On word origins:
“Consider the curious use of the word “second” to denote our smallest everyday time interval. (T)he sexagesimal Sumerians or their Babylonian brothers seem to be responsible. An often inconveniently long hour led them to use a smaller part as a unit of time: the sixtieth of an hour or the minute part of the hour or, even more briefly, the minute. Of course, much can happen in the course of a minute, so its sixtieth part—the second minute of an hour—became known to them, and eventually to us, as the second.”
Sheldon Lee Glashow, from Threads in the Tapestry of Physics at Inference-review.com
Sriracha takes its name from Si Racha, a coastal town in Thailand, but you won’t find many green-topped sriracha bottles lining Thai restaurants. Tran created his version of sriracha to be used as a dipping sauce for pho, but it won’t be found at any pho restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, either. Sriracha, or at least what we popularly know as sriracha, is quintessentially American, in birthplace and in spirit.
Sri Racha ain’t so sri. The whole article here.
Andrew Bacevich, listing his policy prescriptions for America in the Trump era, in Tom Dispatch:
The challenge of the moment is to embrace radicalism without succumbing to irresponsibility.
The concept of one-size-fits-all health care is antithetical to the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Americans see health care as a status symbol, like big houses and expensive cars.
and I’m not saying that’s a good thing.
Donald, Jr., who was photographed triumphing over a dead elephant, has decried restrictions on silencers as a restraint on sportsmen.
Amy Davidson in The New Yorker.
Brexit, which was supposed to be about “taking back control” from Brussels, has actually given a great deal of control to a Northern Irish party that no one in Britain votes for.
- Fintan O’Toole op-ed in the New York Times.
Belfast Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland