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Monday, October 10th, 2011

Steve Jobs…need we say more? Actually we will. Jobs has literally changed the way we view and experience the world. This is no easy feat, in case you’re trying to do it yourself, I’m sure you already know. In the late 1970s, Jobs help design and develop one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple Series. Think Jobs’ life didn’t effect you that much? Read on.

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”Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” (Jobs’ voiceover from an unaired Apple commercial featuring Virgin’s Richard Branson)


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Just imagine your life right now, without ever owning an Ipod, or a MacBook, or even without ever digitizing your music? We’d still be slinging our DiskMan’s around the street, toting our scratched up CDs, and making mix tapes for our significant others. For you younger one’s, a Diskman is simply a portable CD player. Remember those? (If not, DY a favor and click the words “CD Player”) Now we can transfer music to each other through the internet, press a button and open up thousands of songs, which we can listen to in privacy, in public, anywhere (except on the initial ascent on the airplane…) Most of us even learn the most vital news on our Apple devices. Even Jobs’ death itself, most of the industrialized world learned of it through and on an Apple device. Amazing.

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“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful–that’s what matters.” CNN, May 25, 1993

The above quote really makes one think–are YOU going to bed thinking you’ve done something wonderful? If not, change it. We can. Jobs’ resignation from Apple was a global shock and the interesting thing is, he did it right before his death. That means he was working, doing what he loved, right up to the last minute of his professional existence. And to bow out gracefully while the company is at an all-time high…that is, to put it mildly, reverent class.

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“A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
Steve Jobs

Three Cocktails for the Fall Season

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

The sun sets much later in the evening, the air has a distinct clean chill, the ground crunches when you walk…yes, fall is here. So imagine coming home from work after a long day, to find one of these tantalizing cocktails waiting for you. Embrace the new season with a series of spiced drinks to warm your spirits in the upcoming chilly evenings.

1. The Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Divine Cocktail Photo Courtesy of: © Grey Goose Vodka

Pumpkin Divine Cocktail Photo Courtesy of: © Grey Goose Vodka

Everyone seems to love the Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte, so why enjoy that same fall taste with vodka. This recipe is very easy, assuming you have a strainer, tumbler, and can get your hands on some pumpkin spice liquor. But if the Pumpkin Spiced Latte is your favorite, it may be a good seasonal investment to purchase Pumpkin liquor. Here’s how you make it, recipe courtesy of


  • 1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
  • 1 tsp whipped cream
  • cinnamon stick for garnish


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  1. Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup.
  4. Shake again.
  5. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.
  7. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


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2. Yamazaki Autumn Delight

Yamazaki Autumn Delight Photo Courtesy of: © Yamazaki Whiskey

Yamazaki Autumn Delight Photo Courtesy of: © Yamazaki Whiskey

This drink can either be served cold or warm! The fresh cinnamon stick adds a little kick of flavor while remaining a perfect fall-esque garnish. If you can’t find the Japanese Whiskey, use a mellow Scotch.


  • 2 oz Yamazaki 12 year old whiskey
  • 6 oz Apple Cider
  • Fresh cinnamon


  • Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake and strain into an ice filled old-fashioned glass.
  • Dust with fresh cinnamon.
  • Garnish with 2 apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

3. Herb’s Harvest

Herbs Harvest Photo Courtesy of: © Herb's Aromatic Vodka

Herbs Harvest Photo Courtesy of: © Herb’s Aromatic Vodka

The refreshing taste of rosemary is showing up not just at the dinner table, but behind the bar table as well. This recipe uses Rosemary Infused Vodka and is a modern cocktail with an herbal twist. Fresh ingredients are best for full flavor:



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  • 2 parts Herb’s Rosemary vodka
  • 1/2 part pear puree
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • 1/4 part almond syrup
  • 3/4 part cranberry juice (optional)
  • sprig of rosemary for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

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