The story of North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom'
- The Ryugyong Hotel -- named after a historical moniker for Pyongyang meaning "capital of willows" -- was supposed to open just two years later.
- The year before construction commenced, a South Korean firm had built what was then the world's tallest hotel, the Westin Stamford in Singapore.
- As part of North Korea's political response to the South's achievements, Pyongyang organized the 1989 World Festival of Youth and Students, a sort of socialist version of the Olympics.
- The country planned to build the massive hotel just in time for the event, stealing the world record away from the South.
- In 2014, a 23-story apartment building collapsed in Pyongyang because construction was "not done properly," according to North Korean state media reports.
- The Ryugyong Hotel is no longer the tallest building in the Korean peninsula: The Lotte World Tower in Seoul, completed in 2017, surpassed it by nearly 800 feet (240 meters).
MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio
- MediaLab is a holding company that owns several other mobile properties, including anonymous social network Whisper and mixtape app DatPiff.
- MediaLab said it has “some ideas” for developing Kik going forwards, including making the app faster and reducing the amount of unwanted messages and spam bots.
- At the time, the company was one of a clutch of anonymous apps — including Secret and YikYak — that raised tens of millions of dollars to offer online iterations of the confessional journal, the burn book, and the bathroom wall (respectively).
- At the time Whisper had roughly 20 million monthly active users across its app and website, which the company was looking to monetize through programmatic advertising, rather than brand-sponsored campaigns that had provided some of the company’s revenue in the past.
- Whisper, meanwhile, seemingly set up MediaLab as a holding company for its app and additional assets that Heyward would look to roll up.
Your pregnancy discrimination stories prove there are no easy answers
- Women who, like BJ, were working parents in the 1960s and 1970s, described what it was like seeking work as a woman of childbearing years before 1978; they recalled having to show prospective employers their birth control pills or disclose the dates of their last period to prove they weren't pregnant or wouldn't try to get pregnant if hired.
- I didn't miss more work than I had sick time, but I used my accrued sick leave to help take care of my wife and children when needed.
- I worked as a veterinary technician and was told that while they understood I could no longer assist with X-rays, I was expected to continue lifting dogs up to 75 lbs by myself and that I would not be allowed extra breaks or time off during my pregnancy.
How climate change infiltrated popular culture
- The climate stripes follow other visualizations of climate data that I’ve created in recent years, including an animation depicting global temperature rise data as an ever-expanding spiral.
- Earlier in 2019 we created a website that allows people to download climate stripes for around 200 countries and individual US states.
- This allowed people to share stripes which charted the recent climate history of their own corner of the world.
- If we want climate action to become the demand of a mass movement then we can’t expect discussions to be restricted to po-faced conversations between scientists and politicians.
- Infiltrating popular culture is one way scientists can help trigger a step change in attitudes that will lead to mass action.
- This article is republished from The Conversation by Ed Hawkins, Professor of climate science, University of Reading under a Creative Commons license.
When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested
- On the last Tuesday of July, Tres Biggs stepped into the courthouse in Coffeyville, Kansas, for medical debt collection day, a monthly ritual in this quiet city of 9,000, just over the Oklahoma border.
- In Utah, a man who had ignored orders to appear over an unpaid ambulance bill told friends he would rather die than go to jail; the day he was arrested, he snuck poison into the cell and ended his life.
- In jurisdictions with lax laws and willing judges, jail is the logical endpoint of a system that has automated the steps from high bills to debt to court, and that has given collectors power that is often unchecked.
- There is no law requiring that a court use civil contempt when an order isn’t followed, but judges in the U.S. can choose to, whether it’s to force a defendant to pay child support, for example, or show up at a hearing.
A 28-year-old who paid off $102,000 in student loans used the debt snowball method to 'make her loans fair'
- She calculated that if she were to make the minimum monthly payment on her $75,000 loans every month, she'd pay them off around the year 2046.
- The debt snowball method makes minimum payments on all debts while putting extra cash toward the smallest debts first, to eliminate them and move on to the others.
- Velez chose the debt snowball method, and focused on eliminating her student loans one by one.
- She'd lived in New York City the whole time she was paying on her loans, and had worked jobs with salaries between $40,000 and $80,000 per year.
- She ended up not only meeting her goal of paying off her loans by 30, but exceeding it, and finished paying off her college debts on August 2, 2019, at 28 years old.
When I became my family's breadwinner, I took out $250,000 of life insurance for less than the cost of dinner every month
- At the time, I made slightly more as a writer than my husband did working his government job, but I was planning to take 12 weeks off after the baby, which would affect our income massively.
- Our whole family slowed down in a way that we couldn't when he was working law enforcement shifts, and it was amazing to know that my job let that happen.
- I hated the idea that if the worst happened, my family would have to deal not only with the transition of loss, but also with the transition of dad going back to work and the kids doing into daycare.
- Each month I pay about $29 for life insurance — less than it costs to buy pizza for our family of four.
- Still, I make the bulk of our money, and am glad to know if anything happened to me he could quit his job (if he wanted) to support the kids.
Edison’s greatest invention was a way of thinking about technology
- The year after inventing the phonograph, Edison built a telephone that surpassed the devices made by its inventors, Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray, in an official contest of call clarity.
- Soon after Edison hired Tesla to work at his New York City dynamo factory, in 1884, the young Serbian engineer left to pursue his own dreams of electricity.
- Inside the two-story shed he built in Menlo Park in 1876, Edison oversaw a factory of invention, with a team of “muckers”—his term for professional experimenters—who fleshed out his sketches and made him the most famous inventor in the world.
- In the early 20th century, AT&T abandoned Lockwood’s position and, after years of occupying aging labs in New York City, in 1941 opened a state-of-the-art research facility in Murray Hill, just 10 miles north of Menlo Park—Bell Labs.
The 11 most extravagant things Floyd Mayweather has spent his millions on
- Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather won over $1 billion in prize money alone during his 21 year professional career, according to Forbes.
- Amongst his lavish purchases over the years are a $25 million Los Angeles mansion, numerous private jets, and his own strip club — but these aren't even the wackiest, most expensive things the retired fighter has ever paid for.
- Purchased in 2015, Mayweather's Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is one of only two of its kind in the world, and boasts a top speed of over 409kph (254 mph).
- Rather than wash his underwear like a normal person, Mayweather wears a new pair every single time he changes, which is estimated to cost him around $6,500 per year, according to The Richest.
- Last year, TMZ reported that Mayweather spent $5.3 million on jewellery alone during a lavish spending spree at Peter Marco in Beverly Hills.
#hacktoberfestOpen Source Tips from Maintainers for Maintainers
- This year for Hacktoberfest, Twilio decided to kick off a series of blog posts from various maintainers of large open-source projects and communities to share learnings and tips with the community and other maintainers.
- In this blog post Evelyn Masso is sharing one of her key learnings during her Processing Foundation fellowship working on the p5.js project.
- In this blog post she's sharing 10 of her key lessons learned during the last years working on CodeBuddies.
- In this blog post, Kat Marchán shares learnings from their time founding communities like lgbtq.technology and WeAllJS and maintaining various open-source projects.
- In this post, you’ll learn why having a clear enforcing process is key to great communities.
- We hope that this series of blog posts can be helpful for other maintainers but ultimately we want to hear from you what you would like to learn more about!