I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.

– Elizabeth Gilbert


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Welcome to Issue 133!

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I’m back in crunch mode to get the next issue of Offscreen out on time. This means wrestling with the Adobe Creative Cloud for the first time in almost a year, being reminded in equal measures of how powerful and how clunky these tools are.

By the way, if you’re a subscriber to Offscreen, please check your inbox/spam folder – you should have received an email about the charge for the upcoming issue last week. (Unless you only subscribed recently and already pre-paid the next issue. In that case you will get an email closer to the release date later this month. It’s complicated, I know.)

If the Adobe gods have mercy, I shall be back with a more compelling DD intro next week. – Kai


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NextDNS →

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Jam →

Open source audio rooms

Jam is a minimal, free, open-source alternative to Clubhouse. Launch a new room with a single click (no sign-up required), then invite others to start group-chatting.

Profit Without Oppression →

Online conference

I’m intrigued by this online conference happening on Juneteenth (June 19th). I wonder whether it’s actually possible to make money as a business without enabling oppression somewhere along the way.

Suez Canal Simulator →

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“Navigating the Suez Canal is a high-stress, complicated feat that requires master piloting skills. To demonstrate, [CNN] worked with Master Mariner Andy Winbow and Captain Yash Gupta to produce this simulated passage. Try your hand at traversing one of the most highly trafficked nautical thoroughfares in the world.”


Worthy Five: Dan Oshinsky


Five recommendations by newsletter consultant & accidental Google Doc publisher Dan Oshinsky

A question worth asking:

‘Why do we do things this way? And do we still have to?’ As we move into whatever this post-pandemic world will bring, now’s the right time to look back on the structures and systems we’ve built, and decide what’s worth keeping, and what’s worth building anew.

A recipe worth trying:

Even if you never had a Jewish grandparent, you should learn to cook brisket the way they did for their families around the holidays. I have no idea how a recipe that involves red wine, ketchup, and onion soup mix works – but it does!

A book worth reading:

Talk to Me by Dean Nelson. No matter what you do, you’ll do it better if you learn how to ask good questions. This book can help.

A newsletter worth subscribing to:

Poem-a-Day. It’s just a minute out of your day, and it’s a minute well spent.

A piece of advice worth passing on:

Find the things you love, and the people you love, and make time for both. Sometimes, life doesn’t have to be much more complicated than that.




The Tangled Web We Weave →

X-raying the bones of the internet

A deep dive into the infrastructure of technology, power, and people that make the internet spin. Journalist James Ball investigates “how the seemingly abstract and pervasive phenomenon is built on a very real set of materials and rules that are owned, financed, designed and regulated by very real people” showing that “the internet is not a neutral force but a massive infrastructure that reflects the society that created it”.


Youth to Power →

Changemaking guide for young people

The global climate strike phenomenon is a result of the fact that old (mostly white, mostly male) folks decide over the livability of the world younger generations inherit – decisions they have no democratic say in. In Youth to Power, teenage activist Jamie Margolin “walks readers through every step of what effective, healthy, intersectional activism looks like.” If I had teenage kids, this is a book I’d encourage them to read.


Overheard on Twitter

Turbotax: Do you have any dependants?
Me: I am the backbone of several groupchats



Food for Thought

Want Not, Waste Not →


This is a fantastic interview with an environmental scientist and policy analyst that makes clear that a greener form of the same consumerism cannot solve our many sustainability crises. “There is no ‘economy’ – there is only energy conversion. Your car, your heated houses, your flights to Europe – all must take a big hit. Unless we invent some miraculous type of energy technology, seriously stemming climate change means we would have to deliberately decrease our standards of living. It’s impossible for everyone on the planet to live like people in Santa Clara County and still have a perfect environment. Just impossible.”

Confessions of a brain surgeon →


In this podcast interview neurosurgeon Henry Marsh looks back on 40 years of intimate contact with the human brain. His insights, not just on his delicate life-or-death work, but on the human conscience, fear, religion and many other topics are fascinating and funny.

Against Loving Your Job →


Another strong piece that looks critically at our relationship with work: “It’s not just romantic relationships that have suffered under neoliberalism. Friendship, too, is a casualty of the way our working lives are organized. A 2014 study found that one in 10 people in the United Kingdom did not have a close friend; in a 2019 poll in the United States, one in five of the millennials surveyed reported being friendless.”


Aesthetically Pleasing

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It’s difficult to describe the work by Spanish artist Pejac. He works with lots of different mediums, often creating visual illusions that take on different forms as you get closer or move to a different angle.

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We Are Here is an atlas of Aotearoa (the Māori name for New Zealand) – a book that helps New Zealanders make sense of their country, to grasp the scale, diversity and intricacies of Aotearoa. Designed by Tim Denee and Chris McDowall, this book features a gorgeous collection of maps, data visualisations, and illustrations.

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Finnish visual artist and astrophotographer J-P Metsavainio created a stunning 1.7-gigapixel composite image of the Milky Way, taken with a total exposure time of around 1250 hours between 2009 and 2021!

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Wayfinder is a display font family made for logos, headlines, and titles that “imparts both elegance and urgency to any text”.



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