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Issue No. 32: Inprovements Since the 1990s, New Peacock Spiders Discovered, the Intelligence Coup of the Century & More...

Worth reading:

  1. In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
  2. Explore the world of passports by color
  3. Single-use plastic: China to ban bags and other items
  4. My Ordinary Life: Improvements Since the 1990s
  5. Kinuta Terrace by Norm Architects
  6. Seven new peacock spiders discovered in Australia
  7. The intelligence coup of the century
  8. Rosebud AI. These models aren't real.
  9. 1,500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities
  10. Art by Peter D Harris

Worth watching:

  1. Conversations: Featuring Claire Lehmann, Founding Editor of Quillette Magazine
  2. I TURN 1 BOLT into CUPID´S BOW
  3. Ghana's Drone Delivery Service

Worth listening to:

  1. SWMRS - "Lose Lose Lose"
  2. Art Brut - DC Comics & Chocolate Milkshake
  3. Mura Masa & slowthai: Deal Wiv It

Resources:

  1. Hypothesis. Annotate the web, with anyone, anywhere.

Worth seeing: 

  1. Gdańsk, Poland

Issue No. 31: Reviving a Lost 2,000 Year-old Roman Fruit Tree, Signal for the Masses, Converting an 1896 Short Film to 4k & More...

Worth reading: 

  1. Casa Flotante treehouse by Talleresque
  2. Noah Kalina took a picture of himself every day for 20 years – and will until he dies
  3. Gordon Pembridge - fine art and woodturning 
  4. Academic research: integrating security and privacy
  5. Too Many Americans Will Never Be Able to Retire
  6. The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It
  7. YouTuber uses neural networks to upscale 1896 short film to 4K 60 fps
  8. A Long-Lost Legendary Roman Fruit Tree Has Been Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seeds
  9. Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses
  10. Typography Primer Book by Adobe

Worth watching:

  1. How Hozier Celebrates his Influences
  2. Conversations: Featuring Douglas Murray (with John Anderson)
  3. The Controversy Behind Nike’s Vaporfly Running Shoe

Worth listening to:

  1. (Won't Somebody) Take Me Out Tonight - Molly Nilsson 
  2. Nathaniel Rateliff - And It's Still Alright
  3. Brian Fallon - I Don't Mind (If I'm with You)

Resources:

  1. Netdata - Real-time system monitoring

Worth seeing: 

  1. National Museum of Scotland 

Issue No. 30: Finland Is Winning the War on Fake News, Why Australia's Fires Are Linked to Floods in Africa, Handwriting as a Memory Booster & More...

Worth reading:

  1. 'Perfect' Scotch whisky collection could be worth £8m
  2. Handwriting Is an Overlooked Memory Booster
  3. Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy
  4. Porcelain by Yuting Chang
  5. Cocoon - a social media alternative for those closest to you 
  6. Bumpers Oast by ACME architecture 
  7. Everyone needs to stop building giant glass skyscrapers right now
  8. Ikuya Shigezane (Japanese graphic designer)
  9. Algorithms can now detect your heart rate and stress levels over video chat
  10. Nathan.tokyo (Designer and developer) 

Worth watching:

  1. Dr. Gabor Maté Interview | The Tim Ferriss Show
  2. How To Start a Death Metal Band in Japan
  3. How We Are Going to the Moon
  4. Why Australia's fires are linked to floods in Africa
  5. David Goggins on the Joe Rogan Experience

Worth listening to:

  1. To my country, from an expat - Ben Lawson poem
  2. Yelle - Je Veux Te Voir
  3. The Cool Greenhouse - London

Resources:

  1. Bitwarden. Open source password manager. I've found Bitwarden to be much more reliable and user-friendly than other managers such as Lastpass. I wish I had been using Bitwarden years ago. 

Worth seeing: 

  1. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Issue No. 29: Contract for the Web, Pianos in War, the Mistake That Toppled the Berlin Wall & More...

