After Eating 84 Meals of Soylent, I Conclude It’s Great for Breakfast

Photo Aug 04, 7 38 33 AMSaturday, October 4 was an unusual day nutritionally. I woke up around 9:30. After reading NYTimes for an hour I was ready to bravely face the weekend.1 With a glass of Soylent and a few hours’ worth of phone calls under my belt, I grabbed a banana and stepped out for errands. Afterwards I drank another glass of Soylent and went for a solo 20-mile bike ride.2 I drank a final glass of Soylent before calling it a day.

Some time ago I experimented with DIY Soylent; when the official version arrived I then wrote about the first day with my initial thoughts. Given that one’s view of a product or service substantially matures with usage, having eaten four weeks of the powder I want to explain what it’s like.3

It’s important you understand that I haven’t eaten 84 consecutive meals of Soylent. I ate my my first meal August 2 and my 84th meal October 11. I’ve eaten it mostly for breakfast, which is what makes October 4 unusual. Of the 3,300 calories eaten that day, 2,700 of them were Soylent and all but 105 were liquid.

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Buying & Selling the iPhone 6 Plus

apple-storeStanding in line to buy an iPhone the day it is released is something I’ve done twice, and plan to do again. Buying a second iPhone with the intent to sell it for a profit is something I’ve done once, and plan to never do again.

The plan was simple. Get in line before everyone else, buy an extra iPhone 6 Plus, and sell it for a cushy 50% markup. After all, the odds of finding an iPhone 6 Plus were zero, according to Cult of Mac, which meant that mine would sell instantly if I were lucky enough to get my hands on one. Worst case scenario I could return it. Last year a friend of a friend cleared $3,500 and it was time for me to cash in too.

Here’s what really happened.

Thursday, September 18, 8:55 P.M. Me and my friend decided to check out the store ahead of time. We learned that nobody was allowed anywhere on the mall premises until 5:00 AM. Police had already run people off, so there was no chance of camping out. We went home, excited about the next day.

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Day One of Soylent

Photo Aug 02, 6 59 23 PMSunday, September 1st, 2013, I placed a $255.00 order for One Month Supply of Soylent, a futuristic powder food that simply requires the addition of water to sustain human life indefinitely on planet earth and beyond. The purchase was an impulse decision governed by two underlying facts:

  1. A good friend from college was experimenting with a homemade DIY version of soylent, which alerted me to its existence.1
  2. My position in life was changing such that I would soon be more directly responsible for my daily bread. Like most Americans, I’m too starved for time to have to worry about other forms of starvation simultaneously.

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The Desperate Shortage of Designers in Computer Science

This summer I’m interning at a tech company that is very design centric. When building new software, our first consideration is what will be the best user experience and what will look great, not what is technologically feasible.

How often do you see an app that’s absolutely beautiful and a joy to look at but doesn’t really do anything? That’s an all-too-rare problem to encounter. It is much more common to see applications that have a mediocre (at best) interface.

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