The Man in the High Castle

I read this book because there was a TV series and I started to see it in the bookshops in the airport. I knew a bit about the plot so I decided to buy it. I didnt know Blade Runner (haven’t seen it but I know it is famous, at least Indiano Jones worked there) was based on one of the author books.

The book is just ok, the idea it is interesting. Most of the book is quite slow, then there is a bit of drama and action, but then it ends.

Laminated Cardamom Rolls

A.k.a rolled croissant dough with Cardamom cream. Nice video.


  • I should have used my croissant recipe for the dough and the rest from this video.

Ingredients for 8 rolls/snails aprox.
  – 250g wheatflour (12,5g protein)
  – 125g whole milk
  – 1/4 medium whole eggs
  – 16g sourdough levain (at peak)
  – 3.7g fresh yeast / 2g dried yeast
  – 27.5g sugar
  – 6.25g salt
  *Try to keep all ingredients as cold as possible
  25g butterblock

For the remonce creme
    45g sugar
    45g butter (room temperature!!!)
    2.5g cardamon seeds
    5g flour (important for not leaking)

For the syrup
– 30g water
– 30g sugar
– 1 cardamon pods
– 1 star anise

Mix everything and boil for 5 minutes.


Mix all wet ingredients + yest + flour + salt + sugar + mix all

Knead until you have a elastic/strongh dough and no very sticky. The video uses a machine and my dough after a long time never got to that consistency but I thought it was good enough and put it into the plastic container and then rest in the fridge. For 1 or 2 days. Mine was 1 day.

With a rolling pin, flat your butterblock, keep it cold

With a rolling pin, flat your dough, use a bit of flour as non-stick.

Put the butterblock in the middle and fold it with the dough.

Cut the sides to release the tension of the dough (I forgot it each time…) each time you make a fold

Do two folds like the croissants. Put the dough in the fridge for 30-45 minutes

Make another fold and spread the dough as a thin layer: 3mm aprox?

Make the Cardamom cream: Mix butter, sugar, flour and cardamom.

Spread the cream over the whole surface of the dough.

Roll the dough like a giant cigar. You can put the dough back in the fridge to continue next day (I did that)

Cut each roll: 4cm thick / 110g aprox

Put then in a tray with baking paper / or spread some flour over the tray.

Let is proof for 3-4 hours

Pre-heat oven at 190C. Bake for 18m or until brown/golden

Apply syrup immediately after taking the rolls out of the oven

Before oven:

After baking! (and applied syrup immediately for the shiny touch!)

Although It was quite far from the video… it was actually tasty! As mentioned earlier, I need to try with my croissant dough recipe, I think it would be much better.

Mindset Doctor – Inner Strength – Stretching – LLM in your laptor

Mindset Doctor: I struggle watching long videos in youtube (lack of time, many things to do, excuse(x)). I liked he used the concepts of chimp/human/computer brains (that reminded me again to this book) And how clear he was saying you need to befriend your chimp, anxiety is natural!, you need your chimp to vent, etc etc.

Inner Strength: This is a different world of endurance and mental strength. I need to read the second book of David Goggins.

Gut health: Interesting, we need more fiber.

And I need to improve my stretching (another), mainly because running.

You can run a LLM in your laptop. I need to try to play with this things.

Malai Kofta

A friend of mine prepared this dish once and it was super tasty. So I wanted to try myself at some point. This is the video I followed.

For making onion tomato puree

  • Ghee 1 tbsp (I used a piece of butter)
  • Onions 3-4 medium size (sliced)
  • Garlic cloves 8-10
  • Ginger 1 cm
  • Green chillies 1-2
  • Tomatoes 2 medium size (roughly chopped)
  • Cashew nuts: 1/4 cup (I used a mix of nuts… mistake?)
  • Water 200 ml
  • Set a deep pan or a wok on medium flame, add ghee and onions, cook the onions until its golden brown.
  • Add garlic cloves, ginger and green chillies, and sauté for a minute.
  • Add tomatoes, cashew nuts and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add water, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes, switch off the flame and cool down to room temperature, transfer it to a grinding jar and grind to fine puree, strain and keep aside for later use.

For making kofta balls

  • Boiled potatoes 4-5 medium size
  • Paneer ½ cup (grated) (I used mozarella maybe a mistake?)
  • Corn starch 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp (I didnt have all the spices so I improvised a bit…)
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Anardana powder 1 tbsp
  • Garam masala ½ tsp
  • Flour for coating
  • Oil for frying
  • Grate the boiled potatoes and add them in the mixing bowl, further add paneer, corn starch, salt and powdered spices, mix and combine well.
  • Take a spoonful of mixture and shape into small roundels, coat it with dry refined flour and dust ff excess flour.
  • Set a pan filled with oil on medium heat, deep fry these balls until golden brown in colour, remove it on ab absorbent paper and keep aside for later use.

For making the final gravy

  • Ghee 1 tbsp (I used butter)
  • Turmeric powder 1/4th tsp (again, didnt have all spices)
  • Coriander powder 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder 1 tbsp
  • Strained tomato onion puree
  • Fresh cream ½ cup
  • Kasuri methi 1 tsp
  • Garam masala ½ tsp
  • Kofta balls
  • Fresh coriander leaves 1 tbsp (chopped)
  • Set a pan on medium heat, add ghee, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder, add the strained tomato onion pure, add salt, stir and cook well for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add fresh cream, kasuri methi and garam masala, stir and cook for another 2-3 minutes, add the fried kofta balls and stir gently without damaging the delicate kofta balls.
  • Continue to cook further for 2-3 minutes and add freshly chopped coriander leaves.