Worth reading:

  1. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
  2. Contract for the Web - A global plan of action to make our online world safe and empowering for everyone
  3. Game Chronicle - A History of Japanese computer games, in a game.
  4. Paranoia Is Now a Best Practice
  5. When the Pianos Went to War
  6. Google reportedly collects health data on millions of Americans without informing patients
  7. 4 Feminist Lies That Are Making Women Miserable
  8. Russia to ban sale of devices that don’t come with “Russian software”
  9. Canals: a four part visual glimpse into the history of 17th century canals of Amsterdam
  10. The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code

Worth watching:

  1. The mistake that toppled the Berlin Wall
  2. Demolition 
  3. Shoebill's Meal Time
  4. Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker
  5. Three Ingredients for Murder: Neuroscientist James Fallon on psychopaths and libertarians

Worth listening to:

  1. Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers
  2. Orville Peck - Dead of Night
  3. Playing Well: Frightened Rabbit. Chris Hawkins examines the life and legacy of Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison.

Resources: 

  1. Share The Meal. The world’s first app against global hunger.

Worth seeing: 

  1. Boxhagener Platz, Berlin. For food, coffee and weekend markets.

Issue No. 28: Why Americans Smile so Much, Toms Shoes Hacked by a Nice Man, 100-year Typography Mystery and More...

Worth reading:

  1. RESIST! How to Be an Activist in the Age of Defiance. I hesitated to include this book on the list because I'll happily admit I only bought it for the design direction. The content is not all that interesting but it serves as some nice design inspiration. 
  2. The Tiny Scottish Island Where Arguments Are Settled With Cheese and Whisky
  3. The Global Disinformation Order - 2019 Global Inventory of Organised Social Media Manipulation. Research paper by Oxford University (PDF download)
  4. Why Americans Smile So Much
  5. Colorful Japan - 226 posters at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 
  6. Toms Shoes hacked by nice man
  7. The Gorgeous Typeface That Drove Men Mad and Sparked a 100-Year Mystery
  8. Project Ö - A Self-Sustaining Cabin in the Finnish Archipelago
  9. 3,000 year old mummies discovered in Egypt
  10. Steel speaker by Jonas Majors

Worth watching:

  1. Why Iraq's great rivers are dying
  2. Corey Duffel - Downtown Lights
  3. A conversation with Elon Musk about Starship
  4. Felipe Nunes' "Welcome to Birdhouse" Part

Worth listening to: 

  1. Fontaines D.C. - Rocket To Russia
  2. SALES
  3. BODEGA - How did this happen?!

Resources:

  1. How anonymous is anonymous data collection? Take the quiz to see if 'anonymous' data could be traced back to you. 

Worth seeing:

  1. Schloss Heidelberg 

Issue No. 27: German Unity Day, Lufthansa Upcyling, Bring Back Handwriting, Facial Recognition in India & More...

Worth reading:

  1. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Well, I finally finished reading The Gulag Archipelago and it is by far one of the most important books any of us could possibly read. Be sure to add it to your list.
  2. German Unity Day: Today is the day to fight for privacy. 
  3. Lufthansa Upcycling Collection
  4. MEISTER branding 
  5. Using Google Maps costs more than you think.
  6. A.074 - A house near the forest, Warsaw
  7. Bring Back Handwriting: It’s Good for Your Brain
  8. India is planning a huge China-style facial recognition program
  9. iOS Notification redesign concept

Worth watching:

  1. Wibmer's Law - Fabio Wibmer
  2. Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy
  3. Vans' "Take It Back" Video

Worth listening to:

  1. Superpunk - Neue Zähne für meinen Bruder und mich
  2. Amyl and the Sniffers - Got You
  3. Shellac - Spoke

Resources:

  1. Downlink - Real-time satellite imagery for your desktop

Worth seeing:

  1. Boros Foundation, Berlin

Issue No. 26: Why I Printed My Facebook, a Water Harvester, Lip-reading CCTV, $35,000 Bonsai Scissors & More...

