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How To Make Pizza At Home That Won’t Be Horrible

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Being a fan of pizza and a loyal adherent to America’s Test Kitchen, I will be curious to read up more on this article. Always look for some tips and tricks that will cost my game a bit.

Originally posted on Consumerist:

(Flyinace2000) (Flyinace2000) You’ve got all your favorite toppings assembled, the cheese is waiting to be melted and the dough is ready to go. But no matter what you do, making pizza at home can be disappointing when compared to the pies served up at restaurants. It seems so simple — so why do homemade efforts often fall so short of expectations?

Because pizza is a delicious concoction of unrivaled tastiness that sprung fully-formed from the forehead of Zeus, we wanted to get to the bottom of the difficulties facing home chefs trying to recreate restaurant pizza at home.

To do so, we went straight to the pizza pros, who say it all comes down to three basic elements of the process: Equipment, which gives restaurants a distinct advantage; the dough and ingredients both for the dough and the pizza’s toppings, which are things that everyday folks can do just…

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March 23, 2015 at 10:47 am

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The 33 1/3 New Author Q&A: Kembrew McLeod

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Kembrew McCleod on Blondie’s album Parallel Lines.

Originally posted on 333sound:

Today, we’re happy to bring you a Q&A with Kembrew McLeod, who will be writing the upcoming 33 1/3 on Blondie’s Parallel Lines !

Kembrew McLeod Communications StudiesTell us a bit about yourself in an extended author biography.

I’m a writer, documentary filmmaker, university professor, media prankster, spazz dancer, children’s music producer, and all around man of many hats. I began writing about music over two decades ago in old-school paper ’zines, and then made the transition in 1995 to online music writing in outlets like Addicted To Noise, SonicNet, and MTV.com. It was a new frontier, and I distinctly remember having to explain to label publicists what the Interweb was. Since then, I have published five books on popular music, copyright law, and—most recently—pranks. My writing has also has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, Slate, Salon, SPIN and Rolling Stone. Additionally, I’ve…

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March 11, 2015 at 5:14 pm

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Moving to Tokyo? Real estate agent picks five best neighborhoods for single residents

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I’m happy to see at the end of the article mention is made of Koiwa. Love that neighborhood.

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

real estateTokyo is a big place, both in terms of population and area, and if you’re moving here from anywhere else, you might be at a bit of a loss in terms of where to look for an apartment. Obviously, a large part of that decisions is up to personal preference, but we do happen to have some advice for areas to look at if this will be your first time living alone!

These five areas were selected by a local real estate agent, so you know they must be good, right?

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March 9, 2015 at 10:56 am

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Starting from the students to build engaging computing courses for non-CS majors: Response to Goldweber and Walker

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Prof. Mark Guzdial on the topic of designing courses and what is pedagogy vs. what is curricula. They’re not the same.

Originally posted on Computing Education Blog:

Michael Goldweber and Henry Walker responded to my blog posts (here in Blog@CACM and here in this blog) in the Inroad blog (see article here). My thanks to them for taking the time to respond to me. I found their comments especially valuable in helping to see where I was making assumptions about common values, goals, and understanding. It’s too easy in a blog to only get responses from people who share a common understanding (even if we violently disagree about values and goals). I found it helpful to get feedback from Dr. Goldweber and Dr. Walker with whom I don’t correspond regularly.

“Pedagogy” isn’t just “how to teach” for me. They argue that their articles are not about pedagogy but about what should be taught in a course that students might take to explore computer science. The page I linked to at the US Department of…

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March 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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Internet privacy, funded by spooks: A brief history of the BBG

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Voice of America and all those propagandist triumphalist government programs are funded by us to the tune of $725M/year. That’s a lot of money.

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

jacob-appelbaum-torFor the past few months I’ve been covering U.S. government funding of popular Internet privacy tools like Tor, CryptoCat and Open Whisper Systems. During my reporting, one agency in particular keeps popping up: An agency with one of those really bland names that masks its wild, bizarre history: the Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG.

The BBG was formed in 1999 and runs on a $721 million annual budget. It reports directly to Secretary of State John Kerry and operates like a holding company for a host of Cold War-era CIA spinoffs and old school “psychological warfare” projects: Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, Radio Martí, Voice of America, Radio Liberation from Bolshevism (since renamed “Radio Liberty”) and a dozen other government-funded radio stations and media outlets pumping out pro-American propaganda across the globe.

Today, the Congressionally-funded federal agency is also one of the biggest backers of grassroots and open-source…

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March 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm

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Our Japanese staff members pick the top places in Japan they’d like to visit again someday

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

fiFiguring out where to go during your stay in Japan can seem like an insurmountable task. For first-time visitors to the country, there are so many famous places to visit that the task of deciding becomes overwhelming. On the other hand, if you’ve been living in Japan for a while, you’re probably tired of all the crowded, touristy places and would like to go somewhere off-the-beaten path.

To help out our readers who are struggling with this internal dilemma, we’ve asked three reporters from our Japanese-language RocketNews24 team to share with us the top three places in Japan they’d definitely like to visit again someday. These three have had ample opportunities to travel to various places around the country and experience the local scenes in the name of eclectic journalism, so you can think of them as seasoned experts on the matter. Let’s see what little-known travel recommendations they have waiting…

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February 27, 2015 at 8:52 am

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Links from Rune Madsen’s article: ON META-DESIGN AND ALGORITHMIC DESIGN SYSTEMS

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February 25, 2015 at 12:58 pm

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