Piers Young posts some of his snippets and highlights from a book he’s reading. I currently struggle reading non-fiction e-books, and one of the thresholds is highlighting stuff on my Kindle. This, because I know that I am sharing that data with Amazon (who even ‘helpfully’ but really awfully can tell me what most others highlighted, as if that is of any help at all in any reading situation), while I never had gotten around to figuring out how to access my highlights in a way I can re-use for research or writing later.

Piers post, showing me how you could turn highlights into a blogpost, bringing it home that way, led me on a search for my own highlights. It turns out that at read.amazon.com/kp/notebook you can find all your highlights and remarks. Something to play with on how to put it to good use.

Reading Piers leaves me with a question though. What about Russian rainbows? “Russians are raised to see two types of blue and, as a result, see eight-striped rainbows. Colour is a lie.” Can you confirm or debunk, Lilia? I don’t doubt that colour is a lie, at all, but an additional stripe in the rainbow? To my eyes the last three (blue, indigo, and purple) are more or less the same colour already 😀 And how does that compare to the notion that blue is a late addition to language, that people learned to really see blue only recently at all? A late addition that the Russian language has even more nuance in? Intriguing!

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  1. Would love to hear Lilia’s more informed view! 🙂

    Funnily enough, because the book was a hardback, the blog post felt like harking back to what I used to do as a researcher – read the book or paper, and then type in the bits I thought were interesting as blog posts.

    I’ve tried http://www.readwise.io and http://www.clippings.io (and linking that with https://www.reflectapp.io/). Neither are quite right, though both are better than the Kindle offering and I do like the daily email surfacing past notes.

    What the old fashioned typing method did force me to do was think a little more about my notes, which is no bad thing. Not everything made it past the second check, whereas it would have with Kindle/Readwise etc.

  2. Colors of the rainbow: there are seven in the language – red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, blue and purple. “Light blue” is more of a sky color, which is for me very different from “blue”, which is darker and more intensive. Like most Russian-speaking people I’d distinguish between those two in everyday contact with the colors. I am not sure how many colors do I actually see in the rainbow and not sure how this could be properly tested since language patterns sit deeply in how I would describe it.

    As for the historical roots – I don’t know. It is an interesting question to find out how and when sky blue appeared in the Russian language.

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