This Week I Learned #13

Here are some of the things I learned this week, in the order I’ve noted them down.

  • I am a bit late to the r/covidcookery party, but this weekend I baked my first cake ever! An okay-looking, totally edible pound cake. There’s definitely a lot of room for improvement, but the sense of achievement when I took it out of the oven and it wasn’t a complete mess is quite the feeling. Thanks Alaa for the hands-on tips!

  • It took quaternions 150 years after their discovery by Williams Rowan Hamilton to find practical uses such as 3D computer graphics and robotics. Immediate applicability is never the primary goal of mathematical research (article via Hacker News).

  • Gemini is a budding client-server protocol aiming to offer a bloat-free alternative to the HTTP Web. It uses a Markdown-inspired document format and completely forgoes client-side scripting and styling (source).

  • I saw a PC ad on Japanese TV that ended with the Intel Inside slogan:「インテル入ってる」(interu-haitteru). Pretty clever for a marketing localization, right? Well, as it turns out, the perfectly-rhyming Japanese slogan came first (!) and served as inspiration for the English version, according to Susumu Furukawa, the president of Microsoft Japan between 1986 and 1992 (source).

# Programming

  • I totally missed this initially, but it’s possible starting iOS 14 to customize the navigation bar title in SwiftUI (link).
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