Weeknotes 33 - Not actually a sponge
- I keep thinking about Alice’s weeknotes from two weeks ago, because that’s the good shit right there.
- My partner and I have been playing a puzzle game called Baba is you, where the environment contains rules for each level. You can manipulate the rules themselves, as well as other objects, to solve each puzzle. We learned that my partner prefers to reason about a problem before solving it, and I prefer to map out the problem through having a go at doing stuff. Sometimes you need both.
- When veganising cake recipes I try to figure out what the egg is doing in the recipe so I can replace it. It has never occurred to me that cakes can be thought of as types. I could, in principle, figure out once how to make a vegan sponge, or an oil cake etc, and then use that knowledge to make infinite variations on each type.
- I decided to start with a sponge, and picked out a nice Victoria sponge recipe. However, brief research shows that Victoria sponge is not actually a sponge. It’s a variation on the pound cake.
- Sometimes people tell me in person that they enjoyed my weeknotes. It’s really nice when that happens, because I don’t have any analytics, so I don’t know if anyone cares. You might be thinking, Nat is so cool, they are so at peace with themselves they don’t need vanity metrics. But the reality is that the numbers were so low at the time when I removed Google Analytics that it was depressing just looking at them. The only way to truly win this game is to not play it.
- Vegan LEON burger count this week: 5.