I used to pride myself on an unread-e-mail-free-Inbox, but I’ve given up lately. There’s just too much crap to sift through and it’s become easier to just let it go. There is, however, one mail that I look forward to receiving every day and that would be Dave Pell’s daily news round-up NextDraft: a perfectly curated newsletter featuring the ten best items the Net has to offer (along with a kick-ass dose of wit and humor). I can only imagine what he has to sift through to get each beautifully, shiny draft and that is why I love him. Thank you Dave, for doing all of the hard work for me, and for making me appear smarter and more with it than I actually am.
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At the end of this year there will meet and then exceed 7 billion people living on our planet. This three-minute, no nonsense typography video from National Geographic kick starts a seven part, year-long series on global population.
In this time of resolutions and crash diet beginnings it seems we often forget to think about the world outside of ourselves. If you take a second to think about it, I mean really think about it, the New Year is a very selfish time. Just on the heels of time when we’re all guilty of overindulging, it seems the meaning of resolutions has gone right out the window with the true holiday spirit. As much of a humbug as that makes me sound I really hope to use this time to think about my place in this world as 1 out of 7 billion and think about the message of balance.
This is so cool: The Complete National Geographic on a 160-GB Hard Drive! It includes every issue from the past 12o years (1888-2008), and has been digitally remastered in hi-res, and includes an advanced interface that allows you to browse and search any topic, photo, or map. There’s also extra space for future updates, and an extra 100-GB for personal use.
Available at the National Geographic shop online: $199.95
I came across this cool feature at NPR about some of the photos that Google Maps Street View captures. Jon Rafman has pulled a collection of photos for Google’s portfolio after scouring through the images. After a quick Google search, it looks as though there are quite a few sites that pick out memorable images, but these mostly focus on and girls flashing the car as it drives past or kids falling off a bike. While some are funny, there are some great catches on the list that Mr. Rafman pulled. Here are some of my favorites:
The latest report they’ve pulled together is a list of radiation levels in cell phones. Sadly, the iPhone isn’t faring so well on the list, but there is hope! Pong has created the first scientifically-proven radiation reduction case for the iPhone. Using a patented physics-based solution, the radiation is directed away from the head.
Wired Magazine went inside a radiation testing lab and had some good things to say about the Pong case, even recanting on an earlier article:
“…Pong’s claims seem to be legitimate: Its case reduces the amount of radiation going from the iPhone into your head to a third of what it would be without the case. Contrary to what we initially wrote on the Pong case, it does appear to work.”
Mine’s on the way, so I’ll give you the rundown soon. $59.95, available here.