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 02/07/2016

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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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Best Food Reading for 01/05/2016

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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 12/20/2015

  • “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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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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General Reading for 12/15/2015

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Best Food Reading for 12/13/2015

  • “To answer that question—and to help America eat better, more buttery sandwiches—I led the Epicurious staff in a blind taste test of 10 commonly-available salted butters. We tasted for flavor, texture, saltiness and spreadability—all the elements that make a butter great for sandwiches.”

    tags: f butter

  • “This homemade pistachio butter is smooth, creamy and spreadable, with a nutty richness that’s distinctly adult. Just like Nutella, its culinary uses are seemingly endless: a filling for macarons, a dip for pretzels, a spread for crêpes or — you know it — straight out of the jar with a spoon. While it’s not complicated to make, the recipe does require a confectioner’s device known as a conche or melanger, easily found online.”

    tags: f nutella pistachio

  • “As rugelach has always been a favorite of mine, I decided to take this classic dessert and put my spin on it. I combined the traditional American jam filling with the Israeli chocolate filling, and snuck in some Slivovitz (a prized Serbian plum brandy) to represent my Serbian heritage.”

    tags: f chocolate rugelach

  • “Cream cheese brownies are an American classic. However, to be done right, the two batters must complement each other rather than compete. We use unsweetened chocolate for bold chocolate flavor and a cakey brownie batter so that the added liquid from the cream cheese filling doesn’t make the brownies soggy or too dense. The addition of sour cream to the cream cheese swirl adds a pleasing tang that complements the brownies’ sweetness. “

    tags: f cream cheese brownies

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

  • “AIML, or Artificial Intelligence Markup Language, is an XML dialect for creating natural language software agents.”

    tags: m python ai aiml

  • “Artificial intelligence chat bots are easy to write in Python with the AIML package. AIML stands for Artificial Intelligence Markup Language, but it is just simple XML. These code examples will walk you through how to create your own artificial intelligence chat bot using Python.”

    tags: m python ai

  • “Neural networks provide a vast array of functionality in the realm of statistical modeling, from data transformation to classification and regression. Unfortunately, due to the computational complexity and generally large magnitude of data involved, the training of so called deep learning models has been historically relegated to only those with considerable computing resources. However with the advancement of GPU computing, and now a large number of easy-to-use frameworks, training such networks is fully accessible to anybody with a simple knowledge of Python and a personal computer. In this post we’ll go through the process of training your first neural network in Python using an exceptionally readable framework called Chainer.”

    tags: m neural networks python

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General Reading for 12/12/2015

  • “Many report having difficulty understanding generators and the yield keyword even after making a concerted effort to teach themselves the topic. I want to change that. In this post, I’ll explain what the yield keyword does, why it’s useful, and how to use it.”

    tags: bs python yield generator

  • “This is aimed at developers who are already familiar with Python but not familiar with GUI programming. I have two goals here. One is to provide examples and demonstrate that GUI programming is not as painful as most developers would expect. The other is to provide a high level view of the widgets that are available for you to use.”

    tags: bs gui python programming

  • “All examples are in Python 3.”

    tags: bs data python

  • “You’re never too old nor too young to start learning how to program. Where to start? We suggest starting with Python, whose namesake — if you haven’t guessed already — is inspired by the British comedy group Monty Python. So what should you expect from a computer programming language named after a group that makes fun of just about everything? Well, there’s a glaring clue somewhere but we’ll give you five compelling reasons why Python should be your first foray into programming.”

    tags: bs python programming

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General Reading for 12/11/2015

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General Reading for 12/05/2015

  • “Now anyone can download the code and in-development builds to see what the team is up to. More advanced developers interested in contributing to the project can file bugs, participate in the community, and contribute their own fixes and enhancements to make Swift even better. For production App Store development you should always use the stable releases of Swift included in Xcode, and this remains a requirement for app submission.”

    tags: bs swift open source apple

  • “Mozilla wants to shed itself of Thunderbird, its popular cross platform email client. Although widely used on GNU/Linux, OS X and on Windows, the organization now seems to pretty much view it as a liability.”

