Curious Minds - March 13, 2023
Daylight savings time is here messing with our circadian rhythms again! While we “lose” an hour of sleep, I hope you had a good weekend. I’m gearing up for a bunch of travel between now and June — Japan, Miami, Omaha, & Yosemite! Should be a good time.
“Would you hie yourself a tongue/tung purist? If you tilt to brook a lot of words that came from a different etymological root, you are likely not.”
“Would you consider yourself a language purist? If you tend to use a lot of words that came from a different etymological root, you are probably not.”
This is Anglish, a kind of English that prefers native words over those borrowed from foreign languages. If you’re curious how your writing would change, you can use this Anglish translator.
As a kid (thanks to my principal) I was exposed to many different 3d puzzles. These are often metal or wood and require you to disentangle one piece from another in a non-obvious way. With the continued innovation of 3D printing, Puzzlehub provides you with tutorials and free patterns to 3D-print these puzzles.
Yet another AI invention is the ability to create very realistic hand-written notes using Calligrapher.ai. You even have controls for the messiness factor. I’m imagining a modern “penpal” where people pretend to write hand-written letters to each other just using various forms of AI.
You may have seen the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, but did you know there is an actual website that tracks the consensus of groundhogs and their declaration of spring? This year, 37 of the groundhogs agreed we’re in for a long winter.
Something I’m reading
Sophie’s World is a fiction book about a 14-year-old girl who gets introduced to philosophy. I’ve read a few of the classics from Socrates & Plato but never gone through them in such a simple and complete way. So far, it reads like a children’s book but with immensely important concepts.
Hope you all have a great week!
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