General Reading for 04/25/2016

  • “Strictly, a spaceship convention this is not. But it is as close as you are going to find in 2016: a professional, intense, inclusive-but-nerdy meeting not of big-talk entrepreneurs but of real-talk rocket-builders. These are the people who will figure out how to get human beings out of the solar system, if anyone can.”

    tags: bs space

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General Reading for 04/14/2016

  • “One good way to enjoy the company of hummingbirds is planting a hummingbird garden. In addition to providing them a natural diet, a hummer garden is an excellent way to attract birds to your nearby feeder: since hummingbirds feed by sight on regularly-followed routes – called traplining – their inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new source of food. A hummer garden is also a great way to capture the birds on film or video, and makes a much nicer backdrop for your photos than the typical plastic feeder. If you plan carefully and select a variety of plants that flower at successively later dates, you will be rewarded with happy hummers throughout the season.”

    tags: bs cl hummingbird garden

  • “Hummingbirds prefer openings in the forest and forest edge, and so are readily drawn to suburban and rural gardens that offer a mix of tall trees, shrubs, and patches of meadow and lawn. They are less likely to frequent cities, perhaps because they find fewer flowering plants for food and trees for nesting. Yet even in the largest cities, hummingbirds occupy parks and sometimes visit window boxes or rooftop gardens planted with bright flowers, especially during migration.”

    tags: bs cl hummingbird garden

  • “Butterfly gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies today. What could bring more joy than a beautiful butterfly fluttering around your garden?! Here are some tips to make your garden especially butterfly-friendly.”

    tags: bs cl butterfly gardening

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Best Food Reading for 04/13/2016

  • “Now ATK is leaving the kitchen for a new venture. This July it will launch a website, Cook’s Science. Unlike the company’s recipe-centric legacy brands (Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country), which were started under ATK’s recently departed and controversial founder, Christopher Kimball, the new venture will focus on telling stories about food science. “We will report in the field,” said Souza, “talking to scientists, chefs, farmers and professors at universities about what they’re doing — then coming back to the test kitchen.””

    tags: f

  • “On Wednesday, we got a new inkling at to what he’s up to next. Suffolk County property records indicate that Kimball is launching a new venture, CPK Media, and signed a seven-year lease at 177 Milk Street to house the company in January. The lease was filed publicly on April 1.”

    tags: f

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General Reading for 04/02/2016

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General Reading for 03/31/2016

  • “We’re still trying to get the inside story on what Microsoft has done here, but what we’ve known for several months now is that the company has developed some Windows kernel components (lxcore.sys, lxss.sys, presumably standing for “Linux core” and “Linux subsystem,” respectively) that support the major Linux kernel APIs. These components are not GPLed and do not appear to contain Linux code themselves; instead, they implement the Linux kernel API using the native Windows NT API that the Windows kernel provides. Microsoft is calling this the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL).”

    tags: bs microsoft linux

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General Reading for 03/26/2016

  • “Gallay pointed out Buchanan, New York, where Indian Point is located, is positioned on geological fault lines. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put one of the facility’s reactors on a list of nuclear sites in the United States most at risk for a major earthquake. “You could have an accident at Indian Point that ties to a fire, it could tie to terrorism, it could tie to earthquake. Or it simply tie to the age of this plant and the unreliability that it’s shown in the last ten months,” Gallay said.”

    tags: bs

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Best Food Reading for 03/24/2016

  • “A sourdough starter comes into your life the way a turtle might: as a pet you maybe didn’t know you wanted until someone hands it to you or you find yourself holding the terrarium after an impulse purchase you couldn’t explain if you tried. You get it or you make it or you buy it, and now you have a sourdough starter. It needs to be fed. It asks to be used.”

    tags: f starter bread

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Best Food Reading for 03/23/2016

  • “A fun vinaigrette can turn any dish into something unexpected and special. You’ll want to make a double batch of this kimchi vinaigrette and slather it on everything.”

    tags: f

  • “The Poppy Seed Roll is a traditional Hungarian pastry that is a sweet bread known as Beigli. Poppy Seed Roll is often prepared for the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Beigli [pronounced BAY-glee] is literally a Hungarian sweet bread with special delicious and tasty fillings. The poppy seed filling is one of the richest and most delicious tasting fillings.”

