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  • The Green Knight: Valentine's Day
    This was a carrot and sweet potato soup base with big chunks of Bosc pear and butternut squash for texture It was delicious hot but as we later found out even better cold The next soup was similar in that it too had a base of carrot and sweet potato However its flavor profile was very different Indian spiced carrot ginger soup This had a very smooth texture and spicy overtones I served it hot with a dollop of plain yogurt to complement the spice That was enough soup for a while so the next course was stir fried broccoli tofu and butternut squash in a light ginger garlic butter Technically the recipe only called for me to produce ginger butter but who would go for ginger only when you have the option to add garlic Last but not least was the piece de resistance With the wine finished and the temperature cooling outside we headed into the warm indoors for homemade dark chocolate and ginger ice cream So good Most of the meal made for days and days of leftovers but the ice cream was gone before that evening s Olympics broadcast had ended This was the our first Valentine s Day together in three years and I think it s safe to say that we both enjoyed it tremendously Pics are in my facebook album Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 35 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels food Valentine s Day wine No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1

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  • The Green Knight: Sports Season Transition
    season Another silver lining is the start of the beach volleyball season In colder climates beach volleyball might not be possible for months but here in Houston this weekend offered the perfect opportunity for it Saturday was sunny with a high in the low 70s Several of us met early in the morning and played for hours Some rust had to be shaken off and it didn t help that some of us had been out until 4 AM the night before but it was a lot of fun Welcome back Spring weather In the meantime I m continuing to enjoy the Winter Olympics I ve never cheered so hard for sports I understand so little Saturday night at a friend s birthday party we all found ourself huddled around the TV and cheering on the US Curling team not to mention our speed skaters The USA is still in first place according to my weighted medal scoring system with a score of 66 but Germany is breathing down our neck with 56 Here s hoping for an exciting final week Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 47 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels baseball football Houston Olympics Peyton Manning Rice volleyball No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February

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  • The Green Knight: Winter Olympics
    sports As there is still debate among countries about the proper way to score Olympic medal counts See my post from the Summer Olympics of 2008 I continue to use my weighted medal system See my follow up post from the Summer Olympics of 2008 in which golds receive 5 points silvers 3 points and bronzes 1 point By this account the current standings are USA and Germany tied for first 14 points France 11 South Korea 8 Canada 6 Czech Republic Netherlands Switzerland and Slovakia tied 5 Italy 2 Note that if the Czech Republic and Slovakia are combined as I know my good friend Martin Najzr would want they re in fourth place just behind France Russia is conspicuously missing from the list so far but I know our comrades will pick up the pace soon Let the Games begin I look forward to following the events over the next two weeks Posted by Bryan Hassin at 00 12 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Czech Republic Olympics USA No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35

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  • The Green Knight: Running
    involvement in running for training and competition purposes You can see the full post on The Shop s most recent blog entry HERE Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 02 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels running No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October 4 September 3 August 6 July 4 June 3 May 4 March 3 February 1 January 4 2011 47 December 5 November 4 October 3 August 5 July 2

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  • The Green Knight: 2010 Goal Progress
    this weekend s race and I came in at 22 35 I m about 15 pounds lighter than I was at my last race and I m sure that helps Saturday Katie and I entered the Texas Med 5k which kicked off at 8 30 AM The race route wound its way through the very flat Texas Medical Center and proceeds went to the Harris County Hospital District I had been very excited about this race as it would be my first race running barefoot My confidence wavered though when we woke up to a rainy 35 degrees F Was this really the environment in which I wanted to debut my barefoot running Maybe I should wear shoes and save the Vibrams for the next race I steeled myself though donned my Swiss cold weather running gear put on my Vibrams and headed to the race To make a long story short I blew through my 22 00 goal and finished at 21 43 46 of 1 000 runners 1 came in at 15 21 so I still have quite a ways to go if I want to place It took a lot out of me as I dry heaved at the finish line but it felt great to nail one of my 2010 goals so early I ll run at least one more 5k this year and will see how much I can improve on that time it would be great to get down into the teens Katie also came in significantly under her goal time so we celebrated together at the finish line They had hot food cold beer and live blues for us at the after race party but we didn t stick around long too cold Now with one goal checked off it s time to

