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Brainpickings is the only newsletter that I really, really do read every, every week. It comes on Sunday - the perfect day to kick back and read and think and stare out the window. Maria Popova always, always has (often several) something(s) in there to get me started.

http://brainpickings.org

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If someone didn't mention this, I was going to. Always a feast of literary thought and stunning visuals I'd likely never see if I didn't get this newsletter.

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Yep. "If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

If I had a dollar for every time I heard my mother say that I could pay someone to listen to me complain.

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I always thought the hackable angle on cooking is patterns. A whole lot of stuff that you might cook for everyday eating is, in fact, a pattern and once you know that, you can riff off whatever is in your fridge.

Take soup, for instance. You need a certain amount of liquid, veggies and meat are optional in their type and amounts and you need to apply the correct methods and tools.

I've had a domain and plans to write about this for years but never gotten around to it. Maybe 2015 is the year - even casual interest around here would hitch it up on my priority list.

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I second this. For years I thought recipes were secret inalterable incantations. Once I realized that there were basic patterns (soup, casserole, curry, etc) I found joy in "hacking" food. It then became a challenge to use the contents of my fridge in the tastiest way.

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> I always thought the hackable angle on cooking is patterns. A whole lot of stuff that you might cook for everyday eating is, in fact, a pattern and once you know that, you can riff off whatever is in your fridge.

This isn't "hacking" (loathe this word when used this way) cooking, you've just learned the basic ratios of recipes.

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Ah but the hacking is the "messing with ratios" part, not just knowing them.

I slow cooked homemade bbq chicken with a dry rub last weekend. You can play games for your whole life with the ratio of paprika to cayenne. A lot of people are really happy with 1:1:1 ratios of onion garlic chilli but I prefer weaker heat and stronger onion and garlic flavor. Another ratio is brown sugar to salt, I prefer no/low sugar and higher salt, but tastes do vary. I suppose "no sugar" is such extreme hacking, that some might not consider my bbq chicken to be bbq chicken anymore. Oh well.

Another analogy is its like modding a game. (and edited to add, its like design patterns)

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Maybe it's just because I cook often, but to me this is the foundations of cooking. You're always changing and tweaking what you're making to suit your needs. What a more smokey taste in the chili add some chipotle and smoked paprika. Want to make that rub sweeter add some more brown sugar.

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I hadn't heard of this project before. Thanks for the link and the heads up.

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> Marriage is agreeing to let another person have first dibs over wooing the new person you change into, and vice versa.

Well said. And then, divorce happens when one or the other lets their option drop.

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Oh. I haven't thought of emotioneric in the longest time. Thanks for the smile.

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I wonder what the probability of a 60 year old man getting his lovely partner pregnant might be? That looks like a reason for spreading risk to me.

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Given that the law also requires the lovely partner to have her own coverage, I think your "reason" is dubious at best.

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Also note that the law requires 60 year old women to buy maternity coverage. Is their lovely partner going to make them pregnant?

Given that the Guinness record for the oldest natural conception is 59, I think not (there are a few cases of older women giving birth, but those all involved in vitro fertilization or the like).

What other astoundingly unlikely events do you guys think people should be required to insure against? Meteor impact? Virgin birth? All the molecules of air rushing to one side of the room and suffocating you?

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FB has great face recognition software and multiple tagged photos of pretty much everyone who has an FB account. Show 20 photos (or 42 or however many you need to get the chances of a lucky guess small enough) and let me - click on me. Give me 2 chances and if I'm wrong both times give a link for a quick video chat with a FB rep for ID purposes.

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They already have an "identify 5 photos of my friends" system for some account lockout situations. But that may not be sufficient if the hacker has already had access to the account for a while (they'll have had time to scrape the user's friends list).

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I must have missed something. I didn't read what patio11 wrote to suggest that he thought paying with cash (or it's equivalent) would be a bad decision. It seems to me like your friend made a sane and responsible choice when she ditched the bank.

Really, if asked, I don't know anyone struggling financially who has a line-item in their budget to cover not having money. Maybe overdrafts should be capped and charged the going annual interest rate for short-term loans. If I understand correctly, that is how they are handled in Germany.

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I just used <blink> in a blog post last week. For my purpose it served as a visual pointer to the past. I'll be sorry to lose it too.

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