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QR codes in China

One thing you can't miss in China is the QR codes on every advertisement and practically every document. The use of WeChat, a Chinese social networking app that is used by everyone, old and young, for personal and professional communication, is what drives the use of QR codes, I was told. It's a essential part

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Typographic malapropisms

My favorite typo is a kind of malapropism: "Beset, Karen" instead of "Best, Karen." It†seems all too appropriate some afternoons. I liked this message, too, received from someone coming to New York for BEA next week: "Dear Karen, thanks for your message. I'm looking forward to meeting with some fiends there,†including you."

Golden harbinger of spring

The winter aconite is always the first sign of spring in my garden in Great Barrington, even before the snowdrops, and definitely before the robins. The†snowbanks are gradually melting, but the lawn and garden remain covered in snow. I planted tiny†aconite bulbs in the wooded bank that gets afternoon sun, and they provide a sweep

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Think Spring

The sign outside a shop said, "Think Spring," and I've been trying, by writing out a seed order and starting a garden to-do list. But my vanity took a hit when this weekís garden newsletters arrived. I subscribe to only two. Dougís Garden is written by an older fellow based in Canada whom I first

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10 Favorite Tech Tools

Order is part of the good life, and I confess to a life-long obsession with getting organizing. I still have my copy of the first modern bestseller on time management, How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life, which I bought when it first came out in 1973. (Bill Clinton bought it, too,

Speaking out in Great Barrington isn’t so easy

Update 2015-02-20: We did speak at the School Committee meeting (video here:http://wp.me/p5nwq0-2a), but decided to postpone the presentation to the Selectboard, in part because of weather and travel problems, but also because we were not put into the general agenda, as you can see below. The listing in the agenda gave only my name, rather