Lego Cakes

I’ve been researching Lego cakes and this is just a list of gems I found. In a few weeks I’ll attempt my own version of a Lego cake. Already excited!

First up, this super fun video by Nerdy Nummies. The woman who hosts the show is so funny and cool. I’m going to watch the rest of her videos to just see her be funny!

This one must be a whole lot of work, but the end result is so worth it.

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Another one with just blocks and blocks and blocks. Notice the “loose” hands on this one.

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And for some reason, Lego builder cakes here and here! They sure do limit the amount of work in making Lego blocks out of marzipan or fondant.

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To Read: Walter Friedman, Fortune Tellers: The Story of America’s First Economic Forecasters

This book is going on my to-read pile. It’s not a topic I know much about, but it seems very interesting. Read the rest of the interview on the Harvard Business Review blog here.

Is there a risk that you get overconfident because of that? One of the things that happened in the ‘20s is that things kept going so well, and the forecasters who predicted a continued boom were right again and again. If you get very confident that government knows what it’s doing and can manage the economy well, does that increase risk at all?

I think the real danger is believing that any forecaster really knows what he or she is doing. One of the problems that people have with forecasting is that they tend to look at past accuracy as an indication whether or not to follow a forecaster, when in fact past accuracy is much more often based on luck, and what you really have to do is try to figure out what these forecasters are thinking about, what their reasons are, and then you can decide whether you want to follow one or another. If you just blindly look as to whether they got it right or wrong, then you’re probably going to fall for a guru one of these days.

Recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate and avocado are one hundred percent, definitely counted among the foods I love most. So I was very excited when I found this recipe and I just had to try out. It is very easy to make and so tasty!

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe Hass avocado
  • 4 oz semi sweet chocolate, or 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt or fleur de sel

Directions

In a double broiler, or in a heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate with the coconut milk, stirring until smooth. Allow to cool slightly.

In a food processor, combine all ingredients until creamy, then add chocolate mixture and blend until smooth. (As I don’t have a food processor, a normal hand mixer will work too – although you have to be really thorough to make sure there are no lumps of avocado left.

Spoon or pipe into dessert cups. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of each one. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

 

Janelle Monaé – Many Moons

I just love this song. Also loving the whole story behind it. The android Cindi Mayweather has fallen in love with a human, which is forbidden in the future city of Metropolis and therefore she is being hunted down.

“You’re free but in you’re mind, your freedom’s in a bind.”

7 reasons your brain loves lists

Well, why does our brain love lists? I’ll just quote this (only very slightly modified) from The New York Times:

1. It’s an easy reading experience

2. in which the mental heavy lifting of

a. conceptualization,

b. categorization,

c. and analysis

3. is completed well in advance of actual consumption

4. a bit like sipping green juice

5. instead of munching on a bundle of kale.

6. And there is little that our brains crave more

7. than effortlessly acquire data.

The original:

“Together, these create an easy reading experience, in which the mental heavy lifting of conceptualization, categorization, and analysis is completed well in advance of actual consumption—a bit like sipping green juice instead of munching on a bundle of kale. And there’s little that our brains crave more than effortlessly acquired data.”