Place the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp into a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve for another use.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the sugar and the egg yolks until well blended and the mixture just begins to lighten in color.
Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually. Pour the liquid into 6 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins.
Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan.
Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
Bake just until the creme brulee is set, but still trembling in the centre. This should take approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.
Remove the creme brulee from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before browning the sugar on top.
Divide the remaining 1/2 cup vanilla sugar equally among the 6 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar to form a crispy top. Allow the creme brulee to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving. Propane gas torches are highly flammable and should be kept away from heat, open flame and prolonged exposure to sunlight. They should be used only in well-ventilated areas. Follow the torch manufacturer's instructions for use.
"The Union of Force has terminated relations with TSSU following a breakdown in relations. Force was provided with incontrovertible proof of the Council's corruption, willingly and deliberately co-ordinating to manipulate their elections to deliberately prevent certain individuals from making it into government, going so far as to encourage candidates not to run for certain positions so that votes could be consolidated into one preferred individual, instead of splitting the vote, potentially allowing the unwanted member to win. There was also proof provided of court corruption, as trials were manipulated to achieve results that the Council wanted, and instead of even remotely owning up to their faults, the council immediately attempted to arrest the individuals who provided the proof. Force had attempted to hold negotiations to allow for the relations to be ended on good terms, however, the Council instead opted to be egregiously rude, and as such, relations were terminated immediately, rather than allow our members to be abused in such a manner."
WHEN BROWSING THE INTERNET HELPS THE WORLD by Caduceo
Hey there, it's your old pal Cad here to give you some informative relief from the mess we're all in. If you're reading this, then you're browsing the internet and are probably a regular consumer of all things online - but did you know you can browse the web smarter, even to the point of helping charities and protecting the environment while not taking out any money, all at the comfort of your own home! Here are some of the ways you can help the world while using the internet:
USE AN ALTERNATE SEARCH ENGINE
🌿 Ecosia is one of the best ways you can help the environment while searching the web! This search engine, which displays results powered by Bing, spends the money it earns from ads to plant trees and invest in green campaigns and infrastructure - over 80% of their profits actually go towards planting trees in places like Madagascar, India, Kenya, and others, and they've planted millions of trees already! Their services also run on renewable energy - and are CO2 positive! They also don't sell your data to advertisers and anonymize your searches within a week! Their financial reports can also be found here for ultimate transparency!
🌊 OceanHero is similar to Ecosia in which your searches help fund an environmental cause, only this time, their profits go to cleaning the oceans of plastic waste! Its search results are also powered by Bing, and they've partnered with Plastic Bank, which has plastic collection hubs in Indonesia, Haiti, and the Philippines. As proof of their efforts, you can view how much plastic they've collected with their certificates posted here. While it's not recognized as a default search engine on most browsers like Ecosia is, you can still add it and use it as smoothly as most other search engines.
You can install the Chrome extension for OceanHero here or their mobile browser app here, or like how I did with Ecosia, add it on this fancy customizable widget on your phone I use which allows you to switch between search engines right on your home screen!
Can't choose between saving the forests or saving the oceans? Why not have a little bit of both and more with 🌈 YouCare, a search engine where you choose where your donations go! The money you help generate from ads can go with the million of meals they've helped make for shelter animals, the three-hundred thousand square cm of coral reef planted, the 13k kilograms of plastic removed from oceans, four thousand hours of schooling to the disadvantaged, twenty thousand trees planted, 4 million litres of drinking water contributed, and 3,000 minutes of cancer research funded.
You can install the Chrome extension for YouCare here or their mobile browser app here, or like how I did with Ecosia, add it on this fancy customizable widget on your phone I use which allows you to switch between search engines right on your home screen!
CHANGE YOUR NEW TABS FOR THE BETTER
Every time you open a new tab, it's just the boring old search engine and some sites you might have recently visited. If you're okay with changing these new tabs, there are a bunch of extensions that have a similar mission - display small banner ads whenever you open a new tab and the revenue they'll receive will go straight to various charitable causes. Many of these extensions also add much more customizability and convenience to your new tabs - not to mention they look clean and aesthetically pleasing!
💜 Tab For A Cause has raised over a million dollars just from showing small ads whenever you open a new tab! They've partnered with 10 different charitable organizations for causes such as ending world hunger, giving clean water, addressing poverty, defending human rights, educating children in third-world countries, saving the environment, and even combating mass incarceration. Their list of partners can be found here and their financial reports here
🌐 OpenTabs works similarly but focuses more on two causes - addressing poverty and saving trees. They've saved over fifty thousand trees and provided over a hundred microloans. You can also find their financial reports here as they're all for transparency and privacy.
💕 GiveHearts, while less polished than the above two, works similarly to Tab For A Cause but is partnered with over two times more non-profits! In addition to the causes supported by Tab For A Cause, they also help support mental health initiatives, health and research, animal welfare, and various other humanitarian charities. A full list of their partners can be found here.
SHOP ONLINE AND SAVE THE PLANET
If you commonly shop online, especially during this pandemic, you might want to consider looking into some extensions which help generate revenue for saving the environment while you place an order online - for no additional costs or fees!
🌱 refoorest is a bit different from the next two extensions, as not only is it partnered with different shopping websites, but also various other websites in which simply visiting them generates money to put towards planting new trees! It displays partner websites on your search engine while you browse so you know which one can be opened to help the environment. Some of their partner websites include Amazon, BestBuy, Walmart, Target, and EBay, so if you commonly visit those websites, consider installing reforest!