    tags: f easter hungarian poppy recipe

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Best Food Reading for 03/22/2016

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Best Food Reading for 03/20/2016

  • “Cacio is the local Roman dialect word for Pecorino Romano, a sheep’s-milk cheese made in the region since ancient times. Like carbonara, cacio e pepe is a relative newcomer to the Roman repertoire, first appearing in the mid-twentieth century. Pasta is tossed with an emulsified sauce of Pecorino Romano and black pepper that is bound by starchy pasta cooking water. Depending on the cook, the results range from dry to juicy. We love Leonardo Vignoli’s saucy version at Cesae al Casaletto. He uses ice in a hot pan to obtain a creamy sauce, but we have adapted his recipe to obtain more consistent results in a home kitchen. Finely grated Pecorino Romano and very hot water are essential to a smooth sauce, while fresh, coarsely ground black pepper gives flavor and texture. The most important component of a flawless cacio e pepe, however, is speed. If the water cools before melting the cheese, the sauce will clump.”

    tags: f

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General Reading for 03/18/2016

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Best Food Reading for 03/18/2016

  • “Unlike some other staple Indian breads, which are unleavened and crafted from durum wheat flour, or atta, fluffy naan is made with all-purpose flour and yeast. Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, but many home cooks make it on the stovetop. It is best savored hot and slathered with ghee.”

    tags: f

  • “In speaking of this most celebrated of Irish potato dishes, the musician Mick Bolger—whose Denver-based contemporary Celtic band is called Colcannon—notes that it has a “wonderful affinity” for corned beef and cabbage. And he confesses that he has also eaten it “with fillet mignon and port sauce; with rashers [bacon], tomatoes, and kidneys-in-their-jackets at 4 a.m.; and—God forgive me—wrapped in a tortilla, microwaved, and eaten, over the sink, with salsa.” It is, in other words, a versatile creation. It is also one that exists in numerous variations, depending on the season, the region of the country, and of course personal taste.”

    tags: f

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General Reading for 03/16/2016

  • “Wegmans is more than brick-and-mortar grocery stores, more than a Fortune 500 enterprise with $7.9 billion in annual sales and some 45,000 employees across New York and five other states. The Gates-based retailer — rated the No. 1 grocery store in America by Consumer Reports — is “a gamechanger,” said Susan Brown, associate dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.”

    tags: bs finger lakes agriculture wegmans

  • “PS VR, originally called Project Morpheus, is Sony’s answer to the current rush of virtual reality hardware heading to the gaming market. It’s exclusive to the PlayStation 4 console — and it has a fairly strong install base, considering Sony has sold 36 million PS4 units since its launch in 2013.”

    tags: bs sony playstation v

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General Reading for 03/15/2016

  • “There’s some truth in the stereotype that Republican men have old-fashioned views about women. According to the General Social Survey, a majority of politically conservative men believe that a woman’s job is “to look after the home and family.” And conservative men are twice as likely to oppose the idea that employers “should make special efforts to hire and promote qualified women.””

    tags: bs

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General Reading for 03/14/2016

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 03/13/2016

  • “At last, humanity is on the scoreboard. After three consecutive losses, Go world champion Lee Sedol has beaten Google‘s DeepMind artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, in the fourth game of their five-game series. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis notes that the AI lost thanks to its delayed reaction to a slip-up: it slipped on the 79th turn, but didn’t realize the extent of its mistake (and thus adapt its playing style) until the 87th move. The human win won’t change the results of the challenge — Google is donating the $1 million prize to charity rather than handing it to Lee. Still, it’s a symbolic victory in a competition that some had expected AlphaGo to completely dominate.”

    tags: m ai google go

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Best Food Reading for 03/11/2016

  • “I could say that this belief stems from tradition, but that would be skirting the truth, which is this: Mustard is the king of condiments. It is alpha and omega, sun and moon; kimchi and ketchup wash its feet and anoint its shoulders with liniments when it is sore from the weight of the crown.”

    tags: f mustard

  • “Herbs! That’s your answer: Even if you’ve never planted anything, a mini, windowsill-friendly plot of herbs is a very good place to give gardening a whirl. It’s low-cost and low-risk: All you need are a couple of pots to grow in, a bag of soil, and a sunny window. Herbs tend to be compact, quick-to-grow, and useful—which makes them a very good place to start.”

