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.