"Watch Two Japanese Women Fry Shrimp With a "Cooking Detonation" Cannon"

I recently got a sous vide immersion circulator machine which is a pretty nerdy approach to cooking, I think this ranks somewhat higher on the nerd-o-meter:

(HT: Gawker)

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NRH Police: Man Dead After Driving in Circles, Crashing
Doughnuts are bad for your health.
Aerial bombing: Turns out, it almost never works
Not too surprising. Seems to hint at another reason to be skeptical about military drones.
Phuc Kieu charged with sexual battery in Gainesville, police say
That's a rather awkward name to have - rendered slightly more ironic by the type of charges in question.
Prevalence of Alcohol Dependence Among US Adult Drinkers, 2009–2011
A CDC study: "It is often assumed that most excessive drinkers are alcohol dependent. However, few studies have examined the prevalence of alcohol dependence among excessive drinkers. The objective of this study was to update prior estimates of the prevalence of alcohol dependence among US adult drinkers." Their conclusion: "Most excessive drinkers (90%) did not meet the criteria for alcohol dependence."

How to best forecast the future

Seems that Tetlock's continued his investigation into how people think beyond his earlier, rather prominent book on assessing expertise in The Good Judgement Project. Here's a bit of advice based on that research from Tim Harford:

... the thinking style most associated with making better forecasts was something psychologists call “actively open-minded thinking”. A questionnaire to diagnose this trait invites people to rate their agreement or disagreement with statements such as, “Changing your mind is a sign of weakness.” The project found that successful forecasters aren’t afraid to change their minds, are happy to seek out conflicting views and are comfortable with the notion that fresh evidence might force them to abandon an old view of the world and embrace something new.

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For Lent, can man live by brew alone?
"Three hundred or four hundred years ago, a group of Paulaner monks in a Bavarian region had made a stronger beer in a town called Einbeck and they called it bock. The monks started making a stronger beer, a double beer, called doppelbock ... The story goes the monks would give up eating and literally would drink this 'liquid bread' to sustain them through their Lenten fast." I can see Lent becoming somewhat more popular. This also reminds me of the Guiness Diet episode of Glutton for Punishment.
Human Poop-Powered Bus Hits UK Roads
"This “Bio-bus” runs on biomethane gas, which is produced from the treatment of human sewage and food that is unsuitable for human consumption. ... Just one person’s annual food and sewage waste is enough to fuel the bus for 60 kilometers"
Man eats sugar-heavy diet for 60 days, receives shocking diagnosis
The interesting angle per the guy on this experimental diet: "I had no soft drink, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery ... All the sugars that I was eating were found in perceived healthy foods, so low-fat yogurts, and muesli bars, and cereals, and fruit juices, sports drinks ... these kind of things that often parents would give their kids thinking they’re doing the right thing."
Pro football player leaves behind $37 million contract to become a farmer
Call me crazy but I'd advise more than just watching a few YouTube videos before making a jump like this guy did.
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