full bodied taste, and is made with a highly traditional method by true Tequila craftsman.
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Agave Region
Oven Type
Extraction Method
Distillation Method
Barrel - Cask
Tasting Awards
2011 TEQUILA.net Awards - "Best of the Best" Best High-Proof Tequila


Feliz Cinco de Mayo, from the Experivida team!

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TEDx Tokyo: The Future is Calling us to Greatness

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Amanda Ravenhill is graduate of Presidio's Sustainable Business program, a TEDx Japan presenter, a burning man aficionado, co-author to the upcoming book Drawdown with Paul Hawken, an Americorp Fellow, head of business partnerships at 350.org co-founder of The Hero Hatchery, with her husband Ryan Kushner, and she spends her summer's teaching kids on her native Maine island traditional boatbuilding skills.

She's one of those larger than life human beings, who is pouring her heart into creating a better world. I know this because she happens to be my cousin.

I've been proudly watching her journey to becoming the courageous advocate for the environment that she is. She has recently been interviewed by Entheos on her work as part of their "The Future is Calling us to Greatness" campaign.
Big ideas in this session:
  • Why the Drawdown Project may be the single most important project on Earth
  • Her TEDx talk on the business of nature evolving and the evolving nature of business
  • The Hero Hatchery, 350.org, and sustainable business schools



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2015 Nepal Earthquake aid: Donate to Sam's House, a children's aid non-profit in Pokhara

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I have no idea how it feels to have so many familiar faces and places ripped out from your life. Many folks in Nepal have experienced just this lately with the powerful earthquakes that hit in April 2015 that I'm sure you've heard about. The BBC released estimates of over 3,000 lives lost in the regions of Pokhara and Kathmandu. I've only visited Nepal on the pages of National Geographics and their amazing photo essays, but I'm sure that a disaster of this scale would be hard on any community- let alone one with as little infrastructure as Nepal for rebuilding and moving on with life. Especially for the little ones!

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Expereview Week #4 || Earth Day! - Celebrating the Synergy between Animals, Plants and Nature

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Let's Celebrate Earth Day this year by appreciating our ENTIRE ecosystem; the animals, plants and natural environment in which we all live together!


No one piece can survive without the others, we thrive or perish together on this tiny blue spec in the vastness of the universe. Allan Savory's story is tragic, following traditional wisdom and doing what he thought was right resulted in the deaths of 40,000 elephants... all in the name of saving the Earth.

"That was the saddest and greatest blunder of my life... and I will carry that to my grave" - Allan Savory 

He could have just ended his career there, devastated by the failure, but he didn't stop. Instead, he has dedicated his life to re-educating the public on the symbiotic relationship between plants and animals. Allan Savory says it best, watch his TED talk below and Happy Earth Day!






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Expereview Week #3 || Insurance - Plant the Seed!

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Most people cringe when the topic of insurance comes up, but used in the proper way insurance can be a powerful driver of good in the world!


Believe it or not, at its core the idea behind insurance is benevolent and, dare I say, altruistic in nature... which is in stark contrast to most insurance offerings today, where profit and low payout ratios take precedence over helping people in need.

I've seen many cases where instead of being the safety net after a tragic event, it's a fight to receive the coverage you've been paying for and promised (or maybe not, there's a lot of fine print - my homeowners insurance documentation was 50+ pages long of exceptions/addendums). Instead of fighting for you, the insurance company is fighting with you to find a reason to deny or reduce your claim... Maybe you've had a similar issues, hopefully not, but there is a better way!

There is light at the end of the tunnel, at least in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the people arguably need the help more than we do in the US. Rose Goslinga shows us how insurance should be run, and how smart data and intuitive thinking can take a problem and provide an economical solution for everyone:



When profit is not the objective, it's amazing the difference it can make! Free market capitalism works well to optimize efficiency and profit, but when these aren't the objectives it behooves us to take a different approach. Nonprofit (NPO) insurance should be the standard, not the exception. After all, aren't we insuring people's success, not profiting from their loss?



ps - Oh what I would do for a ride on one of these! Jetman!