    tags: f herbs gardening

  • “You could use other greens, like kale or collard greens—just be sure to cook them in the soup for 5 minutes before serving, since they’re more hearty than the spinach.”

    tags: f sausage bean soup recipe

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 03/10/2016

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Best Food Reading for 03/10/2016

  • “I am very fortunate to have some fabulous people working with me. This recipe comes from my assistant Voi, who grew up in Prague and is a great chef. His style of cooking fits in well with the Eastern European vibe we have going at Chriskitch—solid, hearty fare for folks who do not have time for a lot of fussing around in the kitchen. This is easily a meal in itself.”

    tags: f

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General Reading for 03/07/2016

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General Reading for 03/06/2016

  • “On Tuesday, Murray and the rest of the Hello Games design team brought their game’s near-final build to a trippy Los Angeles studio space, intent on answering that very question. They were forthcoming with more gameplay and more details than ever before—including the announcement of a June 21 release date on both PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs—and they even handed controllers to us to explore the game however we saw fit.”

    tags: bs

  • “Affective computing has several definitions, but I think the best is “computing that’s influenced by human emotion.” We want the computer to detect what human emotions are, take human emotions into account in computation and sometimes simulate human emotion as part of the computer’s output.”

    tags: bs ibm affective

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General Reading for 03/05/2016

  • “No Man’s Sky is a game unlike any we’ve seen before: As a starship pilot, you’ll explore a universe so vast, its developers think explorers won’t set foot on 99 percent of its planets. That seems ridiculous, but Hello Games estimates No Man’s Sky has 18 quintillion planets. It has to estimate, because of course it didn’t craft them by hand — they’re all the result of algorithms, procedurally generating each one as it’s discovered.”

    tags: bs sky

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Best Food Reading for 03/05/2016

  • “Ramen and sandwiches are both incredible foods, favorites in the offices of Food Republic. Sometimes they’re paired together, as seen originally with the wildly popular ramen burger. But in a new twist, instead of acting as buns, the noodles serve as the filling between slices of bread. Yes: “

    tags: f japan

  • “Though the dough can be temperamental, layer after delicate layer will convince you: Making this pastry is worth the effort.”

    tags: f

  • “Colcannon traditionally combines mashed potato and cabbage, but there are as many versions as there are cooks in Ireland. This one uses softened and crunchy savoy cabbage, as well as garlic and leeks for extra depth.”

    tags: f

  • “James Beard Award–winning chef Hugh Acheson would be perfectly happy to serve you an excellent, Georgia-centric meal in any of his restaurants, but it might delight him just as much to know that you were cooking a from-scratch meal at home using fresh ingredients. The Canadian chef and JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change alum has parlayed his role as a judge on Top Chef into a national platform for talking about food justice and education. “Local first, sustainable second, organic third,” is his mantra, and if he has his way, the art of at-home eating will become part of the national curriculum, in the form of revamped home ec classes from elementary school onward. The recipes in his book, The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruit, use a wide range of produce from the four seasons. One of our favorites is his guacamole that gets smoky flavor from ground cumin and charred poblano peppers. He folds in toasted pecans for crunch and a decidedly Southern finish.”

    tags: f

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Best Food Reading for 03/03/2016

  • “The marinade does all the heavy lifting here. You marinate the chicken overnight, turn everything into a pot and simmer it. One of the cooking techniques that sets Filipino adobo apart is that you brown the meat after it is cooked, not before. That aroma of a browning, marinade-saturated chicken can drive you crazy.”

    tags: f chicken

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Best Food Reading for 02/24/2016

  • “A truly delectable brisket, this has the distinction of being the only recipe in this book where the lid on the baking pan is left ajar. If you prefer a richer sauce, substitute half beef broth and half wine for the water. Tip: It’s really important for the flavor and the color of the finished sauce to slowly cook the onions until deep golden.”

    tags: f brisket

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General Reading for 02/23/2016

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Best Food Reading for 02/21/2016

