And I have finally perfected the pizza to serve at Al Molo. The humidity in Hong Kong is close to unbearable - and often unpredictable. I have spent much of my first week here figuring out proportions of flour/yeast/water as to make the sun-dried tomato focaccia fluffy and the pizza crust crunch. It has not been easy but I think it is finally up to par. Check out this delicious picture of the Salsiccia: pork sausage / broccoli rabe / scamorza / peperoncino. The ends of the crust are charred just enough, the cheese oozes and the whole pie - every flavor and texture - just comes together in your mouth. I guess you will have to get to Hong Kong and see for yourself…MW
As the new data guy at Tumblr, my first project is to take a look at algorithms we use to find and suggest blogs that a given user might be interested in. This graph is a simple visual sample of my initial research.
Another engineer graciously volunteered to let me peek at the list of blogs he follows, from which I gathered a list of all the blogs they follow. From those two lists, I was able to create a large matrix with a row for each blog and a column for each person that he or she follows. Using a fairly simple SVD recommender, we are able to see a few distinct blog clusters (the axes here are the first three principal components).
The red dots are the blogs our guinea pig engineer follows (first degree), and the blue are the blogs his followers follow (second degree). We performed a few spot tests to make sure that the groups made sense, and sure enough they do. Up in the top left are some Tumblr staff blogs (including the official Staff Blog and David’s Log). The cluster on the far right, meanwhile, are a lot of “funny things I found on the internet”-style blogs. This engineer only follows one blog in the heart of that cloud, but you can see that the other followers of that blog are very cliquey (that is, they all follow each other).
The Pentagon has clearly realized that teens would rather listen to Cee-Lo than Sousa. There are no fewer than two dozen official Army rock bands, with names like Show of Force, Gunpowder and Lead, Down Range, Night Fire, the Loose Cannons, Controlled Detonation, Sandstorm, 5-Star, and Burned Aftermath. And senior editor Dave Gilson has compiled their music videos here. You’re welcome.
This is a MUST READ post. Really the only thing work looking at on Google+ so far…
My new favourite thing. I can watch this over and over again.
(Directed by Hoku Uchiyama who is some kind of genius.)
Sorry friends in Opinion, but I’m on Team Zooey on this one.
And it reminded me I have to replace the broken YouTube links on this: She & Him’s M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel pick their musical love letters to California
More than 10 million people are desperately in need of food assistance in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, the World Food Program estimated this week.
The situation in Somalia in particular is the “worst humanitarian disaster in the world,” the U.N. refugee agency said on Sunday.
Abshira Abdukadir, a four-year-old Somali girl suffering from severe diarrhea and having trouble breathing, is looked after by her parents hours after they finally reached a refugee camp in northeast Kenya and were able to get medical assistance for their ailing daughter on July 6, 2011. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)