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  • The Korean Restaurant Boom Explained

    A lot of Korean restaurants suddenly opened up in the US recently. They took a page from the Thai tourism playbook. Thailand launched an initiative in 2002 that’s been termed gastrodiplomacy. TLDR: They supported Thai people who wanted to open Thai restaurants abroad with money and training. The thought was: If more people abroad like…

  • AVANT-GARDE: WHAT’S THAT?

    When something is ahead of its time, it’s avant-garde. Vincent van Gogh’s work was avant-garde. The “original” avant-garde was during the period of 1830 to 1939, but the term avant-garde is used to describe art today that’s daringly innovative, pushes boundaries, breaks the rules—and often rebells about the status quo. It’s not in line with…

  • WHY DO SOME PEOPLE HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF DIRECTION?

    I’m wondering what it is. Some people just seem to be naturally gifted navigators. They have a great sense of direction and orientation. They instinctively know how to find their way around. Others don’t. And it makes me wonder why that is. What are the contributing factors to a highly developed spacial navigation skills? I…

  • THE ORIGIN OF THE TAO TE CHING

    The Tao Te Ching, also known as the Daodejing, is an ancient Chinese philosophical text that is considered one of the fundamental texts of Taoism. The exact origin and authorship of the Tao Te Ching remain shrouded in mystery and speculation, but the text is traditionally attributed to a figure named Laozi, which means “Old…

  • Plants that give shadow & grow fast: False Birds of Paradise

    Plants that give shadow & grow fast: False Birds of Paradise

    Heliconias grow easily and quickly and high, and if you want something that can give shadow they’re a great option. Compared to bamboo, they also don’t grow excessively and aren’t that hard to remove. Other names: Heliconia rostrata, the hanging lobster claw or false bird of paradise There are growing on an island in Thailand,…

  • APPLE MUSIC CLASSICAL

    This is a fantastic new service that Apple has launched, and if you’re currently a paying Apple Music subscriber it’s included in your plan without any additional charges. I for one have been a paying Apple Music user for a long time, and it’s been high up on my list of subscriptions that I’ve been…

  • LIGHT

    Let us consider the wondrous nature of light upon our earthly plane. Forsooth, its radiance emanates from the great star above, the sun, and doth reveal much to us about the conditions of our world. Verily, the presence of light may offer a clue to the temperature, the hour of the day, or even the…

  • SCARED & FASCINATED BY AI, HAND-CODING VS AI-GUIDING, AND NON-WORKING TECH WORKERS

    I am both fascinated and scared by AI. Fascinating, because it makes it so easy to do things that would previously require a lot of time or practice. Like creating a rhyming poem about pretty much anything is super simple now. Oh, what a joy to rhyme with ease, Thanks to my dear ChatGPT, it’s…

  • SECRET SOFTWARE BILLIONAIRE: MARK LEONARD FROM CONSTELLATION SOFTWARE

    SECRET SOFTWARE BILLIONAIRE: MARK LEONARD FROM CONSTELLATION SOFTWARE

    Mark Leonard is the founder and CEO of Constellation Software. And there’s magic to that name. (Leonard also happens to look a bit like Gandalf.) He’s bought more than 500 software companies, but never sold any of them—with one exception, which Leonard regrets until this day. Constellation Software buys software businesses to keep and grow…

  • TRELLIS OF WISTERIA

    TRELLIS OF WISTERIA

    A trellis of wisteria, a sight to behold It stands in the garden, its beauty ever so bold Vines of deep purple, its leaves of soft green It stands in the sunlight, a beauty to be seen It’s sweet aroma fills the air A reminder of beauty and peace to fare The delicate blooms of…