Sushi Rice

Large amount of seasoned rice that can be refrigerated and used in weekly meals


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or 1/2 cup miso paste
  • 3 cups dry brown rice (rinse first)
  • 5 cups of water

Prepare

Wash rice repeatedly until water remains clear

Strain rice in mesh sieve

Mix all ingredients in medium-large pot

Top pot with lid

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Cook

Turn stove to max heat until boiling

Once boiling begins, reduce heat as low as possible while bubbles still forming

Let boil with lid on for 70 minutes

Keep lid on for at least 20 more minutes

Serve or let cool overnight and place in fridge in the morning

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What to Do with All that Sushi Rice?

Well you can, you know, make sushi with it

I keep the rice in my fridge and eat it with whatever I have at the moment.

It’s a good base for a chicken and broccoli bowl, or whatever meal you can imagine.

I like adding it to salads; for example, mix:

  • Spinach
  • Bit of red onion, chopped
  • Jalapeño, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • Fresh basil, minced
  • Fresh mint, minced
  • Dash of garlic salt
  • Dress with 1 tbsp of toasted sesame oil

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Simpson’s Paradox

From Wikipedia

“Simpson’s paradox, or the Yule–Simpson effect, is a phenomenon in probability and statistics, in which a trend appears in several different groups of data but disappears or reverses when these groups are combined. It is sometimes given the descriptive title reversal paradox or amalgamation paradox.”

This seems counterintuitive, but the 5 minute video below explains the concept well.


Source

Wikipedia: Simpson’s paradox

Minute Physics: Simpson’s Paradox

Pecan Cinnamon Roles

My grandma learned how to make these during HomeEc in the 60’s, so you know they’re good.


Traditional Roll Dough

This dough recipe is enough for two pans worth of cinnamon rolls.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup warm water (105º to 115º F)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon (1 pack) active dry baker’s yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup lukewarm milk (scalded then cooled)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup shortening, butter, or margarine, softened
  • 3 ¾ to 4 cups all purpose flour (if using self rising flour, omit salt)

Activate Yeast

Dissolve yeast in warm water; wait 5-10 minutes.

Sprinkle the sugar in warm water yeast mixture.

If bubbles appear, the yeast is good.

Mix it

Stir in milk, salt, egg, shortening and 2 cups of the flour.

Beat until smooth

Work the Dough

Mix in enough of the remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured board

Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.

Let it Rise

Place in greased bowl and cover it with a towel.

Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 1 ½ to 2 hours.

The dough is ready if impressions remain.

Divide the dough in half.


Pecan Cinnamon Roll Topping

Prep the pans with this pecan topping while waiting for the dough to rise.

(The pecan topping can be skipped to make plain cinnamon roles.)

Note, these ingredients are for a single pan.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup pecan halves
  • ¼ cup (2 oz) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ cup of brown sugar (packed)

Spread and Drizzle

Spread pecans over bottom of baking pan.

Melt butter or margarine; stir in brown sugar and light corn syrup.

Pour mixture over pecans.

Repeat the above for pan number two.


Plain Roles (No Topping)

Spray the pan down with Pam or another cooking spray and you’re good to go.

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Cinnamon Rolls

This step is sufficient for one pan of cinnamon rolls.

Rinse, wash, repeat for the second batch.

Ingredients

  • ½ recipe Traditional Roll Dough (see above)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar (1 part cinnamon to 12 parts white sugar)

Roll it Out

Sprinkle flour onto a cutting board to prevent sticking.

Roll dough into a 9×22 inch rectangle.

Spread warm butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Roll up the rectangle, beginning with the wide side.

Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal well.

Roll the sealed roll over the board to pick up excess sugar.

Stretch roll to make even.

Slice it Up

Cut roll into 12 slices (~1 inch in length)

Grease the pan if not using the pecan topping

Place slices slightly apart in pan or in greased muffin cups

Let rise until double in size

To help the rolls rise in the pan, place in oven set the oven to 100ºF.


The Second Rise

Let the rolls rise 20 minutes before baking.

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Bake 375ºF for 30 minutes

Heat oven to 375ºF

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until browning

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Flip it

If making pecan rolls, flip pans over immediately after removing from the oven

This lets the syrup drizzle down.

