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stunning stop-motion reminiscent of PES’s work

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this is extremely cool
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The New Impossible Burger Is Stupid Delicious

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To many meat-eaters, the Impossible Burger is a rude idea. This plant-based beef substitute is designed to look like meat, grill like meat, and taste like meat. As someone who recently tasted an Impossible Burger for the first time, I can safely say that these claims aren’t true. Then, at a buzzy event in Las Vegas, I tried the latest iteration, the Impossible Burger 2.0, and I’m somewhat baffled to admit: It’s good.

Close friends of mine wouldn’t describe me as a pessimist, but they would admit that I’m skeptical to a cumbersome degree, especially when it comes to food stuff. That’s how I felt in the days leading up to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), when I got my first bite of the original Impossible Burger. That tasting happened in anticipation of the second generation Impossible Burger release, and the experience gave me mixed feelings. I’d heard that this plant-based fake-beef burger tasted a lot like real beef. As a former vegetarian, this claim seemed soaked in conjecture. I ate the first generation Impossible Burger in a restaurant near my Brooklyn apartment, and it tasted like sawdust. The new one must be better, I thought at the time.

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Ugh, the new one is better. I showed up at the debut of the Impossible Burger 2.0 with a Shake Shack burger in a bag, all prepared to perform a head-to-head taste test between the real beef and the fake beef option. After a lengthy presentation about how difficult it is to replicate real meat in a lab and some scattered talk about how cow farts are ruining the world, I found myself sitting in front of a hot Impossible Burger 2.0 and a Shake Shack burger, which had become cold and sad due to unusually chilly Las Vegas weather. A crowd gathered around me, a circumstance I hadn’t anticipated. The plant-based Impossible Burger 2.0 got the first bite. Awesome. The Shake Shack burger got the second. Also awesome, but wait—oh no, the fake meat burger tasted extremely amazing. I ate the whole thing.

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This really annoyed me in ways that I’ll struggle express. Between you and me, I’ve always felt like the Impossible Burger is a scam. That Brooklyn taste test I mentioned earlier cost me $10. This was at a hot dog spot where one can typically have a hearty dinner for about $6. “Vegan burger!” the guy yelled when my order came up, almost like it was a stunt when somebody ordered the expensive fake hamburger. And when I ate it, I mumbled cuss words to myself, because it tasted like trash. “Can’t believe I have to eat another one of these at CES,” I thought to myself. Like a dope, I did that, and I thought the Impossible Burger 2.0 tasted like a miracle.

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In truth, it’s science. Impossible Foods grew out of the work of Stanford biochemistry professor Pat Brown, who launched himself on a mission to eliminate the need for industrial animal agriculture nearly a decade ago. That research project ended up spawning a plant-based beef alternative in 2016, and the burger has since found its way into countless restaurants and awards dockets. The original Impossible Burger is gluten-free, protein-rich, and curiously beef-like since it’s pink in raw form but crispy brown after some time on the grill. That patty is also the one that I thought tasted like sawdust.

The new one is better. It looks a lot like the original, but it’s undeniably more beef-like. According to the Impossible Foods, the second generation burger has been reengineered from the ground up with an emphasis on highlighting a so-called “heme” molecule found in meat that accounts for the unique flavors that emerge when the meat is cooked. The Impossible Burger has this too, but delivers those flavors without the need to kill a cow. The Impossible Burger 2.0 is also gluten-free, hormone-free, antibiotic-free and packed with protein. It will also be available in grocery stores later this year, which is a big deal since the original Impossible Burger could only be found at restaurants. While the company was not super specific about exactly how the new formula improved upon the old one, the taste test told me everything I needed to know.

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At the Impossible Burger event in Las Vegas, I watched a pink patty turn crispy brown and then find its way to a bun, a sauce, and a plate that appeared in front of me, and I can’t lie. I chomped it, and I felt joy. If I were a better former vegetarian, I’d express some point about how I thought this new burger stood the chance of saving rainforests or transforming how we eat protein, but that’s not what was going through my head when I was munching on this faux cow sandwich. The Impossible Burger 2.0 just tasted great. Alongside a cold Shake Shack burger, it tasted very great. I’d go so far as to say that it would still taste great if that Shake Shack burger had been hot and lovely. The fact that I’m fantasizing about the ultimate perfectly matched Shake Shack versus Impossible Burger battle royale says a lot.

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We might be on the verge of fake meat matching real meat. The new Impossible Burger makes me curious about how this concept might change the way we eat. At the end of the day, my grumpy former vegetarian self will still pick the greasy ground beef mix if given the option. But I might not notice if someone served me an Impossible Burger instead. It would be a little bit rude to surprise me like that since I’m typically excited about getting a steamy beef burger. But who knows. I might not know the difference.

Follow along with all of our CES 2019 coverage here.

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awilchak
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wow, guess it's worth a try
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Is Our Media Learning?

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Apparently not:

Those both sides won’t do themselves.

