Spoiler-free Star Wars thoughts

Jorge Valdano wisely said: “El fútbol es lo más importante entre las cosas menos importantes” (“Soccer is the most important thing among the least important things”).

He is right. This is my addendum: “Star Wars is the second most important thing amongst the least important things”.

As in soccer, you can get into fist fights about Star Wars. But unlike soccer, Star Wars-related fist fights are quick and unfair because you’re fighting trekkies.

I liked the movie, and it wasn’t a redo of an old one. Go see it.

My little Mexicans

After 3 and 0.25 years (respectively) I’ve finally taken action and ensured that my poor two little kids have a team to root for in the upcoming World Cup.

Last Friday we went to the Mexican Consulate to finalize the process for making them Mexican Citizens. ¡Felicidades!


Ilán puts his fingerprint on his naturalization certificate.
Ari was a little bit more suspicious of the process.
I am quite certain that this is the best family photo we have so far. It’s hard to get everyone to look at a camera at the same time.
The moment before Ari’s acceptance speech.

Barton Hills Farms

Two weeks ago we headed to Barton Hills Farms at the suggestion and accompanied by the Aguilars. I was skeptical: what the hell do you do in a farm in the middle of nowhere?

Turns out there’s much to do. Besides photo ops with pumpkins, which people seem to really like, they have lots of games and activities including Ilan’s favorite: little trains you can ride.

This post is a bit late: they’re closed since November 5th. Make a note for next year.

Shana Tova

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Apple Watch band stains

This happened to my watch. My niece Joelle called it years ago: she told me to buy the black one because the white one would get stained.

I bought my second Apple Watch with a white sports band. Recently I noticed strange staining / discoloration on the strap:

It didn’t occur to me until today, exactly a day before the warranty expires, that Apple had a similar problem a long time ago: White MacBooks suffered from palm rest discoloration, and Apple fixed that free of charge! (my dad’s had the issue, but mine didn’t).

So I took it to the store… not covered.

Then I remembered the tip floating around back then for the MacBook issue: use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! I’m happy to report that it truly is magical and it worked like a charm. Hopefully this tip helps someone around the internet one day.

White sport band back to its white self.

Impossible Burger

Have you read about the Impossible Burger?

I have, and I was terribly curious about it: a California company using high-tech to create a vegetarian burger that looks, feels, and tastes like the real thing. Sound familiar? Yes, because we covered in 2015 we talked about the Beast Burger. This is different. They somehow made plants produce tons of heme which is abundant in meat and allegedly is what gives the hamburger it’s taste.

The only problem is that the list of places that carry it is very short. Recently, popular local burger joint Hopdoddy was added to that list.

When my grandmother and aunt came to Austin for an unrelated event, I took them to try it (they only eat kosher meat, and this is meatless).

But they were sold out.

Not one to be easily discouraged, I tried again by myself. This time they had it. This is what it looks like:

Impossible burger at Hopdoddy's
Good looking burger. No meat.
The time of truth.
The inside.

Visually, it’s striking. It looks like a real hamburger. They make it red and stringy like a real hamburger. According to them, the secret is adding plant-mad heme which is abundant in blood thus meat – except this heme is somehow produced from plants.

Taste-wise: it’s pretty good. You can tell it’s not a real hamburger, but when mixed together with the bun / cheese / lettuce / tomato / etc. then it doesn’t really matter that much.


  • Does it look like the real thing?
  • Is it tastier than the real thing?
    No, but it’s close.
  • Is this healthier than the real thing?
  • Is this cheaper than the real thing?
    The one I had was just as overpriced as every other hamburger sold there.
  • Is it better for the environment?
    Definitely. Beef is terrible for the environment.
  • Will this make hippies who think “all natural automatically means healthy” happy?
    No, they use genetic engineering to get plants to make lots of heme. But if you believe that genetic engineering = “bad” then get out of my blog and go read some horoscopes.




Due to recent life circumstances I didn’t plan to go see today’s total eclipse. I did manage to borrow sun filter, check it out and snap some iPhone photos.


Parking lot eclipse viewing party
12:43 PM eclipse iPhone photo. Austin, TX
12:52 PM eclipse iPhone photo. This one through a window, through clouds. Taken by colleague Usama H. #nofilter
Austin, TX
1:12 PM eclipse iPhone photo. Austin, TX

More than meets the eye.