Monthly Archives: September 2014

Life: Work on Two Wheels—bookofjoe: What it’s like to be a New York City bike messenger

I doubt it’s much easier on a motorcycle. Many years ago, there was a motorcycle courier in Washington DC called Cat Man, who took his cat with him everywhere. Cat wore a helmet, of course. http://www.bookofjoe.com/2014/09/what-its-like-to-be-a-new-york-city-bike-messenger.html == PT Advertisements

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History: Things That Baffle Me, Item #1,675,229

Do you recognize this man? You’ve seen his picture hundreds of times. He’s one of the most famous people in the history of the world. Yesterday I learned that Muslims (and I guess that means all Muslims) strongly object to … Continue reading

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War: What are the most mind-blowing tricks used during any war? – Quora

Many good stories here…. http://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-mind-blowing-tricks-used-during-any-war == PT, iPaddict

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Tech: Watching History from My Porch

“Gee, Grandpa, do you actually remember people delivering things?” “Yes, Sonny, and not just things. Information, too. Why, I remember the milkman, the bread man, the Fuller Brush Man, the pretzel and chips man, the “paperboy,” and more. But, in … Continue reading

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Humor: PennDOT still hasn’t caught up with last winter’s pothole damage

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Media: Minority languages: Cookies, caches and cows | The Economist

[… Mozilla has 230 localisation teams, says Jeff Beatty, who co-ordinates some from his office in Utah. Their work takes both time and ingenuity. Firefox for a computer uses about 40,000 words; for the phone OS, 16,000. Translators must express … Continue reading

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Media: Degree of Difficulty

For millennia, “stored” communications were all pictures (pictographs, hieroglyphics, etc.) carved in stone, painted on walls, etched in wood, inked onto animal skin. Then the alphabet was invented. Sure, you had to spend months or years learning how to use … Continue reading

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