“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou

thedailywhat:

Milestone of the Day: Danica May Camacho, born just before midnight last night at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, was symbolically chosen by the United Nations to represent the seven billionth baby born on Earth.
Though the UN named October 31st Seven Billion Day, some groups questioned the accuracy of the estimate, saying the seven billionth baby will more likely be born next year.
Matej Gaspar of Croatia and the family of 12-year-old Adnan Nevic of Bosnia Herzogovina — the fifth and sixth billionth babies, respectively — have voiced complaints that the UN celebrated their births, only to ignore them in the years since.
“We saw Kofi Annan as almost like a godfather to him,” says Jasminko, Adnan’s father. “He held me up when I was two days old but since then we have heard nothing from them.”
[guardian / photo: dailymail.]

thedailywhat:

Milestone of the Day: Danica May Camacho, born just before midnight last night at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, was symbolically chosen by the United Nations to represent the seven billionth baby born on Earth.

Though the UN named October 31st Seven Billion Day, some groups questioned the accuracy of the estimate, saying the seven billionth baby will more likely be born next year.

Matej Gaspar of Croatia and the family of 12-year-old Adnan Nevic of Bosnia Herzogovina — the fifth and sixth billionth babies, respectively — have voiced complaints that the UN celebrated their births, only to ignore them in the years since.

“We saw Kofi Annan as almost like a godfather to him,” says Jasminko, Adnan’s father. “He held me up when I was two days old but since then we have heard nothing from them.”

[guardian / photo: dailymail.]

Here’s another way to screw with people:

Step 1. Launch a new Word document

Step 2. Type up commonly misspelled words

Step 3. Right click on each word and select “Add to Dictionary”

Step 4. Leave no evidence behind

The nice thing about sitting at a sushi bar alone is that you can fully concentrate on the delicate culinary skills that shape your meal. I also thought to myself whether the suction cups ever cause the octopus legs to stick to the sneeze guard glass. 

I was one of the few remaining customers as the restaurant neared closing time, so the chef wasn’t too busy and we stuck up a conversion. 

Cool guy he is. Early 40s with young children. Born in Osaka. Used to be a ski instructor in Whistler but then decided slicing raw fish in the evenings was a better career path. Always nodding his head away after receiving compliments. Likes to give away a fancy piece of sushi if you chat with him politely. 

People are genuinely interesting, I just have to do it one-on-one. I’ll get his name next Friday. 

This man, Jan Gehl, is the very embodiment of people-oriented urban planning. He is to architecture what Al Gore and David Suzuki, combined, are to environmentalism. Plus, he has an adorable Danish accent.

A few colleagues and I attended a free guest lecture of Jan’s at the Vancouver Playhouse tonight; the event was generously hosted by the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. It was a full house, unsurprisingly. To quote, he “is the guiding spirit of cycling and pedestrian friendly cities, and has influenced design and implementation throughout Europe, and from New York to our own separated bikeways [in Vancouver].” Throw in some sarcasm, political cartoons, and the interesting word choices from a non-native English speaker, and you have one pretty entertaining presenter. ’Bird shit architecture’ was by far, my favourite term he taught us all.

I bought his book entitled ‘Cities for People’ at the end of the presentation. I told him, during our small talk as he was autographing the book, that I recently lived in Copenhagen and wanted to return as soon as possible. 

"Why?" he mumbled, with a half smirk.

"Well, I really like the lifestyle, especially the biking."

"Okay, what’s her name?"