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All about QR codes

Born in a Toyota laboratory in 1994, these fancy barcodes are now officially everywhere. In 2013 I told a manufacturer that their idea of putting QR codes on their products was dumb because almost nobody had readers. I reversed course in […]

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Time’s 100 best inventions of 2020

Some of my highlights: vodka made from thin air, a biodegradable grill, a handsfree toothbrush and microbial biofertilizer. Another fun fact: I recently read Time’s creators originally wanted to call it Facts but they concluded the definition of facts was too hard to pin down. | learn more

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Financing the American home

“On American streets, the [30 year mortgage] is everywhere. It makes up around 80% of an $11.3 trillion mortgage market. Yet, with the exception of Denmark, it doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. Even baseball exists in more countries.” | learn […]

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The physics of war in space

A very intriguing primer on how to conduct war in space. “Scenes from Star Wars, books, and TV shows portray a world very different from what we are likely to see in the next 50 years, if ever, given the […]

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Chuck E. Cheese fun facts

“A thing I think about a lot is that in 1980, Chuck E. Cheese sued Showbiz Pizza for ripping off their concept and won, and then in 1984 Chuck E. Cheese went bankrupt so Showbiz Pizza bought the company, and […]

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Genes mirror geography within Europe

These researchers did a genetic analysis of 1,387 Europeans and plotted them on a chart that looks a lot like a map of Europe. If anyone can explain Principal Component Analysis of genomes to me, I’d be eager to listen. | learn […]

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The Texas constitution

Someone suggested I check out the state constitution for some fun reading. Did not disappoint. “RELIGIOUS TESTS. No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be […]

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Free collection of 7,000 MS-DOS games

I played Oregon Trail in my browser this weekend. Despite starting as a wealthy banker from Boston, I lost most of my family to Cholera along the way. Next, I’d like to revisit Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, […]