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Chuong Gio Cafe

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

Welcome to… Chuong Gio Cafe Address: 264A, Lê Văn Sỹ, Phường 14, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh Hours: 9am-10:30pm Website:  https://www.facebook.com/Chuonggiocafe Parking: Limited Motorbike Parking in front, Free Drinks: Coffee, Smoothies, Juices, Yogurt, etc. Food: Ice Cream, maybe pizza? Price Range: 33k-60k Order This: As you like. It’s all pretty standard. Ambience: Settle in for […]

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Tib Chay Restaurant: Upscale Central Vietnamese Vegetarian

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

Tib Chay restaurant in Ho Chi Minh’s District 1 is a fine choice for getting your Central Vietnamese vegetarian food fix! Check it out – colorful, flavorful, and reasonably priced. One of the best things (out of many, many best things!) about eating in Vietnam is the incredible variety. While it may be occasionally difficult […]

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Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Soul Food

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Buttermilk Drop Bakery 1781 N. Dorgenois St., (504) 252-4538; www.buttermilkdrop.comCajun-spiced sauteed shrimp are served over grits. Breakfast daily.…

Three Vital Skills I Learned from Stage Management, and One I’m Still Learning

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

As I’ve taken more risks in my life (in fact, almost making a habit of it some days!), I’ve come to the conclusion that the wide variety of practical skills I learned in theatre have been instrumental both to my successes and the very fabric of who I am. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing […]

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Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

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1000 Figs 3141 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 301-0848; www.1000figs.comThe falafel feast includes falafel, flatbread, hummus, baba ghanoush, tzatziki, pickled vegetables, beet and carrot slaw and mixed greens. No reservations.…

Three Vital Skills I Learned from Stage Management, and One I’m Still Learning

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

As I’ve taken more risks in my life (in fact, almost making a habit of it some days!), I’ve come to the conclusion that the wide variety of practical skills I learned in theatre have been instrumental both to my successes and the very fabric of who I am. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing […]

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The Rhythm of Life in Ho Chi Minh City

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

It’s easy to fall into the rhythm of life in Ho Chi Minh City, if only because it’s so all-pervasive. You can’t argue with the weather, whether it’s hot or cool. You can’t argue that Markets shouldn’t happen in the morning, because all that food has to get into a refrigerator or cooked as soon […]

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The Joy of Poetic Computation

by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Simon) @ Ben's Journal

The team over at Improvised Life highlighted a terrifically interesting talk by Zach Liberman. Zach walked us through his discovery of using code to generate art, or as he calls it, Poetic Computation.

He did an on the fly demo, which I started off less than impressed with. OK, he convinced the computer to draw a circle. Then copied that circle. Feh, this is CS 101 stuff. Then he animated it by cleverly using the current time and a trigonometric function. And just like that, I was hooked. He'd used just a splash of code to make something visually quite interesting; now that's impressive.

He then went on to explain that his daily practice is to experiment with these animations, which you can find published on Instagram. I would have thought this process might have gotten old, but his image feed proves me otherwise: the creative possibilities are endless.

Another practice he describes is having his students examine and reverse-engineer famous artists' work. In that spirit, I thought I would rig up my own Poetic Computation playground. I expected mine to be far more primitive than what Zach works with daily, but I hoped no less fun and inspirational.

My sketching environment offers two types of objects to work with: Lines and Drawings. A Drawing, can contain both Lines and other Drawings. Lines and Drawings contain the same set of operations, mainly: scale, translate, rotate and copy. A Line, by default, is one unit in length and goes from (0,0) to (0,1). A Drawing, when created, is empty. As you can see, I've strived to make the core operations as bland as possible. However, my hope was that by combining basic operations in interesting ways, you'd end up with, well, art.

My drawing framework was definitely inspired by SICP's picture language, even though it's been years since I've reviewed that code.

Here was my first picture, aptly called Hello World:

var helloworld = function() {
  var d = new Drawing();
  for(var i = 0; i < 360; i += 45) {
    var l = new Line();
    l.scale(i + 1).rotate(i + 1);
    d.add(l);
  }
  return d;
};

Painter.draw(helloworld);

And here's how it's rendered:

Taking a page out of Zach's book, I quickly started fiddling around with trigonometric functions. Also, I added basic support for animation. This allowed me to code this guy:

function sparky() {
  var pic = new Drawing();
  var d = new Drawing();
  for(var i = 0; i < 4; i++) {
    var l = new Line();
    l.scale(10).rotate(90 * i);
    d.add(l);
  }
  var fudge = (Math.cos(now())) * 10;
  for(var j = 0; j < 360; j += 5) {
    d.translate({x: Math.sin(j) * 100 + fudge, y: Math.cos(j) * 100 + fudge}).rotate(fudge);
    pic.add(d.copy());
  }

  return pic;
}

Painter.animate(sparky);

While it's far from a polished finished product, this animation does clearly demonstrate that even with my primitive setup I can make fun creations.

