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Transforming a wild tree into a bonsai

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30 September 2022 at 12:57 pm

Posted in Art, Daily life, Video

Broccoli in garlic sauce, incidentally vegan

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This recipe looks interesting — and presented at a good clip. I particularly found the Marmite tip of interest: use it in a sauce to add umami (and B vitamins). 

I certainly would not use white rice, which lacks the minerals found in the bran. I would use brown rice or — more likely — a more nutritious grain (like kamut or rye) or pseudo-grain (like quinoa). Those are more nutritious than rice and also tastier, IMO.

Another change I would make: after cutting up the broccoli, I would let it rest for 45 minutes to prevent the loss of sulforaphane. (The video at the link provides a workaround to preserve the sulforaphane if you don’t let the broccoli rest.) I routinely use the “hack-and-hold” method when I cook broccoli (or kale or cabbage or any other cruciferous vegetable). I like doing that better than using the workaround.

I would also probably skip the sugar and molasses, but that’s me.

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29 September 2022 at 5:06 pm

The Milkmaid, by Johannes Vermeer

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26 September 2022 at 1:25 pm

Posted in Art, Daily life, History, Video

Could a Heineken ad from 2017 actually hold the key to reducing partisan animosity?

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Rob Walker writes in Fast Company (no paywall):

Partisan and ideological divides in the U.S. and elsewhere seem to deepen on a daily basis. What can be done about it? It turns out, a beer ad may actually have an answer.

This suggestion isn’t as wild as it might sound. Very serious and wide-ranging recent research from Stanford, of all places, cites a memorable Heineken commercial from a few years back as part of a potential intervention the researchers judged to be particularly effective at reducing “partisan animosity.”

We’ll get to the ad, below, but first, the back story. Last month, Robb Willer and Jan G. Voelkel of Stanford’s sociology department, in collaboration with scholars at a number of other universities, published a “megastudy” designed to identify “successful interventions to strengthen Americans’ democratic attitudes.” The resulting paper, running to more than 200 pages, covers a lot of ground, assessing 25 proposed online interventions like quizzes, interactive experiences, and videos (chosen from hundreds submitted), and comparing their effectiveness in a range of such categories as helping remedy antidemocratic attitudes and counter support for political violence.

Called the Strengthening Democracy Challenge, the project ran for three years and involved 32,000 American “partisan” participants. As Fast Company previously reported, the results varied, but showed flashes of promise. The research also drew some broader conclusions, noting how some strategies worked to address certain problems but not others, underscoring the need for further research.

But unexpectedly, as some observers on Twitter noticed, the top-scoring intervention in the category of reducing partisan animosity among study subjects was an exercise that involved watching a Heineken ad from 2017, titled “Worlds Apart.”

Clocking in at four and a half minutes—very little of that time referencing the beer brand in any way whatsoever—it’s practically a short film. It involves three pairs of ideological opposites who have never met: a right wing, antifeminist white guy and a lefty, feminist woman of color; a climate-change denier and an environmental activist; and a trans woman and a man who says that being trans is “not right.”

Each pair is left alone with some tasks to complete (building simple furniture), and little alternative but to talk, answering some prepared questions. They’re evidently given no guidance, and the “experiment” (to determine whether there might be “more that unites than divides”) is not explained to them. After building a preliminary bond,  . . .

Continue reading. (no paywall) 

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24 September 2022 at 7:38 pm

The Real Threat to American Democracy | NYT Opinion – Johnny Harris

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23 September 2022 at 5:16 pm

After decades in prison, Jack navigates the strange, beautiful outside world

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More and more, I think the most important facet of character is kindness. If we could some teach people to be kind to each other, our lives would be so much better.

The video below comes via Psyche, which notes:

Jack Powers was incarcerated in 1990 following a conviction for bank robbery. In prison, he witnessed a murder and received death threats for testifying against the perpetrators. The experience left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. The next 33 years of his life would be defined by a long and excruciating series of prison transfers and heinous neglect of his diagnosed mental illness, including 12 years in extreme solitary confinement. Amid his struggle to stay alive in these cruel conditions, Powers also embarked on a regimen of self-improvement and activism, becoming an important voice in the prison reform movement from behind bars. In 2022, Powers was finally released and he set out to start his life anew.

