Archive for September, 2014

Another Awesome About Us Page

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A couple of years ago I blogged about a “brilliant About Us page“… I recently found another one that is just awesome.  This is from Canvas, which provides software (learning management system, or LMS) for schools.  Josh Coates is the guy who sold his startup to EMC for $76M, and he’s running canvas now.  Check out the Canvas (aka, instructure) Our Team page.

It looks fun and playful, right?

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If you mouse over each person’s image, it changes from the playful image (Steve’s playfulness is his clothes, which you’ll have to go to the page to see) to a serious corporate image.  But it defaults to the playful one. Isn’t that cool?

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and

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Great job Canvas peeps!

The Quest for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, September 12th, 2014

I love a good chocolate chip cookie.

Just the other night we made cookies and I remembered advice from THE person who makes the most available cookies I’ve had.  Her dad owns a bakery and she has some kind of midas-food touch.

Her advice?

I simply follow the instructions on the package.

Yeah, like it’s that easy, right?  I do that to, exactly… with a few exceptions.

Those darn exceptions have got to be the downfall of “perfect.”

Anyway, it’s been on my mind this week, and look at this article I just found: Ask a Chef: Chewy chocolate chip cookies

Here’s what I love about this article: instead of a recipe (which there is, actually, at the bottom), it focuses on the science of making a good cookie.  When you have words like creaming process, seeping, “run out,”  hydrated, emulsify, brown the butter, etc. you know it’s going to be fun to read.

Enjoy!