I've now been a Poetic Computationalist for about 15 minutes, and I have to say, this is really unlike any other code I've written. When you're coding to implement an algorithm you have a fixed point you're moving towards. But with my toy animation above, I had no such goal. I just wanted to make something interesting. Instead of being the professional chemist carefully measuring and adding ingredients, I was the 8 year old in the kitchen flinging whatever I wanted into the pot. I have to say, it was a lot of fun!

You can find the source code for all of this here and see all my creations here.

The Rhythm of Life in Ho Chi Minh City

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

It’s easy to fall into the rhythm of life in Ho Chi Minh City, if only because it’s so all-pervasive. You can’t argue with the weather, whether it’s hot or cool. You can’t argue that Markets shouldn’t happen in the morning, because all that food has to get into a refrigerator or cooked as soon […]

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Weekly Discoveries - Closing Out 2017 Edition

Weekly Discoveries - Closing Out 2017 Edition

by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Simon) @ Ben's Journal

The last couple of weeks have been a fitting anniversary to the Weekly Discoveries project I started at the beginning of 2017. A year ago I found myself frustrated that I was listing to the same (mostly popular) tunes over and over again. I was also shocked that when I did some digging I could find a whole slew of artists I'd never heard of before that made music that was really appealing.

Take Barns County's Fire for example. Here's a toe tapping tune from an artist I'd never heard of, even after spending a year looking for new talent.

And then there's videos like Terraform by Novo Amor & Ed Tullett that are visually stunning and contain music that I'm not even sure how to categorize. I just know that when I heard the song, I had stop what I was doing and listen.

This year I also found myself gaining a more thorough appreciation for many artists that have one or two overplayed songs on the radio. I've come to appreciate that many of the best songs from say, The Lumineers or Vance Joy never make it to the radio. This last week I was definitely feeling some love for Passenger, who with ever song I hear from his new album, reminds me that he's anything but a one hit wonder.

And then there's the whole world of mixes, which string together a dozen plus songs. This may not sound especially creative, but give Klangnomad's Son of Spring and you'll see what a creative and well thought out mix can do. It's an hour's worth of music which leaves me thinking the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. So put those headphones on and prepare to get one heck of an hour of programming time logged.

I tried to focus this last year on music, but ever once in a while I'd come across a skills or humorous video that just had to be captured for posterity. In this vein, I give you: Bitcoin: What it is and How does it work?. I can't emphasize enough how this is 3 minutes and 6 seconds of perfection. Just watch it.

OK, enough talk. Let's listen! Weekly Discoveries 2017-12-17 and 2017-12-24:

Ben's Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant | Woolloongabba | The Weekend Edition

Ben's Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant | Woolloongabba | The Weekend Edition


The Weekend Edition | What's on in Brisbane

Whether you’re partial to the ballads of Celine Dion or the whispers of George Michael, Ben’s Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant is the place to indulge your inner performer before a room of diners.

5 Day Southern Vietnam Motorbike Loop

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

This loop has got a little bit of all the aspects that makes South Central Vietnam special: you’ll experience everything from highways to dirt roads, deep country to busy cities, highlands to beaches, and unbelievable heat to honest-to-god chilly breezes. Hop on and join us for our five day Southern Vietnam Motorbike Loop through Nam Cat Tien, Da […]

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Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Louisiana Contemporary

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Allegro Bistro Energy Centre, 1100 Poydras St., Suite 150, (504) 582-2350; www.allegrobistro.comA grilled pastrami chicken sandwich is topped with applewood-smoked bacon, melted Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and Thousand Island dressing on a brioche bun. Reservations recommended.…

Munch Ado | Don’t Get Hangry

Munch Ado | Don’t Get Hangry


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What are you in the mood for? Find it with Munch Ado. Search for your food life and order late-night delivery, takeout after work, or book a restaurant with a rooftop view for your next bestie brunch. Start your food adventure and join today.

Crossroads Restaurant

by lpeate @ Edible Baja Arizona Magazine - maps

Crossroads Restaurant(520) 624-03952602 S. 4th Ave.Tucson, AZ 85713

Monitoring the Monitors: Removing NaNs from rtl_power data and signal spike dection (Part 2 ½)

by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Simon) @ Ben's Journal

My first attempt at using rtl_power to capture motion detector signals was a bust. The data was riddled with NaN values, making it useless. Stumped for options, I dropped an e-mail to the author of this rtl_power article. His answer couldn't have been simpler: are you sure you're using the most up to date version of rtl_power?

