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Learning to write a phrase in Hindi

My wonderful wife wrote a gracious message on my Facebook wall for Father’s day. In her message she mentioned, “joie de vivre.” Not knowing what this phrase means, I headed over to one of my favorite resources on the internet, Google Translate. The default language for translations—for some reason on my Google—was set to Hindi. […]

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Website visitor counters still working in 2019

Remember those website visitor counters in the late 90s and early 2000s? Man those were so cool. They clearly demonstrated two things: Many, many people are looking at the same thing as you. It’s not the webpage you are visiting is some little thing hidden. Thousands of people have seen this same site as you! […]

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217 fonts added to Google Fonts since 2015

Google Fonts is amazing collection of free fonts. 916 font families just waiting for you. You can download them all in one zip file totalling 407 MB. I haven’t updated my Google Fonts collection since 2015. Today I added the updated collection to my hard drive. Over the course of four years, Google has added […]

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Learning one new foreign language word every day for a year

My method of learning new words in another language: repetition This is how I’m thinking of doing it: Method #1: repetition Have Google Translate translate an English word into another language. In this case, Google translated “great” into the Estonian “suurepärane”. Here’s how it sounds on Google.Click the audio button 20 times. Enter repetition! Here’s […]

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Estonia exhibit in Chicago Daley Plaza: June 2-5, 2019

Two of my favorite things have crossed roads. The Chicago Picasso and Estonia. While walking to work on a Monday morning, a giant photo Arvo Pärt (the Estonian composer) greeted me right by the Chicago Picasso. Wow! What is this?! It’s an exhibit about Estonia—right in the heart of Chicago! A wonderful public exhibit you […]

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Sign of spring 2019: state flags return to Aon Center

With spring comes the bright colors. Flowers bloom from the dark ground, butterflies emerge from gray chrysalides. Today, the colorful state flags arise on white flagpoles at Chicago’s Aon Center. All winter long the flags were gone. My window faces this courtyard of 52 flag poles (50 state flags, plus two poles each holding an […]

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