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  • The Green Knight: I'm a Symphomaniac, MANIAC!
    with Minnesota wild rice and accompanied by lightly steamed broccolini We paired this with Valdicava s Rosso di Montalcino as Katie Cox and I had all tasted it from the barrel during our vineyard visits Not that we needed anymore food by this point but we served three vegetarian cheeses anyway and attempted to continue pairing them with the Valdicava However too much wine may have impaired our judgement as we soon found several other bottles of exotic reds on the table No one complained though Finally we had dark chocolate birthday cake and Banyuls Rimage kind of like Port but French from Les Clos de Paulilles Miraculously this wasn t all succeeded by tequila shots and running around the neighborhood naked or anything we really must be getting old Sunday the birthday continued as we took a cooking class at our favorite local Indian place Indika It was a small intimate class just a few couples taught by the chef owner back in the kitchen of the restaurant It was our first time working with commercial cooking tools and very fun to experience a taste no pun intended of the chaotic restaurant kitchen environment The result was a delicious dinner This is to be expected from Indika when the real chefs are cooking so we were all pleased to have stepped up enough ourselves Tonight Katie and I watched Food Inc which galvanized our resolve to eat fresh organic locally grown foods It s just amazing how much crap and how little nutrition is in most foods we are marketed and sold The system drives us to buy the cheapest food but it is so much more expensive when you consider the resulting healthcare social and environmental costs We have to change the system to capture the true costs

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  • The Green Knight: MLK Day
    weekend with some wonderful people Then Mom had an early flight this morning and it was back to focusing on my startup The weekend left me with nearly boundless energy though and today already has been incredibly productive As today is Martin Luther King Jr Day I did take some time to read up on MLK and reflect on what his story means to me There are many things to take from his story but a few particularly resounded with me in no particular order 1 The power of oration the man was simply phenomenal at not only writing improvising his speeches but at delivering them It is amazing how powerful oration can be for good or ill and I wonder how the changing landscape of media and technology will affect it Certainly an individual voice can reach many more ears much more swiftly than in the past However that voice will also have to compete with a much greater cacophony of competing voices It will be interesting to see One thing is for certain though the early 60 s were a grand time for oration producing both MLK s I Have a Dream speech and JFK s To the Moon speech both of which still give me chills 2 The power of non violent resistance whatever happened to non violent resistance anyway It seems that now everyone resists with terrorism or overt military action neither of which seem to be all that effective in achieving desired end results I m not sure why non violent resistance seems to be so effective perhaps it s because it forces everyone not only those in opposition but also all the onlookers to humanize the resisters creating empathy Violence does the opposite according to George Kohlrieser violence is only possible when human bonding has broken down Therefore violent acts inherently objectify rather than humanize people and humans tend to reach agreements with other humans more than they reach agreements with objects 3 You don t have to be perfect to make a huge difference MLK was far from perfect and he was totally upfront about that He was a notorious adulterer Again a striking resemblance to JFK which is particularly imperfect in light of his being a Baptist minister The FBI tried to discredit him by spreading reports of his transgressions but at the end of the day people forgave him and got behind his mission We live in a time in which it is increasingly impossible to hide any aspect of yourself perfect or imperfect and it takes far less than the FBI to dig up your dirty laundry No human is perfect though and I think the realization that celebrities and role models are not perfect has the potential to humanize them If they put up a perfect persona and then are inevitably found out the public turns against them AHA You made be feel inadequate because you were so perfect but you totally are NOT Evidence Tiger Woods If instead

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  • The Green Knight: Rice-Baylor Merger is Dead
    the best interests of both BCM and Rice University to strengthen the existing relationship without a formal merger The months of discussion have provided a great deal of information that we will use to build on existing joint programs such as in neuroscience and global health initiatives and to create new ones that will best serve both institutions A report prepared by a joint committee of faculty members from each institution identified many possibilities for collaboration that will be considered in the coming months We want to thank our administrative and faculty teams for their hard and creative work over the past year Our respect for each other increased daily as we grew to know each other and each other s work better We learned that we share similar missions and a commitment to the highest standards of education research and community service So while we are bringing the merger discussions to a close we are opening a new chapter of collaboration that will advance the field of biomedicine and improve human health William T Butler M D Interim President Baylor College of Medicine David W Leebron President Rice University Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 39 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Baylor Rice No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1

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