I wasn't. As I had noted, to install rtl_power power on my Raspberry Pi I followed this transcript. It pulls the source for rtl_power as follows:

$ git clone git://git.osmocom.org/rtl-sdr.git

The latest version of the code, which fixes the NaN issue can be found here: https://github.com/keenerd/rtl-sdr.

I re-ran the build commands as suggested in the transcript (substituting the right git source URL) and found myself with a new version of rtl_power. A quick test showed that my NaN's were now gone!

Here's some test data:

I recaptured a short snapshot of motion detection data using rtl_power. The first set of data captures signals when there's no motion; the second set of data contains signals generated when I was tripping the motion detector. I did this by running commands like the following:

for i in `seq 1 3` ; 
  do rtl_power -f 344M:346M:20K -e 30 -i 1 > nomotion.$i.csv ;
  sleep 10;
done

I then wrote a quick PHP script to detect spikes in the data. My hope was that the 'nomotion' files would contain no spikes, while the 'motion' files did have spikes. Here's that script:

<?php
/*
 * A PHP file for reading in a rtl_power CSV file and printing out any blips
 */
if(count($argv) != 2) {
  echo "Usage: php -f {$argv[0]} data.csv\n";
  exit;
}

$last_snap      = array();
$data_col_start = 6;
$blip_threshold = 6;
$fd             = fopen($argv[1], "r");


while($row = fgetcsv($fd)) {
  $row = array_map('trim', $row);

  for($col_i = $data_col_start; $col_i < count($row); $col_i++) {
    $bin  = $col_i - $data_col_start;
    $freq = number_format(($row[2] + ($row[4] * $bin)) / 1000000, 4);
    $level = $row[$col_i];

    if(isset($last_snap[$freq])) {
      $diff = abs($last_snap[$freq] - $level);
      if($diff > $blip_threshold) {
        echo "$freq:$bin:$diff:$level\n";
      }
    }

    $last_snap[$freq] = $level;
  }
}
?>

Notice the value above for blip_threshold. This is an arbitrary value and one that I arrived at through experimentation. My thinking is that there's naturally noise in the system, so even when the motion detectors aren't sending messages, there's going to be some spikes.

And here's the output of running the PHP code against some sample files:

$ php -f ../find_blips.php nomotion.1.csv  # whoo! No spikes detected!
$ php -f ../find_blips.php motion.1.csv
345.0000:0:10.96:-7.35
345.0200:1:7.33:-11.10
344.8800:44:6.36:-10.89
344.9000:45:7.75:-9.28
344.9200:46:10.18:-6.98
344.9400:47:15.02:-2.38
344.9600:48:25.33:7.70
344.9800:49:22.82:5.56
344.9000:45:6.41:-14.93
344.9200:46:7.46:-13.25
344.9400:47:8.54:-10.04
344.9600:48:9.28:-0.70
344.9800:49:9.12:-2.67
344.9400:47:7.37:-17.41
344.9600:48:16.83:-17.53
344.9800:49:14.81:-17.48
345.0000:0:11.24:-18.45
345.0200:1:7.57:-18.61
344.8800:44:7.13:-10.38
344.9000:45:9.06:-8.32
344.9200:46:11.63:-5.84
344.9400:47:15.94:-1.53
344.9600:48:26.24:8.60
344.9800:49:23.74:6.49
345.0000:0:11.17:-7.24
345.0200:1:7.07:-11.35
344.9000:45:6.95:-17.28
344.9200:46:9.41:-17.28
344.9400:47:13.88:-17.59
344.9600:48:23.95:-17.55
344.9800:49:21.77:-17.50
345.0000:0:12:-18.34
345.0200:1:8.32:-18.42
344.9000:45:6.64:-10.71
344.9200:46:9.24:-8.15
344.9400:47:13.52:-4.02
344.9600:48:23.69:6.02
344.9800:49:21.35:3.94
345.0000:0:11.34:-6.87
345.0200:1:7.91:-10.70
344.8800:44:7.33:-17.05
344.9000:45:8.15:-16.01
344.9200:46:10:-15.14
344.9400:47:11.76:-12.49
344.9600:48:13.38:-4.09
344.9800:49:12.94:-5.71
344.9600:48:13.49:-17.58
344.9800:49:11.8:-17.51
345.0000:0:11.18:-18.45
345.0200:1:7.78:-18.74
344.9200:46:6.52:-10.92
344.9400:47:10.16:-7.38
344.9600:48:20.14:2.51
344.9800:49:18.03:0.50
345.0000:0:14.07:-4.38
345.0200:1:10.15:-8.47
345.0400:2:7.42:-10.80

Will you look at that?! I'm detecting spikes in the motion data, and can filter out noise in the nomotion data. I've got to say, this is really promising.

