Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs

½ cup Lyle’s golden syrup

6 tablespoons butter, softened

½ teaspoon salt

3 drops orange blossom water (optional)

1 vanilla bean, seeds removed (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cup powdered sugar

¼ to ½ teaspoon yellow food coloring

12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (or 1 bag bittersweet chocolate chips)

Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer that has been fitted with the paddle attachment (this can also be done by hand or with a hand mixer). Add the golden syrup, salt, orange blossom water (if using), vanilla seeds, and vanilla extract. Mix on medium-low to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is mixed well. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the powdered sugar. Mix until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

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The Big Data Fallacy And Why We Need To Collect Even Bigger Data

The value of any data is only as valuable as the information and insights we can extract from it. It is the information and insights that will help us make better decisions and give us a competitive edge. The promise of big data is that one could glean lots of information and gain many valuable insights. However, people often don’t realize that data and information are not the same. Even if you are able to extract information from your big data, not all of it will be insightful and valuable.

Data ≠ Information

via The Big Data Fallacy And Why We Need To Collect Even Bigger Data | TechCrunch.

Capital Economics Canada Housing Forecast – Business Insider

Canada’s sub-prime mortgage industry is said to be growing and there are supposed to be $500 billion in high-risk mortgages in the Canadian housing market.

But some like Robert Shiller have argued that if Canada’s bubble were to burst, Canada’s experience would be very different from the U.S. because banks aren’t as burdened by sub-prime loans and because the mortgages are insured by the Canadian Mortgage Housing Corp. (CMHC).

A new report by Capital Economics however says Canada is “not immune to potential sub-prime problems”.

via Capital Economics Canada Housing Forecast – Business Insider.

Bill shock: customer charged $14,766,481,895,641,556.00

A Frenchwoman who received a telephone bill for an amount equivalent to nearly 6000 times the country’s annual economic output has had the real amount she owed waived – after finally convincing the company they must have made a mistake.

Solenne San Jose, from Pessac in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, could not believe her eyes when she opened the bill to discover she was being asked to pay €11,721,000,000,000,000 ($14,766,481,895,641,556.00) to close her account.

via Bill shock: customer charged $14,766,481,895,641,556.00.

Surprise! Forgiven Debt May Be Taxable Income

Creditors are often willing to negotiate a significant discount to settle a debt they know the customer can’t pay in full. Millions of Americans buried in consumer debt took advantage of such a settlement offer last year.

Now it’s time to pay taxes on the part of the debt that was forgiven.

“If you had any debt that was forgiven and the amount you saved was more than $600, the IRS considers that taxable income,” said Bill Hardekopf, CEO of Lowcards.com. “You need to claim that on your tax return.”

via Surprise! Forgiven Debt May Be Taxable Income.

Caerphilly Castle Ladies FC’s brave face on 43-0 defeat

43-nil.  This is one goal every 2min…..No extra time played…!

They are putting a brave face on it.

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For a rugby team, a 43-0 defeat would be hard to take: but for a football side it is an absolute hammering.That, however, is the latest loss suffered by Caerphilly Castle Ladies in the Women’s Welsh Premier League.Sadly, it is not the first time they have been mauled this season, as they have also been on the wrong end of 36-0, 28-0 and 26-0 scorelines.

via BBC News – Caerphilly Castle Ladies FC’s brave face on 43-0 defeat.

Toronto now the fourth-largest city in North America – The Globe and Mail

A city report says Toronto has surpassed Chicago in population and is now the fourth-largest city in North America behind Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles.The Economic Dashboard report – which was presented Tuesday at an Economic Development committee meeting – said Statistics Canada recently estimated Toronto’s total population at 2,791,140.Chicago’s population, according to a 2011 U.S. Census Bureau report, was 2,707,120.

via Toronto now the fourth-largest city in North America – The Globe and Mail.

However also an interesting comment in the comments section I think is relevant

“Before anyone beats their chest too much, it’s worth noting that the Chicago metro area is about 9.5M people while the Toronto metro area (GTA) is about 6M people. It is only the city-proper that is now larger.”