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Friday, June 9, 2023

Friday, June 9, 2023
Lower Yosemite Falls, June 3, 2023

Happy Friday and a belated happy Pride from the whole Wolmania team (me).

Whenever I see a Defector story with the "this is so stupid" tag, I know it's going to be good. This piece, helpfully titled "Livvy Rizzing Up Baby Gronk, Explained", taught me a lot. For example, there's a kid who goes by Baby Gronk. And then there's a TikTok star named Livvy. And then there's a lacrosse player in Massachusetts who... you know what? Just click on the link. If you hit the paywall, I suggest that you pay for Defector.

Item 2: a list

Layers of the atmosphere: Troposphere (0-10 miles), Stratosphere (11-31 miles), Mesosphere (32-85 miles), Thermosphere (86-372 miles), Exosphere (601-10,000km) (no idea why the switch to metric there)

Layers of the atmosphere, ranked

  1. Thermosphere (86-372 miles)
  2. Stratosphere (11-31 miles)
  3. Troposphere (0-10 miles)
  4. Exosphere (373-6,213 miles) (I did some math)
  5. Mesosphere (32-86 miles)

Item 3: a media recommendation

Lisa: Steve Jobs' sabotage and Apple's secret burial

I really enjoyed this video that The Verge put together about the inglorious end of Apple's Lisa computer project. It's a thrilling tale of tech innovation and boring business decisions. (The Lisa's starting price - $10,000 in 1983 dollars - might put Apple's new headset's $3,500 price in perspective.) Here are a couple of other good Verge pieces on the Lisa:

Bonus recommendation: I saw Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse this week and it's a worthy successor to 2018's excellent Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. These films make some impressive, creative animation choices and put pretty much all other comic book movies to shame. I look forward to next year's Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse and its inevitable successors, Spider-Man: Somewhere Under the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man: Hitherto the Spider-Verse.

Item 4: word of the week


For my birthday I would like an enormous three layer Victoria sponge cake with raspberry frosting, covered in pâte à choux crenellations, each occupied by a tiny butterscotch archer with a bow and arrow made of marzipan. No candles and no "happy birthday" song, please.

Item 5: a photograph

The Great Mosque of Djenne - Raphael Bick

Click here to read about the Crépissage - in which the walls of the world's largest mud-brick building are reconstructed every year - and to see photos of the whole process.

See ya!

Thanks for reading! I appreciate you. Let's do it again next week.