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Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – digested read

‘Say what you like about Hitler – but at least he topped himself when it all went wrong. That’s skin in the game’<p>You’ve missed me. You almost certainly don’t know that, but you have. And the reason you don’t know is, first, because you’re almost certainly a schmuck who doesn’t get probability …

Black Swans

What Does "Deglaze" Mean? And Do I Need a Degree to Do It?

Deglazing sounds fancy, but it is literally NBD. You could be deglazing at home. Right now.<p>When someone says that they're “deglazing” a pan, it really sounds like they're accomplishing something, doesn't it? Like they're a big deal. Like they're throwing an “M.D.” or an “Esq.” after their name. …

Cooking

A Saucy, Crispy Tofu Recipe for People Who THINK They Hate the Stuff

This crispy tofu recipe delivers takeout-joint satisfaction.<p>I’ll be honest. There was a time, long before I developed this crispy tofu recipe, I didn’t really understand tofu, or soybeans in general. My sister brought some tempeh home from a particularly crunchy camp in Vermont one summer and my …

Maple Syrup

‘Africa’s Great Civilizations’ Is An Addictive Must-Watch Docu-Series

I’m a sucker for a good, engaging, pretty history doc. It’s just who I am. But last month, I became absolutely spellbound by a six-part docu-series …

Streaming

These Sheet Pan Garlic Mushrooms Are Side Dish Goals

We often see mushrooms as a welcome addition to an already tasty side dish or protein on a menu, but we forget they are delicious all on their own. …

Cooking

The Key to Juicy, Perfectly Cooked Meat? Let It Sit Out

That's right: Letting meat sit out at room temperature before cooking it is a total game changer. And no, it won't kill you.<p>There are a lot of weird food phobias out there (alliumphobia, anyone?) and yet a quick google search turns up no term for "fear of raw meat." <b>This is shocking to me, because</b> …

Cooking

Despite all controversies, Padmaavat is all set to break box office records

Padmaavat

This urban design tool helps planners understand the entire street network

A new program prototype by Remix lets designers play SimCity at street level<p>For planners and transportation officials, the road to transit improvements often hits speed bumps when it comes to data sharing and visualizations. A new online tool wants to solve those misunderstandings with a shared …

Giant squid and sexed-up druids: is Britannia Jez Butterworth's mad masterpiece?

The playwright’s venture into big-budget television is a heady combination of horrible history and dollops of British ‘folk horror’. But did any of it actually exist?<p>It is 43 AD. Britain. A young girl is on the verge of an initiation ceremony that will nudge her into adulthood via chanting, dancing …

12 of the best science podcasts that will make you smarter

Podcasts are becoming more popular every year, which means there's a wealth of audio storytelling to listen to — and many options to choose from.<p>We're here to help.<p>Whether you need something to listen to on your commute or just want a brain-boost while you pick up around the house, you can always …

Science

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion | SS Rajamouli film gets 100% on Rotten Tomatoes' 'Best Movies Off The Radar 2017' list

SS Rajamouli's magnum opus 'Baahubali' continues to grab eyeballs. Prabhas-Rana Daggubati starrer not just became the highest grossing film of 2017 …

The 20 best films of 2017

2017 didn’t improve much on 2016. If anything, the horror and dread of last year only seemed to take root and blossom this year, as some of our worst …

The Best New TV Shows of 2017

Featuring rebellious handmaids, discontented Monterey moms, and an ambiguous dick-drawing teen.<p>Rather than weigh in yet again on the bloody brutality of <i>Game of Thrones</i> or the continued biting humor of <i>Veep,</i> our Best TV of 2017 list focuses on new series, from a creepy crime drama and a surprisingly …

20 Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2017 (But Shouldn't Have)

If nothing else, 2017 has been a truly great year for science fiction and fantasy films. While many have been major motion pictures that no one could …

