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A day in the life of Russia, 14 July 2011, courtesy of headlines in the Argumenty i fakty phone app. Some of the stories seem to have disappeared, so I can’t provide links. Попавший в реанимацию в Турции россиян доставлен в Москву | Russian resuscitated in Turkey taken to Moscow В Лондоне установили памятник Юрию […]

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The District of Columbia cares about its pedestrians. It cares so much it puts signs in the middle of busy thoroughfares, reminding drivers that people on foot have a right to cross the street without being run over. It doesn’t take long for the signs themselves to be run over: The sign boasts a curious […]

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About a month ago Laura was walking along 41st Street up around Military Road as the winter sunlight was fading. A young man walked up to her and said: “Can you tell me which way is west?” The sky might not have looked quite like this,* but it was pretty obvious where the sun was […]

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There’s nothing like a new chain to make you feel good about your old bike. Topping off the tire pressure was icing on the cake.

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It’s a thought that recurs every time a bit of nature knocks us out of our technological groove: Modern people don’t know how to do nothing.

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I came across this on a Facebook wall belonging to a company called Motto Agency. I was surprised at how many brands I could identify from a single stylized letter. But then, that’s what companies like Motto are all about. I don’t think I’ll get them all, thank God. But a few of them will […]

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I’ve walked past this sign so many times I finally had to memorialize it: Not bad: more than $100,000 a year! Maybe even $200,000! Clearly all income is pure profit—why bother paying for a professional-looking sign? And don’t worry if you can’t spell—the boss can’t either! In the process I’m also memorializing the huge rolling, […]

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While I was in Ecuador recently, I noticed that cars don’t slow down for pedestrians. And it seems the red octagonal PARE sign is discretionary. So pedestrians there keep a sharp eye out and are ready to accelerate in an instant—without, however, looking like their life is in mortal danger. Outward nonchalance is to be […]

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The New York Times reported today that Google is being threatened with sanctions in Germany over its Street View feature, which allows users to “stroll” along streets in areas that are covered by the service, taking in the buildings, scenery, vehicles, pedestrians, etc., in a 360-degree view.  The “data protection regulator” for the city-state of […]

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Not only am I getting tired of Facebook (after a mere 13 months of use), I’ve started wondering how much time I’ve already wasted there. It didn’t take very long for me to get fed up and shut down all applications, so if a Facebook bot sends me an egg or kidnaps me or asks […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman