Weeknotes 23 - This week’s obvious observations
- One night this week I woke up with extreme pain in my ear. I thought: if it hurts this much, it’s got to be serious. Turns out, the existence of antibiotics makes a lot of things actually not that serious. I’m on day five of the treatment and my ear is nearly back to its normal size.
- When the ear pain started I found it hard to describe. In my mind the pain was “pulling” or “tugging” which is how people in Poland often describe pain. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone in Britain describe their pain with those words. I spent a lot of time sitting in A&E, thinking about pain as a subjective experience shaped by culture and language. Trust me, that was more fun than watching The Big Bang Theory playing in the waiting room.
- I know, I know, meritocracy isn’t real and for most people dreaming the dream isn’t enough to reach their full potential, but I’m a sucker for a good story.
- We live in an era where putting “I developed a brand for my hedgehog influencer” on a CV can land you a job, and I’m all here for it.
- I clicked on an article titled Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same to find photos of blocks of flats that look exactly like the south London one I live in.
- I can’t remember where it came up, but this week I learned about the thought experiment called the veil of ignorance. I often use this technique but didn’t realise it has a name. Knowing the name makes it easier to tell other people about it, which is one of the good things about naming concepts. Come back next week for more obvious observations.