A film commissioned by the organisation Solitary Watch, which fights against the widespread use of solitary confinement in the United States, Tuesday Afternoon (2022) follows Powers in the first hours following his release as he travels from a prison in Pennsylvania to a halfway house in New Hampshire. In the US director Pete Quandt’s sensitive hands, this . . .

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23 September 2022 at 2:47 pm

Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights

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23 September 2022 at 12:24 pm

Posted in Art, Daily life, Religion, Video

Why Women Are Stripey

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This is why testing prescription drugs only on men (which has been the practice) makes no sense.

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20 September 2022 at 11:32 am

Posted in Medical, Science, Video

Very interesting video from the Guardian: How Steve Bannon’s far-right ‘Movement’ stalled in Europe

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20 September 2022 at 10:33 am

A modern update by the BBC of “Powers of Ten”

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18 September 2022 at 3:55 pm

Posted in Daily life, Science, Video

How playing a musical instrument benefits your brain

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See also this earlier post.

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18 September 2022 at 10:18 am

A Plant-Based Take on Buffalo Sauce and Wings

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I am particularly interested in the sauce. From the Description of the video on YouTube (which also has the recipe for Cauliflower Wings):

Vegan Buffalo Sauce

In a blender [or in an immersion blender’s beaker – LG] add:

• 3/4 Cup of Frank’s RedHot [I used Original and XTRA Hot, 50-50 – LG]
• 3-4 Tbsp of Cashew Butter [I would say 4-6 Tbsp – LG]
• 1 tsp Garlic Powder [I used 2 cloves of garlic, chopped – LG]
• 1/2 tsp Paprika [I used Spanish smoked paprika – LG]
• 1/4 cup of water [I would go with 2 Tbsp water, more if needed – LG]


From Wikipedia:

Frank’s RedHot is a hot sauce made from a variety of cayenne peppers, produced by McCormick. The Original blend ranks low on the Scoville scale, with 450 SHUs [Scoville Heat Units – LG], but the XTRA Hot variety measures 2,000 SHUs.

Frank’s RedHot Original is the usual choice, but I’m going to try Frank’s HotSauce Xtra Hot.

Here are the recipes being made:

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18 September 2022 at 8:04 am

The 4 things it takes to become an expert

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11 September 2022 at 12:18 pm

Antioxidants in a pinch

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I just revised my chia-seed pudding recipe to beef up the antioxidants. I just taste-tested the new recipe, and it seems good to me. I make a serving in the evening and put it in the fridge, then have it the next morning with my 3 pieces of fruit.

This brief video on antioxidants shows why I added cloves (and why I favor marjoram in cooking my meals).

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11 September 2022 at 10:40 am

When Duke Ellington Made a Record for Just One Person—Queen Elizabeth

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Queen meets Duke

Ted Gioia has a good column (which includes Marcus Roberts playing ‘One Petal of a Rose”):

Many musicians have long envied visual artists—who can sell unique objects at very high prices. Because of the inherent scarcity of one-of-a-kind originals, art works turn into status symbols, with wealthy elites paying exorbitant amounts for the privilege of owning something irreplaceable.

The recent mania for turning music into non-fungible tokens (NFTs) is just the latest iteration of this quest. Back in 2015, the Wu-Tang Clan made just a single copy of its seventh album, and packaged it in a jewel-studded silver box. We never learned how much financier Martin Shkreli paid for it back then, but the Department of Justice later seized it, and sold it for $4 million—making this the most expensive musical work in history.

But Duke Ellington did the exact same thing in 1959, and without any desire to make money. Or even generating publicity from the incident—which took place in secret, without fanfare or press releases.

