Making a car-free neighborhood

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Music Trivia:

How many strings did the original guitars have?

Hint: Fewer than you probably would imagine.


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The rise and fall of robots.txt | The Verge

“For three decades, a tiny text file has kept the internet from chaos. This text file has no particular legal or technical authority, and it’s not even particularly complicated. It represents a handshake deal between some of the earliest pioneers of the internet to respect each other’s wishes and build the internet in a way that benefitted everybody. It’s a mini constitution for the internet, written in code. … And for most of the next 30 years, that worked pretty well. … But the internet doesn’t fit on a hard drive anymore, and the robots are vastly more powerful.”

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Slack's highly anticipated AI features are finally here, including channel recaps, thread summaries, and more | ZDNet

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The answer: Most commonly believed to be three

The answer: Most commonly believed to be three

According to the Musicians Institute website: “The exact origin of the guitar is still a mystery. The word ‘guitar’ probably comes from the ancient Greek word κιθάρα (kithara). Mythology attributes Hermes with creating the first kithara from a tortoise shell, but many likenesses of Apollo show him with this instrument. This instrument had a wooden soundboard and box-shaped body, or resonator. Two hollow arms, connected by a crossbar, extended from the resonator. The instrument originally had three strings running from the crossbar to its lower end, passing over a bridge on the soundboard; later versions had as many as 12 strings.”