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Did Ada Lovelace *really* write the first computer program?

April 27, 2010


After Ada Lovelace day had come and gone, I decided to do some more reading about her.  It turns out that there’s great primary literature online, including the paper for which she is famed and the autobiography of Charles Babbage. And between the two of them, there’s somewhat damning evidence that she was not, in […]

Banana bread recipe, and some griping

April 25, 2010


Ok, first let’s get the griping out of the way.  I volunteer with a pre-college engineering program that’s funded by a local university.  It’s pretty much the most fun thing ever, because I get to help 7th and 8th graders make and program Lego robots, build circuits, and try to get their heads around logic […]

Recipe: Ridiculously healthy lentil shrimp thing

April 18, 2010


This is another recipe adapted from Good Housekeeping.  This serves 4.  One warning; this recipes uses alcohol which does not get cooked off! Ingredients: 1 lb frozen raw shrimp 1 16oz package lentils 1 large onion 8 cups water 1 bay leaf 2 cloves garlic 2 carrots 2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup red wine […]

Sweet vs. Savory: Moroccan Stew

April 11, 2010


Sometimes I like to season the same dish different ways.  My palate gets bored easily, but it can be hard to come up with a new thing for dinner every single night.  My hack?  Making a sweet version of a savory dish, or vice versa. These recipes each serve 4. Ingredients for both versions: 1 […]

How to resist price anchoring

April 6, 2010

0 has a great post on price anchoring.  We’re all constantly being duped by this.  Price anchoring is creating an artificially high price to compare the normal price to.  If someone is selling a smergasborg for $20, and we see it elsewhere for $10, we’ll think it’s a great deal, even if we don’t need […]