Up next is to refine this and map spikes to specific monitor detector behavior.

A huge thanks keenerd for making all of this possible!

Five Points Market & Restaurant

by lpeate @ Edible Baja Arizona Magazine - maps

Five Points Market & Restaurant(520) 623-3888756 S. Stone Ave.Tucson, AZ 85701

Converting Online Visits to Offline Sales

by admin @ Restaurant Menu - Best Menus

Online advertising, also called online marketing or Internet advertising, is a form of marketing and advertising which uses the Internet to deliver promotional marketing messages to consumers. It includes email marketing, search engine marketing (SEM), social media marketing, many types of display advertising (including web banner advertising), and mobile advertising. Like other advertising media, online…

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Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Pizza

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Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria 4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636; www.ancorapizza.comThe Diavola pizza is topped with salami, Fior di Latte cheese, chili and tomatoes. Reservations accepted for large parties.…

Book Review: “The Green Metropolis” and Ho Chi Minh City

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

David Owen’s amazingly prescient and clear-eyed book from 2009, The Green Metropolis, deconstructs exactly what city planners, environmentalists, and the general population get right about cities… and what they get very, very wrong. His book offers staggeringly simple reasons to rethink how we approach the twin questions of: “Are cities good or bad for the […]

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Westin La Paloma/Azul Restaurant

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Westin La Paloma/Azul Restaurant(520) 742-60003800 E. Sunrise Dr.Tucson, AZ 85718

Benjamin Supply

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Benjamin Supply(520) 777-7000440 N. 7th Ave.Tucson, AZ 85705

Book a Table Directly in Your Listing

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OpenTable is an American public company, slated to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Priceline.com, that offers online real-time restaurant-reservation service. The firm provides online reservations at about 31,000 upscale restaurants around the world seating some 15 million diners a month. The company was founded by Chuck Templeton in San Francisco, California, in 1998. Reservations…

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Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Seafood

by @ Gambit Weekly - New Orleans News and Entertainment, Gambit

Acme Oyster House Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 708-2409; 724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056; www.acmeoyster.comThe Peace Maker po-boy includes fried shrimp, oysters and Tabasco-infused mayonnaise on French bread. Lunch and dinner daily. $$…

In Praise of Living in a Small Room

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

I live in a pretty small bedroom. It’s certainly smaller than any room I’ve occupied so far in my life, but I believe there are many great benefits of living in a small room. First, let me describe my house for you (here it is when I moved in, July 2013). I live in a house. […]

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Ben's Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant

Ben's Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant


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Ben's Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant

A Review of The Temple Club in Oakland

by Ben @ Focus:Snap:Eat

One of the most buzzworthy restaurants that have opened in recent months can be found on the far end of International Boulevard, serving up Vietnamese dishes not typically found along that popular ethnic strip in Oakland.

The Temple Club is a lively, hip spot by Chef Geoffrey Deetz, who spent 16 years living in Vietnam [...]

A Review of RT Rotisserie in San Francisco

by Ben @ Focus:Snap:Eat

Rotisserie chicken was trending for awhile a couple of years ago, but it also helps when you open a rotisserie spot to have the reputation of people like Sarah and Evan Rich, the wife-and-husband team behind the fine dining spot Rich Table.

For their second restaurant, which is also in San [...]

Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Steakhouse

by @ Gambit Weekly - New Orleans News and Entertainment, Gambit

Austin's Seafood & Steakhouse 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533; www.mredsrestaurants.com/austinsPaneed veal Austin is served with bacon, crabmeat, mushrooms, asparagus and brabant potatoes. Reservations recommended.…

Coconut Crepes with Fresh Mango

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

What’s that? You want more breakfast? Perhaps that Banh Mi Op La just isn’t satisfying you with it’s ultra simple prep. Perhaps you want a sweeter breakfast, something that take a bit of skill – but not too much, because it’s 6:30am/pm/Midnight and you are either just waking up/just home from work/drunk, and, come on, […]

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Ben's Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant in Woolloongabba, Queensland

Ben's Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant in Woolloongabba, Queensland


Australian Explorer

Relax and enjoy authentic and traditional Chinese and Vietnamese Cuisine in an elegant atmosphere with the friendly and courteous staff. Our commitment is to provide exceptional Chinese and Vietnamese food.

Weekly Discoveries x3

Weekly Discoveries x3

by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Simon) @ Ben's Journal

As a rule, I don't put entire albums in my Weekly Discoveries. Instead, I try to restrict myself to a single song by a given artist. But after watching Odeza perform live on KEXP, and hearing them talk about the best way to appreciate their work, I decided to listening to the entire album a try. And man, does their album A Moment Apart deliver. They take you on quite the diverse musical journey with that album. So pick an hour long task, put on the headphones, and lose yourself in A Moment Apart.

