Shared posts

27 Mar 05:53

The Impossible Fractal Triangle

by Jason Kottke

Sierpinski Penrose

Nidhal Selmi combined the fractal Sierpinski triangle with the impossible Penrose triangle to create the M.C. Escher-like the Selmi triangle.

Tags: fractals   geometry   mathematics   Nidhal Selmi
11 Mar 10:43

Score $75K in Pure Profits With One Pot Play

by Wayne Mulligan

This post Score $75K in Pure Profits With One Pot Play appeared first on Daily Reckoning.

The legal marijuana market is on fire…

Thirty U.S. states have already legalized cannabis in some form, turning marijuana into what The New York Times calls the “fastest-growing industry in America.”

That’s why People magazine is writing stories about “Marijuana Millionaires”…

And that’s why USA Today is calling this a “gold rush.”

But we believe the growth we’ve seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg…

We believe this sector is about to explode.

You see, a few days ago, a major milestone took place — and for investors like you, it could lead to a tidal wave of life-changing profits.

A Major Roadblock Has Been Holding Weed Back

The legal cannabis market has been growing steadily for the past few years.

It’s now a $7 billion market in the U.S., and by 2020, it’s estimated to reach $22 billion.

But the fact is a major roadblock has been hindering its growth…

The federal government has made it nearly impossible for cannabis-related businesses to get access to basic financial services!

For example, cannabis companies are legally prohibited from opening a bank account, and they can’t accept credit cards at their dispensaries or websites.

This creates major challenges for businesses and consumers, dramatically limits sales growth and exposes dispensaries to sky-high security costs and the constant threat of theft.

But now, finally, things are changing…

The Federal Reserve Gets Involved

The U.S. Federal Reserve was established by Congress in 1913.

It’s been the foundation of our country’s banking system for more than 100 years — and when it starts changing its tune, it pays to take notice.

That’s why just weeks ago, we were so excited to read the following in The Wall Street Journal: “A Federal Reserve bank has given conditional approval to a Colorado credit union to serve marijuana-linked businesses…”

This is a big deal. In fact, many experts believe it’s the beginning of a profound shift for legal cannabis at the federal level:

For example, Julie Hill, a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and expert on the Federal Reserve, noted that this change makes it easier for other Fed banks to follow suit.

As she said, “They like to have consistency to the extent that they can.”

This move is also highly significant for another reason.

It proves that U.S. federal entities are willing to push forward with a pro-cannabis agenda even without the support of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Bottom line: For investors like you, the legal cannabis market is gearing up to deliver huge profits.

An Exciting Investment Sector

Cannabis is one of the most exciting — and potentially one of the most profitable — investment sectors we’ve ever seen.

As you might know, marijuana stocks have shown tremendous gains over the past few years…

For example, look at CV Sciences Inc. (OTCBB: CVSI):


CVSI focuses on developing synthetic versions of cannabidiol (CBD) — that’s the chemical in marijuana known for its medicinal properties.

In a couple of years, CVSI went from $2 to $147, so investors who timed it right took home gains of more than 7,000%. That’s like turning $10,000 into over $700,000!

Or look at 22nd Century Group (NYSE: XXII):


XXII focuses on creating cannabis-based products for health and wellness.

This stock took off like a rocket, quickly rising from just $0.20 to $5.13 per share.

That’s a gain of 2,500% — enough to turn $1,000 into over $25,000.

This helps explain why we’re so excited about this sector:

The cannabis industry is presenting an opportunity for ordinary investors like you to become wealthy in a very short period of time.

Given the profit potential, you might be tempted to start buying up shares in pot stocks right now.

But here’s the thing that most people don’t understand:

Investing in pot stocks is not the best way to make money in the marijuana market…

The Secret to Becoming a “Marijuana Millionaire”

Sure, if you know exactly how to analyze these companies — and if you know exactly how to time your trades perfectly — you could potentially make a great deal of money in pot stocks.

But those are a couple of big “ifs”…

The fact is if you look at the vast majority of folks who are getting rich from the marijuana market, you’ll see that none of them has made their fortunes from pot stocks.

To get rich, they all used a completely different type of marijuana investment…

In fact, this single investment is responsible for creating more Marijuana Millionaires” than any other investment we’ve ever seen.

Take Brooke G., for example…

Brooke G

Brooke is from a small town in Colorado, and she spent most of her career working at a local bank.

Sure, she earned a steady living there, but she was far from wealthy.

But thanks to the secret marijuanainvestment I mentioned a moment ago, Brooke is now a verified marijuana millionaire.

Just one year after making her first investment, it’s estimated she took in more than $12 million.

