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Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* “On average, citizens in the European Union made 189 electronic transactions a year in 2013, the most recent figures available. In Greece, the average was just 17 per citizen.” (Courtesy: NYT; the article has many interesting aspects)

* About six percent of Syrian refugees contacted by the United Nations in Jordan and Lebanon during the last half of November were interested in relocating to Canada. (Courtesy: NYT)

* Canada, and presumably other countries, have privatized refugee resettlement by requiring sponsors and minimum capital reserves. (Courtesy: NYT).

* The United Nations coordinates relocation with refugees, at least in part, via text. (Courtesy: Globe and Mail)

* B-52 bombers used to have ashtrays. (Courtesy: NYT)

* Werner Kelmperer and John Banner appeared in a show together before their roles as Colonel Klink and Sergeant Shultz in Hogan’s Heroes. (Courtesy: Alfred Hitchock Presents)

* Paintings from before the 18th c. usually did not have titles. (Courtesy: New Republic)

Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* IPFS, a decentralized change-capturing method for storing and serving Web sites. (Courtesy: Hacker News)

* KJU‘s haircut is referred to as a disconnect. (Courtesy: NYT)

* The use of Buddhist hand gestures in Christian art. (Courtesy: Sotheby’s)

* Bloomberg Terminals run on 25mm lines of Fortran. (Courtesy: Coding the Markets)

* Roy Jones, Jr. is a Russian citizen. (Courtesy: NYT)