📺 The Three Aspects of Knife Skills | Peter Hertzmann

Watched The Three Aspects of Knife Skills by Peter Hertzmann from hertzmann.com
Having written more than 80,000 words about knife skills as well as having taught numerous classes on the subject, I have come to the belief that good knife skills can be defined by just three simple aspects: grip, holding hand, and knife motion. In other words, the essence of good knife skills can be summarized by how you hold your knife, how you hold your food, and how you move your knife.

A solid little video on something every cook should know something about.

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👓 Education in the (Dis)Information Age | Read Write Collect

Read Education in the (Dis)Information Age by Aaron Davis (collect.readwriterespond.com)
Kris Shaffer reflects on the abundance of information on the web. He suggests that the hyperlink maybe ‘our most potent weapon’ against disinformation: The oldest and simplest of internet technologies, the hyperlink and the “new” kind of text it affords — hypertext — is the foundation...

🔖 Cast – Record, edit, publish, and host your podcast

Bookmarked Cast (tryca.st)
Record, edit, publish, and host your podcast.

An interesting looking platform for podcasting. Looks like a paid service from the start though. Compare with Anchor.fm.

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👓 I’m Glad I Got Booed at CPAC | New York Times

Read Opinion | I’m Glad I Got Booed at CPAC by Mona Charen (New York Times)
I spoke the truth for the sake of every conservative disgusted by what has happened to our movement.

I saw this article pop up over the weekend, but didn’t have a chance to read it. I circled back around to it after listening to The Daily episode from this morning which covered it. Ultimately I think the podcast version was more interesting and valuable.

I appreciate more and more of these dyed-in-the-wool conservatives who are sticking to their guns on the message that the emperor has no clothes. It gives me more hope for the future.

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👓 SPLOT You’re a Rich Text Field | CogDogBlog

Read SPLOT You’re a Rich Text Field by Alan LevineAlan Levine (CogDogBlog)
I’m SPLOT tinkering and feel a wave of totally un-necessary but irresistible song plays… How does it feel to be One of the beautiful splots How often have you added video Often enough to know What did you format when you were there Everything that WordPress can Captions you’re a rich ...

Trying to figure out what a SPLOT is and what it means…

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👓 Kibbles for My Patreon Bowl? | CogDog

Read Kibbles for My Patreon Bowl? by Alan Levine (CogDogBlog)
Here is my shameless shameful plug. More than two years ago a colleague I respect emailed and started a back and forth exchange. He strongly urged me to set up a donation campaign so I could be supported to do more tool and resource building. I gave it some thought, but then landed a good long term contract, so shelved it. Recently a few others have asked me why I am not patreon-ing, and my answer was more or less a shrug.

Here’s someone with a track record of creating some cool things that actually got delivered. If you’re looking to support helping to get interesting things made and put into the education space, here’s your chance.

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👓 Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities | AP News

Read Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities by Steve LeBlanc (AP News)
One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead. And in what could be a new wrinkle, a service by Uber called Express Pool now is seen as directly competing with mass transit. Uber and Lyft argue that in Boston, for instance, they complement public transit by connecting riders to hubs like Logan Airport and South Station. But they have not released their own specific data about rides, leaving studies up to outside researchers. And the impact of all those cars is becoming clear, said Christo Wilson, a professor of computer science at Boston’s Northeastern University, who has looked at Uber’s practice of surge pricing during heavy volume. “The emerging consensus is that ride-sharing (is) increasing congestion,” Wilson said.

It’s interesting that the “simple” story peddled by ridesharing companies is the one that’s most believed. Outside studies like this are certainly both wanted and needed.

It’s always seemed to me that these companies weren’t quite doing what they said they were from a simple economics standpoint. Particularly with these companies losing money to build market share, they’re essentially subsidizing a portion of their user’s cost. The fact that they’re siphoning off people from public transportation isn’t widely reported. I suspect that outside of major metropolitan areas they’re not doing as much as they are in them. They’re building market share, but primarily by breaking regulations in places with taxi or other related services. I’d certainly love to see more broad based statistics of their ridership compared with statistics from taxi companies and municipal transportation services. I have a feeling the economic piper will eventually come for them when the playing field is leveled.

