Organic eggs versus regular eggs

I usually buy regular eggs that can be found at any grocery store. As you know the prices can range from $1 – $3 for a dozen. I wanted to try organic eggs so I went to a organic food store and decided to buy some free range organic eggs. They cost me $5 for a dozen (there was also jumbo/ free range/ organic/ vegetarian feed eggs for $10 per dozen, that I want to buy next).

After eating the entire dozen organic eggs over the next week, I definitely could tell the difference between the two. Here are the main differences that I noticed.

  1. Organic eggs are brown as opposed to the usual white. This is not a real difference. It just means the chickens were brown instead of white. I imagine it is a purely marketing thing. I’m sure it effects some customers though.
  2. Organic eggs have a tougher shell. The amount of force you use to crack a regular egg is not enough to crack the shell of the organic egg. You have to hit the organic egg harder against the counter or pan (however you do it). Once I went back to using regular eggs, I actually shattered the first egg by hitting it way to hard and made a mess everywhere. I guess I quickly got used to the toughness of the organic egg’s shell. Keep that in mind when you switch back to regular eggs.
  3. The yoke in the organic eggs takes slightly more effort to break up once it’s in the pan (if you’re making scrambled eggs). The yoke is noticeably thicker.

Those are the main differences for me. As far as taste goes, I couldn’t taste the difference. I use herbs and spices with most meals. My next goal is to buy the $10 per dozen eggs. My prediction is that the shell will be even tougher to crack and the yoke will be even thicker.

Thoughts on San Francisco, California

After a recent visit to San Francisco, I can honestly say that I see why it is a favorite city for many people. I easily can see myself living there unlike other cities, such as Hollywood or Downtown Los Angeles.

It seems that the primary importance of the city is to hang out/ socialize. There are a lot of cafes and small bars. A lot of people are well dressed and up to date with the latest technology. It’s different from Las Vegas and Hollywood, where it seems like the primary goal is to party and show off your material possessions, as opposed to hanging out and chilling. That’s one of the cool things that I liked about San Francisco. The people living there don’t seem focused on solely partying and showing off.

Everything is really compact but that is to be expected from most big cities. Everything is expensive but that is to be expected as well.

One thing that really stood out to me was the amount of homeless people on the streets. Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Las Vegas all have tons of homeless people, but San Francisco was on another level. You couldn’t even walk a few feet without running into a homeless person. It was honestly ridiculous. I would be curious to find out how it got to be that populated with homeless. I once heard, on a Tim Ferriss podcast, that there are elaborate under ground tunnel systems in San Francisco where the homeless live. Do those tunnels attract homeless people to San Francisco? Maybe.

On that same podcast, I learned that the homeless have access to everything they need in San Francisco (for free). There are places where they can get shelter, food and clothing. All for free. If you ever see a homeless person asking for money (it happens tons of times per day if you are walking around the city), it is usually because they want money for alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.

Aside from that, San Francisco is definitely a great city. I really like it and would like to go explore the city a little more sometime in the future. It would be cool to visit the headquarters of all the big technology companies stationed in or near the city.

Thoughts on Las Vegas, Nevada

Here is something different. The words below happened after a recent trip to Las Vegas, NV. If you read it, let me know what you think. 

City lights, dreams of flight.

Las Vegas is the city that might, allow you to resolve your plight. Surface allusions are abundant in the women, buildings and tourists.

Below the surface you see the homeless, faceless and dreamless. The rundown who lost the spark in their eye. Like taxi drivers with failed headlights in the night.

The street surfaces are riddled with clues to the past. Over indulge in temptations and you’ll certainly receive ridicule.

A mental, physical and spiritual price to pay. Vegas is not for the weak willed who can’t say no to a mountain high pile of sins.

Stay for an extended period if you have a strong life philosophy. Leave quickly if you lack a strong life philosophy.

Vegas will chew you up and spit you back out. Visit Las Vegas, but make sure to just visit.

Living there is a gamble that only the skilled can truly handle.

A brief history of humankind

From what I’m learning we hardly know anything about the brief history of humankind. Every page in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari is insightful. I literally learn something new on every page I read. It is a very good book and I’m glad I learned about its existence through a Tim Ferriss podcast.

There were originally 6 species of humans (Homo). We are the last ones standing (Homo Sapiens). From what evidence suggests every time we ran into contact with each of the other species of humans, they shortly went extinct. That is crazy. Does that mean we eventually slaughtered all the Homo Neanderthals in war after war? Did we do the same to the other human species?

Look at us now. We are quick to start wars based on differences as small as religions. We start wars over resources (oil, gold and spices). We have even enslaved each other based on differences in appearances. All this and we belong to the same human species. Now imagine what it would be like to run into a different human species. A species bigger, stronger and tougher. Or even a species with an average height of 3 feet. Like a fox running into wolves. Homo Sapiens killing all the others is not far-fetched to me. I could imagine us creating a senseless war to massacre the other species. Only because they are different from us. Over the last 10,000 years we have been the only human species on Earth.

As Homo Sapiens expanded across the globe and touched all areas, so did the extinction rate of large mammals follow closely after us. Large rodents, sloths, mammoths and cats (saber-toothed cat) all met their extinction shortly after we discovered their home. Even to this day, shortly after discovering the island of Madagascar tons of species are becoming extinct. They were able to thrive and remain intact before we began meddling in their environment.

I’ll leave you with a good closing thought to get you thinking.

“We are so enamored of our high intelligence that we assume that when it comes to cerebral power, more must be better. But if that were the case, the feline family would also have produced cats who could do calculus, and frogs would by now have launched their own space program. Why are giant brains so rare in the animal kingdom?” -Yuval Noah Harari