  • “To make pollo en pepitoria that was rich but balanced, we brightened the lush nut- and egg yolk–thickened sauce with canned tomatoes (more consistent year-round than fresh tomatoes) and a little lemon juice. Adding some of the braising liquid to the nut mixture when we blended it to make the sauce helped it puree thoroughly but still retain a pleasantly coarse consistency. Chicken thighs are fully cooked when they reach 175 degrees, but we purposely overcook them—and do it slowly—which allows collagen in the meat to break down into gelatin, making the meat more tender and juicy.”

    tags: f spanish chicken

  • “Cooked is a salute to eating, celebrated by people around the world, and filmed in color so rich you can almost taste it. Pollan frequently underscores the point that cooking itself may have made humans human. And thanks to Netflix’s powerful distribution platform, documentaries like Pollan’s are easier to watch than ever before. His message, each episode of which is spearheaded by a different director, could potentially reach each of the streaming service’s 75 million worldwide members.”

    tags: f netflix dinner

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General Reading for 02/20/2016

  • “The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, machine learning and much more.”

    tags: bs python shell notebook

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Best Food Reading for 02/08/2016

  • “My homemade dressing doesn’t try to emulate store-bought versions, because if that’s what you’re craving, then only the original will do. Instead, I’ve come up with a tangy rendition, packed with herbs and with enough body to coat greens and vegetables without overpowering them. Yogurt lightens up the mix, basil brings extra fragrance and sweetness, and paprika lends a smoky note. It has quickly become a household favorite for us — give it a try, and you’ll soon be putting it on everything. “

    tags: f ranch dressing

  • “Blue cheese dressing can, and should, be brash — yet still refined. Gutsy with cheese, bright with vinegar, and mollified with a hint of sweetness that’s bolstered by the richness of the mayonnaise and sour cream. It should have body without unnecessary weight. “

    tags: f blue cheese dressing

  • “Chicken wings have got a bad reputation for hanging around sketchy bars. It’s time to intervene. Because you can make chicken wings that are crispy and tender, that are doused in homemade hot sauce butter or your favorite spices, that are actually addictive and not at all dubious—and you can do it in under a half hour without any frying oil at all (unless you want to). There will be no bottled stuff—only fiery, fruity peppery flavor and dark meat cooked in its own fat (plus a bonus round of wing tips to chew on when nobody’s looking).”

    tags: f chicken wings buffalo

  • “If you’re short on one or more of the dried herbs for the breadcrumbs, just compensate by using more of another. But please, don’t use pre-seasoned fine crumbs; the crunch factor will suffer.”

    tags: f sticks cheese recipe

  • “This is the quintessential beef stew. Jacques Pepin’s mother served it at her restaurant, Le Pelican, where she made it with tougher cuts of meat. Jacques likes the flatiron–a long, narrow cut that’s extremely lean but becomes tender and stays moist. He doesn’t use stock, demiglace or even water in his stew, relying on robust red wine for the deep-flavored sauce.”

    tags: f stew beef recipe

  • “These twice-baked potatoes are so large and filling that some of Emeril Lagasse’s customers order them as an entree. The reason Lagasse calls them overstuffed is that he adds an extra baked potato to the stuffing mixture, but if these seem too large for you, then bake and mash only four (instead of the five used here), or use smaller potatoes.”

    tags: f potatoes recipe

  • “Mars has committed to removing artificial colors from all of our human food products. As we make these changes we are dedicated to delivering the same great tasting products you love, and we will provide absolute transparency about our ingredients in our labeling.”

    tags: f mars colors

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 02/07/2016

  • “The ethics around algorithms is a topic that lives only partly in a technical realm, of course. A data scientist doesn’t have to be an expert on the social impact of algorithms; instead, she should see herself as a facilitator of ethical conversations and a translator of the resulting ethical decisions into formal code. In other words, she wouldn’t make all the ethical choices herself, but rather raise the questions with a larger and hopefully receptive group.”

    tags: m ethics data science

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General Reading for 02/05/2016

  • “The study, which was funded by NASA, the Deep Carbon Observatory and a grant from the European Research Council, focused on comparing moon rocks to Earth matter. The findings led the research team to the conclusion that Earth and the moon are so similar because the moon was created at the same time that Theia impacted and altered Earth.”