Sure, the music video behind Walk on Water is cheesy. But it's patriotic American cheese. And while some of the faces and scenes in the video are cliche, I give them points for trying to capture our diverse country in a meaningful way.

The visuals in Mr. Probz's Fine Ass Mess feel more like an episode of criminal minds than a music video. But man, there's no denying that he can sing. Sooooooo, smooth. And it looks like our sultry murderer gets hers in the end.

Banner's Someone To You is the high school redemption song I didn't know I needed. If only I had collected up my Trapezoid editing friends to bust some serious moves at Prom, I could have had the same victory as our heroes in this song. And best of all, the video ends with a slight twist that makes for a better than perfect outcome.

Benjamin Booker's Believe has to be seen, to well, be believed. Picture it, a young man in boot camp, trying to make it through a critical training exercise, only to have it interrupted by his younger self dancing his way to victory. Trust me, the video works.

For Shira's birthday, I had visions of a romantic movie date night. Alas, her birthday fell on a packed Monday and my plans of snuggling up to watch a movie would have to wait. Luckily, YouTube delivered a mini version of what I had in mind with 20 Best Romantic Movie Moments. Why watch the whole movie when you can just zip through to watch the good part? And of the scenes in that video what's the most romantic? Why, the When Harry Met Sally scene, of course.

When I first started listening to Saturn by Sleeping at Last I assumed that it was strictly an instrumental piece. The visuals combined with the music totally worked and I was glad to add it to my list. Then the lyrics kicked in and I was more impressed. Then I actually read the lyrics and was even *more* impressed. What a remarkable song about losing someone you love. Any song that contains the lyric: How rare and beautiful it is to even exist is a winner in my book. Definitely worth a listen.

Listen to all the songs: 2017-11-12, 2017-11-26, 2017-12-03.

Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Pan-Asian

by @ Gambit Weekly - New Orleans News and Entertainment, Gambit

Asia Boomtown New Orleans, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 364-8812; www.boomtownneworleans.com/dining/asiaGeneral Tso's chicken is served with sweet and spicy sauce, an egg roll and rice. Reservations accepted.…

Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Thai

by @ Gambit Weekly - New Orleans News and Entertainment, Gambit

Banana Blossom Gretna Marketplace, 2112 Belle Chasse Highway, Suite 10, Gretna, (504) 392-7530; www.bananablossom504.comPad woon sen features chicken, beef, tofu or seafood over glass noodles with vegetables, egg and garlic with soy sauce. Reservations accepted.…

Pho Ben City, Abington

Pho Ben City, Abington


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Pho Ben City - View the menu for Pho Ben City as well as maps, restaurant reviews for Pho Ben City and other restaurants in Abington, PA and Abington.

Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Latin American

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Baru Bistro & Tapas 3700 Magazine St., (504) 895-2225; www.facebook.com/barubistrotapasPescado frito features a whole fried Gulf redfish served with coconut rice, patacones, radishes, and a mango and cabbage slaw. Reservations accepted.…

Ben's Chili Bowl Nominated for Manliest Restaurant

Ben's Chili Bowl Nominated for Manliest Restaurant


Eater DC

Ben's Chili Bowl received a nomination in the first Manliest Restaurant in America contest, launched by Men's Health. Ben's, the only area selection, was picked not only for its cross-section of...

East Bay Express | Oakland & Berkeley News, Events, Restaurants, Music, & Arts

East Bay Express | Oakland & Berkeley News, Events, Restaurants, Music, & Arts


East Bay Express

News, arts, and dining coverage for Oakland, Berkeley, and the greater East Bay.

Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Sandwiches & Po-boys

by @ Gambit Weekly - New Orleans News and Entertainment, Gambit

Avery's on Tulane 2510 Tulane Ave., (504) 821-4110; www.averysontulane.comSpicy Buffalo shrimp fill a po-boy dressed with blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, lettuce and tomato. Reservations accepted for large parties.…

A Review of The Saap Avenue in Oakland

by Ben @ Focus:Snap:Eat

The story: The Saap Avenue originally opened up last September in the old Adesso space on Piedmont Avenue as Chai Thai Bar. But the owner, whose family has a couple of restaurants with the same name in Oakland and Hayward, found patrons expected the same volume of menu choices and with the smaller space in [...]

Alison Cook’s Top 100 Restaurants for 2013

by Tony Nguyen @ Pho Binh

We made the list again!  Thank you Houston. Congratulations for making Alison Cook’s Top 100 Restaurants this year! The Houston Chronicle is always pleased to report the best our city has to offer and seeing as Houston has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the world, we think this is cause for celebration.

