Ofo is being sued by Chinese bike manufacturer for $10 million in unpaid bills – The Verge

Chinese bike-share company Ofo is being sued by manufacturer Shanghai Phoenix Bicycles over “unpaid bills” that total nearly $10 million, according to a report in the Financial Times. It’s the latest in a series of setbacks for the company this year, and shows some of the problems that the on-demand bike companies are facing around the world.
— Read on www.theverge.com/2018/9/2/17811590/ofo-shanghai-phoenix-bicycles-lawsuit-bike-sharing

Things are looking down for the industry at large. After oBike in Singapore closed down I think people are more apprehensive to use shared bicycles if they have to put down a deposit.

Clearly the bigger problem is their inability to monetise their service in a sustainable way.

10 of the best words in the world (that don’t translate into English) | World news | The Guardian

I love these little tidbits that one picks up while living in different countries. Culture is something that is hard to translate.

As millions head abroad, our correspondents pick out the words that for them speak volumes about the countries they love and live in
— Read on www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/27/10-of-the-best-words-in-the-world-that-dont-translate-into-english

Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a good story

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

I thought this has at least some application to sharing one’s testimony and about how God’s grace has changed their lives.

Visit To The Diocese Of Singapore

I had the chance to visit the diocese of Singapore for work on 8th of March. This is my first time seeing the conserved building which really resembles a Spanish villa.

It’s such a beautiful slice of tranquility right next to a busy expressway. Really happy to have been able to visit.

The Known Unknowns of Plastic Pollution

Researchers have identified 400 species of animal whose members either ingested plastics or got entangled in it. It is known that because polymers repel water (which is why droplets form on their surface), plastic particles also attract certain compounds from their surroundings. Some of these could be toxic. Laboratory studies have shown that if swallowed by fish, compounds in plastic fragments can be absorbed from the digestive tract into flesh. However, no studies have so far been performed to test whether such toxins concentrate up the food chain, as mercury does in fish. The only direct evidence of plastic entering the human diet is a study by Belgian scientists who discovered plastic fragments in mussels. Unlike fish, bivalves are eaten whole, guts and all.

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True Leadership is Sacrifice, Not Privilege >

Desiring God blog:

Christian leadership — in the home, the church, and elsewhere — is not for those clawing for honor and recognition, but for those most ready to fall to their knees and be inconvenienced by the needs of others. They are those who, in a sense, have their house sufficiently in order to be able to turn their attention to serving others. Instead of pursuing their own immediate benefit, they are willing to sacrifice for others’ benefit.

Like the Son of Man, we lead not to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45). We die to self so that others might live.

16 Ways to Design a Better City Intersection

If you think the only purpose of intersections is to move cars past each other, you solve problems like a plumber: with bigger pipes. But wide, barren streets full of traffic don’t make a livable city. One solution would be nothing. No lights, no curbs, no sidewalks—just colored pavers. It works. Accidents decline, traffic slows, and property values rise. “You’ll never do as good a job as two ­people using body language and eye contact,” says Sam Goater, a senior associate at the Project for Public Spaces. But don’t rip out the infrastructure just yet. Urban designers have a good set of tricks to turn a city intersection into something more like a plaza and less like a freeway interchange. Cars pass, people walk, bikers bike, and everyone’s lives flow more smoothly.

​City Planners around the world are taking up the challenge to make their cities more liveable.

20 years from now a lot of cities are going to be very different from how they are now.

Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries

Climate scientists agree that humanity is about to cause an equal or greater rise in sea level, but they have tended to assume that such a large increase would take centuries, at least. The new paper argues that it could happen far more rapidly, with the worst case being several feet of sea-level rise over the next 50 years, followed by increases so precipitous that they would force humanity to beat a hasty retreat from the coasts.

​I really don’t know how to process news like this. 

It’s depressing because I don’t know what I can do about it (save physically moving myself and my family to a city at a higher elevation). I want to do something but my options are limited. 

At the same time I feel defeated knowing that no matter what people do the world is going to change.