🌲 TreeClicks is a big one, as it is partnered with over 50,000 online stores such as Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Walmart, Target, Tesco, Ikea, Adobe, Honey, Quora, Disney+, iTunes, heck even Grammarly! They impose no additional purchase fees and instead earn money by receiving advertising fees from the partner store for bringing you in to shop with them! They've planted thousands of trees, primarily in India, so if you want to plant a tree with your next delivery, add the TreeClicks extension today!
🌳 EcoCart can make your purchases carbon neutral by simply clicking a button at checkout! They receive a small commission fee for bringing you in to shop in their partnered online stores such as FootLocker, Sephora, Levi's, Bose, Freshly, Kohl's, Vans, Petco, and 10,000 other online stores! The revenue they receive goes to creating wind energy, providing clean drinking water, and planting new trees. Not only that, but your purchases can also earn you EcoPoints which can be redeemed for coupons, gift cards, and even planting more trees!
It's your friendly neighbourhood Cad here with another article giving you some relief from the things going down around us. Surely you've heard of YouTube, and there's a good chance you're still amidst a pandemic, so why not read some of my recommendations for you to find some high-quality content on YouTube so you have something to fill your free time with!
OverSimplified - there's a good chance you've already watched an OverSimplified video, as even if there's not a lot of videos available, the beautifully animated and comedic "in-a-nutshell" type videos are widely popular and viewed. Need to learn about some historical events in a short period of time? Brush up your knowledge on OverSimplified!
Popular videos include WW2 Oversimplified, The Cold War Oversimplified, and The American Revolution Oversimplified. My personal favorites include The Emu War Oversimplified and Three Kingdoms Oversimplified
Half As Interesting - HAI creates amazingly animated satirical education videos, each only 5-6 minutes long! They are extremely entertaining yet surprisingly informative as stories and trivia are summed up in a short amount of time.
Popular videos include Why Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night Are Illegal, The Secret Protocol for When the Queen Dies, and The Man Who Time Travelled 0.2 Seconds. My personal favourites include What Is The Shortest-Lived Country in History and Why Saudi Arabia Imports Sand
Wendover Productions - this channel is run by the same person who runs Half As Interesting, and is also home to similar content, just a bit longer as videos here are over 20-25 minutes long, as well as a couple of hour-long documentaries. If you've run out of HAI videos to watch, Wendover Productions is sure to have more to your liking!
Popular videos include How Aircraft Carriers Work, China's Geography Problem, and How Submarines Work. My personal favorites include How Overnight Shipping Works and How Embassies Work
PolyMatter - while run by a different person, PolyMatter has beautifully designed and animated educational videos covering multiple trivial subjects, similar to HAI. These videos last 10-15 minutes each and have truly quality content as each video is animated to the smallest detail.
Popular videos include What Do iPhones Really Cost, Why Bing Isn't A Failure, and How Cruise Ships Work. My personal favorites include Why Starbucks is Actually a Bank and What is Tencent
A Hill To Die On - while not home to as many videos, this channel is also run by the same person who runs PolyMatter, and obviously, is home to similar animated content.
Popular videos include Why Fahrenheit is Better, Morning vs. Night Showers, and Tomatoes are Vegetables. My personal favorites include The Case Against Timezones and Netflix Ratings Suck
Vox - while you might have already heard of Vox News, you might not have realized they actually create a whole lot of content aimed at fulfilling their tagline, "explaining the news". These videos are extremely well-edited, informative, and contemporary as it addresses many recent events you might not be informed about. Their videos are a shining example of video journalism as they have several different series addressing several different things.
Popular videos include The rise of Vladimir Putin, Inside Hong Kong's Cage Homes and The Israel-Palestine Conflict. My personal favorites include How the Republican Party went from Lincoln to Trump and From white supremacy to Barack Obama: The Democratic Party
Company Man - this channel focuses a lot on providing context and information on different well-known companies, their histories, competition, and even some of their downfalls in well-made animated educational videos.
Popular videos include The Decline of Chuck E Cheese's, The Rise and Fall of Krispy Kreme and What is Vevo. My personal favorites include FedEx vs UPS and Comcast - Why They're Hated
Slidebean - Slidebean is a service that has allows aspiring entrepreneurs to create pitch decks, but their channel is surprisingly full to the brim with quality content mostly addressing companies and start-ups, their success stories, why they failed, and even some informative videos for aspiring start-ups.
Popular videos include How Zoom defeated Skype, How Spotify Beat Apple, and The Death of Yahoo. My personal favorites include Twitter Killed Vine and Why Microsoft keeps Failing at Being Cool
City Beautiful - this beautiful channel focuses on cities, city planning, transportation, and logistics made easy, informative, and beautifully edited. A professional Urban Planner runs it, so you know you'll get the quality content you deserve in the 10-15 minute long videos they regularly produce.
Popular videos include An Urban Planner Plays SimCity, How did planners design Soviet Cities and The Reason our Streets Switched to Cul-de-sacs. My personal favorites include An Urban Planner reviews Minecraft Cities and An Intro to Urban Wastewater Systems
People Make Games - while they don't produce videos as regularly as the other entries on this list, PMG makes fascinating videos looking into the video game industry and makes them beautifully edited and entertaining enough for you to stick around in their 15-20 minute videos.
Popular videos include What Happened to the Queen's Golden Wii, How Neopets was sold to Scientologists and The First non-Valve Game on Steam. My personal favourites include Why Subnautica Owes Its Success to This Button and Inside Second Life's Most Expensive Brothel
Now before I end this already long article, I know the headline claimed Informative quality content, but if you want quality content that's not exactly educational, feel free to look into the following channels: Let's Game It Out, Slimecicle, The Try Guys, Household Hacker, RTGame, Michael Reeves, and OfflineTV