Tasting My Way Through Taipei and Taichung

by Ben @ Focus:Snap:Eat

TAIPEI, Taiwan
When people asked me what I planned to do during my Taiwan vacation, I simply said “eat.” Sure, I threw in a couple of museums and a visit to some tea plantations, but I really spent the days from one restaurant to night market to another eatery.

Earlier this week, I wrote [...]

Harvest Restaurant

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Harvest Restaurant(520) 731-110010355 N. La Cañada Dr., #141Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Going Big with Brunch at Clove and Hoof in Oakland

by Ben @ Focus:Snap:Eat

I’m pretty lucky with food options around my neighborhood near my Oakland apartment, and it’s getting better every day.

Clove and Hoof is one of my regular standby for a nice lunch because it’s just a 10-minute walk for me. I can always count on a filling meal from this gourmet butchery and casual restaurant, [...]

Coconut Crepes with Fresh Mango

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

What’s that? You want more breakfast? Perhaps that Banh Mi Op La just isn’t satisfying you with it’s ultra simple prep. Perhaps you want a sweeter breakfast, something that take a bit of skill – but not too much, because it’s 6:30am/pm/Midnight and you are either just waking up/just home from work/drunk, and, come on, […]

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5 Day Southern Vietnam Motorbike Loop

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

This loop has got a little bit of all the aspects that makes South Central Vietnam special: you’ll experience everything from highways to dirt roads, deep country to busy cities, highlands to beaches, and unbelievable heat to honest-to-god chilly breezes. Hop on and join us for our five day Southern Vietnam Motorbike Loop through Nam Cat Tien, Da […]

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Pho Binh Mentions

by Tony Nguyen @ Pho Binh

A list of some Pho Binh Mentions Pho Binh Restaurants Blogs December 4, 2013 Rest of the Best 2013: Top Ten Late-Night Restaurants Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, […]

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Gambit Weekly - New Orleans News and Entertainment


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Get the latest New Orleans news, politics, entertainment, music, restaurants and shopping information provided by Gambit newspaper.

Insulin Calculations for the Lazy and Math phobic

by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Simon) @ Ben's Journal

In another week we'll have our Boston Nieces and Nephews in town. This will be our first solo trip with Dovid since he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. In the notes my Sister-in-Law passed us regarding his care, she included a worksheet on how to calculate how much insulin he gets. Naturally, I converted those manual instructions into a Google Sheet.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to caculate insulin dosage, perhaps it will be useful? If so, make a copy of the sheet here and plugin in the appropriate values under the 'Settings' section.

Happy Carb Counting!

Disclaimer: Dammit Jim, I'm a computer programmer, not a doctor! So yeah, don't use the above sheet without first carefully verifying it.

Saigon Survival: What is VAT in Vietnam?

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

What’s Vietnam’s VAT tax, anyway? Sometimes this country baffles in its opacity (at least for us foreigners… but I suspect it’s difficult for Vietnamese, too, at times), but here’s a little more information about what to expect when the final bill comes, and how to manage your expectations regarding this tax! Everyone must deal with VAT. […]

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Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Vietnamese

by @ Gambit Weekly - New Orleans News and Entertainment, Gambit

Dong Phuong Bakery & Restaurant 14207 Chef Menteur Highway, (504) 254-1568; www.dpbanhmi.comGa roti banh mi features roasted chicken dressed with cucumber, jalapeno, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro and aioli. No reservations.…

In Praise of Living in a Small Room

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

I live in a pretty small bedroom. It’s certainly smaller than any room I’ve occupied so far in my life, but I believe there are many great benefits of living in a small room. First, let me describe my house for you (here it is when I moved in, July 2013). I live in a house. […]

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Sawmill Run Restaurant

by lpeate @ Edible Baja Arizona Magazine - maps

Sawmill Run Restaurant(520) 576-914712976 N. Sabino Canyon ParkMt. Lemmon, AZ 85719

Hu Tieu Mi Ben Tre Vietnamese Restaurant, Morley, WA - GrubFinder

Hu Tieu Mi Ben Tre Vietnamese Restaurant, Morley, WA - GrubFinder


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View the takeaway menu for Hu Tieu Mi Ben Tre Vietnamese Restaurant in Morley 6062, WA serving Asian, Vietnamese with

Hello world!

by webmaster @ Ben’s Family Asian Cuisines & Catering

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Book Review: “The Green Metropolis” and Ho Chi Minh City

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

David Owen’s amazingly prescient and clear-eyed book from 2009, The Green Metropolis, deconstructs exactly what city planners, environmentalists, and the general population get right about cities… and what they get very, very wrong. His book offers staggeringly simple reasons to rethink how we approach the twin questions of: “Are cities good or bad for the […]

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Increasing Daily Foot Traffic

by admin @ Restaurant Menu - Best Menus

A Business directory or business directory is a website or printed listing of information which lists all businesses within some category. Businesses can be categorized by business, location, activity, or size. Business may be compiled either manually or through an automated online search software. Online yellow pages are a type of business directory, as is…

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Saigon Survival: What is VAT in Vietnam?

