Mar 19, 2016

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This week will be a short one. I spent all my free time reading Old Ironside.  It started off quickly with chapter 1 and then seemed to drag in chapter 2 while I waited for both protagonists to meet, but it's been an enjoyable read so far.

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Here are a few of my most recent articles which you may have missed:

The Man Who Single-handedly Carved A Road Through a Mountain

For years, he was called a madman for toiling away on the rocks. But Dashrath Manjhi was not crazy. His quest to break a path through a small mountain to benefit the entire village is now legendary because he carved an entire road with hand tools, working for 22 years. Read more...

Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn on the Age of E-Reading

‘The uptake of ebooks is being driven by 50-, 60-, and 70-year-olds,’ Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn tells us. We put ten questions to him and end up with one firm answer: ‘We aren’t going anywhere.’ Read more...

Pay with a poem: cafes around the world to exchange coffee for poetry

Annoyed at the rising price of your coffee, and a hipsterisation so extreme that it’s apparently become a symbol of gentrification? Offended at your barista for not rewarding your loyalty with a free latte? You can forget it all on Monday and put your literary talent to use instead, by exchanging a handwritten poem for coffee in 1,280 outlets around the world. Read more...

The Kio Kit Packs A Classroom’s Worth of Tablets Into A Tough Travel Case 

An interesting tablet kit for developing-world classrooms, made by a Kenyan company called BRCK. BRCK was founded in 2013 for the purpose of making a rugged hybrid WiFi/cellular router for places with poor communication infrastructure. However, in 2015 it launched the Kio Kit—effectively a digital classroom in a box that costs around US $5,000. Read more...

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