Trompe-l’œil à la Saint-Jacques: or How to Make a Multi-Course Scallop Meal without Scallops

Since I first learned how to cook by binge-watching all of Good Eats almost fifteen years ago, I've enjoyed coming up with creative cooking endeavors. More than anything, I like when there are specific constraints that require me to come up with interesting solutions. This began with early Lentil and Alphabet Challenges, although arguably the …

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How to hot-wire a scooter with a paper clip

Disclaimer: This lesson is intended as a fun introduction to how an ignition works and not a guide to performing illegal activities. If you steal someone's scooter and get caught, that's your own damn fault. Also, shame on you. Nearly a year ago, during the initial two-month lockdown here in France, my scooter was vandalized. …

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Book Review – How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens

Reading without taking notes (via Anne-Laure Le Cunff) Most of the time as adults, we read a book, put it back on the shelf (or close the Kindle app), and maybe occasionally think about that book ever again. Perhaps a passage every once in a while sticks with us. Or we come across the idea …

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How to make an Arduino-powered immersion circulator

After having tinkered with basic circuitry, but with an Arduino still on my hands to use, I started to brainstorm some ideas of possible uses. I could control other lights use it in any number of other projects, but my search finally brought me to the kitchen. In the US, I had a Sansaire immersion …

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What I learned going from total novice to solving a Rubik’s Cube in under 2 minutes over a weekend

I've been struggling over the last two months with this year of month-long challenges. Call part of it burnout, part of it laziness, but it felt like every month I got further and further behind. Like this year, I was super ready to chase that cheese wheel and then... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvuktushEhY Some of it is probably …

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Focus

Trying not to feel guilty about things unfinished. Books that I haven't picked up in weeks. Blogs I haven't written. Browser tabs, PDFs, and publications I haven't gone through. Work tasks rescheduled ad infinitum. I know that having that basal level of anxiety leads me to procrastinate the prioritized in favor of the mundane. And …

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