Worth reading:

  1. The Discent of Man by Grayson Perry 
  2. Privacy is power - Don’t just give away your privacy to the likes of Google and Facebook – protect it, or you disempower us all
  3. A SoHo Loft with a Hidden Loft Bedroom
  4. Why I Printed My Facebook
  5. Water harvester makes it easy to quench your thirst in the desert
  6. Lip-reading CCTV
  7. An Office in Poland Inspired by Shipping Containers
  8. Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite
  9. From bread to beer: Woolworths helps create its first circular economy craft beer
  10. I Survived the Warsaw Ghetto. Here Are the Lessons I’d Like to Pass On.

Worth watching:

  1. Macs are SLOWER than PCs. Here’s why.
  2. Making $35,000 Bonsai Scissors
  3. The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

Worth listening to:

  1. Jack Stauber - Buttercup
  2. Fontaines D.C. - Boys In The Better Land
  3. Audio Bullys - Gimme That Punk

Resources:

  1. Tutanota - encrypted and open source email from Germany. I recently left Google services behind and switched all of my email to Tutanota. I have nothing but great things to say about my experience with them and highly recommend you consider switching too.

Worth seeing:

  1. Fairy Glen, Scotland

    Issue No. 25: Tech Diet, Tourism Is Eating the World, Artificial Memories & More...

    Worth reading:

    1. Improve Your App Stores Assets & Workflow with These Design Tools - A new article I wrote on the ASO Stack. If you're interested in mobile growth then please check it out!
    2. Seaside Abode by Norm Architects 
    3. The Stories Behind a Line - visual narrative of asylum seeker routes
    4. The world needs a tech diet; here is how designers can help
    5. Tourism Is Eating the World - Congestion taxes seem like the inevitable answer
    6. Civilization Is Built on Code
    7. If You Want to Be Creative, Don’t Be Data Driven
    8. Go to Google, search 'Wizard of Oz', click the red slipper
    9. Karuizawa 1965 Monyou Edition Whisky Packaging by Contagious
    10. A Successful Artificial Memory Has Been Created
    11. Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Excellence

    Worth watching:

    1. Why The Government Shouldn't Break WhatsApp
    2. Thomas Sowell on Facts and Free Speech
    3. Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo

    Worth listening to:

    1. Mattiel - Baron's Sunday Best
    2. Violent Soho - Like Soda
    3. John Maus- Hey Moon

    Resources:

    1. Flotato - turn any webpage into a Mac app

    Worth seeing:

    1. Burg Eltz - probably the most incredible castle I've seen yet!

    Issue No. 24: US Student Debt Visualised, Lost Bentley Corniche Re-built, Tokyo's Humble Duct-tape Typographer & More...

    Worth reading: 

    1. In einem stillen Lan by Roger Melis - Black and white photography during the GDR period
    2. Kuroi Hana knife by Edge of Belgravia
    3. Lotus Evija is the first fully electric hypercar from the British car maker
    4. Dribbble's 404 page
    5. Nestlé Japan is making KitKat packaging recyclable, and ideal for origami
    6. Netting portraits by Benjamin Shine
    7. Prints by Kitao Masayoshi
    8. 100 Every Day
    9. Mulliner completely re-creates pivotal 1939 Bentley Corniche
    10. Tokyo subway’s humble duct-tape typographer
    11. Detailed photography of exotic birds by Thomas Lohr

    Worth watching:

    1. How scientists colorize photos of space
    2. All student debt in the US, visualized
    3. How the Smithsonian conserves Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit
    4. On the frontline of Mexico's drug war

    Worth listening to:

    1. Le Tigre - 'Deceptacon'
    2. Orville Peck - Dead of Night
    3. Parquet Courts - Freebird II

    Resources: 

    1. Wire.com - A security-focused Slack alternative

    Worth seeing: 

    1. Neist Point Lighthouse - Isle of Skye Scotland

    Issue No. 23: The Righteous Mind, Soviet Logos, the Dangers of a Cashless Society, Jazz Album Covers & More...