    tags: bs earth planets

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 02/03/2016

  • “Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways. In 2013, mathematician and science author Ian Stewart published a book on 17 Equations That Changed The World. We recently came across this convenient table on Paul Coxon’s twitter account by mathematics tutor and blogger Larry Phillips that summarises the equations.”

    tags: m Mathematics

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 01/31/2016

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Best Food Reading for 01/31/2016

  • “The 2014 vintage in Oregon was the vintage of a lifetime that delivered a record amount of exceptional, balanced fruit at higher than normal yields. With this abundance of excellent fruit Don Oman, co-founder of Slow Food Portland, Oregon, saw an opportunity for local wineries to share this great vintage with the community. He decided to create SLOW Pinot Noir 2014 to support Slow Food activities in Oregon.”

    tags: f slow food usa

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General Reading for 01/27/2016

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Best Food Reading for 01/21/2016

  • “To live in a world in which chicken wings serve no true purpose sounds unbearable, luckily we can thank the great city of Buffalo for giving us the creation of Buffalo wings. While the true origin of Buffalo wings is a vague mystery to some, most will tell you the birthplace of this New York favorite was in the 1960s at Anchor Bar, located in Buffalo, New York. In the past 50 years, the people of New York have created many of their own personal takes on the legendary Buffalo wing. Check out the variety of places we’ve featured below on our list:”

    tags: f new york wings buffalo

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 01/20/2016

  • “A team at the University of Central Missouri, headed by Curtis Cooper has announced, via press release from the Messene organization, that they have found the largest prime number ever—it is 274,207,281 – 1, it has over 22 million digits. The new record has broken the old record by approximately 5 million digits.”

    tags: m largest prime number

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General Reading for 01/20/2016

  • “Brown now thinks he was wrong. Today, in The Astronomical Journal, Brown and his colleague Konstantin Batygin have published a paper with the title “Evidence for a Distant Giant Planet in the Solar System,” in which they make a persuasive case that there actually is a ninth planet out there. They have not observed it directly, only inferred its presence from the behavior of a handful of faraway objects, which have been caught in its gravitational sway. After more than a year of watching, calculating, and conducting computer simulations, Brown and Batygin write, “We motivate the existence of a distant, eccentric perturber.””

    tags: bs planet

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Best Food Reading for 01/19/2016

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General Reading for 01/09/2016

  • “PyGame is a Python wrapper for the SDL library. SDL is a cross-platform library for accessing computer multimedia hardware components (sound, video, input, etc.). SDL is an extremely powerful tool for building all kinds of things, but it’s written in C, and C is hard, so we use PyGame.”

    tags: bs primer python

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General Reading for 01/06/2016

  • “In a blog post, Oculus announced that the consumer version of the Rift will be available for pre-order starting on January 6, 2016, at 8 a.m. PT. The pre-orders will be available through the company’s website, and the company will be sharing more details on that day.”

    tags: v bs rift

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 01/04/2016

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Best Food Reading for 12/31/2015

  • “The province’s gastronomic achievements may reach dizzying heights, but Quebec may forever be known as the place where poutine began. An unabashedly savory collage of french-fried potatoes, beef gravy, and squeaky-fresh cheese curds, poutine is perhaps the ultimate late-night snack. This recipes comes to us from Toronto, Ontario native and kitchen assistant Anne-Marie White.”

    tags: f recipe poutine

  • “Like the cooks at Crook’s Corner, the celebrated restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, we recommend using stone-ground grits. They take more time to cook, but their flavor and texture are richer than instant grits. For quicker cooking, let the grits soak in water in the refrigerator overnight.”

    tags: f recipe shrimp grits

  • “Pounding the chicken cutlets before cooking renders them thin and terrifically tender. Deglazing the pan with Marsala and stock after cooking the chicken creates a quick, rich sauce.”

    tags: f chicken recipe marsala

  • “Last year, Governor Cuomo called for the further development of Taste NY in order to continue strengthening New York’s growing food and beverage industry. This plan added four new Taste NY stores, increased marketing opportunities, established several new partnerships and strengthened connections to consumers across the globe. “

    tags: f governor taste cl

  • “According to American culinary legend, an unknown Los Angeles chef devised onion dip back in the 50s by mixing Lipton soup mix with sour cream. Maybe … maybe not. What we know is that the folks at Lipton’s picked up the ball and ran with it to the point that more of their dehydrated soup mix was going into the dip bowl than the soup bowl. I have nothing against using manufactured mixes, but look, after the zombie apocalypse strikes, and the megamart shelves are stripped bare … what do we do then? Those of us with this recipe in our go-bags will survive to dip another day. Food for thought people, food for thought.”

