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November 5, 2019

"I missed Them 10 years"


Dry cleaner closed for reunion with sisters from Korea.

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November 5, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Big in Norway: Slow TV


I loved Olga Khazan's 2013 Atlantic essay.

Maybe you will too; it follows.

It all started in 2009, with a seven-hour train trip from Oslo to Bergen.

BergensBanen, a live broadcast of the voyage by NRK, Norway's public broadcasting company, followed the train as it chugged through dark tunnels, snow-covered mountains, and misty valleys.

More than 1 million Norwegians, a good 20 percent of the country's population, tuned in to watch.

Since then, "slow TV" has become a staple of Norwegian public broadcasting.

In 2011, more than half the country watched a cruise ship's 134-hour journey up Norway's west coast.

Earlier this year, NRK broadcast 18 hours of salmon swimming upstream.

Two new epics aired this fall, one showing 100 hours of chess played by the Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, and another offering a "sheep to sweater" view of knitting: four hours of discussion followed by eight and a half hours of sheep-shearing, thread-spinning, and needle-clacking.

Rather than complaining about the programs' long running times, Norwegians seem to relish them.

"They allow you to go far deeper, to enjoy more details," a viewer named Finn Lunde told the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

The hosts of National Firewood Night, a 12-hour broadcast of logs being cut and then burned, invited viewers to submit advice via Facebook on how to position the wood.

"I couldn't go to bed because I was so excited," one commenter wrote on the Web site of Dagbladet, a Norwegian newspaper. "When will they add new logs?"

Slow TV reflects the patience required to survive a long Norwegian winter, but also a hint of cultural rebellion.

"All other TV is just speeding up, and we want to break with that," Lise-May Spissøy, who produced the knitting project, told Deutsche Welle. "We want to allow people to finish their sentences."

November 5, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Experts: How to cut a sheet cake neatly


From Baking Bites:

Sheet cakes are wonderful because they can serve a crowd much more easily and efficiently than any other shape of cake.

Most home sheet cakes are rectangular — typically 9" × 13" or so — and the size of a sheet cake can make it difficult to handle when it comes time to serve your dessert.

Unlike smaller cakes, which are easy to turn out of the pans that they are baked in, sheet cakes are not always sturdy enough to handle being moved around a lot.

As a result, most of the time that we bake sheet cakes at home, we serve them directly from the pan they're baked in.

And while it is easy to carry a pan to the table, it isn't always easy to get pieces out neatly.

Fortunately, these tips will help you get both individual pieces and whole sheet cakes out of the pan without too much fuss.


How to cut a sheet cake in the pan

When it comes time to serve your sheet cake from the pan, you'll need a sharp knife and a small spatula.

Lightly score the cake into the size pieces that you intend to cut, then cut the cake along those lines.

Cutting the whole cake at once, wiping excess frosting off the knife as you go, tends to result in more even slices.

Starting with a corner piece, cut the slice in half.

This small piece will be a sacrifice piece, even though it will taste as delicious as the rest of the cake.

Slide the small spatula (or even a butter knife) under the small corner piece and lift it out.

Repeat the process with the second small slice.

Now that you have a clear corner, you can slide the spatula under the next piece and serve the remainder of the cake just as you cut it.

How to remove a whole sheet cake from the pan

Do not frost the cake before removing it from the pan if you are planning to take the whole cake out to serve.

If you want to get the whole sheet cake out of the pan, you're going to need a wire rack and a large cake platter.

It would also be best if you greased your pan well and lined the bottom of it with parchment paper.

After the cake has cooled, place the wire rack on top of the pan and invert the cake onto it.

You can use a cutting board in a pinch, but I much prefer a wire rack because the cake is less likely to stick to it.

Next, re-invert the cake onto a large serving platter.

Now, you can frost the cake as desired and easily cut slices in any size you'd like.

Even if you line the pan so that you can lift it out (with parchment paper or aluminum foil), which I often recommend for brownies and smaller cakes, the cake will likely bend in the middle as you lift, leaving the frosting looking less than picture-perfect.

November 5, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Quantum Entanglement

[Video by Helen Thompson]

November 5, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Finger-Pointing Ruler


Features and Details:

• Designed by Alexei Zyuzin.

• See-through acrylic

• Weight: 10g

• mm scale



November 5, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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