And Brooke isn’t an isolated example…

There are countless people all across the country taking advantage of this investing secret to earn thousands — often millions — of dollars in the marijuana market.

And on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. (EST) we’re hosting a FREE online event during which we’ll reveal the secret to their success.

All you have to do is click here to lock in your spot now.

For Technology Profits Daily,

Wayne Mulligan

Editor’s note: A special group of investors are becoming millionaires overnight.

The secret to their success lies with an under-the-radar cannabis investment. One that’s been “off limits” to 97% of all investors… until now!

On Tuesday, March 13, Wayne reveals all in a live (online) presentation. But hurry, space is limited. Click here to reserve your seat before they’re all gone.

The post Score $75K in Pure Profits With One Pot Play appeared first on Daily Reckoning.

28 Jan 16:16

What Is Maker? Lessons I Learned From LEGO Education at BETT

by Karen Walsh
Reading Time: 6 minutes

Reading Time: 5 minutes

what is maker

What is maker? The term “maker movement” firmly entrenched itself in my parenting and educator lexicon over the last week. While at BETT 2018 with the LEGO Education crew, who invited me as their guest, I felt excited but also curious. The idea of the maker movement felt both natural and logical to me, but it also felt a bit out of my wheelhouse.

What is the Maker Movement?

The Maker Movement started in technology. As startups and entrepreneurs adopted a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Do-It-With-Others (DIWO) attitude towards manufacturing, a new ecosystem erupted leading to economic opportunities. By creating open source software, these businesses collaborated to expand and revolutionize technology such as printers and robotics. This movement allowed small businesses to start in homes or garages and then grow into larger spaces to become profitable.

Great, so what does this have to do with education, right? To prepare the children of today for the workplace of tomorrow, parents and educators need to start instilling this collaboratively creative mindset from a young age. In other words, incorporating the maker mentality in children will allow them to adapt so they can be future leaders.

How do we create a maker mindset?

One thing I learned this week is that all kids are born with maker mindsets. We don’t need to create that mentality in children; we just need to foster it.

Think about little kids on a playground. How often have kids taken sticks and turned them into swords? That’s the maker mentality. Think about how little kids on a playground walk up to one another and suddenly create a new game out of the sandbox, sand toys, and rocks. That’s the maker mindset at work.

Little kids are born with maker mindsets. All people are born with inherent creative and collaborative skills. The question parents and educators need to ask themselves is, “what happens that makes them abandon this over time?”

How is the maker mindset different from the growth mindset?

This question better responds to the problems inherent in modern education. From the moment our kids enter schools, they become cogs in the education machinery. Looking at articles about the education’s impact on kids, we see that the current model defines children by achievement and metrics. Even Dweck’s “growth mindset,” much touted by educators, focuses on “achievement.”

Shrinking from challenges and being willing to take supported risks, as discussed by Dweck, do matter. Arguing that there’s a difference between fostering a maker mindset and a growth mindset doesn’t discount the value of being willing to fail. In fact, the new LEGO Education maker products intend to allow supported failure.

The Build a Duck exercise demonstrates how different people approach a simple task. Each duck may be different, and some people may feel their duck isn’t “the best.” Learning how to take a chance and rebuild better the next time supports the growth mindset.

More importantly, though, the maker mindset focuses on discussion and collaboration to combine with individual expression. This self-expression often gets lost as educators, parents, and administrators rush to help children achieve—get the best grades and scores—in a competitive environment.

Why is the maker mindset more important than the growth mindset?

This past week, LEGO Education taught me the power of creativity and curiosity. Sitting in the LEGO Education maker space pop-up at BETT, I watched children meander into the area because they saw toys and glitter. They were allowed to create with LEGO bricks but also to personalize the creations with stickers and googly eyes. (Come on, you know no one can resist googly eyes!)

Watching children interact creatively rather than mechanically awed me, as it usually does. However, more importantly, in a vast convention space focused on education technology, this small area gave kids a space to be creative and learn organically.

For a long time, I’ve said you can tell a lot about a child by how they use LEGO sets. Some kids like to build according to the directions, similar to solving a jigsaw puzzle. Some kids prefer to build their own creations. Some, like my kid, prefer to play with the completed sets and create new minifigure characters so they can tell stories. The maker movement and the LEGO Education sets involved help foster this individualized learning and expression.

What is the LEGO Maker program?

Last week, LEGO Education announced their Maker Lesson Plans. Full disclosure moment here: they paid for me to attend their event in London. However, as a parent and educator, I’d have covered this anyway.

The LEGO Maker Lesson Plans give adults the tools necessary for kickstarting their maker programs. As discussed back when the LEGO Education released their Preschool STEAM Park, all the lessons are core curriculum aligned. LEGO Education worked with teachers and education experts to develop programs based on pedagogical theory.

