Hello internet friends,

have you ever been so convinced of something so obviously wrong that you decided that the best way to show the world how right you are is shoot yourself into the sky with a steam-powered rocket?
No? Well… this guy would answer yes: That Flat Earther Finally Took Off in His DIY Rocket to Prove We’re All Idiots

I’ll not comment on this one, but enjoy: The difference between a snafu, a shitshow, and a clusterfuck
This is a very good article. Also very good: the Back to Work episode about that article.

These days most of us get our music from the big streaming services. As we’ve seen time and time again, this is problematic. But you know: convenience.
And we never really wonder how these things work for the musicians, except for some vague idea that they’re not getting a lot of money from it. But there is another angle and it is actually quite interesting: My Surprisingly Difficult Quest to Get My Song “Punch a Nazi in the Face” on the Internet

Yuja Wang: a personal portrait of the star pianist
This is a great documentary, I actually never really wondered how the life of these globetrotting musicians is and this is a bit of an eye-opener.


So Much Harder

Hello internet friends,

did you ever wonder why your work life is so much harder than everyone else’s?
(I mean, seriously, did you? I have no numbers, but I’m pretty sure almost all of you have a nice-ish office job. We have it a lot easier than many, many people. But anyway, besides the silly headline, it is an interesting article.)

At the next roundabout, take the second exit

One can’t really argue that driving is a lot easier these days, thanks to navigation apps. And yet the The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps is a problem for city and traffic planners. (I tend to tell myself that that is the reason why I rather follow traffic signs than turn-by-turn navigation, but usually it is because I’m an old (more so in my head than in actual years, but that’s a whole different topic) and actually do research on a map where I want to drive and how to get there before I do.)

Cases for Raspberry Pis and… Bugattis?

Almost everybody I know who has a 3D printer or went to a makerspace with one of those machines doesn’t really know what to answer when asked: “So, after a little toy figurine and a case for the Raspberry Pi that you’re not using, what will you print next?”
Turns out people are actually using the technology for useful stuff: Porsche and Bugatti turn to 3D printing for complex or rare parts



Netflix’s Terrace House: Opening New Doors is a major return to form and it is now on Netflix outside of Japan, too. You don’t need to find ways to watch it.
(Except if you’re as annoyed with the music for the international release as I am.)

The revolution will be YouTube-ized

The related videos on YouTube are almost always trash. But worse than trash, they’re also dangerous: YouTube, the Great Radicalizer
I’m mostly using YouTube to watch streams of obscure car racing series around the world, so I should be safe for now…


No Hugging

Hello internet friends,

here I am again. My knee hurts.

Movie news

Turns out people don’t watch movies at the cinema anymore. That’s why proper movie-movies with proper movie stars end up on Netflix before their time at the cinema: Was Annihilation too brainy for the box office?
If it is anything like the book, it might not be too brainy but too bloody creepy.

Music news

I’ve made my peace with the fact that I’m not with it when it comes to music. (It’s not an age thing – I never was with it.) But who knows, maybe this helps? 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going
I’ve look through maybe half of them and so far I knew one and only hated one, too. This might be alright.

Meme news

It is probably the only reference page that matters and I’m not talking about Wikipedia. The story of the internet, as told by Know Your Meme
I honestly don’t know anymore if I love or hate the internet and internet culture.

Hug news

Aw, crap: No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch?



Hello internet friends,

no proper newsletter this week – the fourth year of this thing just ended and I’m taking a week off.

Enjoy this picture of a dog that I took a while ago

See you next week, toodles!