    tags: f onion dip recipe

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General Reading for 12/30/2015

  • “Is AI becoming increasingly real? Are we now in a new era of the “AIs”? To consider this issue, it’s time to grow up. Enough already with the science fiction and the movies, Star Maker, Blade Runner, 2001, Her, The Matrix, “The Borg”.  Also, 80 years after Turing’s invention of his Universal Machine, it’s time to honor Turing, and other AI pioneers, by giving them a well-deserved rest.”

    tags: bs think machines edge ai

  • tags: bs python visualization

  • Google has confirmed that it will no longer use proprietary Java application programming interfaces (APIs) from Oracle in future versions of Android, according to VentureBeat. Instead, it will switch to OpenJDK, an open-source version of Oracle’s own Java Development Kit. While you might ask, “Who actually cares?”, Google says the change will simplify app development by creating a common codebase for Java. It’s hard to imagine that such a huge change (8,902 files are supposedly affected) isn’t related to Google’s ongoing legal dispute with Oracle, though. That dispute, depending on how it’s resolved, could adversely affect Android development and app coding in general.”

    tags: bs google oracle java android

  • “In order to not go totally bonkers, Mars-bound astronauts will need a larger place to live, complete with private quarters and exercise equipment. NASA envisions the Orion capsule could link up to a habitation module in space, but right now they have no idea what that module could look like. And who knows what the astronauts will live in once they get to Mars.”

    tags: bs nasa habitat space

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General Reading for 12/29/2015

  • “The picture of urban farming life usually involves dreamy days of harvesting beautiful produce from the ground. While it’s true that the rewards of fresh vegetables and homegrown eggs outshine the counterparts found in grocery stores, they come at a price: time, patience and hard work are something. In between the idyllic moments of harvesting your own food, real farmers do a number of unexpected chores. If you’re ready to dive into this lifestyle, here’s what you can expect to be doing while you’re waiting on your crops to grow.”

    tags: bs farming farm urban

  • “Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.”

    tags: bs science fiction

  • “Back in November 2014, New York City announced plans to replace pay phones with gigabit WiFi hotspots in 2015. Well, the year’s almost up, and today the installation began. The Verge caught a look at the process as the so-called LinkNYC access points began going up. Once the kiosks are up and running, you can expect to connect to WiFi within about 150 feet. However, you may have to wait a bit to give it a go, as a test phase is expected to follow once the equipment is in place.”

    tags: bs new york city wifi public

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Best Food Reading for 12/29/2015

  • “This scalloped potatoes recipe is a traditional recipe that can be prepped the night before serving. Creamy with a cheesy topping, scalloped potatoes can easily play side dish to almost any main course. Serve scalloped potatoes with your favorite meat and watch your family fall in love.”

    tags: f potatoes

  • “The yogurt helps tenderize the chicken; the garlic, ginger, and spices in the marinade infuse it with lots of flavor.”

    tags: f chicken masala

  • “Two chicken halves won’t fit in a standard 10-inch cast-iron, so this recipe calls for both a pan and a baking sheet. If you have a 14-inch pan, you can go straight from stovetop to oven.”

    tags: f chicken recipe

  • “Harissa, the ubiquitous North African pepper paste, flavors this juicy roast chicken from Zahav’s Michael Solomonov, who makes his with ground Aleppo pepper instead of fresh or dried chiles. Solomonov pairs the chicken with his version of Israeli cucumber salad.”

    tags: f chicken recipe harissa

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 12/23/2015

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Best Food Reading for 12/23/2015

  • “The egg whites in the batter keep these buttery shortbread-like cookies crumbly and light (and provide a place for all those spare egg whites you accumulate during holiday baking). The cardamom flavor is pronounced, so use the freshest cardamom you can find. These are also perfect for gift-giving, since they’ll keep practically forever, or at least 3 weeks stored airtight at room temperature.”

