Bookmarks for 25th March 2016

These are my saved Pinboard links for 25th March 2016:

  • getguesstimate/guesstimate-app · GitHub – Guesstimate is a tool for performing estimates using monte carlo experiments. It can be used similarly to excel, but provides the option of providing ranges and distributions as values instead of individual points. Other metrics can do mathematical operations on these cells/metrics. After each new input is added or changed, a set of 5000 samples is randomly generated from each input and goes through the specified operations to produce confidence intervals in the output.
  • Food in books: raisin bread from The Book of Strange New Things | Books | The Guardian – Kate Young finds inspiration in Michel Faber’s sci-fi novel and solace in its comfort food, apt for those away from home – or light years from planet Earth
  • Food in books: the marshmallows from Tomorrow, When the War Began | Books | The Guardian – Marshmallows bring back memories of carefree childhood holidays in Australia for Kate Young. Remembering their appearance in a favourite young adult series, she shares a recipe apt for both summer barbecues and winter nights
  • Getting Started with Jekyll -Telerik Developer Network – Once upon a time, the web was mostly static sites. We built our sites with Dreamweaver or Homesite (or -gasp!- FrontPage) and manually updated them to add new content. Creating new pages was often a matter of copying an existing HTML file and modifying it. This was fine for very simple sites, but could be painful to manage for large sites.

    The static site engines of today sit somewhere in between the manual updating of the early web and the content management systems that often replaced them. They make it relatively easy to add and update content, relying on files to store content and data as opposed to databases. This allows the site to be built dynamically but deployed statically. Paired with the growth in services that can add the necessary dynamic pieces to the site (like comments, forms, etc.), static sites have become a viable solution for a large number of sites, especially those that are content-focused.

    Probably the most popular static site engine is Jekyll. It was created by Tom Preston-Werner, founder and former CEO of GitHub, and is the engine frequently used for running GitHub Pages. In this article, we’ll look at how to get started using Jekyll and build a simple site with it.

  • Building Static Sites with Jekyll – Envato Tuts+ Code Article – A full-blown CMS is rarely necessary. Sometimes, you only need to create a light, static website … but you have just enough pages to make the process of copying template files and making cross-site markup changes a chore. Today, I’ll demonstrate a simple solution—Jekyll—that will make creating small websites a breeze.
  • Poole · The Jekyll Butler. – Poole is the butler for Jekyll, the static site generator. It's designed and developed by @mdo to provide a clear and concise foundational setup for any Jekyll site. It does so by furnishing a full vanilla Jekyll install with example templates, pages, posts, and styles.
  • PlexPy – Another Plex Monitoring Program – Plex Forums – What started out as me trying to learn Python ended up being a quite useful app, so I thought I'd share what I've got so far.
    This initially started out basically as a direct port of PlexWatchWeb from PHP to Python so it would be easier for most people to get running. I however am never satisfied so after much tinkering and tweaking I started slowly adding and fixing things that I thought needed attention.
    If you have no idea what I'm talking about then that's fine too, if you came here to just find a tool to easily monitor and receive notify playback events from Plex you're at the right place.
  • Bagel Egg in a Hole Breakfast Recipe – Better than the sum of its parts because 1. the bagel gets griddled 2. one bagel feeds two people 3. it's a toad in a hole.
  • Festive Roll – This meat free festive favourite will impress your family and friends every time. The dry cider, mushrooms and chestnuts make it a winter classic that is big on flavour.
  • 🍲Bedmi aloo sabzi recipe, bedmi puri aloo sabzi, potato bhaji – Bedmi aloo sabzi recipe – spicy masala potato curry that’s served with bedmi puri (lentil stuffed puri), popular North Indian street food
  • Genius Pork Shoulder Ragu (a.k.a. The Instant Dinner Party) – For me, and maybe for you, entertaining feels like a hurdle to be buckled down against—and I'm the Creative Director of a food and lifestyle company. Something is wrong here.

    Maybe it's the swirl of unattainable scenes on Instagram and Pinterest, or the Genius Recipes moniker to live up to, or my ungenerous Brooklyn living space, but when did dinner parties get to be so scary? It doesn't have to be that way—right?

