Summary of “melting potatoes – smitten kitchen”

A few weeks ago – although, you can imagine, it feels like it’s been much, much longer* – I learned bout something called melting potatoes and had to make them immediately.
Why limit this fun to potatoes? Why don’t I do something random and new and unpredictable every single day? I should start right away.
It feels like a pared-down version of fondant potatoes, a French dish in which cylinders of potato are browned very slowly in butter, with stock added in increments until the potatoes are crisp on top but creamy inside, but also somewhat glazed and booming with flavor.
The heat will seem too high, the butter too brown, the color on the potatoes too dark, and then you’ll try them and wonder why you’d serve anything else with – or instead of! – a roast ever again.
Melting Potatoes 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted.
2 pounds yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch slices.
Use a thin spatula to loosen potatoes and turn them over.
Roast for 15 minutes more, until potatoes are fully tender.

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Summary of “You May Live Longer By Severely Restricting Calories, Scientists Say”

You May Live Longer By Severely Restricting Calories, Scientists Say : The Salt Scientists have long been fascinated with whether dramatically restricting the amount of food we eat can help us live longer.
Research has shown that sharp reductions in the amount of food consumed can help fish, rats and monkeys live longer.
Now, some researchers have found that when people severely cut calories, they can slow their metabolism and possibly the aging process.
Not surprisingly, the people cutting calories lost quite a bit of weight – on average, 25 pounds.
Redman wanted to know whether this dramatic reduction in calories could affect how quickly people age.
Now, these findings don’t directly prove that drastic calorie-cutting will actually help people live longer.
Biochemist Valter Longo, who studies longevity at the University of Southern California, says severely restricting calories for a time can mean you’re more likely to gain weight in the end.
“For most people, if you consider 70 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese, then you can see how, for most people, this would be a big problem,” Longo says.

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Summary of “How To Get Life-Changing Clarity Within 90 Minutes Of Waking Up”

The first 90 minutes of your day are crucial to everything that happens thereafter.
If you don’t produce something special during those first 90 minutes, chances are, your whole day will falter.
Make A “Cognitive Commitment” That You Will Produce A ResultYou need to make a commitment to yourself that you will produce a result.
If you produce a result during the first 90 minutes of your day, every single day, your life will look VERY VERY different from the lives of most people.
You’ll have created a result - which produces confidence and clarity.
Abandoning the old ineffective thoughts;formulating the new and effective thoughtsexperiencing the intense thrilling feeling of “Aha”During your first 90 minutes, your job is to get an epiphany and to then do something about that epiphany.
ConclusionHow you spend the first 90 minutes of your day will determine your success in life.
It is your job during the first 90 minutes of your day to produce a result.

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Summary of “What It Really Means to Be There and “Hold Space” for Someone Else”

“A healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself.” ~Maryam Hasnaa.
I remember when I first turned to a friend and said, “What does holding space really mean?” I asked with the inquisitiveness of a child, like a small human who does not yet know what a word means.
Holding space is viewing someone without judgment and seeing him or her through loving kindness.
Holding space is like holding the door open for someone to walk through to experience a new model of the world.
What we are really doing when we hold space is nothing but pure acceptance-of ourselves, of others, and of the moment.
Holding space doesn’t have to involve anyone else physically being there with us or listening to us directly.
This means, the more you can hold space for yourself, the more you can hold space for others.
Which means holding space isn’t just beneficial for one.

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Summary of “When Cops Become Robbers”

In the course of testimony, the names of an additional 11 current and former Baltimore city police officers came out, including a former partner of Jenkins’ and a high-ranking deputy commissioner.
According to a spokesman, new checks and balances will be implemented to make sure gun cases are tracked from “Arrest to adjudication”, and an anti-corruption unit will be established to focus specifically on the misconduct of the Gun Trace Task Force officers.
Critics have questioned how an investigative unit housed within the BPD will be any different than the current Internal Affairs division, which failed to root out the GTTF officers.
After years of fighting for the right to view officers’ Internal Affairs files, Deborah Katz Levi, in charge of the public defender’s special litigation projects, says that a month after the end of the trial she’s suddenly been granted “Unparalleled access” to 21 officers’ files, including some members of the GTTF. Levi says they’re now working with the State’s Attorney’s Office to expand the number of convictions “That need to be undone”.
The office says their initial assessment concluded that 284 cases – active or closed – have been affected by the seven originally indicted GTTF officers.
Mosby’s office will only proceed on three active cases.
“The has shared components of its GTTF investigation with our office and we are not at liberty to comment,” Mosby’s spokeswoman wrote.
Among Baltimore citizens and police officers alike, there is sharp disagreement on how Sean Suiter died.

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Summary of “Satellite images from highly oblique angles are pretty mindblowing”

“The entire sense of mountain terrain was lost,” Simmon told Ars.
Most traditional satellite images show great detail about the Earth’s surface, but as they observe from directly overhead, this vantage point makes the planet look flat.
So Simmon began fiddling with some of Planet’s satellites, including its 13 SkySats orbiting at 450km above the Earth’s surface that have a resolution of 80cm per pixel.
Instead of taking overhead images, Simmon began to capture images from highly oblique angles-as much as a 60- or 70-percent difference from directly overhead images.
There are some potential applications, too, beyond the “Wow” factor of the images.
Taking stereo images of an object from different angles will allow for the derivation of height.
Taking images from many different angles will allow for the construction of a 3D model of a mountain or be used to track urban growth in cities.
There is even enough resolution in the SkySat images for commodity traders to track the volumes of coal at a site, the depth of mines, or even to determine the height of shipping containers to measure the outflow of goods from a port.