    tags: f butter recipe

  • “An Italian-American classic, shrimp scampi is a simple dish of sauteed shrimp tossed with a sauce of white wine, garlic, lemon juice, and butter, then served with pasta.”

    tags: f shrimp recipe

  • “When you make brie en croute at home, it’s more special—and more flavorful—than anything you can buy at the store. And with store-bought puff pastry on your side, it’s almost as easy.”

    tags: f brie cheese

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General Reading for 12/21/2015

  • “The IBM Watson iOS SDK gives developers a Swift application programming interface (API) to simplify integration with many of the Watson Developer Cloud services, including the Watson Dialog, Language Translation, Natural Language Classifier, Personality Insights, Speech To Text, Text to Speech, Alchemy Language, or Alchemy Vision services – all of which are available today, and can now be integrated with just a few lines of code.”

    tags: bs watson ios sdk swift

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Best Food Reading for 12/21/2015

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Best Food Reading for 12/20/2015

  • “This weekend’s recipe is not for rotisserie meat (though you could easily adapt it to the spit, should you have a Ronco or a setup for your oven or grill). It is for an oven-roasted version of the classic street-side flavor bomb, a shawarma for grown-ups who are neither rushing out for a greasy lunch nor drunk and starving. It is shawarma deluxe.”

    tags: chicken f

  • “This is a recipe I picked up from Steven Stolman, a clothing and interior designer whose “Confessions of a Serial Entertainer” is a useful guide to the business and culture of dinner parties and general hospitality. It is a perfect dinner-party meal: chicken thighs or legs dusted in flour and roasted with shallots, lemons and garlic in a bath of vermouth and under a shower of herbes de Provence. They go crisp in the heat above the fat, while the shallots and garlic melt into sweetness below. You could serve with rice, but I prefer a green salad and a lot of baguette to mop up the sauce.”

    tags: f chicken

  • “This may be your fruitcake. But it doesn’t have to be. Because here is a fruitcake so good that the only laughing stock will be the fools who didn’t indulge. A fruitcake three days, not three years, old, a generous gift of crackly edges, crunchy nuts and chewy, sticky, candied fruits, all of which soaked in enough rum to get grandma talking about FDR’s run as president.”

    tags: f fruitcake

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General Reading for 12/19/2015

  • “The firm also announced it has had it’s first closing in its inaugural fund of $10 million and has kicked off its initial investments with virtual reality and augmented reality companies including Harmonix (makers of the game Rock Band), Baobab (story and character-driven cinematic experiences in virtual reality), Waygo (Automatic translation of Asian languages to English), among other unannounced companies.”

    tags: bs

  • “Nearly a year after the United States announced it would be loosening travel restrictions to Cuba, the two countries have reached an agreement on regularly scheduled commercial flights to the island, the Associated Press has reported. Coupled with the previous rule changes for travelers, commercial flights to the island from the United States would make it possible for practically anyone who wishes to visit Cuba to do so. Here is what you need to know before you go”

    tags: bs cuba new york times travel

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Best Food Reading for 12/18/2015

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 12/16/2015

  • “What it is doing now is looking at all its video presentations and assigning more appropriate encoding algorithms to each one. This type of broadcast granularity may be the answer to a more efficient delivery process—and to more consistent quality for viewers. This is especially relevant to binge watchers, who for years have complained about varying degrees of video quality when watching a high number of programs in succession.”

    tags: m netflix algorithm

  • “The company is known as OpenAI, and according to a statement, it is a “non-profit artificial intelligence research company” that will advance digital intelligence. It’s not entirely clear what this company will be up to, but in the statement the company indicates it will work to improve existing artificial intelligence, and make it safe.”

    tags: m musk ai research

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General Reading for 12/16/2015

  • “Starting December 21, the FAA wants you to register your drone. If it weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, you’re legally required to tell the country about it. (Which, yes, is all insane given that you don’t have to do the same for a gun.) The FAA says this is being done in the name of safety, and that consumers have until February 19 to register. The system, thankfully, is simple: You can do it all online starting December 21, here. And hey, if you get it all taken care of before January 20, 2016, the FAA will waive the $5 registration fee! (Yes, that’s right, there’s a $5 registration fee.)”

    tags: bs drones

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