    tags: bs thunderbird adoption open source

  • “As promised earlier in the year, Apple’s Swift team has now posted source code for the Swift compiler and standard library functions and objects. Open-sourcing Swift is a big win for the developer community as it means Swift can now be setup to run on a server and many other use cases, bringing Apple programming talent and expertise beyond ‘just’ making apps iOS devices and Macs.”

    tags: bs apple swift open source

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Best Food Reading for 12/04/2015

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Best Food Reading for 12/03/2015

  • “What’s not to love about salmon? It’s healthy, delicious, and easy to find at any grocery store. This fish is quick-cooking enough for a weeknight, yet fancy enough for company. When gently, slowly cooked, salmon’s inherent fattiness transforms the fish into a super moist and succulent main. Our test kitchen set out to determine the perfect salmon slow-cooking technique, as well as a just-right side to complement the fish.”

    tags: f salmon

  • “Continuing holiday shopping week, and again reposting from last year as the essentials rarely change, here are my recommendations for modestly priced kitchen tools that are essentials in my kitchen. (All but one of the following links is to Amazon; I’m a part of its affiliate program—when you shop at Amazon via this site, it helps to support this site.) I own and love everything mentioned below.”

    tags: f holiday kitchen

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 12/02/2015

  • Python is a great high level language for easily expressing ideas, but people don’t tend to think of it as a high performance language; for that you would want a compiled language — ideally C or C++ but Java would do. This notebook started out as a simple benchmarking of the hdbscan clustering library written in Python against the reference implementation written in Java. It still does that, but it has expanded into an explanation of why I choose to use Python for performance critical scientific computing code.”

    tags: m mathematics

  • “MathJax™ uses CSS with web fonts or SVG, instead of bitmap images or Flash, so equations scale with surrounding text at all zoom levels.”

    tags: m mathematics mathjax

  • “I’ve run across a couple web sites that let you enter a LaTeX symbol and get back its Unicode value. But I didn’t find a site that does the reverse, going from Unicode to LaTeX, so I wrote my own.”

    tags: m unicode latex

  • “At DeepMind, a Google subsidiary based in Cambridge, England, researchers have built artificial intelligence software that’s so adept at these classic games, it can sometimes beat a human player—and a professional, at that. This may seem like a frivolous, if intriguing, pursuit. But it’s a step toward something bigger. If a machine can learn to navigate the digital world of a video game, Google says, it eventually could learn to navigate the real world, too. Today, this AI can play Space Invaders. Tomorrow, it could control the robots that will build our gadgets and toys, and the autonomous cars that will drive from place to place entirely on their own.”

    tags: m atari ai google

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General Reading for 12/02/2015

  • “The internet is paving the way for a small teaching revolution. As a teaching community we can now share our lesson plans, materials, and experiences with the whole world. We can use other’s resources as a foundation to build our own courses so that we iterate towards ever better learning materials. This process is only just beginning, so to help we’ve put together a list below of some of the best Python teaching resources available. If you’re teaching a Python class, hopefully these can save you time and effort that you can instead invest into delivering the best course possible!”

    tags: bs python teaching

  • “Sometimes a programming design pattern becomes common enough to warrant its own special syntax. Python’s list comprehensions are a prime example of such a syntactic sugar.”

    tags: bs python list

  • “As part of our commitment to an open smart home platform, we’ve recently added a bunch of new devices to our compatibility list. By pairing these products with SmartThings, you can enhance your smart home and teach it a few new tricks.”

    tags: bs smartthings

  • “Study says they undercut groups in destructive, expensive ways”

    tags: bs harvard

  • “Augmented reality (AR) isn’t all headsets and funny glasses. Amazon wants to turn it into something that you can interact with in your living room, judging by a couple of the company’s recently approved patents. The “object tracking” patent shows how a system of projectors and cameras could beam virtual images onto real objects, and track your hand while you interact with them. The other, called “reflector-based depth mapping,” would use a projector to transform your room into a kind of holodeck, mapping the depth of objects and bodies in a room.”

    tags: bs amazon augmented reality

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Best Food Reading for 12/02/2015

  • “When asked if Watson had a preferred roast turkey recipe, an IBM spokeswoman said such a simple dish is “a little less typical of the types of recipes Chef Watson will generate.””

