What You See Is Not Always What You Get: What I Learned This Week

  • Listening to a fanstastic episode of Radiolab on Color I learned that, despite mentioning other colors in various contexts, Homer does not mention the color blue at all in The Odyssey leading some academics to believe he was color blind. 
  • If you buy a painting you own the physical object but not the copyright of the image itself. Upon thinking about it this makes sense but it was still surprising to realize. 
  • Earlier in the week I had to visit the Motor Vehicles Agency to renew my driver’s license. I took a picture and posted it with the caption “where bureaucracy goes to die” as I was going in. But the truth is that the wait was short, I’ve waited longer for lunch, and the lady that ended up helping me was extremely competent and truly very funny.