Think Outside The Kiosk

Online radio has been a thing for a while now, but in Brussels, they have this special place called Kiosk Radio. I recently visited Lefto who's doing a weekly show on Sundays. What's cool is that they broadcast live from a wooden shack hidden in Parc de Bruxelles, using a 4g mobile connection maxing out two sim cards every month since there's no wifi. All for the love of music! So yeah... tune in or drink vin nature in the park.

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.

William Gibson

The Miyawaki Forest Creation Method

When I visited, I read their blog and instantly became fascinated by the Miyawaki method. Named after its creator Dr Akira Miyawaki, this strategy is used to create new, biodiverse, and multi-layered native forests. What typically takes 150 to 200 years to grow, you can now create dense native forests in just 20 to 30 years! Some folks started to create tiny forests the size of a tennis court. Others go for more urban areas. I'm eager to jump on the bandwagon cuz you can never have enough trees in life.

Solar Electric Vehicles

After visiting the factory, I think Lightyear is one of the most exciting companies to work for. What started with TU Delft students consistently winning the World Solar Challenge turned into a fast-growing startup making the most efficient solar-powered car. Instead of a roadster, Lightyear went for a sleek design sedan that gave me mad Citroën SM vibes. A solar panel on wheels that charges whenever it absorbs daylight, extending your range by 70 kilometres per day. Yup, SEV are the new EVs!

Once upon a time people were born into communities and had to find their individuality. Today people are born individuals and have to find their communities.

K-Hole (Youth Mode)

Rethinking Labels

You're probably tired of all web3 bullshit but bear with me. I'm fascinated by the concept of a Metalabel, which Yancey coined in this mega-clarifying article. Yes, the name sucks, and this type of organisation (a coop) isn't new; yet the timing is right! We now have the technology to support groups of people who share the same interests and collaboratively make, support, and release projects. MSCHF is the obvious one, but check Ampled for musicians, Obscura for photographers or Unnamed Fund for art. All are examples of squad wealth! If you think this is hard, think again. Anyone can create a DAO using Syndicate or SPV via Odin. From now on, it comes down to cooperation. You know, the thing that separates the homo sapien from the Neaderthaler, hahaha.

The Age of Co-Creation With AI

There are a lot of AI-generated visuals poppin' up on the socials these days. Dall•E 2 from OpenAI is making waves. Even more mind-boggling stuff is coming from folks using Midjourney. Laszlito co-created a Batman rendered in a victorian era style, and Jacob Grubbe went for a full series called Sandstorm Samurai. No wonder Nando Costa wrote about the age of co-creation with AI. Undoubtedly, AI will change how we go about the creative process. For better or worse, writing prompts will be one of the primary ways art is created in the future. I'm sure there's a quote for that...

What Is A Browser?

Shiiiiiat, Microsoft retired the Internet Explorer after 27 years of service. The end of an era. I remember back in 2009 when Google successfully tried to take over the market with Chrome, asking people what a browser is. I wonder which answers we would get these days. Do people even care? Mozilla still cares. Maybe the browser evolution is cyclical since new kids on the block, like Mighty and The Browser Company, are now challenging the status quo. Anyway... shout out to IE! We've shared many good times in between those blue screens before I went on Safari.

The New Fatherhood

Ever read about Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers from Kendrick Lamar through the lens of a parent? Exactly. This is why The New Fatherhood is one of my favourite newsletters! It offers context around fatherhood and, in this case, Kedrick's personal journey. Brilliant! This sure resonated with me. If it's not for you, go and watch Bluey with the kids. The bible for modern parenting hahaha. Enjoy Father's Day!

Hidden Folks

Hidden Folks

The kids and I love playing Hidden Folks, a game where you search for hidden folks in hand-drawn, interactive, miniature landscapes. It's beautifully made and seriously fun. The sound effects alone will make you laugh out loud. I'm obviously late to the party since game designer Adriaan de Jongh and illustrator Sylvain Tegroeg released this in 2017. Then again... who cares? Just poke around Hidden Folks on whatever device you have.