Monday, September 29, 2014

iotop

Ah, I just learned a new awesome Linux command: iotop :oP
Should I feel ashamed that I only found out about it today?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Low Carb Cheese Danish

My wife just found out this recipe for a low carb cheese danish.
I haven't personally tried it but wanted to record it here so I can refer back to it in the future :oP

"Dough
  1. 1 1/4 cup 2% mozzarella shredded cheese (140 grams)
  2. 6 tbsp Almond Flour (42 grams)
  3. 3 tbsp Coconut Flour (21 grams)
  4. 4 tbsp sugar equivalent (I used 5 tsp Truvia)
  5. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  7. 4 tbsp butter (omit if you are using a higher fat cheese but I implore you to use the 2% or part skim mozzarella cheese!)
  8. 1 egg
Filling
  1. 6 oz cream cheese
  2. 1 tsp lemon juice
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 cup sugar equivalent
  5. 1 egg yolk
Frosting
  1. 3 tbsp powdered sweetener (3 tbsp truvia in a coffee grinder for 30 secs and then measure out 3 tbsp of the powdered.)
  2. 2 tbsp heavy cream
  3. 2 oz cream cheese
  4. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Filling
  1. Soften cream cheese and combine with lemon juice, vanilla, and sweetener and egg yolk using a whisk or electric mixer. Set aside in the fridge until you are ready with the dough.
Dough
  1. Measure out almond flour, coconut flour, and baking powder. Combine well with a whisk.
  2. Melt 4 tbsp butter and add vanilla and sweetener. Stir.
  3. Melt 1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese in the microwave (30% power for 2 minutes with a 1200 watt microwave).
  4. Combine all the ingredients and add an egg.
  5. Stir until batter is combined and the cheese and dough are completely mixed. Use your hands or a spatula to press and fold the cheese and the batter together. Reheat for 10 seconds in the microwave. Press and fold some more until 99% of the dough is all one color. (Tip-this gets sticky and if you wet your hands a little it helps tremendously. The water from your hands will stop the stickiness on the outside of the dough making it very easy to roll out.)
  6. Reheat dough for 10 seconds and roll out into a square the approximate length of a rolling pin and slice into four quarters with a pizza slicer.
  7. Fold the corners into the center repeating with all four squares.
  8. Pipe filling (or spoon it on top!) into the center of each danish.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes. (Check on this at 10 minutes and make sure to remove it from the oven as soon as it has a deep golden brown color! Just slightly past 13 minutes and 2 of mine did get burnt. Definitely keep an eye on it.)
Frosting
  1. Soften cream cheese in the microwave and add powdered sweetener, heavy cream and vanilla. Mix well with a whisk and pour into a ziploc bag. Cut a tiny hole in the corner and pipe onto each danish.
Notes
  1. Serves 4
  2. per serving 429 Calories; 41g Fat; 9g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 5 net carbs each!"
Anybody want to try it and share their experiences? :o)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oopsie Bread

About a year ago, I tried a recipe for a low carb bread called "Oopsie Bread".
I tried and I failed miserably :o)

I somehow messed up the recipe and I ended up a liquid paste like substance, instead of an actual bun of bread.

Yesterday, one of my friends showed me HIS Oopsie bread (which looked AMAZING) so I decided to try it again.

Yet again, I must have messed up cause, once again, I ended up with a liquid paste instead of a dough like substance BUT, I'm not going to give up (if
my friend was able to do it, so will I)! :oP

Anyway, just wanted to share the recipe in here.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 pinch salt
1 + 1/2 tablespoons psyllium husks
1 + 1/2 tablespoons baking powder 

Note: my friend uses 1 and a 1/2 tablespoons of psyllium husks and baking powder - notice that is DIFFERENT from the original recipe

Directions:


  1. 1
    Separate the eggs, with the egg whites in one bowl and the egg yolks in another.
  2. 2
    Whip the egg whites together with the salt until very stiff. You should be able to turn the bowl over without the egg whites moving.
  3. 3
    Mix the egg yolks and the cream cheese well. If you choose, add the psyllium seed husk and baking powder (this makes the Oopsie more bread-like). Note: My friend said he whipped the yolks and cream cheese together instead of mixing them (after melting the creamcheese in the microwave for about 45 seconds).
  4. 4
    Gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mix – try to keep the air in the egg whites. Note: My friend said he actually mixed both the yolks and egg whites at this point and whipped them some more!
  5. 5
    Put 6 large or 8 smaller oopsies on a baking tray. Note: use a 1/3 cup to measure each individual bun.
  6. 6
    Bake in the middle of the oven at 150° C (300° F) for about 25 minutes – until they turn golden.
  7. 7
    You can eat Oopsies as bread or use them as a bun for a hotdog or hamburger. You can also put different kinds of seeds on them before baking them, for instance poppy, sesame or sunflower seeds. One big Oopsie can be used for a swiss roll: Add a generous layer of whipped cream and some berries. 