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

What’s Vietnam’s VAT tax, anyway? Sometimes this country baffles in its opacity (at least for us foreigners… but I suspect it’s difficult for Vietnamese, too, at times), but here’s a little more information about what to expect when the final bill comes, and how to manage your expectations regarding this tax! Everyone must deal with VAT. […]

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Blue Willow Restaurant

by lpeate @ Edible Baja Arizona Magazine - maps

Blue Willow Restaurant(520) 327-75772616 N. Campbell Ave.Tucson, AZ 85719

Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Music and Food

by @ Gambit Weekly - New Orleans News and Entertainment, Gambit

Bacchanal Wine 600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111; www.bacchanal-wine.comSlow-braised pork shoulder is served with heirloom polenta, escarole, celery-apple slaw and chicharron. No reservations.…

Huffington Post’s David Rosengarten Detour to Pho Binh Trailer

by Tony Nguyen @ Pho Binh

I guess on a recent trip to Houston, David Rosengarten of The Huffington Post visited Pho Binh Trailer. His review of the restaurant was kind and generous and we’re glad he discovered what we in Houston have always known. You can find Mr. Rosengarten’s review here… We at Pho Binh says “Thank you sir!”

Bác Hiền: Tasty Fish Hot Pot in District 1

by Ben @ Ben – ABenAbroad

Let me just throw this out there and see if anyone’s picking it up: You’re a big fan of street level food and pop up restaurants, right? You find that eating on a sidewalk in the cool evening breeze, at a metal table and sitting on plastic stools, with the electric buzz of the city […]

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Where to get your Vietnamese iced coffee fix in Baton Rouge - [225]

Where to get your Vietnamese iced coffee fix in Baton Rouge - [225]


[225]

There are two types of people: those who don’t drink Vietnamese iced coffee, and those who can’t get enough. If you’re a member of the latter, you know that no commute is too lengthy for the perfect cup. The sweet beverage is on the rise in Baton Rouge, so the 225 Dine team did some...

The list: Alison Cook’s Top 100 Restaurants

by Tony Nguyen @ Pho Binh

Just because a restaurant operates out of a trailer doesn’t mean it can’t be considered one of the city’s best. Proof: the tidy family-run Pho Binh Trailer compound in southeast Houston, home to the finest pho in a city increasingly fond of the essential Vietnamese soup. To quote Alison Cook, we are proud to be listed on the Top 100 […]

Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Tapas/Spanish

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Barcelona Tapas720 Dublin St., (504) 861-9696; www.barcelonanola.comNew Zealand lamb chops are rubbed with herbs, pan-seared and served with fries. Reservations accepted for large parties.…

Overrun Inbox? Not today. Bulk Gmail Management from the Command Line

by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Simon) @ Ben's Journal

Every so often an errant program (often powered by cron) will flood my inbox with messages. I use Google to manage my e-mail, so this isn't typically a difficult problem to solve. I run a search like this:

label:inbox subject:(cron /usr/local/bin/badscript)

While Google only shows me the first hundred messages there's an option to select all messages, even those not visible. I click this option, hit the archive button, and bam! my inbox is back to usable.

There's a catch to this: the 'select all' option does not exist in Google's Mail app. This means that if I find myself with a overrun inbox and I'm away from a desktop computer, I'm out of luck.

This happened to me after my last vacation. I found myself on an airplane with the chance to respond to e-mail, but an inbox so overwhelmed with cruft that navigating it was painful. While I made do in that scenario, I promised myself I'd come back to this problem and solve it for good. Here's that solution.

I give you: gmail_tool. gmail_tool is inspired by youtube_tool, a command line program for managing YouTube playlists, but with an emphasis on Gmail. In the same way youtube_tool is a curl command line wrapper around Google's YouTube API, gmail_tool connects up curl and the Gmail API.

Here's some examples of it in use:

# Get a list of all messages from John that talk about Linux
# Note that the -q option takes in any valid search that works
# inside of the GMail Search Box. This is powerful stuff.
$ gmail_tool -a list -q "from:john subject:(linux)" 
....

# Google wants label changes to reference IDs, so get this list of IDs
$ gmail_tool -a labels  | head 
Label_11:designer request
Label_9:chatter
CATEGORY_PERSONAL:CATEGORY_PERSONAL
Label_3:foo stuff
Label_10:cron
IMPORTANT:IMPORTANT
CHAT:CHAT
SENT:SENT
INBOX:INBOX
TRASH:TRASH

# Remove a message from my inbox 
$ gmail_tool -a update -i 1604fdca6faf6497  -r INBOX

# Loop through all messages that meet some search criteria,
# file them under a label and remove them from the inbox.
# The -p insures that all pages of the results will be retrieved,
# not just the first page.
./gmail_tool -p -a list -q 'label:inbox subject:(cron update-foo)' | \
   sed 's/:.*//' | \
  while read id ; do gmail_tool -a update -i $id -l Label_9 -r INBOX ; done

That last recipe is the one I need to rescue my inbox from an exploding script.

