82% Of the Moon Belongs to the Far Side

Everyone knows that moon has a far side. But you might be surprised that the far side consists of 82% of the surface area. We can only see 18% of the moon from the earth.

A post from Paper, published at 2019-01-06 22:20

∞ No More Oppatoo

Allen Pike writes,

They are constantly picking up new endearing habits – little phrases and behaviors that melt your heart and give you joy. Just as quickly though, they are losing them. Before your eyes, she goes from not being able to say “octopus”, to delightfully squealing at the sight of an “oppatoo!”, to just saying “look dada, it’s an octopus.”

And it’s beautiful, and it’s great. But it also hurts your heart a little bit. No more oppatoo.

It is a strange feeling, that hurt. Why would it be sad when she starts to say “octopus”? Or “I want to do it myself”, or “No dada pick me up”? I mean, it’s certainly for the best. I can hardly be her lifelong transportation, caregiver, and translator as it pertains to 8-limbed mollusks.

Mine is only 5 month old, I can already start seeing this. She learned to blow a raspberry a month ago. Then she stopped doing that and it hurts a little. How time flies.

Thanks, Allen.

A post from Paper, published at 2019-01-04 19:55

All the outlets on bottom of the wall should be USB-C. They are powerful enough, and they are much safer for children. No need to child proof the outlets.

A post from Paper, published at 2019-01-03 19:59

AirPower, the thinnest Apple product, no, the thinnest product on the planet. So thin that you can’t even see it.

A post from Paper, published at 2019-01-02 19:58

Happy New Year! Hope I can double my portfolio in 2019. Here is a good start - concept for my next game BaBalloons.

A post from BaBalloons, published at 2019-01-01 06:22

∞ What Happens to Kid Culture When You Close the Streets to Cars

Jaime Velazquez writes for CityLab,

PONTEVEDRA—Once a city with narrow streets invaded by traffic and city squares more like parking lots, the roads of Pontevedra, Spain, are now often filled with baby strollers and children playing. Kids carry their toys in small backpacks and spread them on the pavement to share with other kids. Playgrounds with swing sets and slides are deliberately unencumbered by fences. “We want children to play all over our city, and to play whatever game comes to mind,” said Cesar Mosquera, the Urban Councilor of Pontevedra.

It is heaven. I feel more strongly about this now that I am a father.

A post from Paper, published at 2018-12-31 19:55

∞ In 2019, Apple Needs to Change iPhone’s Call UI

Spencer Dailey writes,

Right now, any robocall hacker in the world can instantly take over your phone’s screen, knocking you out of your mobile gaming experience, disrupting you as you check out at the store, or breaking your concentration as you try and type out an email.

And disrupt they do, at a massive scale. Several billion fake calls are received each month in the US. Reports show this is a global problem, with Brazilians averaging 37 spam calls per month. Actually, I’m getting a robocall as I type this very sentence, my second today.

At the telelphony-infrastructure level, it’s a supremely difficult problem that lacks a short-term fix because the underlying protocol is hopelessly insecure.

Google has already solved this problem with Pixel's Call Screen. Your move, Apple.

A post from Paper, published at 2018-12-30 19:55

∞ Tumbleweed as Dodgeball

A tumbleweed is a structural part of the above-ground anatomy of a number of species of plants, a diaspore that, once it is mature and dry, detaches from its root or stem, and tumbles away in the wind.

You can find tumbleweeds tumbling along I-5. They are impressive and fun to see from your high speed vehicle. You can even play dodgeball.

A post from Paper, published at 2018-12-29 00:56

∞ Blender 2.8 Beta Is Here

They should really call it Blender 3. What a massive upgrade:

No other release of Blender has been met with so much anticipation! It’s the accumulation of 3 years of time and hundreds of months of work by developers from the Blender community.

After I tried making a 2D game, my heart still belongs to 3D.

A post from Paper, published at 2018-12-27 19:55

∞ The history of Jews, Chinese food, and Christmas, explained by a rabbi

Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut, rabbi of Metropolitan Synagogue in New York, interviewed by Jamie Lauren Keiles from Vox, says

In Chinese-American cooking, if there is any pork [which is not a kosher food], it is usually concealed inside something, like a wonton. A lot of Jews back then — and even now — kept strict kosher inside the home but were more flexible with foods they ate at restaurants. Sociologist Gaye Tuchman wrote about this practice. She described [the plausible deniability of non-kosher ingredients] as safe treyf. [Treyf is the Yiddish word for non-kosher.] A lot of Jews considered the pork in Chinese food to be safe treyf, because they couldn’t see it. That made it easier to eat.

I always thought the only reason it was Chinese food is because there was only Chinese restaurants open on Christmas Eve back then. I didn't realize there is another reason that made it a tradition.

A post from Paper, published at 2018-12-26 19:58

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