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Summary of “The Two Traits of the Best Problem-Solving Teams”

In these groups, we observed a blend of different problem-solving behaviors, like collaboration, identifying problems, applying information, maintaining discipline, breaking rules, and inventing new approaches.
We also asked the same 150 executives to choose five words that best described the dominant behaviors and emotions in their organization.
To identify which behaviors correlated with the best- and worst-performing groups, we matched the chosen words with the levels of reported psychological safety and cognitive diversity.
In the Generative quadrant, we find behaviors associated with learning, experimenting, and confidence.
These behaviors are conspicuously absent from the Generative quadrant.
Hierarchical behavior is cited as one of the top 5 dominant behaviors 40% of the time in the non-generative quadrants.
We see controlling cited 33% of the time as a top behavior in the non-generative quadrants compared with only 10% in the generative quadrant.
We see directive cited 24% of the time as top behavior in the non-generative quadrants compared to only 5% in the generative.

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Summary of “How To Play Video Games Without Messing Up Your Body”

Here’s how to do it without messing up your body.
Dr. Caitlin McGee, a physical therapist that works with esports players, said to think of your body like a heat meter in a video game.
“Over time, as you continue to play, your heat meter builds up-muscles fatigue, tendons move over the same surfaces again and again, alertness and attention decrease,” she said over email.
Dr. McGee recommended setting a timer for every 45 minutes to an hour and taking a one to two minute break, “To stretch, get up, do breathing exercises, get your blood pumping.” Taking breaks can also help prevent eye strain.
Just like you need to be aware of the heat meter that is your body rising, you can also do things that slow the rate of that rise, like warming up your body.
It might not seem like it, but sitting down for hours of a time does but tension and strain on your body in the same way working out does, and stretching can help alleviate that strain.
I like to do a quick Sun Salutation whenever I need to stretch my body out, and Dr. McGee has a routine of stretches that she recommends for warm up and cool down on her website.
Repeatedly pushing your body to the limit can result in injury.

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Summary of “The End of Windows – Stratechery by Ben Thompson”

It’s all a bit of a moot point; in the end Ballmer’s delay gave Nadella an easy win that symbolized the exact shift in mindset Microsoft needed: non-Windows platforms would be targets for Microsoft services, not competitors for Windows.
That’s what we plan to doWe need to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving WindowsWe want to make Windows 10 the most loved release of Windows.
At the time I was very disappointed; suggesting that Microsoft experiences needed to be “Best” on Windows suggested that Windows was dictating the direction of Microsoft services.
Remember, Nadella opposed the Nokia acquisition, but instead of simply dropping the axe on day one, thus wasting precious political capital, he hung the Windows team out to dry let Windows give it their best shot and come to that conclusion on their own.
Nadella did the same thing with Windows proper: when Windows 10 launched Myerson claimed that the operating system would be on 1 billion devices by mid-2018; the company had to walk that back a year later, not because Nadella said so, but because the market did.
Windows had the ecosystem and the lock-in, and provided the foundation for Office and Windows Server, both of which were built with the assumption of Windows at the center.
Unsurprisingly, both are still benefiting from Windows: Office 365 really does, as Nadella noted in his retreat, work better on Windows, and vice versa; it is seamless for organizations that have been using Office for years to move to Office 365.
Azure’s biggest advantage is that it allows for hybrid deployments, where workloads are split between legacy on-premise Windows servers and Azure’s public cloud; that legacy was built on Windows.

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Summary of “‘Ikigai’: The Japanese Lifestyle Trend Promising To Find Your Life Purpose”

Having tried out the Danish concept of finding contentment in cosiness with the pursuit of ‘hygge’, and frugal living with the Swedish idea of ‘lagom’, we seem to be struggling to find the true key to happiness.
Enter ‘ikigai’, a new lifestyle concept from Japan.
In Japanese culture, it’s widely believed that everyone has an ‘ikigai’ – a reason to jump out of bed each morning.
What it means ‘Ikigai’ is a Japanese word that can roughly be translated into English to mean ‘reason for being’.
Hector Garcia, co-author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, explains the word uses the characters ‘iki’, or ‘life’, and ‘kai’, meaning the result of a certain action.
Last year, Ken dos Remedios of the Hyper Japan cultural festival told the Independent: ‘Although it is not impossible to have ‘ikigai’ without social connections, it is easier to feel ‘ikigai’ by creating social connections, perhaps because of the ingrained social connections Japanese society promotes and Japanese individuals are conditioned to seek.
How does it work? Ken Mogi, a neuroscientist and author of Awakening Your Ikigai, explains that finding your purpose in life using this lifestyle concept is about focussing on what he describes as ‘five pillars’: starting small, accepting yourself, connecting with the world around you, seeking out small joys, and being in the here and now.
In order to find your Ikigai, people should ask themselves the following four questions:1.

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