Measuring a mere 1.2 centimeter-long by 0.7 centimeter-wide, the miniature abacus is a fully functional counting tool, but it’s so tiny that using it requires an equally dainty tool, such as a pin, to manipulate the beads, which are each less than one millimeter long.
"However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user—the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins."
oh my god ancient chinese ladies knew where it was at
“Maybe [noise] went deeper, back to the late 1970s, when the city was mired in depression, reeling from cutbacks at Boeing, unemployment around 12 percent. A billboard by Sea-Tac Airport read, “Will the Last Person Leaving SEATTLE — Turn Out the Lights?” That’s when the city got a football team to cheer for (and to pay for; years after the Kingdome was demolished, the city is still paying down its debt). The team was terrible for a long time and nearly left town. But then the Sonics did leave, and the Mariners sucked, and football — football was what it is in America. It was Sunday and beer and screaming; it was marine blue and gray-moss green; it was savagery and community and a hell of a lot of fun. It was for guys who worked in airplane factories and who programmed PCs, transplants in a city where it can be so hard to make friends that there’s a phrase for it, the Seattle Freeze. Everyone could be the 12th Man. Winning, which Seattle started to do, no doubt had a lot to do with it. But not everything.”
– Louisa Thomas at Grantland, in a piece that starts with everything happening with Richard Sherman, but is really about all that is amazing about Seattle’s relationship with the Seahawks. It’s pretty magical, and gives a great birds-eye view of what football has done for the city, away from the bro-down. Go read the whole thing. (via seattlish)
Your twice daily anthem for the next 7 months or so (except those two weeks in February that are always super nice).
Also, if you’re looking for something to do while you wait for the sun to come back, may we suggest getting completely obsessed with Welcome to Night Vale? It really is as good as everyone says it is. Promise.