Sharing

Dear L, Over the last decade, Minecraft — a video game — has accumulated a massive following, almost elevating itself to an iconic artefact of pop culture. But it never really appealed to me. The idea of mining a virtual landscape for literal blocks, only to put them in back specific configuration…

Weather

Dear L, It took me a long time to learn how to complain or comment about the weather. I have figured out that the subject of weather is something that can start pretty much every conversation like a leader-sequence on an mRNA — especially on the Western Longitudes I occupy these…

Taste

Dear L, There was a time when a McDonald's burger was good enough for me. One would be hard-pressed to convince me there could be a better burger. And then I ate a better one — a much better one. It was a burger chain in San Francisco, called Super Duper.…

Scale

Dear L, A few weeks ago, a motor home appeared next to my apartment building. It looked like it has been in disarray for months. I didn’t think of it much, until I noticed the man who owned it; Lean, in his late sixties, rocking an old-timey rugged moustache.…

Intelligence

Dear L, Our general notion of human intelligence is a fairly narrow one. It’s not very different from the off-the-shelf variant of intelligence that Oxford describes as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. It disregards one deeply rooted aspect of human intelligence; most of our intelligence…