Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency.

– Patti Smith


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Dense Discovery

Welcome to Issue 21!

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Every year on January 26th, Australians commemorate Australia Day – the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships on this continent. Most people spend the day consuming excessive amounts of food and alcohol covered in Chinese-made Australia Day paraphernalia to express their national pride.

It’s also a Day of Mourning for most Indigenous Australians as it marks the beginning of British colonisation which led to the callous treatment, enslavement, and extermination of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the seizure of their land.

Fortunately, there is a growing movement that demands a change of date for celebrating this country’s achievements out of respect for the traditional owners of this land. But it will take a good while longer for the majority of Australians to be comfortable with acknowledging the darker sides of their beloved nation’s history.

No matter where we’re from, being curious about our own history and talking about it with friends helps promote a culture of remembrance. And that’s something we surely could use a little more of these days. – Kai

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Apps & Sites

Buttondown →

Newsletter sending simplified

This looks like the newsletter tool I always wanted to build but never have: Buttondown could be a great alternative to Tinyletter (whose fate is still unclear), run by just one person, it seems, who even shares the running cost.

Dawn →

Minimal iOS calendar app

With several unique features – such as a heatmap to indicate the busiest days of your months – Dawn is trying to distinguish itself from the many competitors in the calendar space.

Teleprompt →

No-download teleprompting

Give this a shot, just for fun: Teleprompt is a web app that moves through text on your screen as you say it out loud (what a good teleprompter is supposed to do, I guess.) This app could come in useful for a screen cast recording or your next Kickstarter video.

Newsletter Guide →

One-stop resource for publishing newsletters

This is why I love the internet: a bunch of people collaborate on writing the ultimate guide for creating successful newsletters and then publish it all – for free – online. If you ever thought about creating a newsletter or if you’re looking for more tips on how to grow it, look no further than the (ultimate) Newsletter Guide.


Idle Knowledge


Excuse me, do you have wireless fidelity here?

The name Wi-Fi, commercially used at least as early as August 1999, was coined by the brand-consulting firm Interbrand, hired to create a name that was “a little catchier than ‘IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence’”. Phil Belanger, a founding member of the Wi-Fi Alliance, has stated that Interbrand invented Wi-Fi as a pun on the word hi-fi (high fidelity), a term for high-quality audio technology. (Source)


Goods & Accessories


nolii set →

Portable multi-device power bank

A power bank with an integrated Lightning cable, magnetic plug and two USB-A ports. When plugged into mains power Set can through-charge up to three devices at once. Set can also be magnetically paired with additional travel plugs for use in the USA, UK and Europe.



Plant and pendant light in one

Handmade in Germany, incredibly beautiful, and also very expensive: ‘Mygdal Plantlights are the world’s easiest and most fascinating way of indoor greenery. They do not only light up the dark, they also bring nature indoors – even into spaces without any daylight. Thanks to our SmartGrow technology, for which a patent is pending, the plants do not require any care.’


Overheard on Twitter

Hot Twitter tip from someone who worked there: every time you retweet or quote tweet someone you’re angry with, it *helps* them. It disseminates their BS. Hell for the ideas you deplore is silence. Have the discipline to give it to them.



Food For Thought

The Ethics of Web Performance →


An excellent short read reminding us of our ethical responsibilities to create light-weight web experiences (including some simple maths to show how energy-hungry the web actually is).

Thinking Outside the Black Box →


Douglas Rushkoff finds humanity in the shortcomings of algorithms: ‘The gap between who we are and who the platform’s algorithms say we are may just represent the tiny bit of human mystery we have left. We must cherish it and cultivate it in ourselves and everyone we meet. Then maybe we can finally log off and relearn how to be social without media.’

It’s the End of News as We Know It (and Facebook Is Feeling Fine) →


As part of its fundraiser late last year, Mother Jones looked at how Facebook changed journalism forever: ‘Facebook et al. became the primary sources of news and the primary destroyers of news. And they refused to deal with it because their business is predicated on the fallacy that technology is neutral – Silicon Valley’s version of “guns don’t kill people”.’


Aesthetically Pleasing

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Exploring the graphic art of Incredibles 2.

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Atak is a sans serif type family which offers bold weights with a distinct originality instead of being just the fattened versions of their Regular counterpart.

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Tokyo-based photographer RK captures urban and cultural sites around Asia.

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Dribbble for doodlers: Doodle Addicts is a new platform dedicated to celebrating the addiction – our incessant need to draw, sketch, and doodle with anything and everything we can get our hands on.



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