    tags: f ibm watson turkey

  • “In Emilia-Romagna, chef Carla Rebecchi taught Jenn Louis to make this borlotti bean stew with shell-like gnocchi called pisarei. It hails from the town of Piacenza, where, legend has it, mothers would look at the hands of a son’s intended bride to make sure she had the callouses that come from dragging the dumpling dough across a wooden board to make the pasta. A fresh herb sauce laced with speck tops it off.”

    tags: f bean stew

  • “This is comfort food at its sweetest and most gentle: a rice pudding cooked in a medium oven, watched carefully, and flavored with a touch of cinnamon. You can top it off with raisins or currants, some toasted pecans or a bit of brown sugar — or just leave it alone.”

    tags: f rice pudding

  • “You don’t have to be Jewish to love a holiday that lets you feast on perfectly wispy, golden potato pancakes. With our handheld Silver Dollar Latkes, there’s always an excuse to eat one more. These were made to be mixed and matched with a smorgasbord of bright, unexpected accompaniments, from horseradish labneh to soft-cooked eggs to a crunchy apple salad—all of which are delicious on their own too. Just add some yutz-proof Manischewitz cocktails (believe it), the best smoked fish you can find, and a few dreidels (why not?), and you have all the cause you need for celebration.”

    tags: f latke

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Best Food Reading for 11/26/2015

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Best Food Reading for 11/25/2015

  • “Pie crust has intimidation written all over it. So let’s bring it down to where it belongs — you only need a few key pieces of information. For me, it comes down to three tricks plus one master formula. Trust me, you can do this. Just take it step by step — and then show off like crazy.”

    tags: f pie

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General Reading for 11/24/2015

  • “So Einstein went back to the blackboard. And on Nov. 25, 1915, he set down the equation that rules the universe. As compact and mysterious as a Viking rune, it describes space-time as a kind of sagging mattress where matter and energy, like a heavy sleeper, distort the geometry of the cosmos to produce the effect we call gravity, obliging light beams as well as marbles and falling apples to follow curved paths through space.”

    tags: bs einstein relativity

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Best Food Reading for 11/21/2015

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General Reading for 11/20/2015

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General Reading for 11/16/2015

  • “Reality is mutable, vulnerable to interpretation and interference. It’s an idea that permeates through Philip K. Dick’s writing, one of the most influential forces in pop culture. Even if you don’t recognise his work by name, chances are you’ve experienced its impact. Minority Report, Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall—these are all films that owe life to the acclaimed science fiction author. Similarly, an armament of video games draw substance from the man’s fiction, whether it’s Deus Ex or the upcoming Californium.”

    tags: bs game

  • “More than two years ago, Valve announced that Linux-powered Steam Machines would be the future of gaming. After far too many delays, two gaming consoles are finally shipping with a third one coming soon.”

    tags: bs linux gaming steam

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Best Food Reading for 11/16/2015

  • “Any kind of firm, sweet pumpkin or squash can be used for this recipe. If you want a shortcut, you can buy pre-cubed butternut squash. Just make sure the surface of the squash looks fresh and moist.”

    tags: f pumpkin gruyère

  • “Before a tailor can sew a suit, someone needs to pick the fabric. Before a surgeon amputates a limb, it’s a good idea to confirm which limb needs amputating. And before you set to work making a cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving dinner, I strongly suggest you figure out what kind of cornbread you’re planning on using.”

    tags: f stuffing cornbread thanksgiving

  • “Sometimes, a dish comes along that uses all the delicious ingredients we say we’re going to use less of. Things like cream, butter, white wine, and cheese. You know, the ones our cooking idols always encourage using in heaping tablespoons? (After all, when Julia Child calls for more butter, you add more butter.) And if you could combine all of these delicious things in a recipe that doesn’t require hours and hours of braising in a Dutch oven, that would be pretty great, right?”

    tags: f mushroom pasta dinner

  • “We’ve cooked turkeys every which way: in a brown grocery bag (turns out to be highly unsanitary); draped with butter-drenched cheesecloth; deep-fried; even deboned and shaped into a melon (oh, la la!). We’ve wrestled with a hot twenty-five pounder, breast side down, then breast side up, and on and on. But we think we’ve found the answer to achieving the perfect Thanksgiving turkey—the easy dry salt brine.”

