Sometimes I think I know best but for the most part this the reality.
Like an old man on a Sunday morning, I have just vented my frustration about an article I read in the press. 'Eat rice cold for fewer calories'. Here is the note I sent to the BBC:
..I would like to report a case of somewhat misleading and confusing reporting. The linked article has several flaws:
- Misleading title: The title quote 'Eat rice cold for fewer calories' but this quote is not found anywhere in the text. Also, it is misleading as the cold rice in the study was reheated after the drying stage (source: http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2015/03/low-calorie-healthy-rice-resistant-starch). I would suggest changing the headline to something along the lines of "Reducing calories from rice" i.e. make people read further to reduce the probability of changed behaviour based on a headline. I appreciate you mention the reheating possibility but this conflicts with the headline.
- The article states that "According to the Sri Lankan researchers, treating rice in this way reduces its calories by up to 60%.". This should be clarified further. The research showed only a calorie reduction of 10-12%, and ‘perhaps as high as 50 or 60%’ if the treatments were applied other varieties. (source: above).
- The article correctly picks out the two main aspects of the process (cooking for 40 minutes and cooling for 12 hours), but makes no mention of the full process, which included over drying for 2.5 hours. James says that the two steps in the article are the important ones 'in theory' only. Even if this is likely, it is yet to be proven.
I would recommend amending the article appropriately and listening to the press conference on the topic to be held tomorrow (broadcast live http://bit.ly/ACSLiveDenver).
Slow West joins my list of favourites in the Western category. The acting is first rate, there is quite a bit of black comedy and the scenery is breathtaking. Also, the movie comes in at under 90 minutes, which shows impressive constraint by the director.
So I just opened up my book of Montaigne's Complete Works, and the first sentence I read is:
'The uncertainty of my judgement is so evenly balanced in most occurrences that I would willingly submit to the decision of chance and of the dice.'
I think I'm going to like this book when I get around to reading it in earnest. The hefty block is over 1300 pages long so I'm hoping there will be much to agree and disagree with.
The Economist has published an interesting chart (see below) highlighting how the morning and evening rush hour periods for the London Underground have increased in recent years. It's certainly a factor to consider if you are thinking about working in the city.
Here are some facts pulled from the article:
Paul Krugman has written a soft takedown of James Montier's latest research note. Montier is a first rate writer on the markets, macroeconomics and investment psychology, and is always worth reading, but this time around he seems to have severely underestimated the impact of interest rates on housing. Montier says, "...but there isn’t a strong relationship between house prices and interest rates, which limits the importance of this channel of influence for monetary policy". This just isn't the case and it's even less true over here in the UK where mortgages are on a much shorter tenor and the public are addicted to variable rate products.
Krugman's final sentence is one to think about when listening to critiques more broadly.
"The bottom line here is that there’s plenty of real stupidity in the world; we don’t need to add to the cloud of confusion with a critique of imaginary stupidity."
but Messi's skills are amazing, and this commentary is great:
Nevermind that Messi just nonchalantly dinked the ball over the best goalkeeper in the world; he just removed the batteries from Jerome Boateng and tossed him into the recycle bin. Boateng went down in a pile of misery like every man when he realizes that his girlfriend was really serious when she said she was done this time. Jerome is basically scrolling through Instagram and crying at every picture of her with the caption #GirlsNightOut.This is an existential debate in soccer form. Messi brought the ball up and Boateng questioned the Argentine on the condition of the human soul. And Messi, without regard for the feelings of his fellow man, reminded Jerome that all things are meaningless in the end and that death comes to all men regardless if he is good or bad. As you can see, it plunged Jerome Boateng into such a personal crisis that his motor functions abandoned him.
Bravo, Bravo! Another superb video from The School of Life.
You can find the wisest of words in the oddest of places. When I watched this video made Bodybuilding.com, I had to grab my notebook and pen almost immediately.