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31 Jul 17:34

collard greens with cornmeal dumplings

by deb

One of my favorite cookbook purchases of the last year is Toni Tipton-Martin‘s Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking. It’s one of those incredible books that even from the pages of the introduction quietly but irrevocably pivots some of the ways you think about food. Tipton-Martin talks about growing up in the Black Beverly Hills of Los Angeles, one of several communities in the U.S. that she says are rarely discussed in the media, “an omission of black middle and upper classes that serves to stereotype African Americans as poor, uneducated, and possibly dangerous.” Growing up, she had a diverse culinary upbringing, with her mother’s homegrown fruits and vegetables at the center, but she found that culinary heritage, and the larger story of the African American food that encompasses the middle class and well-to-do “was lost in a world that confined the black experience to poverty, survival, and soul food.” She found it frustrating. With this book, she hoped to tell a multifaceted story of African American food that includes, but also looks beyond, what people call Southern and soul.
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31 Jul 17:33

dulce de leche chocoflan

by deb

If you spend any time on Pinterest or Instagram food searches, and who that hangs out here does not, I bet at least once in the last couple years, your Explore tab led you to the photogenic, decadent world of chocoflans. If not, let this post fix your suggestions right now. Chocoflans, sometimes called impossible flan (pastel imposible), are one part flan (a sweetened egg custard with caramel or dulce de leche) and one part plush chocolate cake. They’re considered a bit magical, not only because they combine two of the most wonderful desserts in the world, but because of what happens in the oven. Even though it goes into the oven with the cake batter in first and the flan in second, as it bakes, the batters flip. Once you invert it out of the baking pan, you end up with the flan on top and the cake underneath. I’ve read that this is because the cake, as it rises in the oven, becomes lighter than the flan layer, so the flan sinks and I, a non-scientist, based on little more than liking the sound of it, have concluded that it makes total sense.

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05 Jun 21:38

Hair Growth Rate

Hourly haircuts would be annoying, but they'd be easier to do yourself, since you'd have adjacent hairs as a guide. Growing it out would be a huge pain, though.
27 May 10:32

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Vast

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Look, some of the comics only amuse me, okay?


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27 May 10:32

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Theodicy

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This will featured in 2025's all-theodicy smbc collection.


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27 May 10:31

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Program

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That wasn't lazy drawings in the background - the sim just hadn't fully rendered them.


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26 May 06:55

X

The worst is when you run out of monospaced fonts and have to use variable-width variables.
18 May 06:13

Those who live in glass houses

by Lino

You’ve heard of treehouses. Now Aukbricks presents something that is a tree…in a house. This LEGO creation is like a childhood dream, a four-story modern home that surrounds a tree. The inspiration is a concept by A. Masow Architects. Incidentally, this LEGO creation and its real-life counterpart are both renders that don’t exist in real form but AuKbricks tells us he used about 4500 bricks, all of them utilizing real colors and legal connections.

Tree in the House


Fun details abound. here is a shot of the kitchen area and dining table.

Tree in the House

A spiral staircase leads all the way up to a lounging area among the treetop canopy.

Tree in the House

Somebody needs to build this place for real. I’d totally stay here for a weekend. You’d have to be slightly brave to live here permanently though. Both the bathroom and bedroom areas are in full view of the windows. The surrounding forest may ensure some privacy so that is less of a worry for me. But have you ever gone to bed with the shades open? That morning light is murder!

Tree in the House

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10 May 08:56

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - MVP

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I guess His logic was "hey, it worked for those two humans."


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08 May 16:35

Turtle Sandwich Standard Model

It's possible the bread and shell can be split into a top and bottom flavor, and some models additionally suggest Strange Bread and Charm Shells.
18 Apr 22:38

A plan for the far side of the moon

by Minnesotastan

As reported by VICE:
The far side of the Moon is a land of quiet mystery. Because it always faces away from Earth, all the noisy radio transmissions that we humans blast out never reach this part of the Moon. Scientists have dreamed of capitalizing on this unique radio silence for decades, and NASA has now brought that vision one step closer to reality by funding a proposal to build a radio telescope inside a crater on the far side of the Moon...


The proposed observatory would be one kilometer in diameter, making it “the largest filled-aperture radio telescope in the solar system,” according to a NASA abstract about the concept

Not only would this telescope avoid all the radio interference produced by humans, it would also be observing the universe without the veil of an atmosphere.
12 Apr 19:35

Simple number puzzle

by Minnesotastan

This image circulated widely this past week, claiming to be a puzzle that was "stumping the internet."  I suspect that most readers here can solve it in their heads in a couple minutes.  It's actually a dumbed-down version of the classic board game Mastermind

For those who can't figure it out, the answer is here.
09 Apr 10:35

New Sports System

Luke.stirling

I like thinking about some time in the distant future when people are able to interact normally again that someone comes by this comic randomly and is confused due to the lack of context of the times we are living through.

