Lewis Weil

I'm really happy with how these loaves of sourdough came out. They are made with local grains from Barton Springs Mill with their premium all purpose flour and the yecora rojo whole wheat flour.

And check out my first attempt at a rye bread. These loaves were only 15% rye so the flavor was subtle, but it smelled amazing!

I got a Tridacna gigas, the true giant clam! Right now its just a few inches long and lives in a little glass box in the guest bedroom. If all goes well this clam will live over 100 years and weigh hundreds of pounds. The photo doesn't do it justice, its colored like shimmering gold and is covered in these electric blue eyes. These clams are super rare and haven't been in the hobby in decades, I never thought I would see one much less have one. Its like a mythical creature is in my house. It seems happy so far. I was going to move it but found it has already put down bissal threads on its little rock!

This clam was not taken from the wild, it was part of a spawning program.

That was the lesson I took away from Merlin Tuttle’s wonderful talk tonite at Nerd Nite about persuading people to care about bats.

Just testing to see if the photo works. Look at my handsome dog!

the decline of nature feels like a hopeless cause. it is inspiring to see people like 96 year old Alfred Larson. at his ranch in idaho he has been building and maintaining bird boxes since he was 60. over the decades he has hosted nearly 30,000 blue birds. it inspires me to do more ecological restoration and fills me with hope. over the course of your life one can have a real impact.

i just had to cancel to an reservation, no refund and no expectation of one. my would-be host immediately sent a rude message before i had the chance to apologize and explain. they then sent a a very polite message, but the damage was done. if you are upset or excited step away from situation for a moment. if you can, sleep on it. you might stop yourself from doing something you regret, like being mean or committing to something you can't really handle.

i can't remember the last time i was in an argument. but that's my personality. watching people who argue often it seems like their arguments are frequently rooted solely in their tone of voice. where the topic and the tone do not match. which causes others to feel defensive and respond with a similarly angry tone. starting with calm and kind tone is probably more effective. to be fair that is just how some people communicate. maybe it can help to pay attention to others and your own tones.

Build a gig bag with all the adapters, plugs, slide remote, etc. that you could possibly need to save the show.

The audience doesn't know the drama that happened behind the scenes, don't bring it with you on stage.

You set the tone of the room that your guests have to deal with. Be kind.

Be overly generous to the people working in the venue.

Say thank you and be grateful for everyone who took time out of their life to come to your event.

I work in financial planning, an industry dominated by grey haired people in suits. And I frequently get asked about how to get more young people in the industry. Here are some thoughts about changing the demographics of an organization.

Recognize the biases in your org and actively recruit people to your organization to correct those biases.

Their titles should be the same as others in the organization. For instance “financial advisor” not “nextgen financial advisor”

Recruit them to be in leadership positions and trust them.

Remember millennials are just regular adults at this point.

If someone orders chips and queso and they leave it in the middle of the table where they have to reach to dip a chip, it is meant to be shared. Enjoy.

Make a point to chat with everyone in your group and ask them about themselves.

The bill is split based on what you ordered, unless there was a prior agreement Don't propose evenly dividing the bill once the meal already started.

Be overly kind to waitstaff. Say please and thank you.

Practicing etiquette is about helping others feel welcome and at ease.

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