Profound Bullshit

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Hat tip to my brother for sharing the academic paper “Misperceiving Bullshit as Profound Is Associated with Favorable Views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Conservatism“. As he said, “Thank god for open access publishing.”

The abstract is particularly delightful, especially if you have a strong sense of irony.

In this contribution, bullshit is used as a technical term which is defined as communicative expression that lacks content, logic, or truth from the perspective of natural science. We used the Bullshit Receptivity scale (BSR) to measure seeing profoundness in bullshit statements. The BSR scale contains statements that have a correct syntactic structure and seem to be sound and meaningful on first reading but are actually vacuous.


Brunch bort (or board, in non-Beyonce land)

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So, I am here, in New York, where I live now. WEIRD.

Just needed to get that out of the way. The last few weeks feel a little dreamlike already, largely because we just moved into our new apartment and it. is. awesome. I’ve got some good pictures to share soon, but in the meantime, here’s a brunch board, inspired by Cup of Jo, that I put together last Sunday at our friends’ apartment.

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Some good links for your hump day


For most of our 3 weeks on the road, I skipped the news entirely; I checked in on social media now and again, but on the whole I let the news of the day pass me by. It was a good break, but now that I’m back at work (all news industry all the time) and on the intertubes all day (you people share some good stuff!) I once again have 20+ browser tabs open at any given time. I may not get to all the good content out there, but I’m giving it the ol’ college try. (Which means what, exactly? Let Google Books be your guide.)

Here are some articles that have been making me say “Right on!” this week.

Adventures in Cooking Through the Pantry: Crepes


This is the fifth in a series: previous installments are Faux Chocolate Lava Cake, Almond CakeWinter Veggie Tacos with Homemade Tortillas, and Vegetarian Spring Rolls and Cauliflower Roast

Y’all, I have so much flour. I don’t even know how I acquired so much flour. White flour, wheat flour, self-rising flour, gluten-free flour, teff (!!!) flour, even mesquite flour. But mostly it’s bags and bags of good old all-purpose flour. And do you know what delicious things, what light-and-lacy-but-filling things, what creamy-with-crispy-edges things you can make with all-purpose flour? Crepes, my friends. Motherfuggin’ CREPES. They are easy, they are delicious, they can be eaten sweet or savory, for breakfast lunch or dinner. Give yourself the gift of crepes.


My favorite recipe is from The Moosewood Bible. It’s super simple: an egg, 1 1/4 cup milk, a cup of flour, a bit of salt. I’ll sometimes add some vanilla or sugar if I know we’re making sweet crepes, like I did on a recent weekend morning. If you have a food processor or blender, it’s basically a 2-minute process: crack, pour, and sprinkle the ingredients in, then whir or whisk it all together. (more…)