    I believe it will one day come more easily—2016? Is that you?—but in the meantime, I rely on a sleeve full of cozy, disaster-proof recipes, and on people like Andy Ward and Jenny Rosenstrach to keep publishing blog posts like "Instant Dinner Party." Nothing could sound happier.

    The recipe that makes a party—instantly—is their deliriously good, make-ahead pork shoulder ragu with pappardelle—the second most popular ever on their blog Dinner: A Love Story (only surpassed by Chicken Parm Meatballs, which went wild on Pinterest).

    About the ragu, Jenny told me, "I think it was the only thing we cooked for dinner guests for, like, three years. Eventually not only for its logistical advantages but because it was so damn good!"

    The logistical advantages are many: First, there's that "instant" claim—you can make the ragu completely ahead, even a day or two before, so that a dinner party could happen at any moment.

    This ragu-making all happens in one pot. You don't even bother cutting the pork down into chunks, or taking it out of the pot after you brown it. Why would you? It's going to cook forever, till it falls to smithereens, anyway.

    Once you brown the whole hunk and nudge some onions and garlic around it, the rest is a matter of tossing in whole ingredients—sprigs of thyme and oregano, a handful of fennel seeds, red wine, a can of tomatoes, and, importantly, hot sauce—then leaving it mostly in peace in your oven for 3 to 4 hours.

    By the end, it will have braised into a soft, wobbly heap that shreds cleanly at the pull of a fork, sinking into the sauce. Whether you serve it that day or reheat it for a party tomorrow, "It will make the house smell amazing," Jenny said, "Which, in my opinion, counts for more than flower arrangements when having dinner guests." (I agree! I'll do this too!)

    Time and a slow oven did the lion's share of the work to make a sauce that's rich and heady and perfectly spicy from a full tablespoon of hot sauce. Or perfectly spicy for adults, at least. "Best of all," Jenny told me. "If there are kids coming over, and they don't like the ragu, we can usually count on them liking the pasta with a little Parm—so it minimizes drama on that end, too." And whatever ragu is left behind is a boon: over polenta, in tacos, on sandwiches, or frozen and awaiting more dinners.

    So this is actually the no-drama, great-smelling, cooks-itself, freezable, instant dinner party. That, I can do.

  • Nigel Slater’s pre-prepared seasonal treat recipes | Life and style | The Guardian – Terrine on toast, a zesty cake… at this time of year it pays to keep your larder stocked with tasty offerings
  • Nigella Lawson’s chilled-out Christmas | Life and style | The Guardian – Christmas Eve macaroni cheese, spicy drunken noodles, a luxurious lemon pavlova. Nigella Lawson shares her recipe for a very happy holiday
  • Know your leeks: Yotam Ottolenghi’s leek recipes | Life and style | The Guardian – Leeks are so commonplace and familiar that it’s all too easy to forget just how versatile they are
  • Nigella Lawson’s No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake – Genius Recipes – During the holidays, we can be soothed by the sure things—the desserts that won't crack or sink or spring a leak, that don't take much time or a lick of oven space, that have everything going for them.
  • How to make the perfect Turkish delight | Life and style | The Guardian – We all have fond memories of nabbing one from a box of Roses, but authentic, gummy lokum is labour-intensive. The question is: should you roll these sugary creations in icing or dip them in chocolate?
  • Nigel Slater’s lamb, peppers and tortilla recipe | Life and style | The Guardian – A deeply satisfying dish that is full of flavours.
  • Rainy Mood – Rain Makes Everything Better. – Rain makes everything better.
  • 5 Minute Meditation – Welcome to 5 Minute Meditation! I decided to create this site after I began to get panic attacks my junior year of college. I found that deep breathing exercises were effective in helping myself calm down during them, and wanted to create a simple and quick guided breathing exercise for myself and others to use. Thankfully, I rarely have attacks anymore, but still use this breathing exercise when feeling stressed.

    I hope that you find some use in it as well.

  • Nigel Slater’s roast pork recipes | Life and style | The Guardian – Festive stuffing sweetened with dates, and sandwiches made from leftovers – roast pork lends itself perfectly to both

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