Going to the “Make a Dancing Robot” lesson, for example, the page lists the following educational objectives:

Science and Engineering Practices
3-5-ETS1.1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3

Disciplinary Core Ideas
ETS1.A, (3-5-ETS1-1)
ETS1.B, (3-5-ETS1-2), (3-5-ETS1-3)
ETS1.C, (3-5-ETS1-3)

Common Core State Standards
RI.5.1, RI.5.7, W.5.8

MP.2, MP.4

With this resource, teachers can see how to incorporate the LEGO Education lessons meaningfully so that their students can find the overlaps between Math and ELA/Literacy.

As a college instructor, I view this overlap between math and language arts as more important than any achievement metric. Teaching college first-years, with a focus on engineers, I hear so often that students feel they are either good writers or good at math/science. My engineering students often approach writing as a necessary evil, a core requirement hurdle acting as a barrier to their science-based future.

Unfortunately, the education system has created this dichotomous mentality. As far back as Sherri Turkle’s 1984 publication The Second Self, students in science and math career trajectories acknowledge feeling separated from the arts and language. However, looking to artists like Calder, whose mobiles incorporate both sides of the divide, we can see the value to society of combining these skills.

The LEGO Maker Lessons help teachers and home-schooling parents to bring together math/science and ELA/Literacy in new ways.

Moreover, these lessons also include links to a student self-assessment sheet. Part of the maker mentality that helps reinforce the growth mindset is bringing students into the discussion. So many students arrive in my courses relying on only my feedback. They want me to tell them their strengths and weaknesses. As adults know, preparing for the real world means being able to assess our weaknesses before a boss or supervisor does. People need to be able to self-assess so they can evolve. Only adapting when others tell you that you are failing leads to a never-ending cycle of intellectual weakness and frustration.

The alignment to core standards helps educators, but the self-assessments help students. The LEGO Education Maker Lessons do integrate not only valuable classroom lessons but also critical personal lessons. In fact, as an educator in a different space, understanding how LEGO Education has created these lessons purposefully reinforces some of the self-assessment work I’m making my students do in my classes.

The Value of the Maker Movement

Reflecting on this last week with a core group of LEGO Education makers, I realize that this movement acts as a formalization of all the values I’ve held in my heart for years. As a parent, teacher, knitter, musician, and writer, I’ve felt the failure that comes from making mistakes when trying to solve a problem. Anyone who’s ever tried to knit a lace pattern or tried to reach a student or tried to write an article or tried to raise a child knows that we inevitably make mistakes as adults. We inevitably tap into our creativity. We inevitably take everyday items and use them for new purposes. Let’s be honest, lying to my kid that a chocolate peanut butter Luna Bar is a candy bar? That’s a maker moment right there. Using thread to hold up pants when you have no belt? Maker moment.

We have maker moments every day. LEGO Education is just making it easier for our children to engage in it meaningfully rather than accidentally.

Click through to read all of “What Is Maker? Lessons I Learned From LEGO Education at BETT” at GeekMom.

If you value content from GeekMom, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!

- Read the Full Post on GeekMom

Click through to read all of "What Is Maker? Lessons I Learned From LEGO Education at BETT" at GeekDad.

If you value content from GeekDad, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!

21 Oct 11:51

No Sneers for Schnitzel: A Beginner’s German Food Guide

by Luisa Weiss

Photo © Shutterstock

Editor's Note:

Luisa Weiss is a Berlin-born, American-Italian food writer who grew up eating warm Streuselschnecken on her way to school and believes dark winter days are best enjoyed whilst sharing Lebkuchen and Zimtsterne with family and friends. Luisa is the creator of the blog The Wednesday Chef and author of the lauded memoir, My Berlin Kitchen. Her work has been featured on Design*Sponge and National Public Radio and in Food&Wine, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and Harper’s Bazaar Germany, among many others. Her latest book, Classic German Baking, is now available. She lives in Berlin with her husband and son.

Think of the archetypes of German food and you’ll probably come up with sausages and sauerkraut, potato salad and pretzels. And it’s true that all of those items, and their regional variations, are much beloved here in Germany. But classic German dishes also include things like potato pancakes with apple sauce (Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelmus); veal Schnitzel (which is actually Austrian in origin); the original hamburger, namely pan-fried ground meat patties (depending on their geography, they’re known as Frikadellen, Fleischpflanzerl or Buletten); boiled eggs napped in a creamy mustard sauce and served with potatoes (Senfeier); and other iconic dishes like Sauerbraten (vinegar-marinated beef) and Spätzle, little Swabian noodles served sauced with melted butter and sautéed onions, or copious amounts of melted Alpine cheese, or a rich, brown gravy.

