Monthly Archives: January 2014

Back to Bread: This is a little better

I got a banneton for Christmas and made a quick stab at a boule with a forced rise recipe, but I wanted to try to do it right, plus maybe get the slashing better. So for the bread I decided … Continue reading

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Back to Bread: Not bad for first try

Despite my lifelong klutziness with braiding I’ve always wanted to try challah, even if I only do the simplest three-strand version. So I grabbed my trusty Peter Reinhart Artisan Breads Every Day and off to the races. Here’s my result. … Continue reading

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A Generational Footnote about programming

I read several articles this morning that got me thinking about ancient history, as when I was young. The first article┬áis a personal account from a young Asian male who eventually ended up in CS at MIT. He recounts how … Continue reading

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Back to bread

For Christmas I got new tools for bread baking and so quickly did a couple of experiments to try them out. I had partial success so I’ll only briefly describe them. First I asked for and got a fluted brioche … Continue reading

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Nutrition scolds ignore data and are never happy unless you follow their dogma

A small tidbit in the news is an excellent example of how the nutrition scolds are stupid (and counter-productive) about reality when it comes to an “experiment” that gets real results and involves a teaching moment for young minds when … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Feed the Morons

Now that I’m back from the dead I can resume my rants against my favorite target – self-proclaimed nutrition experts who are inside fools and/or just peddling books. One of my favorite targets, himself a favorite of the Clintons, is … Continue reading

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Evolutionary disadvantage of pessimism – 2

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, definitely intensified by my recent brush (and then reprieve) from near-term death. I’m definitely gloomy about life (at least mine, but abstractly I think for most people) but my attitude is … Continue reading

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Close to a power law

One other look at blogging statistics (at least reads). It does appear that posts, at least when they’re more or less randomly read (rather than regular readers) do fairly closely follow a power log. That is when frequency data, in … Continue reading

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What is the point of blogging?

I don’t have any research (or references) to comment about other bloggers, but at least I can try to address this question for me. Or maybe I can if I think about it hard enough. After 20 months and nearly … Continue reading

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Back at Starbucks, yet again

I first used this as a title line back in June 2012 (post) and then dropped it since it got to be a fairly boring topic. And today it is a brutally cold day to leave home but I just … Continue reading

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