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I was obsessed with this book in 1st through 3rd grade and must have checked it out from the school library 50 times.

Just picked up a used copy from Amazon 30 seconds ago; thanks for reminding me.

Wow that's the book I was thinking of when I mentioned Foghorn Leghorn. The little genius kid makes a plane from that book.

One main advantage of the Kindle is that my tsundoku is now not as visible to my wife. No more raised eyebrows at the latest Amazon box to appear on the doorstep.

Still have to be sure that she doesn't look too closely at the credit card statement, though...

Oh yes, the raised eyebrows and the disapproving looks. I have mastered the art of unboxing and recycling the amazon packaging within a few seconds of it reaching the front door. One must learn to manage under adverse conditions.

Wow I must be lucky. Every order of mine brings welcome encouragement coupled with optimism. Of course I will shortly be conquering the world with my newfound knowledge. No questions asked when the first chapter gets read excitedly and then shelved for eternity.

I'm also a big Ian knot fan. Saves me two seconds per shoe, that's four seconds per day, 1460 seconds a year, so over the next 50 years that's 20 fewer hours tying my shoes. Boom, LIFEHACK!

Seriously, it's a fun knot to tie and never comes undone.


It's not just faster, it also holds all day. My old nots had to be redone at least once per day.


I have no evidence, but that figure of 500/year can't possibly be correct. Maybe 500 of their largest, concert hall-size grand pianos, but not their entire line.


In fact it is not that far off, and accurate for uprights;

2,000 grand pianos / yr, 500 upright pianos / yr.

Credit to: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10147054


What do you mean by "an email template for my CV?"


I used tufte css and some added styles and made an email template. It has a heading and signature, and allows for annotated notes in the body. I am going to write a cover letter and send it that way.


So the body of the email is formatted like a CV? If so, sounds like a good idea.


Maybe a template for sending a CV through email?


> Fun part is one sysadmin who had to destroy brand new iPhones of government officials because they plugged it on a classified network for less than a minute.

Pssht, that is sooo 2009. The latest thing is wearing your Apple Watch in a secure space: the watch is confiscated and destroyed and you're lucky if you're not fired.


For what it's worth, Yokosuka is probably the Japanese city most accustomed to Westerners. 4% of the city's population is American.


From the vibe I got living there, having the locals "accustomed" to westerners in the context of US military presence is probably worse than not being accustomed at all. Attitude to the US presence in japan is generally ambivalent at best, hostile resentment at worst.

The other area familiarity with whiteys isn't exactly a positive is in some towns around Hokkaido. There, the experience is with russian fishermen, and the sentiment is clearly visible on signs by the door: "no foreigners".

All that said, I never was that bothered by the mild xenophobia one experiences in Japan (and elsewhere in east asia). It's bemusing more than anything else. I would imagine that non-caucasians have it somewhat worse, though.


And it most certainly isn't in Tokyo...


Edit: the article also fails to mention the huge stigma attached with "abandoned" or bad luck homes .. If there's even a hint that someone died there, or that the abandonment was the result of hard luck it can damage a property's worth. Not to mention earthquake readiness of the homes - something on people's minds a lot since Tohoku 3/11.


> I think the reason is that the places airplanes go is not random.

This is how two planes collided 37,000 feet above the Amazon rain forest.



Thank you for that, that was an incredible article. I was ultra surprised that just after finishing that, this popped up on HN's front page:



When I was in the Navy, my ship visited Petropavlovsk during the summer and they were on UTC+13. That was weird to begin with, what with the theoretical limit on only twelve time zones each direction from Greenwich. But then after the visit, we headed due south and then crossed directly over into the UTC+10 time zone for Guam. So one night we set the clocks back three hours.

Nice if you were asleep, not so nice if you were on watch...



> When I was in the Navy, my ship visited Petropavlovsk during the summer and they were on UTC+13. That was weird to begin with, what with the theoretical limit on only twelve time zones each direction from Greenwich.

New Zealand routinely goes to UTC+13 with the aid of daylight savings.

Our business team are in Germany, so we have three different time offsets between us over a year as daylight savings in both countries come and go.


Cross the border from China to Afghanistan, and you'll have a 3½ hour timezone change.


Cross the border from Finland to Karelian Republic in Russia, and "wind clock forward one hour, wind calendar back 50 years". In good and bad.


For what it's worth, I like the original title on the article better.



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