Traditional German home-cooked dishes are called Hausmannskost, which translates literally to “man of the house food,” but in the meantime has come to signify a certain kind of traditional comfort food. These dishes feature often in school and office canteens, but are made no less often at home. They are rib-sticking and hearty, perfectly suited to the long winters of northern and central Europe.

One of my favorite German dishes is Erbsensuppe, a thick and stewy soup made with dried green peas, diced potatoes, aromatic broth, and always served with Würstchen (little sausages). In fact, I adore the whole category of these thick, main-course soups, called Eintöpfe in German. German potato soup, green bean soup, and lentil soup, for example, all follow the same formula, producing thick soups that are warming to body and soul through the darkest winter months.

While Germany’s most famous food comes from the south of the country, each region has its own standard-bearers. Königsberger Klopse, small veal meatballs flavored with anchovies and napped in a creamy caper sauce, are a famous dish from what used to be East Prussia (Königsberg is now Kaliningrad) and is these days mostly served in Berlin and the surrounding areas. Königsberger Klopse are always accompanied by mashed or boiled potatoes and a small pile of pickled sliced beets. People tend to be of two minds about Königsberger Klopse largely due to the capers in the sauce (you either love ’em or hate ’em), but when they’re well made, they’re absolutely delicious.

School cafeteria food has a bad rap in the U.S., but my school lunches in Germany were so good that they still loom large in my mind. One of my favorite dishes from those years are stuffed cabbage rolls, known as Kohlrouladen. The filling is made with savory ground meat, which is then wrapped in blanched cabbage leaves (for a slightly fresher, greener variation, Savoy cabbage leaves can be used) and rolled up. The rolls are braised until soft and tender, and served with potatoes, all the better to soak up the rich, dark gravy.

A Swabian delicacy that has, in the meantime, won the hearts of many Germans are Maultaschen, which are large, square ravioli of sorts. They are most traditionally stuffed with a filling of ground meat and spinach that’s flavored lightly with nutmeg and, once cooked, served bobbing in a bowl of incredibly flavorful beef broth. But leftover Maultaschen can also be sliced and fried with caramelized onions until brown and crisp. Besides being served in broth, Maultaschen are also traditionally eaten alongside a big pile of vinegary Swabian potato salad.

Austria is Germany’s neighbor to the south and shares more than just a common language with Germany. Its cuisine, generally considered more refined than its German counterpart, shares many similarities in terms of ingredients and flavoring with traditional German cooking. And in the meantime, some of its most famous and beloved dishes, like Schnitzel or Tafelspitz, have been lovingly adopted as favorites by Germany, too. One of my personal favorites are Kaspressknödel, dumplings made of cubed bread and aromatic Alpine cheese, best served in clear beef broth dotted with snipped chives. (Alternatively, they can be pan-fried and served as a main course, often with a side of Sauerkraut.) They are gooey and toothsome and an absolute must in winter months, especially for lunch on the slopes.

Another Austrian favorite that is actually Hungarian in origin, but just as adored in Germany, is Gulasch, a thick meat stew flavored with long-cooked onions and ground paprika, and almost always served with buttered noodles. There are countless variations on Gulasch in Germany and Austria – potato Gulasch, sausage Gulasch, pepper Gulasch – but the traditional beef recipe, rich and saucy, is the clear favorite.

A little-known fact about German (and Austrian) food culture is that sweet dishes are sometimes served in place of savory ones, rather than as dessert. A big bowl of warm Milchreis (rice pudding) or Griessbrei (semolina pudding) is a typical sweet main course that will usually be served with a compote of preserved sour cherries (or a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar). In Austria, classic sweet dishes include Kaiserschmarrn, which is a puffy skillet pancake dotted with raisins and almonds, then torn into pieces, sautéed in butter and served dusted with confectioners’ sugar and a cooling spoonful of stewed plums. And then there are Germknödel, huge steamed dumplings stuffed with dark plum butter and served in a pool of vanilla crème anglaise and topped with poppy seeds.

But my very favorite German sweet dish is one that is only ever meant to be eaten for dessert, Rote Grütze mit Vanillesoße (the literal translation is “red grits with vanilla sauce”). Rote Grütze is a sweet-sour pudding made with fresh berries, sour cherries, and a base of plum juice thickened with the tiniest bit of cornstarch, and served with vanilla crème anglaise. It is refreshing, satisfying, never too sweet, and always a delight.

The post No Sneers for Schnitzel: A Beginner’s German Food Guide appeared first on Signature Reads.