  • My sauce was quite far from the video
  • I didnt want to deep fry the balls so I just fried with a bit of oil and they kind of melt. Then when adding to the gravy, they mixed up.

My result was quite far from the video, but it was tasty anyway!

This is part of the process just as a reminder for next time.

Meetings Breaks – Google Lens – Milgran Questions

Just take a break between meetings: link

Google Lens: I bought a plant last weekend and I dont know the type… so no idea how to look after it. GL can help you to identify photos. I was quite surprised (as google search is underperforming for some time…) This is my new plant, spineless yucca. Let’s see how long it survives me.

Milgran Questions: via 3MM. And anecdote about Churchill, interesting.

When punishment for what people say becomes widespread, people stop saying what they really think and instead say whatever is needed to thrive in the social environment.

Thus, limits on speech become limits on sincerity.

Discord – 68 Bits – HC2023 Google – Huge – Terrapin

Discord Scale: I think I read something about Elixir (and BEAM). So It was nice to side a successful product built with it. And how Discord has managed to keep pushing the scale of their platform. Everything is high level but gives you an idea.

68 Bits of advice: From Kevin Kelly

HotChips 2023: I received an email with all presentations and videos. Some picked my curiosity (although ALL of them are out of my understanding

  • Exciting Directions for ML Models and the Implications for Computing Hardware: video and pdf. A lot of focus in power consumption and reduce CO2. The optical I am still struggling. But it is interesting that they say they go for liquid cooling and beyond Ethernet for the supercomputer.
  • Inside the Cerebras Wafer-Scale Cluster: video and pdf. I have read about Cerebras before so it was nice to read/see something directly from them.

They made Google Huge: based on link. From the google presentation above, and the end there are a lot of references about the authors. I think I read about it in the past but It was nice to re-read it again.

Terrapin: SSH vulnerability. I need to patch 🙁

Prisioners of Geography

I finished this ebook a couple of days ago. It was really interesting and easy to digest. It gives you a different point of the current world based on geography and how a game of chess are the international relationships…

Russia: It is the biggest country. Its main weakness is Ukraine as it is plain and the only entry to the Mediterranean. Keep in mind that this book was written on 2016 so it doesnt surprise that Rusia has invaded Ukraine. As well, most of neighbors in the west are in NATO and Rusia/Putin doesnt want missile in his border. But playing with nukes is a zero-sum game? Russians are not europeans neither asians, they are Russians. So interesting that view from a country of that size.

China: I like the intro that China is not a country but a civilization. Its main goal is to build a fleet to match the USA navy. Not much issues inside the continent due to its massive population and borders with other countries. Himalayas with India is the most important. As well, for that reason invaded Tibet to remove the only option from India to attack and take the high grown. China plays India dealing with Pakistan to get access to the Indico. Taiwan is a horn as it is supported by USA. And I wonder, you invade Taiwan and chips production worldwide goes to shit.

USA: Luckiest guy. It has no really enemies in the borders. They bought Louisiana from France with Napoleon was in its worse as it was critical to maintain the Missisipi as it was key for commerce . Texas, New Mexico, California annexed from Mexico. And Alaska bought from Russia. So from east to west is free. North has Canada, an alley and not a threat. And Mexico has a desert between then and it is not match in any sense.

Western Europe: France is the one in best position. Access to North Atlantic and Mediterranean. Good internal routes. Germany main weakness is the east. It has only Poland between Russian and them. As well, the Danube is great as it connect many cities and is suitable for commerce. So Poland gets crashed very often. Spain is not very lucky, it has the Piryness in the north and then the internal communication as not great.

Africa: A mess created by Europe with the artificial borders that means nothing to the people.

Middle East: Another mess created by Europe with artificial borders and the conflicts of different views of Islam: Iran vs Irak/Arabia, etc. Israel in the middle of everything.

India and Pakistan: Mess from England, again due to artificial borders. India is superior in everything. The only issue is Pakistan has nukes too. It is interesting the game between Pakistan-Afghanistan-USA.

Korea and Japan: Neighbors that dont have a good past due to the invasion from Japan (and brutality) but China is a bigger problem. And North Korea.

Latin America: USA playground. Very unlucky region due to geography. Amazon is not good for commerce. Most population is in the coast. Communications with the interior as really bad so moving goods is expensive.

The Arctic: The new eldorado. USA, Russia, China, Denmark, etc claiming things. A lot of resources there but it is a dangerous area (climate) so expensive.

The Space: The new frontier and a lot of politics to agree how to “manage” it that obviously not all agree. I didnt know about Wernher von Braun (from the Nazi Germany to the Apollo XI in the moon). Russia had the lead with Yuri Gagarin, Sputnik, etc. Most space theory came from Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. He calculated the needed space to be able before the technology was available. I didnt know that Laika (Barking) died in her trip to space. Thanks to her, it was proved that humans could travel to space. At the end, USA landed Armstrong in the moon and the game is over. The very expensive business in space was over. Until now with SpaceX and similar wanting to go to Space/Moon/Mars, etc. The book suggest that cooperation is the only way for getting anywhere.

I didnt take notes but there is a lot of info in the book that you wouldnt think of so it gives you a new/different point of view of the current world.