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So apparently John le Carré has a new novel coming out which he supposedly finished before he passed away last year. It's called Silverview. I'm keeping my expectations low, but I'll read it. It won't be worse than any other contemporary novel. That's going to be an interesting reading experience for me knowing that it's the last goodbye.

theguardian.com/books/2021/may

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They retort with an ominous - "But what if there is an issue with it, I can help you if I open it now."

This is one reason I prefer to avoid purchasing personal electronics from Croma.

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Croma (an electronics and home appliances retail store chain in India) asks it's store associates to demo the product to the customer after the purchase. For many items, particularly for personal electronics - phones, laptops, tablets, etc. - the unboxing experience is a part of the overall ownership experience. I hate it when the associates insist on unboxing them for the demo. A simple "No, thank you, I'd prefer to do it myself at home" doesn't convince them.

Speaking of multiplying like rabbits, can anyone tell me why my Leonardo Momento Zero pens are getting naughty all the time?

I've been on an Al-Star trip lately. I have an Al-Star from 2009, but I rarely ever used it. I've always enjoyed Safari more. Recently, decided to give it a try, and wow, the Al-Star offers a distinctly better experience than the Safari. It's a hair thicker and the added width feels nice while writing. The section plastic also feels nicer than the Safari. Had to get myself a new Al-Star today. I can see these things multiplying like rabbits over the next few months while sitting in my pen case.

New - this is from Ranga and has a gold-plated steel JoWo medium nib.

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For if a room that exists under the governance, authority, and intent of others seems smaller than it is, then a room that exists in secret can, regardless of its dimensions, seem as vast as one cares to imagine.

- Amor Towles, A Gentlemen in Moscow

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Cookies don't contain many vitamins. That's why you need to eat a lot of them 🍪

A very interesting read on how an individual cooperating voluntarily is more powerful than the action of a central state in containing a pandemic: "Why Taiwan Hasn't Shut Down Its Economy" [Foundation for Economic Education]
fee.org/articles/why-taiwan-ha

@SlowRain

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Here's a relatively short read about an American who was a Wuhan coronavirus patient, but is now cured. He has some interesting things to say which might be helpful for others.

taipeitimes.com/News/feat/arch

#Taiwan #Covid19

This is so twisted - Pa. grocery store trashes $35,000 worth of food after woman intentionally coughs on it; she is arrested
inquirer.com/health/coronaviru

So my guess was right - the update was wrongly sent to phones that were already running Android 10. So much cringe, Xiaomi.

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And now there's this beautiful persistent notification, continuing to remind me of the screw-up.

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has again screwed up the update on the Mi A3. After two pulled updates, they send in a third update and this happens. I suspect, what's happening is this - the current update is meant for those that are still on Android 9. However, others (like me) have already updated to the previous Android 10 update and that's why this cannot be installed. Now, this shouldn't have hit our phones at all, obviously, but then, that's Xiaomi's phone.

Prime Minister Modi is addressing the nation.

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