Hope it turns out better for you guys! :o)

Update: nailed it! :o) just follow my updated instructions (spread across "Note"s all over this post) and you'll be golden!

HOW TO RIP OFF A BANK, ESPÍ­RITO SANTO STYLE

Acabei de ver um artigo deveras interessante com uma analise Britanica ao que se passa com o BES.

"I can't work out if the BES management at the time was stupid, naïve, complacent or criminal. Probably all four. No matter – it has now been entirely replaced. Well, I say “no matter” - but actually such abysmal management DOES matter. Those responsible for audit, risk and compliance have been guilty of incompetence so gross it borders on the criminal. And the former CEO and vice-chairman, Ricardo Espírito Santo Salgardo – a member of the Espírito Santo family – has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and tax evasion. But I suspect he has done more than that: he was also chairman of ESFG, which – as will become apparent shortly – systematically drained the bank and its other subsidiaries. If he didn't know what was going on, he was incompetent: if he did, then he was a party to corruption and, perhaps, fraud on a simply massive scale. Exactly how massive is not yet clear. But I think we are talking billions of Euros."

Ah, e tal, e a Merkel, a Goldman Sachs e o Bilderberg. Sempre a fazerem-nos a folha e a prenderem-nos com correntes. :o)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Quem sobreviveu melhor ao naufrágio do BES? O Goldman Sachs

"Quem sobreviveu melhor ao naufrágio do BES? O Goldman Sachs". Ou, pelo menos, assim o da a entender o titulo da noticia do site "dinheiro vivo".

Na realidade, lendo a noticia rapidamente percebemos o quao enganador o titulo da noticia e.

Afinal, eles venderam 4 milhoes de accoes dias apos terem comprado 89 milhoes de accoes.

"O Goldman tinha superado a fasquia dos 2% do capital do BES no dia 15 de julho, na sequência da compra de mais de 89 milhões de ações do banco e da aquisição de quase 38 milhões de instrumentos financeiros."

Ora, se olharmos para como as accoes se comportaram durante os ultimos 3 meses, rapidamente concluimos que eles compraram as accoes quando estas estavam em queda e venderam-nas assim que elas subiram de preco:



Ve-se, claramente, que o banco se estava a afundar. Mas, la esta, supostamente, a Goldman Sachs teve acesso a informacao privilegiada. Recuperaram 4 milhoes de accoes (facturando 10 centimos em cada uma, ou seja, ganharam 400 mil euros) e perderam 85 milhoes (tendo sido elas compradas por 32.300.000 e que valem neste momento 3.876.000).

No final, se nao me enganei nas contas, eles perderam 29.544.000 milhoes de euros.
De certo que so pode haver aqui uma conspiracao!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

“Opposite of America” is full of lies

Just came across this INCREDIBLY interesting read.
In fact, it is so interesting that I'm going to copy / paste the full article in here:

"If you waste much time on Facebook, you’ve probably stumbled upon at least one of the memes I address in this article. The style of the meme is to take individuals, have them explain how their country is able to accomplish some national goal, then state that it’s the “opposite of what America does.”

None of the quotes are real, and indeed the Facebook page that creates them acknowledged this: “the Opposite of America memes were created by US Uncut and have reached 30 million people. The reason you know the quotes are fake is because the series is so popular—it’s not too different than the Onion. We aren’t trying to fool anyone and we don’t use fake quotes on anything else.”

As you’ll see below, the memes really do have about the same amount of factual content as The Onion.



This is what I like to call “chicken and egg” economics. What came first, the record profits or the well paid workers? It isn’t much of a hard riddle to solve – how do you pay workers well unless you’re first profitable?

The business model of Walmart and Sam’s Club focusses on serving low income individuals, while Costco is located in wealthier areas. Finance blog “The Motley Fool” refers to Costco as the “Walmart of the Wealthy.” And it should come to no surprise that Costco brings in more revenue per employee than Walmart does when their business model is catering to the upper class. Costco brings in $620,000 per employee, compared to $211,000 for Walmart.

Does anyone really think that Walmart’s cashiers would develop the ability to bring in an additional $400k for the business every year had only they been paid more? There is evidence that well paid workers do perform better, but not to such an inflated extent.



John Derbyshire was certainly onto something when he said, “wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy.

Even I was surprised by the support of Fidel Castro, but US Uncut has posted in support of Ahmadinejad as well so maybe this isn’t such a stretch.

America actually does spend more on education than on the military. Liberals will often try to prove otherwise by isolating the Federal budget. And indeed when you look at the federal budget, we see a miniscule $71.9 billion spent on education, compared to $672.9 for the military (in 2012).

This neglects that basic fact however that most education spending is done on the state and local level. When you look at the cost of government at all levels – federal, state, and local – 15.2% of money goes towards education, compared to 13.8% on defense. Now, we surely don’t spend five times as much on education than the military as Cuba does, but Cuba isn’t the world’s biggest military spender – America is. For our education spending to be five times the size of military spending, we would have to devote over 20% of GDP towards education. Anyone who thinks this is a good idea should familiarize themselves with the concept of diminishing returns.

