📖 “A Business Office in Open Air”
“Roger Babson and his staff work in the open air. As the thermometer often drops below the zero mark, the office force must be heavily clothed. The heavy woolen mittens make it impossible to operate the machines with speed, so two curved sticks are provided with which the keys are depressed. Good speed is thus attained.”
"The URL for the massive e-commerce site Alibaba, for example, is 1688.com, pronounced “yow-leeyoh-ba-ba”—close enough! Those digits can just as often have individual meanings. The video sharing site 6.cn works because the word for “six” is a near-homophone for the word “to stream.”"
exploring chinese video sites with no idea whats going on
screenshot from https://www.ixigua.com/6952312499144229413
Cabal, the open-source & p2p group chat I've worked on with friends, is in a quadratic funding pilot experiment run by Open Collective!
What that means for us, as an example: for every 10 USD donated, we get a total of 83 USD
boosts appreciated 🖤
who needs mermaids when you have:
somehow adding two ## seems like it should not make something a hashtag. I guess the propper markdown heading would be ## with a space tho so meh
##Write something behind your ears
In the Middle Ages, most people could neither read nor write. But they still had to sign contracts. Often it was about drawing boundaries between properties. Witnesses were needed to ensure that these verbal contracts were also valid in court. As a "reminder", these witnesses were pulled by the ears or even slapped. Because people remember what is associated with pain particularly well.
https://www.mittelalter-kontor.com/cms/redewendungen-sprichwoerter-redensarten.html (translated from German by google translate)
this wikipedia page has a ton of leads on it, though its pretty badly written with a ton of cringey sentences. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijra_(South_Asia)
the personal instance of Liaizon Wakest