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Expereview Week #2 || Beautiful Brains - Unknown or Unknowable?

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What is Consciousness and where does it come from?


A question pondered by many since the beginning of time, we might be a few steps closer to having an answer as this week's podcast from NPR TED Radio Hour dives deeply into The Unknown Brain.

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor walks us through what it's like to survive a stroke, from a scientist's perspective, and how amazing the brain is at re-wiring again.

Ever wanted to make brain soup? Neither have I, but neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel is a pro at it! For Science!

Are there parts of the brain specifically for different functions? Seeing faces, picking out colors, hearing sounds? Nancy Kanwisher researched this topic by studying her own brain in an fMRI while she asks herself these same questions.

And finally, we get philosophical with David Chalmers and explore our sense of self and the nature of consciousness. Hear the full take below:

[NPR: TED Radio Hour Podcast] The Unknown Brain => 
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Watch the full TED Talk by Nancy Kanwisher and see the areas of the brain she's talking about!



ps - Dreaming of New Zealand... and mountain biking, match made in heaven! 





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Expereview Week #1: Cancer and Metabolism - The Mechanism behind the Mutation

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Cancer and Metabolism - The Mechanism behind the Mutation

We'd like to start a weekly review featuring the best of the best videos, podcasts and readings from our past 7 days. It's hard to capture all that we've digested within our posts alone, and often the authors themselves explain their topics better than we ever could. It's their passion, their expertise and often the culmination of their life's work...

So, without further adieu we bring you the Week #1 of Expereview!

This week we'd like to feature a couple videos on a topic that touches almost everyone in some way - Cancer. Let's pull back the curtain on this mysterious condition, and get to the root cause of the mutations that we call cancer; what they are, why they form and how we can stop them.

We all have cancerous cells in our bodies. Right now, this very minute, you've got mutagenic cells somewhere in your body! Why do some mutations become cancerous, and others don't? I'll turn it over to Thomas Seyfried and Dominic D'Agostino:



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ps - On a lighter, and much sweeter, note I'd like to add in a short bonus clip! BEES, the little guys that are responsible for so much of the world's pollination and get so little respect. Recently they've had major issues with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and their populations have plummeted, but this innovative technology could help to bring bee keeping to your backyard! Check out FLOW, you can't beat fresh honey:




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Deep, Dark, Delightful: The Ultimate Chocolate Lovers Review of our Favorite Antioxidant Treat

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We Searched Far and Wide to Collect the best Dark Chocolates Available, let the Taste Testing Begin!

 

You can never get enough dark chocolate right? We originally thought that too, but after multiple tastings (One's never enough!) of 5+ different chocolates it became apparent that there is indeed a chocolate climax, at which point the added enjoyment of each bite has diminishing returns, haha. So, as with everything in life, dark chocolate is great in moderation but I wouldn't start pounding a block per day for health reasons. That's just Cacao!


Historically, chocolate has been prepared as a drink and not the typical solid form we see today. One vessel found at an Olmec archaeological site on the Gulf Coast of Veracruz, Mexico, dates chocolate's preparation by pre-Olmec peoples as early as 1750 BC. On the Pacific coast of Chiapas, Mexico, a Mokaya archaeological site provides evidence of cacao beverages dating even earlier, to 1900 BC. Chocolate is an ancient food/drink, with a rich history and was even used as currency by the Aztecs!



Milk chocolate and white chocolate (is that even chocolate?) are loaded with sugar and contain minimal amounts of flavanol antioxidants so we've excluded both from our taste testing. The cut-off for entry was 80% Cacao, low sugar and a quality product (Fair Trade Organic preferred). The higher percent cacao the better right? Well, it's not all about the favanols, it's about the flavor too! Lets see how they score:



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Coconut Butter Shrimp | Tasty 3-Piece Recipe Made Easy

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Tasty Shrimp Sauteed in Coconut Butter, 20 minutes and 3 Ingredients are all you need!