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this is insane
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And don’t forget her emails! 🙄

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awilchak
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QC is a real bright spot in these strange dark times
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jepler
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well that was a lot to digest [read from the bottom, there are several strips]
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Learning a New Language to Talk About Relationships

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How would striking the words "friend", "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" from your vocabulary and using the word "relationship" instead change how you relate to people? Try conceiving of your relationships in terms of Time, Touch and Talk. Putting this into practice by talking to people you care about opens new possibilities for commitment outside the binary of romantic and sexual relationships. The Big Picture - community, trust and primary relationships. This four part series appears on Love from the Asexual Underground.
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not ace, but totally into this shit
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Roger Federer Struggles With Serena Williams’s Serve. And Vice Versa.

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PERTH, Australia — After nearly two decades of appearing alongside each other on billboards and in record books, Serena Williams and Roger Federer faced off across a tennis court for the first time on Tuesday.

The incandescent stars, now both 37, finally aligned for the first time by taking part in a mixed doubles match between the United States and Switzerland at the Hopman Cup team event.

On the opening point, Williams pulled Federer wide to his forehand side with a sharply angled volley, then sent a smash toward the opposite corner that he could not reach in time to send back. Long exchanges between the two proved few, however, with each using their serve to effectively neutralize the other.

It did not seem to matter to the crowd of 14,064 in Perth Arena, the highest single-session attendance in the event’s 31-year history, and Williams and Federer clearly delighted in the chance to hit the ball around with each other a couple of weeks before more serious play occurs at the Australian Open.

“It was a great experience,” Williams said as she joined Federer on court after the match. “I’m kind of sad it’s over. It was just warming up.”

Federer and his partner, Belinda Bencic, beat Williams and Frances Tiafoe in an abbreviated format match by the score of 4-2, 4-3 (5-3) in 46 minutes.

Despite the initial, promising exchange in the first set, Williams and Federer seemed to settle into more conservative play; in the entire first set, neither Federer nor Williams succeeded in making a single return off the other’s serve.

(There were, technically, two other people on the court as well. Bencic hit a pivotal return winner off Tiafoe’s serve that helped Switzerland take the lead in the first set.)

Federer and Williams both gained more of a foothold on the other’s serve in the second set, which was highlighted by a six-shot exchange of powerful cross-court groundstrokes between the two before Federer won the point by ripping a forehand toward Tiafoe.

Williams and Federer afterward sized each other up.

“I was nervous returning, because you just don’t know,” Federer said. “People talk about her serve so much, and I see why it is such a wonderful serve, because you just can’t read it.”

“I can’t read yours either,” Williams interjected, laughing.

“We have the same qualities, you know?” Federer said.

“Yours is a bit better,” he added, provoking a good-natured eye roll from Williams.

“It was great, great fun,” Federer added. “She’s a great champion — you see how focused and determined she is — and I love that about her.”

Williams eagerly reciprocated.

“I mean, the guy is great, he’s the greatest of all time, to be honest,” Williams said, drawing applause from the crowd (Williams has said she doubted she could beat Federer in a singles match).

“He has a killer serve,” she said. “Literally, you can’t read it, and there’s a reason why he’s the greatest, because you can’t be that great and not have an awesome weapon like that serve.”

That Williams’s serve would prove daunting to one of the best men’s players is no surprise, especially one day after she had sent a clean ace past the reach of 6-foot 4-inch Stefanos Tsitsipas in a mixed doubles match.

“Like I had any chance of returning that one,” Tsitsipas wrote on Twitter, replying to an image of the serve spinning well beyond his reach.

After Williams insisted that they hold rackets during an on-court selfie, she and Federer walked back to their seats with their arms wrapped around each other, and Federer said his racket was hers to keep.

As she carried it into the players’ area of Perth Arena alongside Tiafoe, Williams stared at the racket with visible wonderment, showing it to her partner and letting him hold it briefly.

“I was so excited,” Williams told reporters. “Literally, it was the match of my career. I don’t know, just playing someone so great, and someone that you admire so much — and a match that actually means something. It’s not often that that happens.”

The mixed doubles win gave the tie to Switzerland, who are the defending champions after Federer and Bencic won the competition last year. Switzerland will qualify for Saturday’s final if it beats Greece on Thursday in Group B. The United States, which lost to Greece on Monday, can not advance.

Williams, meanwhile, expressed mild disappointment at her play, especially considering her superior doubles pedigree of 16 Grand Slam titles to Federer’s none.

“I’m the one that won those doubles Grand Slams, but it didn’t look like it,” she said.

Williams said she had been tempted to bring her 16-month old daughter, Olympia, to the match. She ultimately decided against that, settling for having an unforgettable story to tell her.

“Men and women’s tennis just don’t compete against each other,” she said. “So it’s just really great and special to go against the greatest of all time.”

After this summit of superstars, Federer could tell his children the same thing.

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this is a nice story
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"The mixed doubles win gave the tie to Switzerland, who are the defending champions after Federer and Bencic won the competition last year.
Williams, meanwhile, expressed mild disappointment at her play, especially considering her superior doubles pedigree of 16 Grand Slam titles to Federer’s none."

wait, huh? that a shot at Federer having zero same-sex doubles wins but he does have mixed-sex doubles wins? seeing as this was a mixed-doubles match that comparison seems kinda pointless.
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