The Quest for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love a good chocolate chip cookie.

Just the other night we made cookies and I remembered advice from THE person who makes the most available cookies I’ve had.  Her dad owns a bakery and she has some kind of midas-food touch.

Her advice?

I simply follow the instructions on the package.

Yeah, like it’s that easy, right?  I do that to, exactly… with a few exceptions.

Those darn exceptions have got to be the downfall of “perfect.”

Anyway, it’s been on my mind this week, and look at this article I just found: Ask a Chef: Chewy chocolate chip cookies

Here’s what I love about this article: instead of a recipe (which there is, actually, at the bottom), it focuses on the science of making a good cookie.  When you have words like creaming process, seeping, “run out,”  hydrated, emulsify, brown the butter, etc. you know it’s going to be fun to read.

Enjoy!

YouTube Celebrity: Kurt Hugo Schneider (musician)

Kurt Hugo Schneider is AMAZING.  Check out his YouTube channel here.

How is it in such a crazy, noisy, crowded space (music on YouTube) he can get hundreds of millions of views?

On the originals list, each of the uploads has over 1M views:

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Check out his popular uploads… the lowest has over 30M!!

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If you are interested at all in making money from YouTube, or getting credibility, or customers, etc., you need to become a student of Kurt Hugo Schneider and his work.  Amazing, and well done!

“WWII is over? I’m not sure I can trust you… “

Check out this fantastically interesting article about a family that left for the Siberian forest to stay away from the harm of World War II… and they never came out (until they were discovered by some geologists doing research:

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

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This story is crazy awesome… !

Dr. William Beaumont: The Stomach Expert

For over 20 years I’ve been intrigued by the story of Dr. William Beaumont.  I heard this story when I was in middle school and I’m sure I was on the edge of my seat when I watched the movie in class.  I think this was the beginning of my awe of the discovery of modern medicine… how did we figure this stuff out?

So I don’t spend another 20 years trying to remember the name or details, here are two resources:

The wikipedia page of William Beaumont (aka, the Father of Gastric Physiology)

A two minute video with the story in a nutshell (this is the best I could find):

Pretty cool story, huh?

Adding a Blog page to your blog

I recently set up my newest project, VideoGameClass.com, where I’ll be teaching people how to make video games using GameSalad. The class is going to be super-cool.

While setting up the blog I do a few things:

  • Delete the Hello World Post and anything else WordPress puts in,
  • Create new Pages, which also become the main menu across the top,
  • Set the Home Page as the first page people get to, as opposed do the default of going to the latest blog Post,
  • and, setting up the link “Blog,” where the Posts land.

I didn’t know how to do the last part, but my developer just emailed me telling me how:

  1. Set up a Page called “Blog,” and leave it blank
  2. Go to Settings, Reading
  3. Under Front Page Displays, there is a option to change the front page to a Page.  Change this to Home (which is a Page you have set up)
  4. The next dropdown asks what the blog Posts page is – that is the Page Blog that you set up.

Now, on the main menu, you have an option titled Blog, and this is where the Posts go.

Easy, eh?

 

Why Homeschool?

Here’s a fun article in my local newspaper about a family in Arkansas who homeschools: ‘Brainy Bunch’ family puts 7 kids in college — all by age 12

I’m not sure how many homeschool families aspire to this (I’m guessing it is less than 1%).  And honestly, getting my kids into school before they are 12 is not on my list.  I love the dad’s line at the end: “Truly, we’re just average.”  “Yeah, right,” most people would argue… average.  That makes pretty much everyone else way, way below average :p

The haters come out and tell why it’s so horrible that these socially deprived kids have lost out on their childhoods, etc. etc. etc.  All the lame, uninformed reasons why no one should homeschool.

Let’s get beyond those sophmoric, insecure whinings, and dig a little deeper.  Those kids seem well-accomplished, driven, and pursuing passions and interests.  Quite a bit different than what I saw in my schooling, with more of the glazed over look, or the socialization that I got, which was how to be street smart (read: not get beat up).

But that’s not why we homeschool.  Here’s part of the article that touches on one thing we love about homeschooling:

“Hannah was whizzing through the math and saying, ‘Mom, do I really have to do the rest of this chapter? It’s so repetitive,’” Mona Lisa said. “And we’d say no just do the odd (questions) or the even ones or just skip the rest of that chapter because we know that you know that… and next thing you know, she’s ready for some advanced math.”

We love allowing kids to go at their own pace, learning what they are interested in… what an awesome part of life-long education!

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven / Navy Seal / Commencement Speech at UT 2014

This is so awesome… here’s the post from LifeBuzz: 10 Life Lessons From A Navy Seal. I Will Always Remember #4.

Here’s the video:

Saving Diet Soda, One Study At A Time

Check out this ridiculous headline:

Diet soda helps weight loss, industry-funded study finds

Oh. My. Gosh.

The study was apparently funded by the American Beverage Association.  Shame on University of Colorado for entertaining this study and taking that money.

There are plenty of articles about the horrid  affects of the chemicals in diet sodas… is that worth losing a few pounds?  By the way, here’s the logo for this study:

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Tribute to Woolley Macey

Here’s a cool tribute to Wooley Macey I saw on Facebook.  This is my mother-in-law’s uncle.  He was a very cool guy:

Wirth Watching: Remembering those who fought for our freedom

My Son, The Ninja

Last week I was weeding a garden box with my five year old son.  He told me that he was a ninja.  He could pick weeds with his eyes closed, because ninjas can see with their eyes closed.

I asked him where he learned about ninjas and he said he didn’t learn about them, he was just born that way.  My son was born a ninja.  #awesome

I used that information a couple of days later when I was alone with him and was doing video recordings and need complete silence.  Don’t-flush-the-toilet, turn-off-the-air-conditioner, be-super-duper-quiet silence.  How do you explain this to a five year old? I don’t know.  But I do know how to explain it to a five year old ninja.  You simply say that I need total quiet, and if he needs to walk around, he has to walk around as silent as a ninja.  That totally worked.

Yesterday I changed out of my clothes after a family get-together and put on my black pajama bottoms and my black t-shirt.  He was right there and asked: “Dad, is that your ninja clothes?”

Darn.  My cover is busted.  He knows.  #bornNinja