All The Best Albums Of 2017, Ranked

2017 was a difficult year for a lot of people. If it wasn’t tough for you, it was probably tough for someone you care about, someone you love. It’s during a year like this one that the power and pleasure of a stronghold like music reveals itself with more clarity than usual. So in an effort to …

Albums

Nigel Slater’s short ribs recipes

Marinated and slow cooked, a row of thick beef short ribs and mash will add cheer to the grimmest of winter days<p>It’s wet and cold, and the wind is rattling down the chimneys. I need meat on the bone. Flesh to usher towards tenderness in stock and aromatics or maybe something to roast slowly and …

City installing smart signals at 22 intersections

New high-tech traffic signals that can be re-timed based on real-time conditions are being installed at 22 intersections across the city as part of a …

Yonge Street
Urban Design

We Asked 11 Chefs to Weigh In on the Best Food Documentaries of All Time

Being self-professed foodies, we're always interested in what chefs have to say—whether it's about what they whip up for a healthy weeknight meal, …

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

New York Times

Jaron Lanier: ‘The solution is to double down on being human’

He’s the Silicon Valley visionary who gave us virtual reality. Now, in a new memoir-cum-manifesto, Jaron Lanier recounts his sad, unusual childhood and calls for a re-evaluation of our ties with the digital environment<p>Jaron Lanier has written a book about virtual reality, a phrase he coined and a …

In Animated Short I Am Here, a Cosmic Search for Meaning Leads to a Most Unexpected Place

Eoin Duffy’s previous animated short followed the strange quest of a squirrel hunting for his missing scarf. His latest, <i>I Am Here</i>, follows another …

Animation

The ultimate, 3500-word, plain English guide to blockchain

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of Bitcoin and blockchain. After all, they are one of the most trending topics these days  —  the ultimate buzzwords of the year. Even people who’ve never mined cryptocurrency or understand how it works, are talking about it.<p>My …

Satoshi Nakamoto

Worse Gridlock, More Inequality? 3 Ways Self-Driving Cars Could Change Cities

If we don’t plan for them, that is.<p>Recently, I heard a friend lament the fact that self-driving cars still haven’t arrived to end his dreaded commute. It’s true: It sometimes feels like autonomous cars have been just over the horizon forever. But for cities, which move at a more geological pace, …

Japan's Yanagiya – is this the best restaurant on the planet?

This invitation-only restaurant near Nagoya holds the No 1 spot on Tabelog, Japan’s most popular dining website. And no wonder: the skewers of fat-cloaked duck, boar and venison are grilled to perfection<p>Anointing the “best restaurant in the world” has become a mini-industry. Last week, the Black …

Japan

An App For Democratizing Street Design

So far, tech companies have been determining how driverless cars will fit into the grid. ReStreet invites you to weigh in.<p>Updated: September 25, 2017<p>When autonomous vehicles take over the streets, the streets will change to accommodate them: Expect special priority lanes, curbside pickup “docks,” …

'Cowboy Bebop' director made a 'Blade Runner' animated short

Over 35 years since <i>Blade Runner</i> came out, its sequel is almost upon us. <i>Blade Runner: 2049</i> hits theaters in less than a month. And (depending on who you ask) it's either been too long a wait, or it should never have seen the light of day. For anyone still on the fence, the film's marketing blitz is …

Japan Box Office: ‘Sekigahara’ Wins Second Weekend

“Sekigahara,” Masato Harada’s samurai epic about the single most important battle in Japanese history, won its second weekend at the Japanese box …

Bunch wants to be ‘Google Analytics for company culture’

Bunch, a newly-launched startup operating out of Berlin, is aiming to be something akin to a “Google Analytics for company culture”. It offers a SaaS to let companies and company teams quantify internal company culture, and then use this data as the basis to screen job candidates to help ensure …

What the Controlled Chaos of Burning Man Reveals About Cities

Every year, for the past 26 years, something truly remarkable happens: an entire city appears out of the desert. I’m speaking, of course, of Black …