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9 Creative Ways to Enjoy Cadbury Creme Eggs

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Easter is the last of the "candy holidays" until Halloween, so you better make the most of it! A few candies have become traditional for Easter: chocolate rabbits, Peeps, and Cadbury Creme Eggs. The iconic chocolate-covered candy eggs have become so synonymous with the Easter season that food artists have devised ways to recreate them at home, use them in recipes, or create dishes that taste like Cadbury eggs but resemble something else altogether. They range from the sublime to the ridiculous—you decide which is which.    

1. Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs

We are told by those who know that homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs are even more delicious than the store-bought kind. At least they have fewer unpronounceable chemical additives and you know how old they are. The best part about knowing how to make your own creme eggs is that when the stores are empty of Easter candy, you can just make another batch anytime you want! The complete recipe with pictures is at Food52.

2. Supersized Cadbury Egg

For those of you who would like a somewhat larger Cadbury Creme Egg, here's the way to do it: Pimp My Snack's recipe for making your own giant creme egg at home! Insulin not included.

But there's a shortcut, if you happen to have a lot of Cadbury Creme Eggs already. Epic Pudding Time shows you how to combine your eggs into one giant egg, if that's what you want to do.

3. Cadbury Creme Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs are boiled eggs covered in sausage and breadcrumbs and then fried. This recipe is not that at all—it just looks like a Scotch egg. It's a sweet treat consisting of a Cadbury Creme Egg covered with a sweet batter and rolled in cookie crumbs. Sweet all the way through! Get the complete recipe at CakeSpy.

4. Cadbury Creme Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a delight, but so are Easter candies. This recipe is an illusion, like the Scotch eggs above. The Cadbury eggs are topped with properly colored buttercream frosting and the "paprika" is red cake sprinkles. The directions are at Serious Eats.

5. Cadbury Irish Creme Eggs Jello Shots

Cadbury eggs are not an ingredient in this recipe, but the results look and taste like one—with a kick! The chocolate layer contains Irish cream liqueur, and the "egg" on top is made of sweetened condensed milk in gelatin. It's a time-consuming recipe, but impressive for a party.

6. Cadbury Creme Egg Salad Sandwiches

Once again, this recipe is not what it appears to be. Sure, it looks like a sandwich, but it's made with pound cake for the bread, tinted coconut for the lettuce, and egg salad made with Cadbury egg chunks folded into buttercream frosting. The recipe suggests cutting these into small pieces, which only makes sense, considering the amount of sugar in them.

7. Jelly Bean-Stuffed Peeps Dipped in Cadbury Creme Egg

If your family has hauled home way more traditional Easter candy than they are likely to consume, you can combine a few into this monstrous recipe. I'm not sure why you'd want to, but at least afterward you can say you did it.

8. Cadbury Creme Egg Foo Young

Possibly the ultimate in illusion desserts, Jessie Oleson of CakeSpy has outdone herself with Cadbury Creme Egg Foo Young. The egg part is a pancake cooked with chunks of Cadbury eggs in it. The gravy is melted peanut butter, and the whole thing is served on a bed of rice …pudding.

9. Deep Fried Cadbury Creme Eggs

You may find these for sale at county or state fairs, but not until fair season starts in the summer. Meanwhile, WikiHow has the recipe for deep-frying your own Cadbury Creme Eggs. Caution—they should be eaten soon after frying, and fried sugar is very hot.

Now, how about that insulin shot you've been thinking of?

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Man Buys Two Metric Tons of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning
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Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that he was the high bidder on many, and was now the proud owner of two tons of LEGO bricks. (This is about 4400 pounds.) He wrote, "[L]esson 1: if you win almost all bids you are bidding too high."