So how does Cuba’s spending compare? To Cuba’s credit, they do spend an enormous chunk of their budget towards education – 10%. But as we’ve seen, 15.2% of all government spending in the U.S. goes towards education. Education spending per pupil in the U.S. is $11,184 (2009-10), which is higher than the average Cuban’s yearly income.

The student to teacher ratio in Cuba is a small 9:1, compared to roughly 16:1 in the U.S.. Flaws of the U.S. education system stem from much more than its student teacher ratio however. Test scores have remained virtually unchanged since the 1970s (when the student teacher ratio was 22.3:1), even while real education spending per student has tripled.



The cost of installing solar technology is more than double in the U.S. than in Germany, due entirely to red tape that exists in the U.S. but not Germany. The lack of red tape is something that Germany does right. If the U.S. wants to encourage people to use solar energy, deregulating the market would be a much more efficient start than subsidizing it would be.

Over one hundred billion Euros have been spent on solar subsidies thus far. Eight billion euros were spent on subsidies in 2011 – and that year solar energy only generated 3% of Germany’s entire energy supply – and between 3-10% of their electricity, not 50%.

I can only speculate as to where the 50% figure comes from. One environmentalist website reported on a particular Saturday where half of Germany’s mid-day energy was generated from solar energy, but that was just a single day. An article I found on Reuters that also cited the 50% figure reported the same. How someone was able to make the leap from solar energy providing half of Germany’s electricity during the afternoon (not the entire day) on a single Saturday to solar energy providing half the entire county’s electricity is beyond me.



If only it were so easy to fix our education system! We can know for sure that this isn’t the solution – because American teachers earn more than Finnish teachers. A teacher in Finland with 15 years experience earns $37,500 a year, compared to $45,225 for an American teacher with the same level of experience. And that doesn’t even take into account that the cost of living is 30% higher in Finland.

Doctors in Finland only earn $70,000 a year, so perhaps “In Finland we pay doctors like teachers” is a more appropriate claim.

The only true part of the meme is regarding mandatory testing and recess. There is no mandatory testing in Finish schools, with the exception of a National Matriculation Examination taken at the end of high school. How additional time to play kickball plays a role in the success of Finish education remains a mystery however.



Switzerland currently has no minimum wage and no limits on CEO pay and bonuses. Swiss voters rejected a proposal to limit executive pay last November. There is a proposal that will be voted on May 18th which would install a minimum wage of $24.73 an hour, but it’s just that, a proposal. It’s questionable about how a minimum wage that doesn’t exist is responsible for its alleged status as having the lowest income inequality of the world (a position that Denmark, not Switzerland can boast of).



The myth that Iceland didn’t bail out its banks during the most recent financial crisis is one that spans the entire political spectrum. I first “learned” the myth as fact from the conservative National Affairs journal. And as someone opposed to the bailout of industry on principle, it was a myth that I wanted to believe. When researching for my book, I had planned on juxtaposing the U.S. response to the financial crisis whereas nearly $1 trillion was spent on bailouts in contrast to Iceland, which functioned without a bailout.

There was only one problem: Iceland bailed out its banks.

In November of 2008, Iceland received a $4.6 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund. Iceland’s GDP in 2008 amounted to $16.83 billion, which means that this bailout amounted to 27.3% of GDP. Had the U.S. bailed out banks to the tune of 27.3% of GDP in 2008, the bailout would’ve been over $3.88 trillion, which is more than just a tad more expensive than what the bailout actually cost ($700 billion).

So not only did Iceland bail out its banks – it did so at a cost over five and a half times times higher than the U.S. did.



In 2012, Norway’s national debt stood at 28.8% of GDP. This is lower than what the U.S. owes as a percentage of the economy, but it’s not exactly “no national debt.” Norway places a 28% tax on profits, and a 50% tax on offshore oil and gas production, which is there the 78% figure comes from.

Taxing corporations is much more appealing to people than taxing individuals, but this doesn’t mean that individuals aren’t paying for corporate taxes.

Economist Walter Williams did a great job of illustrating this point when he asks “Virginia has a car tax. Does the car pay the tax? In most political jurisdictions, there’s a property tax. Does property pay the tax?” Point being: all taxes are ultimately paid for by people.

If a corporation’s tax rate goes up, they can simply pass the cost onto their consumers by raising their prices to counteract losses from the tax. Norway is a prime example of this. Despite being oil rich, the price of gas in Norway tops $10 a gallon.

Even if Norway did have no national debt, we can’t exactly pinpoint this particular tax as the reason why. In 2010, Norway’s government received 1,056.5 billion krone in revenue, 181.4 billion of which came from taxes on petroleum. Income taxes on individuals, and VAT taxes were both larger sources of revenue."