Categories
Daily Mote Notes

Hard decisions

When someone is letting you down they’ll often say something like, “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made.” It sounds nice. And it’s nice that they bother to say it. But it doesn’t do much to soften the blow and does nothing to change the fact they’re rejecting you. What they’re really saying is, […]

Categories
Daily Mote Notes

History in the making

It doesn’t take a historian to tell you that we’re living through history. But let me tell you anyway: they are not joking when they say these are “unprecedented times.” And it’s not even just history. I’ve read over 100 science fiction books to prep for the future and not one of them mentioned this. […]

Categories
Daily Mote Notes

Making Mayonnaise

A few months ago, I tried making mayonnaise. It was a miserable and messy process, but it unexpectedly taught me something about life that I think about every time it comes out of the fridge. Like doing anything worthwhile in this life, making mayonnaise takes time. You can’t just sling some oil and eggs into […]

Categories
Daily Mote Notes

The best time to plant a tree

It’s strange that’s it’s already been a year since my babies were just small black dots with tiny green mohawks.  They’re about four inches tall now. I should explain. At the beginning of the pandemic, I planted six Japanese Black Pine trees to bonsai. Growing a bonsai tree from seed is called ‘misho.’  It will […]

Categories
Daily Mote Notes

Don’t mind the gap

If you’ve ever ridden the Tube, you’ll have heard a robotic voice reminding you to ‘mind the gap’ as you leave the train.  Ignoring these words could delay the train, one of the worst crimes you can commit in the capital. But there’s another kind of gap that we shouldn’t mind at all because it makes […]

Categories
Daily Mote Notes

Wikipedia was tiny

Today, Wikipedia has over 6,229,184 million English pages. Tech companies and governments use it to source news, fact-check, and fight misinformation — despite despairing teachers everywhere. There’s even a copy of Wikipedia on the moon. But in its first year, Wikipedia only published around 20 pages. The gamechanger for them — letting other people contribute […]

Categories
Daily Mote Notes

Doing the bare minimum

Doing the bare minimum is often a negative thing. But some days, it’s the best we can do. On those days when all we want to do is crawl back into bed, turning up is often enough to make progress. Putting in the minimal effort every day isn’t how to get what we want from […]

Categories
Daily Mote Notes

Raising the bar slowly

The current high-jump record is nearly two and a half meters (8.13ft) — a superhuman leap.  But when Javier Sotomayor took his first jump, he set the bar much lower. Each round, he raised the bar a little, sometimes as little as a quarter of an inch. Jump by jump, he pushed his body slightly further […]

Categories
Daily Mote Notes

Another step forward

Let me be the first to say: fuck you 2020. But also, thanks for your help.  It’s stupid to think that it’s taken about five years to get to the starting line. Five years of trying to make it make sense and failing and starting again and failing; and giving up, and starting again and failing, […]