    Worth reading:

    1. The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt (book)
    2. Soviet Logos - Lost Marks of the Utopia (book)
    3. The Camera That Went To The Moon And Changed How We See It
    4. How to make Sushi (animation)
    5. Communism And Nazism Are Now Legally Synonymous in Ukraine
    6. The art of Joseph Lee
    7. Ontario family files human rights complaint after six-year-old girl upset by gender theory in school
    8. Cabin Stokkøya - Norway
    9. Hong Kong Protests Show Dangers of a Cashless Society
    10. Hello House by Fooi-Ling Khoo
    11. Plex typeface by IBM

    Worth watching:

    1. The Great Hack
    2. Vans Park Series: Montréal Men's Highlights
    3. The greatest album covers of jazz
    4. Steve Caballero on The Nine Club

        Worth listening to:

        1. ProleteR - U Can Get It
        2. Refused - New Noise (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)
        3. Passenger - Caravan

        Resources:

        1. DesignCode.io - Learn prototyping design tools, Swift and React

        Worth seeing:

        1. Nach dem Mauerfall - Daniel Biskup. Fotografien 1990–1995 (Kulturbrauerei Berlin)

        Issue No. 22: The Strange Death of Europe, 21 Phrases You Didn't Know Were Shakespeare, Ford GT Mark II, Moon Rocks and More...

        Worth reading:

        1. 'The Strange Death of Europe' by Douglas Murray
        2. A Professor Spoke the Truth, He Still Pays the Price
        3. 21 Phrases You Use Without Realizing You’re Quoting Shakespeare
        4. Ford GT Mark II
        5. What Apple, Facebook and Google each mean by "privacy"
        6. A House In Kyoto (with a tree growing in the middle) 
        7. How I Fully Quit Google (And You Can, Too)
        8. You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything
        9. Pakt Coffee Brewing System for Travel 
        10. The 11 Most Nightmarish Depictions of Hell in Art History

        Worth watching:

        1. Pipe Organ (an instrument the size of a building)
        2. Abby Martin on Joe Rogan Experience
        3. Where does NASA keep the Moon Rocks?

        Worth listening to:

        1. HOT LUNCH - "Killer Smile"
        2. Молчат Дома - Этажи
        3. Liam Howlett, arr. Snelle Fjöll - Orkester Mandolina Ljubljana - "Out of Space"

        Resources:

        1. Tempo - The minimalist email that helps you focus

        Worth seeing:

        1. Design Museum Danmark - Copenhagen

        Issue No. 21: Brutalism in Berlin, Vintage Airline Logos, Humane Tech, the Future of Marriage and More...

        Worth reading:

        1. On Tyranny - Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
        2. IGNANT’s Guide To Brutalism In Berlin
        3. Thinkspot - a platform that is an intellectual playground for censorship-free discourse
        4. Rare Harvest mānuka honey packaging by Marx Design
        5. The Left's character assassination of Roger Scruton
        6. Kimpton Saint George, Toronto
        7. YouTube Pulls ‘Triumph of the Will’ For Violating New Hate Speech Policy
        8. Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype
        9. Samsung deepfake AI could fabricate a video of you from a single image
        10. Vintage Airline Logos
        11. The future of men and marriage is bleak

        Worth watching:

        1. Second undercover investigation reveals widespread dairy cow abuse at Fair Oaks Farms and Coca Cola
        2. Keanu Reeves Shows Us His Most Prized Motorcycles
        3. Mr Olds’ Remarkable Elevator
        4. Emilia Clarke Re-Creates Workplace Stock Photos

        Worth listening to:

        1. Haley Heynderickx - "Oom Sha La La"
        2. Dance Yrself Clean Live
        3. Danny Nedelko by Idles

        Resources:

        1. Humane Tech - Our mission is to reverse human downgrading by inspiring a new race to the top and realigning technology with humanity.

