When I began my learning project I said it was ill-defined but underway. I was, generally speaking, interested in reducing my waste and plastic consumption. As I’ve learned and experimented, I’ve become primarily focused on things I do in the kitchen. Specifically, I’ve made several condiments to avoid buying their plastic containers.
With almost every project, my first step is to google a recipe/idea/approach. What arises is an issue of trust.
Do you see all the little skulls? It’s a ranking system Piratebay uses to tell leechers that a seeder can be trusted. It’s the same idea (different security principle though) as when your banking website puts one of these – – next to your url. It’s a visual reminder to say: “Hey, you’re among friends here. All is well.”
Building trust in online spaces is very important for continued patronage. So it is with me and finding people I trust for my Learning Project. Which brings us to J. Kenji Lopez.
There are times when I’ll head into a bog-standard New York slice joint, see those pre-cooked squares with their flat disks of pepperoni, watch some poor sap order them, and think to myself: Ah, you’ve fallen victim to one of the two classic blunders, the most famous of which is “never question your pizza toppings in Asia,” but only slightly less well known is this: “Never order a Sicilian when you spy flat-laying pepperoni on the line.”
Anyone who can so tactfully paraphrase The Princess Bride is doing just fine in my books.
JKL’s use of humour brought me in, and his excellence as a chef keeps bringing me back. He’s managed to earn my trust in an online space, and that makes my learning easier – I have a routine, and a place I know that I can go for good information.