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International Diplomacy and Google Translate

Recently, I purchased (online) a coin (number 3920) from The White House Gift Shop that commemorated the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Let’s say I did it for sentimental reasons. After checking … Continue reading

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I’ve Seen the Future (and it had 8K resolution)

When I was on vacation in Japan this past May, I walked into a Yodobashi Camera store and was stunned by how realistic the picture looked on one of the largest TV sets in the room.  After examining it closely, … Continue reading

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Some Like It Hot

Received this image from a friend in Parker, Arizona… taken around 6 pm. So, 117 Degree Fahrenheit = 47.2 Celsius…  This is hot! Arizona is known for its hot climate and belongs to some of the hottest states in the … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Floor

Is something wrong with this picture?  Are we really that superstitious? Statistically speaking, the answer is no, we are not. A 2007 USA TODAY/Gallup Poll suggested a large majority of Americans — 87% — would be comfortable with a 13th-floor … Continue reading

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Gucci’s Delivery Service

Lots of things in Japan are… unusual.  This is why the country is so interesting to many of us.  The picture above, however, surprised me a bit.  It seems like the ladies promoting Gucci’s goods are… witches flying on one … Continue reading

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Cell Phones Are a Menace…

Funny yet relevant warnings observed on the subway in Tokyo.  There are too many folks walking with phones in their hands and playing, texting, reading, etc. while walking. Result:  they are bumping into each other and getting injured in many … Continue reading

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Cheating in Chess (Not again!)

In my previous post, I wrote about how the lichess.org platform can detect and reprimand cheaters who play online by using strong chess programs to win.  When lichess.org detects cheating by comparing moves actually made with the top moves recommended by … Continue reading

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