This actually depends on how thick the bottom of the pan is, but it's worth noting that our lovely stainless-clad copper base frying pan spreads the heat much better (according to the non-contact thermometer and our new FLIR One) but still doesn't fry things nearly as well. » 10/27/14 10:22am Monday 10:22am

Also never forget that having interesting hobbies get you the attention of the interviewer and will make you stick in his/her mind. It's a crapshoot what they might find interesting, so in the answer to the inevitable "hobbies" question, I like to say stuff like, "pool, reading, and being a mad scientist". (That's… » 10/27/14 7:12am Monday 7:12am

"I've got this friend, see; he's thinking of running away and joining the circus. What do you think of that?"

"Tell your 'friend' he needs to take the garbage out before he packs."

- A conversation not dissimilar to one my father and I had when I was a teenager.

This can also work in your work life. Often if you have an… » 10/24/14 6:31am 10/24/14 6:31am

Treat your own projects like you are billing someone else. Time and money. Estimate how long it will take and add 25-30%; estimate how much it will cost and add 30%. That's the only way I got ahead of project creep. Still, though, you can get bit; pull up some floor to replace a pipe and discover three damaged joists,… » 10/21/14 6:24am 10/21/14 6:24am

These posts always fill me with nostalgia. I miss Enlightenment on this list. :D I started with Linux in 1995 with a stack of 32 Slackware floppies. I switched back and forth between windows and linux until OS X; then I switched. I run love OS X, but I swear, if the apps I use ran on linux, I'd be running that still. » 10/20/14 6:35am 10/20/14 6:35am

I've used some fine (high fold rate) damascus cooking knives before. I'm a big fan of damascus if you're willing to take the time to maintain it. It holds an edge very, very well.

That said, I don't know whether it would be more than marginally superior if at all to fine carbon blades. » 10/14/14 7:58am 10/14/14 7:58am

This brings to mind the fundamental question "what is healthy?" - a question with a surprisingly mercurial and fraught definition, or lack thereof.

We have a "cheat day". Saturdays, anything goes. The rest of the week? Strictly "good for you". Seems to work. » 10/14/14 5:43am 10/14/14 5:43am

This is a great question. I think each individual has to decide this for themselves on a case by case basis. Take the canonical case of frugality illustrated by your picture - coupons. I know someone who is a radical coupon clipper. She saves quite a bit of money each week on groceries and home cleaning stuff. She… » 10/14/14 5:41am 10/14/14 5:41am

Great article!

Never talk down to them and encourage them to ask you (or look up) what a word means when they don't know it.

I don't know how much is 'native talent' and how much is my wife and my 'great parenting' (LOL) but our girl has been reading at a college level (grade 12.9+, in their report parlance) since… » 10/13/14 2:20pm 10/13/14 2:20pm

When I've seen people get sick after getting cold, it's more than cold. It's that cold where you just can't get warm, where your thighs are burning, you can't stop snotting, usually coupled with wet something or other (pants, socks, etc). I always assumed that the fatigue induced by the experience lowered immune… » 10/13/14 9:40am 10/13/14 9:40am

This test was far, far to narrow.

As an example - I can say to Siri: "Ask wolfram alpha the volume in gallons of a cylinder 24 feet wide by 4 feet tall" and get an answer. Try that with Google Now :D Compare the results of asking Siri "Ask wolfram alpha how tall the empire state building is" and compare the results to… » 10/09/14 8:34pm 10/09/14 8:34pm