Mattheij had noticed that bulk, unsorted bricks sell for something like €10/kilogram, whereas sets are roughly €40/kg and rare parts go for up to €100/kg. Much of the value of the bricks is in their sorting. If he could reduce the entropy of these bins of unsorted bricks, he could make a tidy profit. While many people do this work by hand, the problem is enormous—just the kind of challenge for a computer. Mattheij writes:

There are 38000+ shapes and there are 100+ possible shades of color (you can roughly tell how old someone is by asking them what lego colors they remember from their youth).

In the following months, Mattheij built a proof-of-concept sorting system using, of course, LEGO. He broke the problem down into a series of sub-problems (including "feeding LEGO reliably from a hopper is surprisingly hard," one of those facts of nature that will stymie even the best system design). After tinkering with the prototype at length, he expanded the system to a surprisingly complex system of conveyer belts (powered by a home treadmill), various pieces of cabinetry, and "copious quantities of crazy glue."

Here's a video showing the current system running at low speed:

The key part of the system was running the bricks past a camera paired with a computer running a neural net-based image classifier. That allows the computer (when sufficiently trained on brick images) to recognize bricks and thus categorize them by color, shape, or other parameters. Remember that as bricks pass by, they can be in any orientation, can be dirty, can even be stuck to other pieces. So having a flexible software system is key to recognizing—in a fraction of a second—what a given brick is, in order to sort it out. When a match is found, a jet of compressed air pops the piece off the conveyer belt and into a waiting bin.

After much experimentation, Mattheij rewrote the software (several times in fact) to accomplish a variety of basic tasks. At its core, the system takes images from a webcam and feeds them to a neural network to do the classification. Of course, the neural net needs to be "trained" by showing it lots of images, and telling it what those images represent. Mattheij's breakthrough was allowing the machine to effectively train itself, with guidance: Running pieces through allows the system to take its own photos, make a guess, and build on that guess. As long as Mattheij corrects the incorrect guesses, he ends up with a decent (and self-reinforcing) corpus of training data. As the machine continues running, it can rack up more training, allowing it to recognize a broad variety of pieces on the fly.

Here's another video, focusing on how the pieces move on conveyer belts (running at slow speed so puny humans can follow). You can also see the air jets in action:

In an email interview, Mattheij told Mental Floss that the system currently sorts LEGO bricks into more than 50 categories. It can also be run in a color-sorting mode to bin the parts across 12 color groups. (Thus at present you'd likely do a two-pass sort on the bricks: once for shape, then a separate pass for color.) He continues to refine the system, with a focus on making its recognition abilities faster. At some point down the line, he plans to make the software portion open source. You're on your own as far as building conveyer belts, bins, and so forth.

Check out Mattheij's writeup in two parts for more information. It starts with an overview of the story, followed up with a deep dive on the software. He's also tweeting about the project (among other things). And if you look around a bit, you'll find bulk LEGO brick auctions online—it's definitely a thing!

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Here's How to Change Your Name on Facebook
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Whether you want to change your legal name, adopt a new nickname, or simply reinvent your online persona, it's helpful to know the process of resetting your name on Facebook. The social media site isn't a fan of fake accounts, and as a result changing your name is a little more complicated than updating your profile picture or relationship status. Luckily, Daily Dot laid out the steps.

Start by going to the blue bar at the top of the page in desktop view and clicking the down arrow to the far right. From here, go to Settings. This should take you to the General Account Settings page. Find your name as it appears on your profile and click the Edit link to the right of it. Now, you can input your preferred first and last name, and if you’d like, your middle name.

The steps are similar in Facebook mobile. To find Settings, tap the More option in the bottom right corner. Go to Account Settings, then General, then hit your name to change it.

Whatever you type should adhere to Facebook's guidelines, which prohibit symbols, numbers, unusual capitalization, and honorifics like Mr., Ms., and Dr. Before landing on a name, make sure you’re ready to commit to it: Facebook won’t let you update it again for 60 days. If you aren’t happy with these restrictions, adding a secondary name or a name pronunciation might better suit your needs. You can do this by going to the Details About You heading under the About page of your profile.

[h/t Daily Dot]

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