A gathering of things found which has surprised and delighted.
Fears over DNA privacy as 23andMe goes public in deal with Richard Branson.
Bebo reveals plan to take on Facebook & Twitter.
Facebook asks users to opt into activity tracking ahead of iOS 14 changes.
Check out this massive amount of ZX Spectrum games online.
GutenSearch: Looks inside the books of Project Gutenberg.
This jungle wilderness simulator for relaxing, sleeping or working.
Comprehensive list of templates for Paper Mechanisms.
There’s a new hugging emoji (Unicode PDF details) 🫂.
A cascading cacophony of curios.
How many big companies are freezing the sale of facial recognition technology to US Police Departments whilst Boston bans it outright in the city.
Zoom closes account of US-based Chinese activist after Tiananmen event.
Another Facebook software engineer resigns in protest over the social network’s ‘propagation of weaponised hatred’ – shudders.
This website for background noise for working (and / or for drifting off to sleep).
Art that can be used for posters, flyers & other personal or commercial projects with no attribution required.
The Speedread bookmarklet, select text on the page and it will be displayed word by word (roughly).
Don’t know why you would ever need it but just in case… a website which has the bouncing DVD logo.
AudioAlter, a collection of easy-to-use web tools for all your audio files.
Time to get clicking and fill your eyes / brain / heart.
Boris Johnson’s threat of a no-deal Brexit will not break EU unity, says the the Brexit coordinator for the European parliament.
Seven of the top carbon emitters are being sued for their failure to protect New Zealanders from climate change, in a new High Court proceeding.
Facebook launches ‘clear history’ tool – but it won’t delete anything.
Electric scooters aren’t as eco-friendly as they seem, study finds.
“For the first time in a thousand years, I have no path”:
Official 10 Hour Version of a track which is scientifically proven to chill you out:
The hope generator that is TEDxWellington (full 2019 event review here):
Outlier.org: the world’s best for-credit online courses (from the cofounder of masterclass.com).
This online collaborative effort to name every color in the RGB/web space.
2019 Montana HATCH Experience will take place in Paradise Valley, October 13-16th, at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch! Take a tour of their facility (gutted not to be there this year).
Chase down the content below and fill your face with good wholesome stuff.
This article from the Brexit coordinator for the European parliament about what the UK is getting wrong.
Love this exploration of how happiness doesn’t follow success: it’s the other way round.
If you use Zoom for your conference calling you might want to rethink as it has horrible bugs.
My take on how TEDx is a ‘Hope Generator‘.
If you have an Amazon Alexa in your home did you know the voice recordings are kept forever?
Brian Eno on his ‘Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks’ project:
Another AMAZING video essay from Like Stories of Old:
How positive thinking is harming your happiness w/ Derren Brown:
Here’s a free in-browser image editor, supporting PSD, Sketch and XCF files.
MARK YOUR DIARIES #CLNZ19 is back REGISTRATIONS OPEN 9am, Mon 5th Aug:
Follow the links for connect to stories and wondrous things.
How the brain makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart (sighs).
The news that Amazon got sued over Alexa child recordings in US (shudder).
The launch video from (along with the 2019 speakers / ticket registration announcement):
The anti-CEO playbook by @hamdiulukaya:
A jazz pianist improvising in tandem with a piano that plays itself:
Search NASAs library of 140,000 high definition photos, videos, and sound clips.
There are 91,000 historic maps in this collection to play around with and remix.
Attend the Weta Workshop Workshops (if you’re in Wellington): from sculpting to leather & chain-mailing to movie make-up.