Saturday, August 29, 2009

How to grill a steak to a perfect medium

hangar steak
The following is a re-post originally written by me for another blog. I am in the process of streamlining my portfolio and moving the greatest posts to this site. Hope you enjoy.

Everyone has a secret way of timing the grilling of a steak to perfectly pink medium. Some use a timer, or a meat thermometer, or can tell by pressing on the steak with a thumb and feeling the resistance.

I have a different way, one that involves a ritual appreciated by every man and woman I've allowed to witness.

Years ago, I found that the time it takes to grill a steak to a perfect medium equals the time it takes me to drink an ice-cold beer.

"But, what about the thickness of the cut?"

I drink faster or slower, as thickness dictates.

"What about temperature variations?"

What variations? Pre-heat the gas grill on high, place the meat on the grill, drop the temp to low, and take a sip. When you get halfway through the bottle, flip the steak.

Is this science? Is it art?

I have no idea. But I sure like grilling, and my steak comes off the grill perfect every time.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Are social order and individualism mutually exclusive?

Singapore Street Art
Like many parents, I dream of my children attending highly-regarded universities whose graduates go on to fascinating careers and change the world. But then, I realize they will be taught by people that write and publish the following:
Singapore is tiny compared to the United States (and most other countries, for that matter), but that doesn't mean it can't be a model. Barack Obama keeps saying that we need to buckle down and work hard to build an economy based on real production, not hollow financial chicanery. We need a little more social order, and a little less individualism [emphasis mine]. Singapore has already pulled off both objectives, and continues to provide a good example of good judgment for the United States and the rest of the world. Singapore: A Model of Judgment for the United States?

Actually, the article is pretty good and resonates perfectly with conversations I've had with colleagues overseas. Singapore is a fascinating place. But, that last paragraph sure did leave a bad taste in my mouth. I would argue we need more individualism, more of the thinkers, creators, and builders that will create The Next Big Thing and solve The Big Problems. I'm not so sure that Singapore doesn't encourage individualism; I suspect the author may be mistaken. I also don't agree that social order and individualism are mutually exclusive.

Your thoughts?

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