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Excerpts: The Profits of Nonprofit

The Profits of Nonprofit

The surprising results when drug development and altruism collide

By Megan Scudellari | January 1, 2011

“In 2002, the company identified a promising off-patent antibiotic once cast aside by a large pharmaceutical company for its lack of profitability. Since the drug had been previously approved and marketed in the late 1950s as a broad-spectrum antibiotic, iOWH was able to skip directly to a phase III clinical trial to test the drug as a treatment for visceral leishmaniasis. The trial commenced in 2003, and just three years later—record time in the drug development world—paromomycin was approved for sale in India…”

“Though the idea of a nonprofit pharmaceutical company is still new, nonprofit foundations and institutes have long been a staple in biomedical research funding in the United States. But they too are breaching the barriers between profit and nonprofit, adopting best practices from the for-profit business world…”

“Victoria Hale has also made a move toward borrowing business strategies, this time not only to enable nonprofits to develop drugs, but to make and market them without Big Pharma’s help. In 2008, she left iOWH to found a “second-generation” nonprofit pharmaceutical company called Medicines360. With a focus on women and children’s health, Medicines360 aims to become self-sustaining over time, using revenue from sales of its products at a premium price in the West to subsidize the same products for those who can’t afford them in developing countries. The company is currently developing an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception…”

“In the United States, L3Cs, low-profit, limited-liability companies, now bridge that gap. Eight states have passed legislation that permits the creation of L3Cs—defined as socially beneficial for-profit ventures. Many companies have adopted the status, including alternative-energy companies, newspapers, and food companies, but no pharmaceutical or biotech company has yet attempted the model, according to L3C experts. That’s not to say they won’t, however.”


Source

The Scientist: The Profits of Nonprofit

Best Data Science Courses Online

The Best Free Data Science Courses on the Internet

Data science is blossoming as a field at the moment. Popular jargon from traditional statistics to new machine learning techniques are used colloquially in both online articles and day-to-day exchanges. One of the excellent things about data science, noted by David Venturi, is that by nature the field is computer-based. Why not learn about it all for free online then? Venturi has written several articles enumerating lists of massive open online courses (MOOC) relevant to someone interested in only a single highly-ranked data science class, or a complete masters degree in data science for the more dedicated individual. One of the benefits of these courses is they are more poignant and focus on only the knowledge relevant to applying data science skills. Another perk is the nonexistent price tag, as opposed to the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loans one could thrust themselves into while pursuing a data science masters at a formal institution. Venturi explains why he left grad school to learn about data science before finishing his first semester. If nothing else, some of these courses may be useful to supplement a graduate school education.


Sources

FreeCodeCamp.org: David Venturi

FreeCodeCamp.org: The best Data Science courses on the internet, ranked by your reviews

FreeCodeCamp.org: If you want to learn Data Science, take a few of these statistics classes

Medium.com: I Dropped Out of School to Create My Own Data Science Master’s — Here’s My Curriculum

Stomach Vacuum Exercise

How to Perform Stomach Vacuum

  1. Stand upright and place hands on hips or behind neck
  2. Exhale all air from lungs completely
  3. Expand chest, bringing stomach in as much as possible
  4. Hold for X seconds (visualize touching naval to lumbar spine)
  5. Bonus: flex groin muscles (as if stopping flow of urine)

Training Guide

3 days each week:

  • Week 1: 3 sets of 20 seconds
  • Week 2: 3 sets of 40 seconds
  • Week 3: 3 sets of 60 seconds

Alternative positions

Lying prone, kneeling, seated

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Transversus Abdominis and Multifidus Muscles

Stomach vacuuming strengthens transversus abdominis and multifidus muscles.

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Strengthening transversus abdominis (TrA) and multifidus muscles has been reported as a treatment for lower back pain. However, a systematic review was inconclusive and provided mixed results; strengthening these muscles may prevent back pain, but a strong statement for or against this causal relationship cannot be made without better evidence. Ideally large, prospective studies would be used to investigate the association of TrA and multifidus strengthening exercises with reduced lower back pain.


Sources

BodyBuilding.com: The Stomach Vacuum Exercise

NCBI: The relationship of transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus clinical muscle tests in patients with chronic low back pain.

NCBI: Do various baseline characteristics of transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus predict clinical outcomes in nonspecific low back pain? A systematic review.

Vitruvian Physique: How to Stomach Vacuum

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