When Commander Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie’s Space Oddity on board the International Space Station:
We live in a world where sending a guitar into space is trivial while ironing out rights agreements is the tough part.
A musical typewriter used for typing sheet music
A tradition in the cafés of Naples is to order a caffè sospeso – literally, a coffee “in suspense” (aka. caffè pagato, or “paid coffee”) – as a sign of your good fortune. When a sospeso is ordered, the customer pays for two coffees, but only receives one. That way, when a person who is homeless or otherwise down on their luck walks into the café, the person can ask if there are any coffees held in suspense, and can have one as a courtesy of the first customer. Though the custom has been a part of Neapolitan society for many years, it is somewhat less common today.
I’m probably unusual in that I find this world of cheap clone “shanzhai” hardware amazing. I’m fascinated that someone is out there redesigning existing silicon to make a knockoff that is smaller, cheaper but otherwise near-equivalent – to be used in devices that retail for less than $3.