How to not boil an egg

You wouldn’t believe the difficulty we’ve had boiling eggs. There was this set of instructions we liked on the internets, but we neglected to print it out and now the site is gone. Just about everywhere insists that the way to do it is:

  1. Put the eggs in a saucepan in cold water
  2. Bring the water to a rolling boil
  3. Take off heat, cover, and let sit for twelve minutes.
  4. Chill the eggs in ice water

This resulted in about a dozen not-particularly boiled eggs. The technique is far more fiddly than you might think depending on the size of the sauce pan, the material your sauce pan is made of, whether or not Mercury is in retrograde, etc.

Here’s the one that works for us:

  1. Put the eggs in a saucepan in cold water
  2. Bring the water to a rolling boil
  3. Reduce heat to a bare simmer for 12 minutes
  4. Chill the eggs in ice water

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The Poseidon Adventure

We watched the Poseidon Adventure last week. The original one with Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, and Leslie Nielsen, not the new Richard Dreyfuss / Kurt Russell one. I might get around to watching that one, but I doubt I can convince the Elf.

The movie is classic over-the-top unsubtle disaster melodrama. Yes, it’s the one where the cruise ship flips over. I won’t summarize the plot because that’s about all you need to know.

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OK, I am now sick of hearing about “privilege.”

The first time I heard the word privilege used in place of an -ist word, I thought it was a great refinement. Instead of “racist” you can have “white privilege.” Instead of being “weightist” you can “thin privilege,” instead of being a “male chauvinist” you have “male privilege.” It works for just about everything, and as such it’s been overused.

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The Problem With Click-Bait Headlines

Danah Boyd, author, researcher, and professor — which makes her more qualified than me to comment on just about anything — asks: “Is the Oculus Rift sexist?

And what follows is not what you would expect. It’s not a diatribe against game hardware or another fight over masculine dominance of video games. Instead, it’s a discussion of how men and women apparently perceive depth cues differently, a detail the Rift designers may have missed if their testing pool is male-centric. It’s a reminder that biology is complex, audiences diverse, and everything you think you know is wrong.

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Image Credits: Flickr / SteFou!