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triskaidekaphobia

It’s Friday the 13th! :O

The title is Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day and is defined as “a morbid fear of the number 13 or the date Friday the 13th.” If you’re only afraid of the date and not the number, you have a more specialized case known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.

Is there a connection to be made to food here? Not sure. I’d just suggest staying at home and curling up with the darkest chocolate treat you can find or even some raw cacao nibs. ;)

There is, however, an important link with recent chess history. On this ominous day in October 2006, the World Chess Championship Reunification match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov was decided in a tense series of tie-break games. My man, Vlad, emerged the victor.

But, I know most of you don’t come here for the chess, so I’ll leave with you with a little gem that looks like it could have potential. Just discovered this site with its clever name (think disco [though I'm sure they'd prefer only some of the connotations of that moniker be associated with their site. Maybe fun and community?])

Anyway, their goal is a laudable one, “to have the most comprehensive directory of restaurants available.” But, it doesn’t end there. And this is where I’m really drawn to their story as a fellow software developer. They are taking their experience investigating the Netflix Prize and incorporating not only reviews and forums, but working the ratings back into a “collaborative filtering” system to make recommendations, ala Amazon. So, head on over, lend your support, and add some local (vegetarian!) restaurants.

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