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This morning's cooking experiment was supposed to be the turducken of breakfast foods: the Francake. The idea was to make a great piece of french toast, then dip it in pancake batter and cook it a second time.

Unfortunately, the result wasn't as good as either the french toast or the pancake by itself. I was hoping for a soft, fluffy pancake texture on the outside, a little bit of crispy texture from the outside of the french toast, and then a nice custard texture in the center. French toast with a pancake laminate.

Sadly, it just came out a bit heavy and much "breadier" than either the super fluffy pancakes (made with whipped egg whites and whipped cream) or the custardy french toast. FAIL.

My second attempt was a sandwich of two pieces of french toast with a pancake in the middle. By this time my family had consumed all of the french bread as regular french toast, so I fell back to a loaf of challah bread that we baked early this week. I was out of time and didn't pre-bake the challah, so the french toast was nowhere near as good as the previous slices made with very dry, crusty french bread.

At least the pancake was tasty.

I think it might work with a bit more effort. I suspect that it might be better if the french toast were baked in a convection oven prior to being dipped in the pancake batter.
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That was a laudable culinary attempt.
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"Maybe next time we send West-Side Benny out to help with your little motivation problem." 
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Bask in the newly-abundant awfulness of skeuomorphic design inspired by the iPad. Legions of app developers have completely forgotten the lessons of Microsoft Bob.
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SO. AWESOME.
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Sous Vide 72 hour short ribs. Recipe courtesy of +Scott Heimendinger over at http://seattlefoodgeek.com/

This is my first serious attempt at sous vide. If all goes well, they'll be ready to eat on Saturday night.

I did a few of them with garlic and salt as Scott suggested, and the rest with various dry rubs. I'll post some photos of the post-cook, pre-serving blow torch session this weekend.
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Great idea, and some interesting findings based on the perception of different label designs.
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that's pretty cool. it's neat to see people come around and realize that data is sort of meaningless unless you make it real through relatable experiences
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So jealous of Google Fiber.
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This is a nice set of charts and graphs selected by prominent economists and pundits. They illustrate ideas that are important to both liberals and conservatives. 
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I think I'm going to fork over $20 just to get my Kindle to stop showing Twilight ads. 
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Yeah, that's what I was trying to get at in a roundabout way by mentioning that the special offers didn't really me all that much until the Twilight binge began, but the lock screen really did. In designing placements for advertising in ad-supported software, I am a believer in looking for "Seducible Moments." See this article by Jared Spool on this topic:

http://www.uie.com/articles/seducible_moments/

In the case of the Kindle, the seducible moment is probably not any time when I'm in the middle of reading a book. They happen when I'm at the end of a book, or on the home screen looking for the next thing to read. I'm WAY more likely to tap through and purchase something if I'm actively looking for something new to read right now. Also, Amazon knows a lot about me-- certainly enough that they shouldn't be showing Twilight ads to me. By shoving poorly-targeted ads into my face every time I turn the device on, they make it far less likely that I will have a favorable impression of ANY ad. At best, this kind of stuff causes ad blindness and halo frustration with the device as a complete product. The lock screen may eventually cause someone like me to fork over $20 to stop seeing Twilight ads, but it's hard to say whether that $20 is worth more or less than the revenue they might have received if the experience around the ads were better. 

TL;DR: Kindle special offers as currently designed are at best a wasted opportunity, and at worst a nasty blemish on a wonderful product.
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Co-Founder, Head of Product at EmployTouch
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  • EmployTouch
    Co-Founder, Head of Product, 2011 - present
  • LinkedIn
    User Experience Designer, 2009 - 2011
  • Google
    User Experience Designer, 2005 - 2009
  • Amazon
    Software Engineer, 2004 - 2005
  • Trilogy
    Technical Consultant, 1999 - 2001
  • Seilevel
    Business Analyst/Product Manager, 2002 - 2003
  • Tripos
    Senior Software Consultant/UI Lead, 2003 - 2004
  • MediaPrise
    User Interface Architect, 2001 - 2002
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Google EMG award, Google Founder's award, former junior olympian
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  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Penn High School
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Adam Ross Barker