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Could Bill Ford Jr. As Le Mans’ Starter Confirm The Ford GT Is Coming?

Sportscar365 just confirmed that Ford executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. will be the starter for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. So, what might he bring with him to Circuit de la Sarthe? We’re hoping it’s the new Ford GT race car.

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When to Use Light vs. Dark Baking Sheets and Pans

When to Use Light vs. Dark Baking Sheets and Pans

Baking sheets come in different shades, and, if you’re like me, you’ve probably never given this much thought. But depending on what you’re baking, the color of your pan matters. Here’s when to use a light baking sheet versus a darker one.

The Kitchn breaks it down:

If you are wondering about the difference between light and dark pans, think about this: When you go out into the hot summer sun, what happens when you are wearing a darker T-shirt versus a light pastel or white T-shirt? Your shirt heats up more and a lot faster if it’s made of a dark material. The same goes for bakeware placed in the oven.Darker materials and black pans typically absorb and also radiate more heat.

When you are debating between using a light- or dark-colored pan to bake with in your oven, consider what you wish to achieve: Do you want the pan to get really hot and radiate lots of heat onto your food or do you want a gentler, lighter heat?

They suggest using a darker sheet or pan when you want crispy baked goods—like pizza crust or potato wedges. And if you’ve got an old, used, blackened baking sheet, use it for roasting veggies. Use a lighter pan for cakes and cookies. This keeps your cakes from browning too quickly on the edges before they’re thoroughly cooked.

And if you don’t have the right color pan, they’ve got some tips on how to modify the baking temperature with your current pans. Head to the link below to read more.

When to Use a Light-Colored Pan, and When to Use a Dark One | TheKitchn

Photo by Rebecca Siegel.

When to Use Light vs. Dark Baking Sheets and Pans

When to Use Light vs. Dark Baking Sheets and Pans

Baking sheets come in different shades, and, if you’re like me, you’ve probably never given this much thought. But depending on what you’re baking, the color of your pan matters. Here’s when to use a light baking sheet versus a darker one.

The Kitchn breaks it down:

If you are wondering about the difference between light and dark pans, think about this: When you go out into the hot summer sun, what happens when you are wearing a darker T-shirt versus a light pastel or white T-shirt? Your shirt heats up more and a lot faster if it’s made of a dark material. The same goes for bakeware placed in the oven.Darker materials and black pans typically absorb and also radiate more heat.

When you are debating between using a light- or dark-colored pan to bake with in your oven, consider what you wish to achieve: Do you want the pan to get really hot and radiate lots of heat onto your food or do you want a gentler, lighter heat?

They suggest using a darker sheet or pan when you want crispy baked goods—like pizza crust or potato wedges. And if you’ve got an old, used, blackened baking sheet, use it for roasting veggies. Use a lighter pan for cakes and cookies. This keeps your cakes from browning too quickly on the edges before they’re thoroughly cooked.

And if you don’t have the right color pan, they’ve got some tips on how to modify the baking temperature with your current pans. Head to the link below to read more.

When to Use a Light-Colored Pan, and When to Use a Dark One | TheKitchn

Photo by Rebecca Siegel.

The US will protect Japan against cyberattacks

The US knows that it’s not enough to protect its own networks against cyberattacks — its allies have to be safe, too. Appropriately, it’s agreeing to shield Japan from digital assaults against its military and critical systems. The move gives the is…

Switch Your Ceiling Fan’s Spin Direction to Warm Your Home in the Winter

Switch Your Ceiling Fan's Spin Direction to Warm Your Home in the Winter

Most of us know that we can use our ceiling fan to cool a room in the summer. It does this by spinning (typically) counter-clockwise to push cool air downward. However, your fan may have a switch that allows you to spin in the opposite direction to pull air upwards, which pushes the warm air that naturally rises back down.

Typically, most of us use ceiling fans to create a breeze in an otherwise warm room. This cools us off by evaporating perspiration. However, many fan models have a switch that allow the blades to spin in the opposite direction. This pulls the air in the room upwards, which pushes the warm air down the sides of the rooms, making your room a little warmer. This can give your heating unit a much-needed respite during the colder months of the year.

LPT: Make sure your Ceiling Fan is running counter-clockwise in the hot summer months. Clockwise in the winter. | Reddit

Legendary Skunk Works Founder Kelly Johnson’s Rules Of Management

Clarence “Kelly” Johnson is the Babe Ruth of aerospace design. Aircraft programs under Johnson were so cutting edge and historically influential, and his cult of personality and management strategy so effective, that he and Lockheed’s Skunk Works (which he also founded) are forever enshrined in mankind’s technological hall of fame.

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The Ars Windows laptop guide: Spring 2015

Driven by Moore’s law, Dennard scaling, and other material advances, technology continues to push for ever greater miniaturisation. As such, the standard workhorse computer of the day has repeatedly slimmed down over time. First it was the room-sized mainframe, then the minicomputer, then the desktop PC.

Today, the laptop reigns supreme. It represents a solid blend of price, performance, battery life, and features. For heavy lifting or in situations where mobility simply isn’t required, you can always turn to a desktop PC. And in fact, we have now witnessed the beginnings of a shift towards form factors that are even more mobile than laptops, as tablets and convertibles each offer almost-laptop-level performance in a more portable package.

The vast majority of users and usage scenarios still find a decent laptop is more than enough, however. And currently discussing laptops means navigating the vast array of third-parties offering such machines running Windows. That’s where this Spring 2015 guide comes in. We looked at new laptops from the major Windows OEMs—Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus—plus Microsoft itself. Know up front this is not fully exhaustive: there are thousands of different laptops on the market today, and it would be impossible to test them all. But this exercise provides a useful snapshot of the current landscape much like our 2014 smartphone guide. (If we have missed a laptop that should absolutely be on this list, let us know and we’ll do our best to obtain a review unit for later inclusion.)

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Tesla loses its shot at direct car sales in Texas

If you want to buy a Model S in Texas, you’re going to have to jump through some hoops for at least the next couple of years. Bills that would let Tesla sell cars directly to customers aren’t going to get a vote before the state’s legislative session…

What Are The Greatest Wet Drives Of All Time?

Nearly every race or test session today has been a wet one, so let’s go back in time and watch some stellar wet drives. Who had the best wet race of all time?

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These Montages Of Bad Drivers Never Get Old

Quick warning: If you have high blood pressure, you might not want to watch this montage of very bad drivers.

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