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Posted by sprague on December 20, 2011

Minimum wage in Beijing is $177/mo (1160 RMB), so street-sweeping is manual labor. What’s this guy going to do when/if wages go up and he’s no longer cheaper than a truck?

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Posted by sprague on December 18, 2011

America isn’t a land divided by the 99 percent and the 1 percent. It’s a land divided by those who earn their success … and those who don’t.

http://www.indystar.com/article/20111215/OPINION13/112150332/Ryan-Streeter-How-succeed-by-merit

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Posted by sprague on December 17, 2011

Who wouldn’t want to eliminate “illegal publications”?  [billboard seen in a Beijing subway station]

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Posted by sprague on December 15, 2011

Another place “inspired” by the look and feel of real Apple Stores, complete with blue-shirted “employees”.  At the Zhongguancun Mall.

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Posted by sprague on December 10, 2011

English, with a high information density of .91, was spoken at an average rate of 6.19 syllables per second. Mandarin, which topped the density list at .94, was the spoken slowpoke at 5.18 syllables per second. Spanish, with a low-density .63, ripped along at a syllable-per-second velocity of 7.82. The true speed demon of the group, however, was Japanese, which edged past Spanish at 7.84, thanks to its low density of .49. Despite those differences, at the end of, say, a minute of speech, all of the languages would have conveyed more or less identical amounts of information.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2091477,00.html#ixzz1g5B5dqrL

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Bottom line: monkeys will never type Shakespeare

Posted by sprague on December 4, 2011

From the satisfyingly thorough Wikipedia entry on the Infinite Monkey Theorem.

Even if the observable universe were filled with monkeys the size of atoms typing from now until the heat death of the universe, their total probability to produce a single instance of Hamlet…”is therefore zero in any operational sense of an event…”

 

 

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Posted by sprague on December 4, 2011

Seattle before sunrise. (taken in low light with an iPhone 4s) (Taken with Instagram at Espresso Vivace at The Brix)

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Posted by sprague on December 3, 2011

Sign in the waiting lounge at Beijing’s Capital Airport.

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Posted by sprague on December 1, 2011

It’s like the typeface of a book. You’re stuck with the same old alphabet, in the same configuration, and your job is to preserve its usefulness while investing the work with with a certain character. The smart choice is to design something good and stick with it.

http://boingboing.net/2011/11/14/what-the-vaio-z-says-about-son.html

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