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👓 Sliced And Diced: The Inside Story Of How An Ivy League Food Scientist Turned Shoddy Data Into Viral Studies | Buzzfeed

Read Sliced And Diced: The Inside Story Of How An Ivy League Food Scientist Turned Shoddy Data Into Viral Studies by Stephanie M. Lee (BuzzFeed)
Brian Wansink won fame, funding, and influence for his science-backed advice on healthy eating. Now, emails show how the Cornell professor and his colleagues have hacked and massaged low-quality data into headline-friendly studies to “go virally big time.”

This article is painful to read and has some serious implications for both science in general and the issue of repeat-ability. I suspect that this is an easily caught flagrant case and that it probably only scratches the surface. The increased competition in research and the academy is sure to create more cases of this in the future.

We really need people to begin publishing their negative results and doing a better job on understanding and practicing statistics. Science is already not “believed” by far too many in the United States, we really don’t need bad actors like this eroding the solid foundations we’ve otherwise built.

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👓 Nassim Taleb explains the power of “skin in the game” | The Economist

Read Nassim Taleb explains the power of “skin in the game” (The Economist)
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life. By Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Random House; 304 pages; $30. Allen Lane; £20. IN 2001 Nassim Taleb published “Fooled by Randomness”, an entertaining and provocative book on the misunderstood role of chance.

I’ve enjoyed his prior books which I always felt rambled on a bit without a lot of real structure. This review makes me think he’s gone even further off the rails. While I admire and respect his work, it’s very painful to read. I’ve always thought it could stand a far stronger editorial influence to improve its logic and flow. I suspect that while his books sell, they’re not as widely accepted nor do they have the impact that they could have. I’m iffy on whether or not this one is worth the time.

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👓 A Democratic Memo Undercuts Key Republican Complaints About the FBI | The Atlantic

Read A Democratic Memo Undercuts Key Republican Complaints About the FBI by Natasha Bertrand (The Atlantic)
The document, drafted by minority members of the House Intelligence Committee, sought to rebut claims that the bureau abused its power during the election.
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👓 Book clinic: why do publishers still issue hardbacks? | The Guardian

Read Book clinic: why do publishers still issue hardbacks? by Philip Jones (the Guardian)
The editor of the Bookseller explains why the hardback format will be with us for a while yet

An interesting example of “signaling” value in the publishing industry. Curious how this might play out in a longer study of the evolution of books and written material?

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👓 What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump’s Empathy? | The New York Times

Read What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump’s Empathy? by Julie Hirschfeld Davis (New York Times)
Consoler in chief has been a role that President Trump has been slow and somewhat reluctant to embrace — especially in contrast to his predecessor.

Interesting that they seemed to actually find someone to indicate that he had a tiny piece of empathy here when all other evidence seems to be to the contrary.

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👓 Analysis | The real reason Congress banned assault weapons in 1994 — and why it worked | Washington Post

Read Analysis | The real reason Congress banned assault weapons in 1994 — and why it worked by Christopher Ingram (Washington Post)
The ban's critics say it failed, but they're misinterpreting what it was intended to do to begin with.

Not as in-depth as I would have liked, but some interesting quick hit statistics. There are things we could do to prevent these occurences, but yet again it appears as if the almighty dollar will somehow win out in the end.

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👓 Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair | AP News

Read Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair by Jim Salter (AP News)
A St. Louis grand jury on Thursday indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015. The Republican governor responded that he made a mistake but committed no crime. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016.
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👓 In One Tweet, Kylie Jenner Wiped Out $1.3 Billion of Snap’s Market Value | Bloomberg

Read In One Tweet, Kylie Jenner Wiped Out $1.3 Billion of Snap’s Market Value by Justina Vasquez (Bloomberg.com)
Snap Inc.’s flagship platform has lost some luster, at least according to one social-media influencer in the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

I’m surprised that platforms like this don’t have their biggest users doing beta testing of their product to prevent things just like this from happening.

It’s also a good example of why having my own site is valuable: no one can force changes on me if I don’t really want them.

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