In this instance, he created a unique album solely for the pleasure of giving it to Queen Elizabeth. With the help of Billy Strayhorn, he composed The Queen’s Suite, had one record manufactured—and sent it directly to Buckingham Palace, solely intended for Her Majesty’s ears.

In a historic Duke-meets-Queen encounter the previous year, Ellington served up his famous charm for the monarch. When she asked him whether this was his first visit to Britain, Duke replied that his initial trip to London was in 1933, “way before you were born.” This was out-and-out flattery, because Queen Elizabeth had been born in 1926—but she played along with the game. “She gave me a real American look,” he later recalled, “very cool man, which I thought was too much.”

Give Duke credit for savviness. He understood that even a queen wants to hear how young she looks. Ellington followed up saying that Her Majesty “was so inspiring that something musical would come out of it.” She told him that she would be listening.

According to Ellington’s son Mercer, his father began working on the music to The Queen’s Suite as soon as he got back to his hotel room. He enlisted colleague and collaborator Billy Strayhorn. In addition to royal inspiration, the work also borrowed from the natural world: the opening movement draws on birdsong heard during a Florida visit, another section was a response to an unexpected encounter with “a million lightning bugs” serenaded by a frog. The best known part of the Suite, “The Single Petal of a Rose,” was spurred by a floral display on a piano at a friend’s home.

This latter movement has even entered the jazz standard repertoire as a standalone piece. It is most often performed by pianists, and has been recorded by Marcus Roberts, Marian McPartland, Sir Roland Hanna, John Hicks, Bill Mays, James Williams, and Andy LaVerne, as well as Ellington himself.

By early 1959, the finished work was ready for performance. The Queen’s Suite was now a 20-minute work in six movements. The band recorded it over the course of three sessions in February and April 1959. A single golden disc was made, and sent to Buckingham Palace. In order to ensure that no other copies were released, Ellington reimbursed Columbia, his label, some $2,500 in production costs, and thus retained personal ownership of the master tapes.

The original score to The Queen’s Suite is now in the collection of . . .

Continue reading. And at the link, you can hear the entire suite. Below is just one section.

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9 September 2022 at 4:19 pm

Posted in Daily life, History, Jazz, Video

Good electric bass

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I just recently came across Charles Berthoud’s YouTube channel, and I’ve been enjoy it a lot. He plays some unusual instruments — for example, a 12-string bass and a fretless 6-string bass — but he does a lot with a regular 4-string electric bass. Here’s a sample:

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6 September 2022 at 12:21 pm

Posted in Music, Video

World’s Highest-Jumping Robot

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3 September 2022 at 11:50 am

Engine Trouble

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1 September 2022 at 7:57 pm

China’s property marker ≈ Beanie Baby market

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Chiina’s Ghost Cities are filled with apartment towers that lack doors, windows, elevators, stairwells, and the like. These apartments were not built for occupancy but for use tokens in an “investment” scheme very like the craze in Beanie Babies, also intrinsically of very little value. But: “Sure, this Beanie Baby cost me $35, but I can sell it on eBay for $50!” And for a while, that held true.

The difference is that the total collapse of the Beanie Baby market hurt only a few, and not too badly at that. (That’s on the whole: one person was murdered, but in general some people just lost some money.) The collapse of the housing market in China, particularly all the worthless unliveable properties, will intensely hurt billions.)

Let me make it perfectly clear: I never once bought a Beanie Baby or even considered buying one. I don’t play with such toys, and as an investment, a Beanie Baby is worth something only if you can find a greater fool to buy it from you at a higher price (like crypto currency). The supply of fools, though clearly quite large, is still finite. And, FWIW, I also have never purchased a Ghost City apartment. Thank god.

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30 August 2022 at 11:15 am

Russia is not doing well at all

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As the video points out, it would be foolish to trust Putin’s statements (and statements from the government he controls) regarding how well the Russian economy is doing under the sanctions. Interesting video, worth watching. The official picture is a Potemkin-village view of the Russian economy and GDP. 

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28 August 2022 at 1:02 pm

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