Violent Scots

beatings

While you hear a lot about the crazy violent stuff that happens in the USA, I did find it slightly remarkable that during my 12 years there very few people I knew seemed to get beaten up. Growing up in New Zealand, beatings were pretty normal. The town I used to live in featured at least one or two big fights in the town square on a Friday and Saturday night. The police would stand around and watch for a while before breaking it up.

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Calm Down

tea

When you need it, you need it.

"Man steals 'calming' tea from adult store in Mackay, threatens staff with brick"

via abc.net.au

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Died Happy

Lost in Translation

babel

I took Russian for a few years about a decade ago, and was impressed with the details the language gives for certain things - such as motion. For example, instead of just saying someone arrived, one often uses the verb indicating the manner in which they arrived - by walking, car, or flying.

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7 Cups of Tea

7cups

Stumbling around the internet I came across this site.

"Need someone to talk to? Take a look at our community of listeners and online therapists and find the right someone for you to talk to."

I am not sure if blurting out your secrets to anonymous strangers is a good idea, but in theory, it sounds like it could be useful. With no other options or if you're short on cash, perhaps it's the thing you need?

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Diagrams

diagram

The other day I had to make a quick map of the inside of a building, and rather than forcing my poor drawing skills on the people who needed the map, I decided to look for any free charting applications or sites. I remember trying to do this years ago and I found mostly crap. Luckily time marches on and things improve, and I found draw.io, which did what I needed easily and with no fuss right in the web browser! So thanks, draw.io!

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Storms

storm

If you like storms, and really, who doesn't? you might like the photos from this site. Taken by a guy a used to work with around Kearney, Nebraska.

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Visit Russia

visit_russia

Visit Russia

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Oh The Irony

Supply and Demand

demand_supply

This is an article about the housing market in San Francisco and how prices have shot up with the emergence of thousands of rich people. A classic example of demand vs supply.

The Housing Market With Nowhere To Go But Up

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