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Looking through Goodreads suggestions and saw Origin of Species, but definitely just read the title as “Origin of Spices” and thought it was a clever parody…
Cool Design of the Day: QR Codes for Tourists
The brilliant city planners of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil are embedding QR codes into the the city’s traditional mosaic sidewalks in order to help tourists learn more about its landmarks. Made up entirely of black and white tiles, these QR codes can be scanned with a smartphone to pull up a local map and additional information relevant to each location. The city plans to install roughly 30 QR codes along its famous beaches, vistas and other historic landmarks in the near future. (via modernizing)
On a scale of one to JRR Tolkien, how nerdy is it that I not only understood this passage but was also quite excited by this discovery:
The phonology of Welsh is characterised by a number of sounds that do not occur in English and are typologically rare in European languages, specifically the voiceless alveolar lateral fricative [ɬ],voiceless nasal stops [m̥], [n̥], and [ŋ̊], and voiceless rhotic [r̥]. Stress usually falls on the penultimate syllable in polysyllabic words, while the word-final unstressed syllable receives a higher pitchthan the stressed syllable.