In my opinion, we don’t devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.

– Bill Watterson

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Welcome to Issue 40!

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Here in Australia we’re just coming back from a long weekend of ‘celebrating’ the Queen’s birthday. (In case you don’t know, Australia’s Western history began as a penal colony of the British Empire. Also interesting: the Queen’s actual birthday is in April, though most of the world celebrates it in June because the weather is usually nicer – except in the southern hemisphere where we’re now in the middle of winter. Thanks Liz! 😬)

I completely forgot about it being a long weekend until someone reminded me late last week. That’s what working for yourself does to you – or to me, at least. Every day is a potential day off and every day is a potential work day: some days I do my grocery shopping at 10am, then answer emails at 10pm.

Blurring those ‘work-life boundaries’ is not for everyone but it suits my current lifestyle. It’s liberating and a huge privilege, of course. But it also means living in a kind of bizarro world where on is off and off is on and where public holidays often feel like any other day – just with better daytime access to friends and family. 😁

– Kai

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The Invisible Laptop Stand

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MOFT →

An invisible laptop stand that helps you be more productive

MOFT is the lightest adhesive laptop stand around, tailored perfectly for mobile working or business travel. Give your neck and shoulders a break, no matter where you work. MOFT was the most backed project on Kickstarter of 2019 so far with 30000+ backers worldwide – now available at the official store. DD readers get $2 off every order.

 

Apps & Sites

Rooster →

Visualise your browsing habits

Rooster is a Chrome extension that automatically tracks how much time you spend on which website and then shows that data with every new tab you open.

Versus →

Find alternative tools

Ever looking for alternatives to certain tools or gadgets? Versus automates this by showing alternative options to your entry based on Google searches.

Swish →

Control Mac apps by gestures

Swish extends your Mac’s trackpad gestures to include specific apps: “Control windows and applications right from your trackpad with intuitive two-finger swipe, pinch, tap, and hold gestures.”

Tokimeki Unfollow →

One-by-one Twitter unfollow

After sharing Nick Crocker’s post about resetting your Twitter account, many of you pointed me to a less radical option: Tokimeki takes you through your following list one by one, letting you decide who still sparks joy in your Twitter stream.

 

The Internet is Beautiful

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Weird and wonderful discoveries down the information superhighway

Brickipedia →

Brickipedia is the internet’s largest LEGO wiki with 29,582 articles and a total of 185,807 pages.

Reading Design →

Reading Design is an online archive of critical writing about design, embracing the whole of design – from architecture and urbanism to product, fashion, graphics and beyond.

Chernobyl Street View →

Did you know that you can explore key sites of the Chernobyl disaster area via Google Maps Street View?

 

Goods & Accessories

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It’s Freezing in LA! →

A magazine about climate change

An indie magazine with a fresh perspective on climate change (and a great title): “Too often, environmental discussion is polarised into one of two categories: the remote, technical language of science, or the hotheaded outrage of activism. We find the middle ground, inviting writers and illustrators from a variety of fields to give us their take on how climate change will affect – and is affecting – society.”

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Calendar Stencils →

DIY planner

Make your own calendar: “A genius stencil set with which you can turn any notebook or piece of paper into a planner.”

 

Overheard on Twitter

If you work in tech or media in this here 2019, some daily questions:
- who is this for?
- who does this help?
- who will this harm?
- who will use this for harm?
- how will this be used for harm?
- how do the answers (or lack thereof) to the above change our approach?

@s_m_i

 

Food For Thought

I’m not Extreme, Consumerism Is →

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“Our consumer culture has reeled so far off the rails that someone who leads a simple lifestyle appears extreme when compared to the norm.” My mum uses the same word – extreme – to describe my lifestyle choices. It’s astounding how quickly we forget that most of the stuff we consume these days did not exist a few decades ago and how much of our consumption patterns are driven by societal pressures and insecurities.

The anti-CEO playbook →

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The very likeable Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of yoghurt maker Chobani, explains why most companies today have the wrong priorities and how he built his sizeable food empire on people-over-profit principles.

MacKenzie Bezos and the Pitfalls of Tech Philanthropy →

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“Charitable efforts carried out by the 1 percent don’t fix the systemic issues of inequality they have benefited from. ‘The richest and most powerful people in the world are unwittingly fighting on both sides of a war, (...) causing, by daylight, problems that they simply will never be able to undo by philanthropic moonlight.’”

 

Aesthetically Pleasing

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I absolutely adore these black and white paintings by Indonesian artist Elicia Edijanto.

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Fitting inside a plastic music cassette case, Day + Night is a tiny print publication with 14 essays on 14 songs that echo a city’s days and nights. Issue 1: New York City

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Courage balances ultra-high stroke weight, delicate details, and unique letterforms with a self-indulgent passion.

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More confectionery art, this time by A.R.D Bakery

 

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