It's the holiday season, and there's no better way to get in the spirit than with a nice slice of artificial intelligence (AI). As CNET reported, one AI researcher, Janelle Shane, decided to feed her neural network with a combination of pie recipes and Harry Potter fan fiction. The results of the experiment might not be from our Rosmerta's Recipes section, but some of them don't sound too bad. Shane explained on her blog that she can mess with the network and make it more chaotic. I have ways of messing with the neural net, however.
Perhaps you've heard of the "whipped cream shortage of 2016." Apparently, an accident in August curbed the production of nitrous oxide, which is used to fluff up canned whipped cream. Conagra Foods, the maker of the popular Reddi-wip whipped cream, told the Boston Globe in a statement that full stocks of Reddi-wip will be "up and running by February." But what to do until then? Believe it or not, homemade whipped cream is as simple as a bowl and a whisk, or a food processor.
There's nothing like a dollop of whipped cream to kick a sweet treat--especially holiday fare like hot chocolate and pumpkin pie--up a notch. And let's be honest: Who here hasn't squirted Reddi-wip directly into her mouth? But we may have to bid farewell to the carefree days of squirting whipped cream out of a can. Nitrous oxide, the gas that aerates this type of topping, is facing a shortage--which means that whipped cream will be in limited supply until at least February. In August, The Washington Post reports, two trucks and a holding tank filled with nitrous oxide exploded at a chemical plant in Florida, killing one worker and forcing the company, Airgas, to reduce its production of nitrous oxide.
Grocery stores throughout the country are running low on canned whipped cream following a fatal explosion at a Florida nitrous oxide plant in late August. Lanie Friedman, a spokeswoman for Conagra Foods, confirmed to FoxNews.com that there is currently a nationwide shortage of some of its whipped topping products, including Reddi-wip. "We are proactively managing the production of Reddi-wip, and are doing the best we can to make it available to as many consumers as possible," Friedman said. But heading into peak holiday party season, many consumers are worried that their pies, cakes,pastries and even coffees just won't be the same without a dollop of something special on top. There's a nationwide shortage of nitrous oxide, the gas used to propel whipped cream.
In 1992, when the Russian-born choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, now the artist-in-residence at American Ballet Theatre, travelled with his wife, Tatiana, from Kiev to Winnipeg to join the ballet company there, they were dazzled by the aisles and aisles of food in the supermarkets. "At the time, food was scarce in the Ukraine, you could buy nothing, and suddenly there was all this stuff," he recently told Roslyn Sulcas, of the Times. "Tatiana loves whipped cream and would run to the stores to buy those cans you can squirt." Soon afterward, on a trip to Japan, Ratmansky came across a CD of a Richard Strauss ballet he'd never heard of, "Schlagobers"--or, in English, "Whipped Cream." He brought the music back to Winnipeg and, for a choreography workshop, fashioned from it a tribute to his wife: a short ballet in which he was a pile of whipped cream and she was a little boy, eating it with a spoon.