Each year on July 19, people across the United States fill their glasses with a rum-based cocktail and celebrate National Daiquiri Day. So today, raise your glass and join all of the others in this celebration!
Daiquiri is a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, citrus juice (typically lime) and sugar.
American mining engineer, Jennings Cox, who was in Cuba at the time of the Spanish-American War, is supposedly the inventor of the Daiquiri. The original drink was served in a tall glass which was packed with cracked ice. One teaspoon of sugar was sprinkled over the ice and then the juice of one or two fresh limes was squeezed over the sugar, followed by two to three ounces of white rum. It was at a later date that the Daiquiri evolved to be shaken in a shaker using the same ingredients substituting shaved ice.
There is a beach near Santiago, Cuba and an iron mine also in that area that are named Daiquiri. The drink is believed to be named after them.
In 1909, Admiral Lucius W. Johnson, a U.S. Navy medical officer, tried Cox’s drink and subsequently introduced it to the Army and Navy Club in Washinton, D.C.. The popularity of the Daiquiri then increased over the next few decades.
The Daiquiri was one of the favorite drinks of writer Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy.
This drink is sometimes served frozen: combined and poured from a blender eliminating the need for manual pulverization. Drinks such as the frozen Daiquiri are often commercially made in machines which produce a texture similar to a smoothie and come in a wide variety of flavors. Yet another way to create a frozen Daiquiri is by using frozen limeade, which provides the required texture, sweetness and sourness all at one time.
Enjoy National Daiquiri Day gathered together with your friends and a glass of regular or frozen Daiquiri!
Google is always raising the bar. If you have an android device with NFC you make already be familiar with google wallet. Google has released a new card linked to your account so even iOS users can join in. After much testing google wallet works great. Give it a try. Links and video below.
Today, we're introducing Paper, a new app that helps you explore and share stories from friends and the world around you. I Paper makes storytelling more beautiful with an immersive design and fullscreen, distraction-free layouts. We’ve also made it easier to craft and share beautiful stories of your own.
Your Paper is made of stories and themed sections, so you can follow your favorite interests. The first section in Paper is your Facebook News Feed, where you’ll enjoy inspiring new designs for photos, videos, and longer written posts. You can customize Paper with a choice of more than a dozen other sections about various themes and topics—from photography and sports to food, science and design. Each section includes a rich mix of content from emerging voices and well-known publications.
Storytelling and sharing have been reimagined in Paper to show stories at their best.
Everything responds to your touch so you can pick up or thumb through stories with simple, natural movements
You can tilt your phone to explore high-resolution panoramic photos from corner to corner, and see faces and other important details up close
Fullscreen autoplay videos come to life and bring you deep into the action
Beautifully detailed covers make it easy to spot articles from trusted publishers and decide what to read or watch.· Articles unfold in the app and appear fullscreen for a focused reading experience
When you're ready to tell your own story, you know exactly what your post or photo will look like because you see a live preview before you share it
Paper is the first product from Facebook Creative Labs, where we’re crafting new apps to support the diverse ways people want to connect and share. The app will be available for the iPhone in the US on February 3rd. For an early look, you cantake a tour of Paper.
Download photos of Paper here. Watch a video about Paper here.
Siri, the voice assistant that many of us despise is crawling back to us saying he/she has changed. The new Siri is iOS 7 comes in a less-robotic voice, and in both male and female variants. We'll call the new program it or Siri. Siri can answer a variety of questions, and does more than previous iOS's. Some of her prominent features is turning off a specific setting, or opening a specific album in the new Photos app. One thing it excels at is webpage search. Now if you search something, and then add the word "Wikipedia" after it, it'll pull up a large snippet of that webpage. This is nice because you don't have to be page swapping to obtain an answer. You come to a place, and you get your answer at that spot. Of course, there is an option below the large snippet to travel to the webpage. The new Safari app presents webpages like never before. While Siri is a bit slow at times due to the beta 1 that it's presented in, it works quite well. Keep in mind, this isn't a human-assistant replacer. It can answer a variety of commands, but at this time cannot serve as a friend for those lonely times.
Overall, Siri is a notable upgrade, and well worth it if you are contemplating trying iOS 7. From here it can only get better as the Beta's progress. In the fall, Siri will be market ready, and hopefully be able to correctly tell me where the nearest Waffle House is.