Another Sunday, Another Naive Weekly - Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
The objects I’d be the saddest losing are my notebooks. The panic some people describe when worried that they might have lost their phone, this is the panic I feel whenever I for a short moment think I have lost one of my notebooks.
I rarely leave the door without a notebook and I never read a book without a notebook by my side. Whether in my bag, pocket, or in my hand, I’d usually always carry a notebook with me.
The first notebook I started to use religiously was a black hardcover Moleskine A5 with blank pages. I obsessed over that notebook like Patrick Bateman obsesses over business cards in American Psycho. For many years it would be the only notebook I’d ever consider to touch.
I bought my first Moleskine at Copenhagen Airport. I’d arrived early for my flight and my stomach was filled with butterflies. Ahead of me was six weeks of traveling, alone. It was the first time I was traveling for more than a couple of weeks and it was the first time I was traveling alone.
During this trip, the notebook became my tool for calming myself down. It became the medium for grasping what I experienced. It became where I’d develop my own pocket philosophies, random sketches, and things I had to remember.
Today I swear to Muji’s blank A6 notebook. It is much smaller than the Moleskine I started out using, but the importance and use of the notebook are the same. It is the most direct mirror into what I am feeling, thinking, and fearing.
As an experiment, I decided to make one notebook consisting of notes from the past two years notebooks. I kinda like how it turned out, so I also made a digital version. If you like this newsletter, I think you might like the notebook too.
You can buy the notebook on my new domain, www.buymynotebook.com, for real! The digital version cost €5 and the physical notebook cost €25. Please be aware that there is only one copy of the physical notebook.
Articles That Made Me Think Twice
Infrastructures only become visible when it breaks down. These days the global logistics system is breaking down, showing us the end of supply chain capitalism. Media historian and supply chain oracle, Matthew Hockenberry asks why do we want to refuge these just-in-time chains?
If consumers finally were sick of consuming, maybe let them be so and don’t try to repackage your product as community or experience. Citizens in today’s western liberal democracies are the loneliest people ever recorded. I don’t believe the solution is for another meaningless company to design another meaningless community. Maybe the loneliness epidemic is not a problem of disconnection but in our inability to experience each other’s company on non-transactional terms. </rant>
Delightful Surprises From The Information Superhighway
I love the simplicity of Outside.Report. People from across the world live broadcast the view out of their window. The instructions deserve applause too:
Get a phone.
Place it on a window facing the real world and connect it to a charger
Install the YouTube app.
Set up a live transmission and send us the link
Stay the fuck home.
Like the wire walker, the world is constantly in motion. These days, the changes just seem to happen faster and in ways, we’d conceive as naive, dystopian, or unimaginable only a few weeks ago. The New Possible is a well-curated collection of progressive initiatives happening around the globe.
AI-generated profile pictures where you can sort by different parameters including ethnicity and age.
Arduino co-founder David Cuartielles once tried to get me to hire him as The Contrarian. The person in the room who would always take the opposite perspective. Neither of us did anything with the excellent idea, so I was extremely happy when I saw Special Guest launching this week. It looks better than anything I could ever create and the characters for hire are much more thought through!
The Human Timer - Does Gary always talk too much? Are you curious about what the quieter people have to say? Upon request, the Human Timer will use actual timers to enforce equal speaking time for all.
The Bard - Are your meetings full of brave agenda items and wise words? The Bard will compose a short song celebrating your meeting, during the meeting.
I’m a fan of how much it is possible to create without any code. There are quite a few #NoCode courses and websites, but Automate All The Things is the prettiest I have seen so far.
Seinfeld fans are creating a Seinfeld Game.
My friend Xavier made this easy to use and privacy-respecting tool to create Open Letters.
Rich Nutrients For Your Passive Consumption
Tuesday I ended up spending an afternoon appreciating the scope and quality of the interviews on The Creative Independent. Published by Kickstarter, it covers everything related to creative practices and their people database is one of the best you’ll find online.
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