The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

– Bertrand Russell


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Welcome to Issue 34!

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Last week I came across a quote that really resonated with me, attributed to Zero Waste blogger Anne-Marie Bonneau: “We don’t need a handful of people doing Zero Waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

(In case you don’t know, Zero Waste is a growing movement that encourages people to rethink the way we consume products and thereby minimise waste, especially plastics. Here’s a good beginner’s guide.)

I think do-gooders generally suffer from perfectionism: we’re so sincere about our efforts, we want to get it right all of the time. This ‘all or nothing’ approach is not only unrealistic, it also takes away the joy that comes from doing the right thing.

What I like about Anne-Marie’s quote is that we can replace the words ‘Zero Waste’ with veganism, clean energy, ethical tech, or any other philosophy we subscribe to and be reminded that, instead of obsessing about our own shortcomings, we can make a big difference by simply motivating the people around us to change their behaviour just a little. – Kai

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Your New Internet

Blockstack →

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Apps & Sites

Interplay →

Component-based prototyping

Add this to your looong list of prototyping tools to try: Interplay offers “fast prototyping that combines the power of design systems, production code components and live collaboration”.

Podcasts Repo →

Web podcast directory

A curated list of design, web dev and startup podcasts – currently at 56 and counting.

Mural →

A shared, digital whiteboard

Mural is the digital equivalent of a whiteboard: work with other team members in real time and attach sticky notes, drawings, images, and other brainstorming material. It comes with some interesting collaboration features, such being able to vote on specific assets.

Thought Train →

Menu bar notes app

Dump notes, phone numbers or fleeting ideas into this easily accessible menu bar app.


Idle Knowledge


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Zero to wipeout

During the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimise any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 00000000 (8 zeroes) which then stayed unchanged for 20 years. In case you actually did forget the code, it was handily written down on a checklist handed out to the soldiers. (Source)


Goods & Accessories


PowerPort Atom PD 1 →

Tiny USB-C charger

With 30W output, the tiny PowerPort Atom claims to outperform any stock charger by charging not only phones and tablets but also your laptop at high speed while being up to 60% smaller in size than standard MacBook chargers. Looks like only US power plugs are supported for now.


The 8Bit Deck →

Pixel art playing card deck

The design of this playing card deck will make you reminisce about retro games. The colour palette was heavily inspired by the Pico-8 fantasy console. (Funded through Kickstarter) 👾


Overheard on Twitter

WARNING: This film contains ADULT THEMES. All the characters are really tired all the time and have too many responsibilities and just want a nap.



Food For Thought

Facebook’s role in Brexit – and the threat to democracy →


Carole Cadwalladr spent more than a year investigating how Facebook misled voters during the Brexit campaign. Two weeks ago she travelled to the lion‘s den and gave a scathing TED talk at an event sponsored and attended by Silicon Valley executives: “Or as one attendee put it: ‘You came into their temple,’ he said. ‘And shat on their altar.’” Watch the TED talk first, then read about what happened afterwards.

Think Different →


“Apple redistributes more wealth upward than any country or corporation on the planet.” If we are to tackle inequality we need to move away from wealth-extracting, shareholder-focused corporations towards a more democratic and humane economic model: the cooperative.

The Information Diet  →


Another fantastic post by Future Crunch applying Michael Pollan’s maxim ‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.’ to the way we digest information in the internet age. Don’t miss the long list of recommended sources at the bottom.


Aesthetically Pleasing

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The new Norwegian passport design is a thing of beauty. When shone under UV light, the landscapes within the pages transform to show the northern lights in the night sky.

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A cozy, warm brand identity for The Golden Hour, an outdoor seasonal restaurant by the High Line.

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Follow the journey of Aurora and Arktika, two sailboats exploring Iceland and Greenland.

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Pyxis is an experimental display typeface designed and developed by Studio—io.



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