        Worth seeing:

        1. Grindelwald, Switzerland - I was recently travelling around Europe for nearly a month and Grindelwald was a major highlight. 

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        Issue No. 20: Banning Facial Recognition, Toyota Supra, Modular Vinyl Storage, Feminist Myths & More...

        Worth reading: 

        1. The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape
        2. Weekend Villa in Karuizawa
        3. San Francisco bans cashless stores
        4. Also, San Francisco Approves Ban On Government's Use Of Facial Recognition Technology
        5. Lumipod minimalist cabin
        6. Upcoming 2020 Toyota Supra
        7. Dice - a modular, conrete vinyl record storage system
        8. Ancient hallucinogens found in 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch
        9. In Tbilisi, Stamba Hotel Takes a Page from a Former Soviet Printing Press
        10. 6 Feminist Myths That Will Not Die
        11. Global light pollution map

        Worth listening to:

        1. Sleaford Mods - Bang Someone Out
        2. Moop Mama - Liebe
        3. The Wiseguys - Ooh La La

        Worth watching:

        1. Douglas Murray and Roger Scruton on the future of Conservatism
        2. Facebook's role in Brexit - and the threat to democracy 
        3. Horimasa Tosui - Japanese Tattoo Artist
        4. How Game of Thrones uses costume design to show power

        Resources:

        1. Criptext - we keep your privacy, not your emails

        Worth seeing:

        1. Potsdam, Berlin

        Issue No. 19: The Life of a Stupid Man, Humane by Design, Missing Leondardo Da Vinci Painting and More…

        Worth reading:
        1. The Life of a Stupid Man by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
        2. Humane by Design
        3. Dad cannot stop docs from giving daughter hormone treatment, Canada judge rules
        4. Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords (in plain text)
        5. Helm Home Server by New Deal Design
        6. Christchurch mosque shootings: 'Manifesto' deemed objectionable
        7. A House Of Platforms Overlooking Nojiri-Ko Lake
        8. Albert Camus: Unfashionable Anti-Totalitarian
        9. Muskoka Boathouse
        10. $450 Million “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo Da Vinci Is Apparently Missing

        Worth listening to:

        1. Audio Bullys - We Don't Care
        2. Subterranean Street Society - Live at Moon Music Studios
        3. Jackson C. Frank - Blues run the game
        Worth watching:
        1. I Climbed The Tallest Chimney In Europe (360M)
        2. Master Penman Jake Weidmann 
        3. Emerica's "Proverbs" Tour Video
        4. Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

        Resources:

        1. Soverin. Privacy-first email service. 

        Worth seeing:

        1. Cologne Cathedral. Definitely the most impressive architecture I have ever seen.

        Issue No. 18: The First Hyperlink, Berlin Facts, Endangered Alphabets & More...

        Worth reading: 

        1. Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast by Oscar Wilde
        2. The First Hyperlinked Text: The Bible and its 63,779 Cross-References
        3. Light Phone 2 
        4. Auction Block: Steve McQueen’s 1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan
        5. GRAND-PIC Chalet 
        6. Amazon’s Project Zero will let brands remove counterfeit listings of their products 
        7. 50 Facts About Berlin
        8. Endangered Alphabets: Preserving Endangered Writing Systems 
        9. Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws 
        10. How Sweden’s Blind Altruism Is Harming Migrants

        Worth listening to:

        1. Kevin Morby - 'Dorothy' 
        2. Gorgon City - 'Grooves On The Vinyl' 
        3. Julia Jacklin - 'Pressure To Party'

        Worth watching:

        1. Why you should delete your social media accounts
        2. Why these plankton are eating plastic 
        3. DISTORTION. A Stop motion Animation by Guldies 
        4. Jack White's Obsession with the Number Three 

        Resources: 

        1. Deseat.me - Clean up your online presence with this tool.  

        Worth seeing:

        1. Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial - political prison of the former East German Communist Ministry of State Security, the Stasi.