What I Memorized Today: 1IX2015

“I shall pass this way but once.  Any good I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now.  Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

Apparently it’s not clear who really came up with this quote (or whatever the Quelle is for it), but it is commonly attributed to Stephen Grellet, a French-born American Quaker missionary.

I memorized it while frying chips as I opened up tortilla this morning at Chipotle.

An Ode to Okoge

I grew up eating a lot of rice.  I’ve always known the delightful taste of the rice that has been in the pot for a little too long, the rice that has met Maillard.  Japanese call it okoge, and until today, I thought they were the only culture that had a name for it.

From: https://foodsaketokyo.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/hachidaime-okoge.jpg

But when my coworkers at Chipotle were huddled over this nearly empty pot of rice, sprinkling salt and a little oil on it, I learned differently.  They call it concón.  Most of my coworkers had never heard of it.  Upon one coworker’s first taste, he said that it’s just like popcorn.  That made me wonder if a little sugar would be any good on it.

So tonight I looked concón up and found that nearly all the rice eating cultures have a name for this culinary treat:

Colombia: pega/pego
China: guoba
Dominican Republic: concón
Iran: tahdig
Japan: okoge
Korea: nurungji
Puerto Rico: pegao

“Netflix and chill” and Sensory Deprivation Tanks

I like everything about this article.  Making use of Google’s new power of searching tweets, semantic analysis of winky emoticons, and containing the phrase “antecedent verb phrase”.  And it taught me a new way to innuendo “I want to have sex with you.”

I had never heard of Sensory Deprivation Tanks until seeing a Facebook friend post this article today.  Fascinating.  I had heard of John C. Lilly, the credited inventor of these tanks, through a Radiolab podcast.  I’ve looked up float chambers in my area and I will start saving my money.  I wonder if it is anything like being in an anechoic chamber?

Websites That Use Their Data as/for Primary Research

My last post was about a research study Ok Cupid did with the data they use for their business.  I was intrigued by this type of research, so I am working on a list of websites that do this.  To find the sites, I’ve just been searching: (site name) research.  The first result tends to be that site’s research realm if they have one.  So far, here’s the list:








And here are the websites I’ve found that don’t have a dedicated research area, but they do publish research article/s:

Tinder – “Most Right Swiped Campuses 2015”

Lastly, here are the websites I searched that I couldn’t find any in-house research published.

What is the average amount of time held in shopping cart for different categories of products (are books held longer than video games?)?  How many people scroll down to view the ratings on products they eventually buy?

Wouldn’t it be interesting to read the insights of editing patterns?  Are any seasonal?  What articles were heavily edited once, but no longer are as controversial?  Are editors more accurate the more they edit or are there diminishing returns?  What is the most viewed article that has the least edits?

What’s the average time spent/videos watched in “related video” syndrome: when you click video after video?  What’s the ratio of site viewers there in search of a video vs. already has a link?  What demographics browse YouTube channels the most/least?  What videos are more popular with older people than younger?


South America

John Oliver’s favorite running joke on his Last Week Tonight seems to be the location of South American countries, and our

Before tonight, I could identify Brazil on a map, but that was about it for South America.  That’s pathetic.  There are 414.3 million people that are estimated to live there, and I can’t even identify most of their countries.

So, I Sporcled it up.  Now I can identify every country in South America.  Suck it, John Oliver.

Even better, I looked up the etymology for each of the countries.  Click on the link for the etymology, read on the right for my notes.

Argentina: Ag: silver
Bolivia: Simon Bolivar: liberator dictator
Brazil: red wood
Chile: possibly native word that meant cold/end
Colombia: sooooo, is it acceptable that I just now realized who it’s named after?
Ecuador: equator, equal, and equate are all from the same Latin root
Falkland Islands: after Falkland, Scotland (folk + land)
Guyana and French Guiana: possibly indigenous “respectable”
Paraguay: after the river, which was possibly after a chief that met the Spanish,  water (para) + born (guay)
Peru: river
Suriname: indigenous people
Uruguay: after the river, apparently possibly bird (uru) + tail (guay).  But the website said, in the Paraguay entry, that guay meant born.
Venezuela: Little Venice