Imagine walking into Starbucks and discovering that your grande latte cost $27. You’d probably think that the world’s coffee supply had suddenly vanished. Or that you’d traveled by time machine many decades into the future.
These inflated prices gives you a pretty good idea of the relative cost (adjusted to per capita income) of what a Chinese person pays for the drink. China’s per capita income, at about $7,200, is around five and a half times less than the American figure. Yet at a Starbucks in Beijing, a grande latte goes for about $4.80—or a dollar more than what it costs in the United States. A simple beverage of espresso and steamed milk is pretty damned expensive in China.
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Mr Feynman’s always funny:The Feynman point is a sequence of six 9s that begins at the 762nd decimal place of the decimal representation of π. It is named after physicist Richard Feynman, who once stated during a lecture he would like to memorize the digits of π until that point, so he could recite them and quip “nine nine nine nine nine nine and so on”, suggesting, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, that π is rational.
Humans have an amazing capacity for self-deception. Perhaps it evolved to allow ourselves to live with our own contradictions - our faults. An ego preserver, a ward against paralyzing depression and self-doubt. But Feynman, as almost always happens, is right. Self-deception can be a limiting factor to growth. Doubt creates questions and questioning spurs creation. Sometimes it’s better to risk stability for truth.
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What we didn’t have yesterday.
Garmin has officially announced the HUD, a portable heads-up display unit for vehicles that can receive navigation instructions from a smartphone and display them on any car’s windshield. Paired with a transparent film that sticks to the window or a dedicated reflector lens, the HUD is designed to make sure drivers keep their eyes on the road instead of looking at various screens for navigation purposes.
It’s finally here! I have needed this for the past 5 years.