I’m a big fan of Alan Jacobs, despite some ideological differences. But to use this mathematical phrasing in Q3 kinda defeats the answer to Q4, no? There’s “so much of it”, yet it must also be infinitesimally small…

After what felt like decades of unbearable heat, we finally got some rain and hail. It’s at least 10°C cooler than yesterday, which makes playtime a bit more comfortable.

For easy flatbreads that go with anything, combine:

  • 100g self-raising brown flour
  • 100g natural yoghurt
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • optional: a pinch of poppy seeds, herbs or spices

Split in two then roll to 2-3 mm thick. Cook in a dry pan over high heat for a minute or so on each side.

It’s easy to forget the internet was once an escape from real life:

First in the era of America Online, and then in the era of LiveJournal and micro-blogging, the internet was at least partly an escape. It was a place where the boundaries of real life, in which everything was more or less a job interview, could be sloughed off and one could imagine the internet as a quiet, uninhabited space of whispered intimacies. In this era of hyper-usefulness, what seems rarest and most valuable online are spaces that offer, however illusorily, a return to this original uselessness. There are places where, against the constant obligation to be seen and remembered, we might get to be unseen, unrecorded, and forgotten.

(via Kari Geltemeyer)

Kye and I are absolutely killing it over on Readwise.

I wrote in passing about Readwise; it has proven to be a terrific service that I’ve not only stuck with but started paying to support.

(NB: I have no idea who Kye is, therefore I hope he forgets to read his notes tomorrow.)

Southern New Guinea languages such as Ngkolmpu use senary (base-6) numeral systems. There are words for multiples and powers of six, like ulamaeke: 6 x 6 x 6 x 6 x 6 x 6 = 7776. The likely reason? The cultural importance of yams, which naturally fall into neat piles of six.

ẽ̞ẽẽ̝ is the three-note grunt used (mostly) by surly teenagers to mean “I don’t know”; a paper explores how such sentences can be compressed so heavily without losing meaning.