Note — Jun 02, 2019

No.82 Asides

  • 🎮 A new indy gaming platform is coming out and some old school web people are very enthused. Putting the Soul in Console. “[T]his little game machine looks like one of the most fun and joyful new efforts that any company has done recently, and that a tiny indie software company in Oregon has the ambition to even attempt such a thing makes it only more endearing.”
  • 🚰🇳🇦🇫🇮 This solar-powered desalination device delivers cheap, clean water. “The basic tech that it uses for desalination, called reverse osmosis, isn’t new. But because the system can run on solar power, without the use of batteries, it avoids the large carbon footprint of a typical energy-hungry desalination plant. It’s also significantly cheaper over the lifetime of the system.”
  • 💩⛰ This is why we can’t have nice things. The North Face used Wikipedia to climb to the top of Google search results.
  • 🦠💧 World's rivers 'awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics’. “Largest global study finds the drugs in two-thirds of test sites in 72 countries”
  • 😱 Earth’s methane emissions are rising and we don’t know why. “The fact that growth rates in the atmospheric concentrations of methane are approaching the levels we saw in the 1980s, after a period of relatively slow growth, is deeply concerning. The fact that we don’t understand the reasons for this surge deepen that concern.”
  • Britain’s equivalent to Tutankhamun found in Southend-on-Sea. “The research reveals previously concealed objects, paints a picture of how the chamber was constructed and offers new evidence of how Anglo-Saxon Essex was at the forefront of culture, religion and exchange with other countries across the North Sea.” (Click through for pics of some remarquable artefacts.)
  • R / D Reading Design is an online archive of critical writing about design. The idea is to embrace the whole of design, from architecture and urbanism to product, fashion, graphics and beyond. The texts featured here date from the nineteenth century right up to the present moment but each one contains something which remains relevant, surprising or interesting to us today.”