Under my system, boxing and football suffered, pair figure skating still worked but had to adapt by dropping some moves, and pro wrestling was actually completely unaffected.
05 Apr 10:02

Classic Space Pirates is a win/win

by Lino

We love Classic Space. We also love Pirates. So captainsmog has pulled a brilliant maneuver by combining the two beloved LEGO genres and the end result is just as charming as you’d think. I like how it is shaped like a seagoing vessel but functions as a space rover. Those beefy tires can handle any terrain outer space may throw at it. And the skeleton/spaceman as a masthead figure; that’s just cool. It conjures childhood memories of exploring outer space with my Classic Space sets…and also pillaging seaport towns. Captainsmog just might be a builder to watch out for. It seems we were equally smitten by this.

Classic Space Pirates

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04 Apr 17:31

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Foraging

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Thanks to the Patreon Squad for helping me fix an earlier version of this!


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01 Apr 07:47

Pathogen Resistance

We're not trapped in here with the coronavirus. The coronavirus is trapped in here with us.
29 Mar 22:38

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Strata

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I'm suddenly terribly afraid that this is actually a me-specific behavior and I've just outed myself.


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26 Mar 06:18

Movie theater in Minneapolis

by Minnesotastan

Via.
23 Mar 12:05

Reconsidering "unskilled workers"

by Minnesotastan
21 Mar 08:28

Exa-Exabyte

To picture 10^18, just picture 10^13, but then imagine you connect the left side of the 3 to close off the little bays.
09 Mar 22:11

Scientific Briefing

"I actually came in in the middle so I don't know which topic we're briefing on; the same slides work for like half of them."
09 Mar 08:41

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Vah

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You can also go with 'Ah. Thus. Indeed.'


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04 Mar 22:39

New form of life discovered

by Minnesotastan
"The tree of life just got another major branch. Researchers recently found a certain rare and mysterious microbe called a hemimastigote in a clump of Nova Scotian soil. Their subsequent analysis of its DNA revealed that it was neither animal, plant, fungus nor any recognized type of protozoan — that it in fact fell far outside any of the known large categories for classifying complex forms of life (eukaryotes). Instead, this flagella-waving oddball stands as the first member of its own “supra-kingdom” group, which probably peeled away from the other big branches of life at least a billion years ago."
More at Quanta magazine.
04 Mar 22:03

Proper handwashing technique

by Minnesotastan

Talk to your audience in a language they understand.  Via.
03 Mar 23:19

"Watermelon snow" illustrated

by Minnesotastan

I had bookmarked information on "watermelon snow" seven months ago, but it wasn't until today that I found a proper article with good photos, in Smithsonian Magazine:
And with these unprecedented temperatures [in Antarctica], the algae that normally thrive in freezing water and lie dormant across the continent’s snow and ice are now in full bloom and cover the Antarctic Peninsula with blood-red, flower-like spores...

This red-pigmented algae, also known as Chlamydomonas nivalis, has the potential to jumpstart a feedback loop of warming and melting... “Because of the red-crimson color, the snow reflects less sunlight and melts faster. As a consequence, it produces more and more bright algae.”

"Blood red” snow has been observed many times before. Aristotle noticed this phenomenon in the third century B.C., reports Brandon Specktor of Live Science. In 1818, Captain John Ross found pink snow during his expedition through the Northwest Passage...

But this type of algae is actually a member of the green algae family. It won’t turn red until the weather warms up, the cell’s carotenoids—the same pigment that gives pumpkins and carrots their orange hue—absorb heat and protect the algae from ultraviolet light...
29 Feb 22:22

Syntactical ambiguity

by Minnesotastan
29 Feb 08:11

Brick-built adorableness

by Bre Burns

What says cute more than a LEGO hedgehog? Okay, maybe a real hedgehog, but dang this guy is a cutie! Created by excellent builder Eli Willsea, it’s a great use of that claw element for the spines. Eli says there are almost 200 of them, which comes as no surprise! The trademark curl of the body, little white tummy, and pink toes makes for a loveable build.

Hedgehog

Willsea (AKA Forlorn Empire) has been featured numerous times on The Brothers Brick. You can check out more of his builds here.

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29 Feb 08:09

Stargazing 3

If we can destroy enough of the lights in our region, we may see more comets, but that's a risk we'll have to take.