I can't tell you how psyched I am to add this tool to my toolbox. I'm actually looking forward to the next time I SPAM myself by accident. There's nothing quite like that feeling of kicking off a single command that replaces tedious work.

You can grab the scripts that power the above here. Feel free to use and customize them as you see fit.

Pho Binh Westheimer is Coming Out!

by Tony Nguyen @ Pho Binh

It’s been over a year and the restaurant can say it’s keeping up with the family’s objective to serving the best food possible. We can’t be more proud. It’s when we can make someone happy and they blog, tweet or like us that we keep up our efforts to being a great place to eat: We like to thank a […]

My Top 10 Favorite Bites of 2017

by Ben @ Focus:Snap:Eat

2017 was another amazing year of eating, and in these last few moments of the year, I’m taking a look back at my 10 favorite bites of the year. I’m not talking about the restaurants that impressed me, but specifically the dish or bite that just wowed me or opened my taste buds to something [...]

Tib Chay Restaurant: Upscale Central Vietnamese Vegetarian

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

Tib Chay restaurant in Ho Chi Minh’s District 1 is a fine choice for getting your Central Vietnamese vegetarian food fix! Check it out – colorful, flavorful, and reasonably priced. One of the best things (out of many, many best things!) about eating in Vietnam is the incredible variety. While it may be occasionally difficult […]

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Ben's Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant in Woolloongabba - Restaurant menu and reviews

Ben's Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant in Woolloongabba - Restaurant menu and reviews


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El Cisne Mexican Restaurant

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El Cisne Mexican Restaurant(520) 638-61604717 E. Sunrise Dr.Tucson, AZ 85718

Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Neighborhood

by @ Gambit Weekly - New Orleans News and Entertainment, Gambit

Adolfo's Restaurant 611 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-3800Veal Ocean is topped with a creamy sauce of shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish and capers and served with pasta or salad. No reservations.…

Restaurant expansions: Pizza, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, bagels - Metro Commercial

Restaurant expansions: Pizza, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, bagels - Metro Commercial


Metro Commercial

Pho Street, a casual Vietnamese restaurant with locations in Springfield, Delaware County, and Bryn Mawr, plans to make the leap to Center City in early 2017 with a spot at 2104-06 Market St., which we old-timers remember as part of Nate Ben’s Reliable, a furniture store. Metro Commercial’s Scott Benson, Michael Gorman, and Lars Kerstein represented …

Bác Hiền: Tasty Fish Hot Pot in District 1

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

Let me just throw this out there and see if anyone’s picking it up: You’re a big fan of street level food and pop up restaurants, right? You find that eating on a sidewalk in the cool evening breeze, at a metal table and sitting on plastic stools, with the electric buzz of the city […]

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Bentley's House of Coffee & Tea

by lpeate @ Edible Baja Arizona Magazine - maps

Bentley's House of Coffee & Tea(520) 795-03381730 E. Speedway Blvd.Tucson, AZ 85719

Why I Love Where I Eat: Ha Long Bay Vietnamese Restaurant — Edible Baja Arizona Magazine

Why I Love Where I Eat: Ha Long Bay Vietnamese Restaurant — Edible Baja Arizona Magazine


Edible Baja Arizona Magazine

Perfectly flavored broth and a wide variety of Vietnamese food are staples at Ha Long Bay.

Chuong Gio Cafe

by Ben @ ABenAbroad

Welcome to… Chuong Gio Cafe Address: 264A, Lê Văn Sỹ, Phường 14, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh Hours: 9am-10:30pm Website:  https://www.facebook.com/Chuonggiocafe Parking: Limited Motorbike Parking in front, Free Drinks: Coffee, Smoothies, Juices, Yogurt, etc. Food: Ice Cream, maybe pizza? Price Range: 33k-60k Order This: As you like. It’s all pretty standard. Ambience: Settle in for […]

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Best 2013: The Top 10 Late-Night Restaurants in Houston

by Tony Nguyen @ Pho Binh

Three words: Bone. Marrow. Pho. Yes, there are other restaurants that rank higher than Pho Binh on this list, but that single dish makes it one of my favorites, and a favorite among many other night owls in Houston. Pho Binh by Night in Alief is open until 3 a.m. on the weekends, and it’s well worth the drive out […]

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