    tags: f roast turkey brine salt

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/11/2015

  • “The yearlong IMA program in Mathematics and Optics will bring together applied mathematicians, physical scientists and engineers to confront challenging problems arising in optics. It is anticipated that they will report on latest developments, interact and chart a future research agenda. Workshops will be designed around important areas of application where applied and computational mathematics has a large role to play.”

    tags: m institute mathematics applications math

  • “In 1655 the English mathematician John Wallis published a book in which he derived a formula for pi as the product of an infinite series of ratios. Now researchers from the University of Rochester, in a surprise discovery, have found the same formula in quantum mechanical calculations of the energy levels of a hydrogen atom. “

    tags: m quantum physics math pi

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General Reading for 11/11/2015

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/10/2015

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Best Food Reading for 11/10/2015

  • “Homemade dumplings take some work, but they’re worth the effort for a rich pork filling livened up with funky kimchi.”

    tags: f pork kimchi dumplings

  • “The problem came down to two things: using the wrong scallops and mismanaging moisture. Let me give you some details so that you (and your date!) won’t suffer the same fate.”

    tags: f scallops

  • “Traditionally, pappa al pomodoro is one of those recipes, like panzanella and gazpacho, that transforms stale bread into something not just edible, but wonderful.”

    tags: f tomato soup

  • “I have one back-pocket recipe that can save any breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Special birthday breakfast on a school morning when we have to get out at 7:00 a.m.? Popovers. A soup pulled from the freezer that’s not quite as delicious as I remember it? Serve with popovers. Friends coming over with picky kids? Anything + popovers. Of course, I wish all my meals were flawless and delicious, and all my experiments came out cookbook-worthy. But for the meals that don’t quite make it, popovers save the day.”

    tags: f popovers

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Best Food Reading for 11/09/2015

  • “With that in mind, allow me to introduce a brief taxonomy of Asian noodles. It’s a small sampling of what you’ll most commonly encounter in major supermarkets, and a starting point for a cook dabbling in anything from Japanese soups to Singapore noodles.”

    tags: f asian noodles

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General Reading for 11/07/2015

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/06/2015

  • “This phenomenon is an example of what’s known as “the wisdom of the crowd,” a modeling strategy frequently used in machine learning. Given that you have a diverse enough number of perspectives—each of which must have some measure of signal, but not be correlated to any other perspective (so errors tend to be symmetrically distributed around the truth)—as well as a suitable way of aggregating those perspectives (like averaging), you’ll find that in the results of that aggregation, the “rightness stacks up” while the errors tend to cancel each other out.”

    tags: m machine learning

  • “Text mining is the analysis of data contained in natural language text. It can help an organization derive potentially valuable business insights from text-based content such as Word documents, emails and postings on social media streams such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It has become an important research area for the application of machine learning techniques in the study of information retrieval and natural language processing. In a sense, it is defined as the way of discovering knowledge from ubiquitous text data that is easily accessible over the Internet.”

    tags: m machine learning ibm

  • “Machine Learning APIs make it easy for developers to develop predictive applications. Here we review 5 important Machine Learning APIs: IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, Google Prediction API, Amazon Machine Learning API, and BigML.”

    tags: m machine learning apis

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Best Food Reading for 11/06/2015

  • “This bright soup is super healthy with a flavorful kick. The addition of orange juice intensifies the flavor.”

    tags: f carrot ginger soup

  • “We wish we could take credit for this double-dairy, paprika-dusted masterpiece of a mash, but we can’t. The dish is courtesy of Dr. Andrew Stanek, father to BA’s own Amiel Stanek.”

    tags: f potatoes

  • “Cuban black bean soup ranks with France’s steak frites and Italy’s spaghetti with red sauce as a national obsession. It is a touchstone dish of the Caribbean. Usually made from dried beans (and definitely worth the extra time when you have it), the dish can nonetheless be adapted to a streamlined model with canned beans.”

    tags: f cuban stew

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