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By James Montemagno

Ristretto: One Kopi Susu Please

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I know what you are thinking… James, it has only been a few months and you already missed an issue of Ristretto! What can I say life happens <3, but don’t worry I am back and actually drafting issue #4 at 2:30 AM on Friday after a long trip home from our holiday in Bali!

Live
So, this newsletter may be a bit Bali heavy, but honestly this was a fantastic holiday and the first one we really took to disconnect in over a year. After our intense 24-hour trip including a 5 hour layover in Taiwan, we had a full 7 days to explore Ubud, Sanur, Lembongan (the best!), and Uluwatu.
Lovely rice fields of Ubud
Lovely rice fields of Ubud
Throughout the entire week we enjoyed the local culture staying at small cottages and Airbnb’s and a few days of luxury at a resort. We got to rent tiny scooters and zip around the islands seeing monkeys, drinking coffee, and exploring lovely beaches.
Kopi Susu!
Kopi Susu!
Of all the places we have traveled to I have to say that Bali was extremely interesting. It is a place where rules are sort of thrown out the window and everything just sort of is. There are busy stressful cities and at the same time super tranquil beaches and small villages where you feel like you went back in time. Things just sort of happen and work out without having to stress to much.
Temple of Lempuyang Luhur
Temple of Lempuyang Luhur
Love
There are a lot of things that I love this month besides my trip to Bali. First and foremost is my amazing partner that has stuck by my side and put up with all of my shenanigans through the years, she is really amazing. I wouldn’t be the man that I am without her by my side and I so glad that I randomly ran into her 3.5 years ago when she asked for a Xamarin sticker at a conference.
As always I am still addicted to video games and playing more and more since I started the Nintendo Dispatch podcast. I have been non-stop playing Sky Force Anniversary, which is a fantastic vertical shoot-em-up that has consumed tons of hours and is only $10!
Sky Force!
Sky Force!
Last is the “complimentary” breakfast at the Batu Karang Lembongan Resort, which was some of the best breakfast I have ever had in my life!
Ridiculous!
Ridiculous!
Bike
Seeing as I was not at home nearly this entire month it was pretty hard to actually get any cycle time in. One thing that I did do was join a gym! Yes, a gym that will slowly drain $40 from my bank account each month for an entire year. The only reason that I actually decided to join this gym is because they have live and pre-recorded spin classes, which I am absolutely obsessed with and will really need throughout the winter.
Keeping up with my trend of talking about gear on my bike, I wanted to share my super loud bluetooth speaker that I bump jams on while I ride. The “Venstar S404” is crazy loud and lasts several bike rides leveraging Bluetooth 4.0. On top of that it has a really nice attachment for the handlebar allowing you to control play/pause/skip of the track.
Great Value for a Loud Speaker
Great Value for a Loud Speaker
Code
This last month I have really been into SignalR for adding real time communication to applications. I did a few Twitch streams to fully explore the concept and I am really blown away with just how easy it is to get the “Hub” backend setup and then integrate the client code into a Xamarin application in just a few steps. I wrote a full blog post on what exactly SignalR is, why you should care, and a small sample app that I have been building.
Inspiration
This last month I have really gotten into the the idea of early semi-retirement and saving money correctly. While I am not all in on FIRE just yet, I really enjoyed this talk by Mr. Money Mustache himself on “How to be rich, happy, and save the world”.
Pete Adeney (Mr. Money Mustache) - Full Talk at WDS 2016 [HD]
Pete Adeney (Mr. Money Mustache) - Full Talk at WDS 2016 [HD]
Mono of the Month
It is not just one monkey this month it is all of the wonderful monkeys of Bali! We spent 3 out of the 7 days in Bali visiting monkey forests throughout the different regions and they were absolutely delightful.
Monos of Bali
Monos of Bali
The Ubud Monkey Forest is probably the most well known monkey forest in Bali and for good reason as there are nearly 900 monkeys living here! It is an extremely large area (12.5 hectares) and the monkeys are free roaming and overall pretty friendly. We felt very comfortable here even with monkeys swinging overhead. That said H did sit down by a monkey that climbed up on her and stole her earring! Our next stop was the Sangeh Monkey Forest just outside of Ubud. This was our favorite spot as the monkeys are SUPER chill (monkeys and fewer tourists) and seem extremely happy in this forest. The final stop for us was at the Uluwatu Temple, which is an absolutely delightful temple that also happens to have monkeys spread throughout. The monkeys were extremely cute as you would expect, but it is a super busy tourist area and since it isn’t really a monkey forest the focus by the employees is more on the temple than the monkeys so they did tend to be more aggressive in general and we kept our cell phones close. On top of all of that our traveling monos, Mooch and Sebastian, had an awesome trip!
Motz Around the Internet
Yet another busy month where I finally got back into blogging and producing more content. I am extremely excited to start doubling down on more written and video content in 2019 so expect to see this section get extremely busy in future issues.
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In closing I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your day to read through this newsletter and send in your kind words. I read each and every one and it means the world to me. I wanted to also take a moment to respond to your questions & concerns. Last month Dominik wrote in to me about his concerns about my coffee consumption and disposable coffee cups:
Please help our planet and try not to use disposable coffee cups. They seem easy to recycle but in fact they are one of the largest pollutants. Even if they’re getting recycled, it gets expensive due to plastic polyethylene, which is tightly bonded to the paper making the cups hard to recycle.
I wanted to let everyone know how I try to be as green as possible with my mass coffee consumption. First, I make my coffee every day at home and carry it into the office with my Zojirushi mug to keep it warm, and pour it into a re-usable porcelain mug at the office. If I happen to get a disposable cup at the Microsoft offices they are fully compostable and I ensure that I do so. If I am out and about I always try to get my coffee to stay and drink it at the coffee shop. When that is not the case I always I ensure I recycle or compost where I can. One extra step that I will be taking after reading this is to also compost my coffee grounds at home. I am always open to more suggestions so please let me know! <3 If you still want to buy me a coffee I would love it!
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