Lately I have been becoming more and more interested in China’s internet culture. This article by Fast Company on Tencent, creators of Weixin, better known as WeChat is only feeding that fascination.
› Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine
You can say a lot about Vice, but their coverage about the current crisis has been great so far. This is what internet brought journalism: small video crews with low budget camera’s that can cover breaking news daily.
› The Great Discontent Magazine on Kickstarter
The online magazine featuring interviews on beginnings, creativity, and risk is printing its first physical issue!
If you know me, you’d know I love The Great Discontent. They recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a print magazine. The project is almost funded with 76%, and has 7 hours to go. Go back it, it will be great. I did too.
› Why we should give free money to everyone
In my 2013 Year In Review post I wrote about De Correspondent being my favorite news website. It’s a Dutch site, but today I came across one of their articles in English, it had been translated. If you’re interested in De Correspondent, you should read the article. It’s genuinely interesting too.
In case you’re not familiar with De Correspondent, here’s a brief summary. De Correspondent is a Dutch news website. It launched after a crowd-funding campaign in which it raised a total of 1.7 million Euro by 15.000 backers.
My dad was one of those 15.000 backers so I was able to read De Correspondent from the beginning, and it has been a thrill to be able to. They don’t just write news headlines but digg deeper into news. For example they wrote about the second biggest Dutch company that no-one ever knew of and no newspaper ever wrote about.
De Correspondent is going mainstream now, and it reached 30.000 members today. Their investigative journalism now even gets picked up by traditional newspapers too. Jay Rosen even declared De Correspondent the most interesting journalism start-up he read about in 2013.
› Cuff, Smart & elegant security
I love it when new technologies gets made simpler for the masses. Cuff looks like the first wearable gadget people would want to wear, and that would be extremely useful. It will be interesting to see if and how Cuff gets adopted, and when you’ll people in public wearing it.
The Cuff isn’t on sale yet so I haven’t been able to check it out, but the video looks promising. Also, the ending of it is kinda awesome.
› Thirty Years of Mac 1.24.14 film
Instead of a Superbowl ad, Apple launched a video today showing how the world has changed since 30 years ago, when the first Mac was launched. The video itself is beautiful, but the behind-the-scenes page is even more interesting to me.
› Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Strandbeest Model Kit
This whole morning I have been geeking out over the stuff on a Youtube channel Tested. As I child I was crazy about physics and technical stuff, playing with Lego and Knex all day. That declined after discovering the computer and the internet, but seeing this I’m pretty pumped working on real, fisical projects.
I think I’m going to start doing at least one real, touchable project a week to get back to it. After you’ve seen the video above, I also encourage you to check out Tested’s video about the Nest Protect, in which they uncover everything about smoke detectors.
› A Comprehensive Guide to URL Schemes
I was considering writing a guide on URL schemes, but the guys over at Macstories nailed it. If you want to learn more about URL schemes, this is the place to go.
› Offscreen Magazine Issue 7
Offscreen just released issue 7, along with a redesigned website. I just ordered mine, and you should too. It’s a great magazine, and was even in my 2013 year in review post.