December 31 asides

Mission Workshop
I was walking in my old ’hood and noticed a sign pointing down a dead-end alley which previously looked like it only contained the back doors to businesses fronting on the next street. The sign was for Mission Workshop, and it had a cool logo, and I was curious…so I checked it out. Turned out to be a great little bike gear shop with a small line of very high quality gear. I was in the market for a waterproof jacket so I tried on and ended up buying the Orion waterproof outer jacket and the Bosun merino wool inner jacket. I am gonna be warm and cozy and dry the rest of the winter on my bike rides to and from work ; ) They guys at the shop were really cool; they gave me a deal for buying both at the same time, and even some free coffee beans from their pals at Bicycle Coffee Company.

“Smartphone” was used as early as the 1910s
While it’s arguably more of a tool for researchers or linguistics scholars, Google recently launched Ngram Viewer, which enables one to lets you trace the usage of a word or phrase anytime in the past five centuries (!) by seeing how often it’s appeared in books published over that time span (Google has been digitizing books for several years).

The mystery of the naked man in a trunk

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