WaPo – How to fight fingerprints and keep stainless steel looking new

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/how-to-fight-fingerprints-and-keep-stainless-steel-looking-new/2018/04/27/6e4f26f2-41c1-11e8-ad8f-27a8c409298b_story.html?utm_term=.95c9c3b0f322 best way to prevent fingerprints from showing is to use a wax-based spray made for treating stainless steel e.g. 3M's Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish,  Zep Stainless Steel Polish  use it once a month wear gloves when applying the polish Spray a light mist  - do not overspray Wait one or two minutes after spraying, … Continue reading WaPo – How to fight fingerprints and keep stainless steel looking new

WSJ – The Key to Smarter AI: Copy the Brain

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-key-to-smarter-ai-copy-the-brain-1523369923  the brain is very good at processing new information. AI isn't computer can teach itself to master a narrow, predetermined skill - software is stuck in time the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, developing brain-computer interfaces—devices that sit directly in or on the brain and record cell activity  see how neural signals translate into … Continue reading WSJ – The Key to Smarter AI: Copy the Brain

MasterClass – Thomas Keller – Puree Potatoes

https://www.masterclass.com/classes/thomas-keller-teaches-cooking-techniques/chapters/potato-puree/watch Puree vs mashed potatoes are not the same The French have "refined" mashed potatoes to pureed potatoes Potatoes to use Lorat – French like these but hard to find here in US Red bliss aren't good (get gummy when mashed) Russet aren't good for pureed potatoes (good for traditional mashed potatoes) Use Yukon gold … Continue reading MasterClass – Thomas Keller – Puree Potatoes

MasterClass – Thomas Keller – Braising Artichokes

https://www.masterclass.com/classes/thomas-keller-teaches-cooking-techniques/chapters/artichoke-barigoule/watch Sweating vs sauteeing Sauteeing == "jump" and carmelization Sweating … lower heat … juices come out Olive oil Don't need to cook with extra virgin olive oil … use a finishing oil Second press olive is used for cooking (e.g., sweating) Today, in the US, we have a huge selection of oils from which … Continue reading MasterClass – Thomas Keller – Braising Artichokes

MasterClass – Thomas Keller – Peeling Tomatos

https://www.masterclass.com/classes/thomas-keller-teaches-cooking-techniques/chapters/blanching-tomatoes/watch  Humans do not digest tomato skins Removing skins (peeling) them isn't necessary … but a level of refinement (to the tooth…texture) Bring large pot of water to boil … no need to salt Core tomato before dropping into boiling water (blanching - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanching_(cooking)) Have an ice water bath ready. Drop tomato into boiling water … Continue reading MasterClass – Thomas Keller – Peeling Tomatos

WSJ – The Easiest Place to Camp? On Top of Your Car

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-easiest-place-to-camp-on-top-of-your-car-1522861726  road trip still embodies that freedom so deeply rooted in our culture: uninhibited, spontaneous, independent lately more travelers are embracing an old-school solution with a twist: perching tents atop of vehicles instead of pitching them deep in the woods mini pop-up sleeping quarters are specifically designed to sit steadily on platforms anchored to the … Continue reading WSJ – The Easiest Place to Camp? On Top of Your Car

WaPo – Vikings may have used crystals to navigate across the Atlantic

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/04/04/vikings-may-have-used-crystals-to-navigate-across-the-atlantic/?utm_term=.cc8f3047aa8a  A thousand years ago, the trip between Norway and Greenland by longboat took about three weeks. Viking navigators used shadows cast by a sun compass, a ring with a central fin like a sun dial's, to identify geographic north  such compasses work only when the sun shines, not on foggy or cloudy days In 1967, Danish … Continue reading WaPo – Vikings may have used crystals to navigate across the Atlantic