We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

– JK Rowling


Featured illustrator: Raul Urias

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Welcome to Issue 66!

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With Christmas shopping in full swing, Americans are busy spending around $15.2 billion on unwanted presents. Here in Australia, an estimated 20 million dud gifts are likely to change hands.

It’s the time of the year when many family relationships are measured and ranked by gift value. Retail Christmas is so deeply ingrained in our culture, refusing to participate in gifting may well get you exiled from social events.

My family stopped gift-giving many years ago – until my nephew was born. Now parents and grandparents are back to outdoing themselves for the most spectacular decoration and the most exciting unboxing. Having migrated to a far-away country, it’s been agreed that I’m allowed to exclude myself from all gifting obligations. (What a great loophole for breaking social norms migration is!)

For people with kids it’s hard to avoid Retail Christmas completely, though not impossible. For everyone else, there are lots of ways to make Christmas less consumerist. – Kai

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Apps & Sites

Fibery →

Work management platform

Claiming to be the all-in-one tool for small software companies, Fibery is a flexible web app suite that can help you write documents, create plans and roadmaps, and track work, marketing, and basic HR processes. The landing page is pretty unique: don’t miss the ‘I don’t get it, explain differently’ button on the bottom right. (And definitely don’t miss the ‘anxiety’ version.)

Hippo →

(Another) ‘relationship manager’

Hippo (iOS only) is another tool to help you manage and ‘get the most out’ of your contacts by associating events, to-dos or notes to each contact. Data stays on your phone and isn’t shared.

TweetDelete →

Delete your Twitter history

With more governments trying to use your social media history against you, treading more lightly with your public profiles is generally good advice. With TweetDelete you can automatically delete old tweets at certain time intervals. I just bought the premium pack (one-off $10 fee) which gives you great additional features, including deleting your entire Twitter history dating back to the first tweet.

Carbonalyser →

Measure the impact of your browsing

Carbonalyser is a Firefox add-on and Google Android app that allows you to visualise the electricity consumption and greenhouse gases emissions of your internet browsing. It does this by measuring the quantity of data travelling through your browser, calculating the electricity consumption this traffic leads to, and then calculating the emissions of that electricity consumption, based on the selected location.


Indie Mag of the Week


Matters Journal →

Matters is a print and digital magazine connecting people, businesses, and ideas doing good.

– Latest Issue: 3
– Frequency: 2 issues/year
– Formats: print & digital
– Origin: Australia

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Hello World →

How to be Human in the Age of the Machine

“When it comes to artificial intelligence, we either hear of a paradise on earth or of our imminent extinction. It’s time we stand face-to-digital-face with the true powers and limitations of the algorithms that already automate important decisions in healthcare, transportation, crime, and commerce. Hello World is indispensable preparation for the moral quandaries of a world run by code, and with the unfailingly entertaining Hannah Fry as our guide, we’ll be discussing these issues long after the last page is turned.”


Kobo Aura 2 →

Kindle alternative

While I still prefer reading real books, I recently picked up a second-hand Kobo eReader on eBay, mostly to be able to take a few books on hikes and bike rides. I used to own a Kindle many years ago and its handling really frustrated me at the time. I’m sure the Kindle got better since, but this time I decided to opt for the underdog and I haven’t regretted it so far. The last book I finished was City of Thieves. Currently reading The Overstory.


Overheard on Twitter

As much as I identify with those suffering from impostor syndrome, it’s important to remember that so much of the world’s trouble is caused by those with the diametrically opposite condition.



Food For Thought

It’s Not Enough to Be Right – You Also Have to Be Kind →


The criticism in this article definitely applies to me. Having said that, the urgent and existential threat of climate change makes showing empathy to those that oppose strong action that much harder. “Reason is easy. Being clever is easy. Humiliating someone in the wrong is easy too. But putting yourself in their shoes, kindly nudging them to where they need to be, understanding that they have emotional and irrational beliefs just like you have emotional and irrational beliefs – that’s all much harder. So is not writing off other people. ”

Our Brains Are No Match for Our Technology →


Tech has moved too fast for our monkey brains to make sense of it and a quote in this article sums it up perfectly: “A decade ago, Edward O. Wilson (...) was asked whether humans would be able to solve the crises that would confront them over the next 100 years. ‘Yes, if we are honest and smart,’ he replied. ‘The real problem of humanity is the following: We have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology.’” [Possible paywall]

This video is bad for climate change →


Ignore the badly worded title and the poor narration of this short video; the message is an important one: digital data consumption, especially high-res streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and p0rn, consume huge amounts of energy, making up almost 7% of the world’s CO2 emissions by 2025.


Aesthetically Pleasing

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Dianna Wood turned her driveway into a piece of art using a high-pressure water cleaner.

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More amazing pencil artwork. This time by Chinese artist Ray Hoo.

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Enréal is a friendly and quirky typeface. And it’s only $35 for the whole family.

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The new logo of the Public Defender of Rights (great name!) – an independent constitutional body of the Slovak Republic – uses exclamation points as a way to highlight the mission of the organisation which is to give a voice to the public when faced with issues from different government authorities.



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