You don't have to be a professional chef to make coconut shrimp. For this recipe, no deep frying is involved, just pure coconut butter for both the oil and coconut batter, and coconut aminos for taste and seasoning. This is the best way to enjoy the flavors of the shrimp and coconut and enjoy the health of ketogenic, whole food ingredients that make the meal high in the good fats and protein that will give you lasting energy throughout your day. But even if you're not worried about what you eat, these coconut shrimp are simply delicious. They'd make an awesome idea for a romantic meal on Valentine's day (coming up next week!) and if you're lucky to have any of these awesome coconut shrimp leftover - they make an awesome lunch treat the next day!

We recommend looking for organic sustainably harvested seafood, and we usually rely on our local Viera Publix for their Green-wise shrimp. Keep the tails on, it adds to the flavor and the nutrition of the shrimp. Kind of like the crustacean version of meat on the bone, which is one of the four pillars of nutrition in Kate Shanahan's Deep Nutrition book.







Ingredients:

  • Organic Shrimp (We use Publix Organic Large - Peeled + De-veined 24oz)
  • Organic Coconut Butter/Mana (Not cream, it should be the consistency of peanut butter)
  • Coconut Aminos 
  • Spices to taste (Experiment! We use Herbes de Provence, curry seasoning, and sometimes none - it's that good already)

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Inside Quarterly Co.'s Mystery Box | #BIO01 Curated by Dave Asprey

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Curated by the people you admire and follow already, Quarterly Co. offers you an inside look into their life and passions!


Have you ever wondered what your favorite artist, designer, scientist or author is up to? The things they're passionate about, projects they've been working on and things that they really like? Better yet, how would you like to get a package curated just for you from Bill Nye?

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Living, Learning, Listening | Ancestral Health Symposium 2014

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Learning from the Past, so that we don't Repeat our Mistakes in the Future.


Today I want to share an awesome presentation series put on by the Ancestral Health Symposium! It's a yearly collection of speakers from a variety of backgrounds, all with a different take on what it means to go "back to our roots" for inspiration, investigation and exploration...


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Lifting for Strength | 30 Minute Marathon

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Lifting for Strength, not to Failure, will get you much Farther in Life and Lifting


Over the years I’ve tried every different workout imaginable: from 1 rep max effort to failure drag sets to 50+ rep body-weight burnouts, kettle bell craziness to human sized rubber bands, drop-sets, up-sets and everything in between… and it all works, for someone. But that someone wasn’t me.

If you’re looking for those huge marshmallow muscles, this lifting routine isn’t for you. If you walk into the gym, pick up a barbell, set it down and walk out ripped, this lifting routine isn’t for you. If you’re just getting started and progressively loading every workout, basking in the glow of beginners gains, this lifting routine probably isn’t for you. This is the workout that’s worked out best for me. If you’re like me, it might just work out well for you too.

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Yerba Maté | Legendary Rainforest Energy Tea

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Text by Joshua Titus and Shaina DeCiryan, Images by Shaina DeCiryan Lifestyle & Portrait Photography
© January 2015

Yerba Maté is one of the world's most balanced superfoods, optimized for human nutrition & energy. 

People throughout the world rely on coffee, teas, yerba maté, guarana, cacao (chocolate!), kola nuts, etc. for a bit of added energy to their day. Coffee is the most popular caffeinated beverage, but recently I’ve switched from my coffee consuming obsession to maté for a number of reasons: 

1.    I’m not a fan of the coffee crash (although taking L-Theanine with coffee can mitigate this)
2.    Coffee tends to be significantly more acidic than teas/maté
3.    It’s hard to find quality single origin high altitude beans with minimal mycotoxins
4.    Coffee quality deteriorates quickly after it’s ground and/or exposed to oxygen

Yerba Maté has the strength of coffee, health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate all combined into one drink. I don’t get the crash like after a cup of coffee, its low acidity and air dried so it’s shelf stable like tea. Maté is pretty mild in taste, with a woody green tea flavor.

Although it’s not as popular in North America, it’s the drink of choice throughout South America! Yerba Maté is native to the rainforest biome, and derived from a holly plant called Ilex paraguariensis. When sustainably harvested from under the rainforest canopy with the help of native workers paid a fair wage, maté is as good for the environment and world as it is for getting your morning kick. Check out how to brew the perfect maté!

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