7 Things This Week [#136]

A weekly list of interesting things I found on the internet, posted on Sundays. Sometimes themed, often not.

1️⃣ Apple is moving steadily toward their sustainability goals, this time updating packaging on some charging accessories to no longer use plastic bits and to implore customers to recycle the boxes. (iOS’s Translate this page’ feature came in handy!) [🔗 macotakara.jp] (Via Michael Steeber)

2️⃣ James isn’t just writing about what you can do with a blog, he’s pushing the envelope with his own. Such as allowing you to navigate his site using a penguin. Yes, you read that right. [🔗 jamesg.blog]

3️⃣ Downhill ice skating is not a thing I knew existed. [🔗 @smallaxefarmvermont // instagram.com] (Via Jason Kottke)

4️⃣ Some design trends to look for in 2024. Pretty slick site, too. (I’ll peg highlighting text, karaoke-style as a trend too.) [🔗 designtrends.click] (Via Matt Birchler)

5️⃣ I don’t think I need this app, but I commend Iconfactory for their creative solution to the what’s going on with my iOS device” problem. They made device memory/network stats into a movie that can be watched picture-in-picture while you do things in other apps. [🔗 Craig Hockenberry // blog.iconfactory.com]

6️⃣ I didn’t know I needed this human-sized dog bed. Now I know. [🔗 Nena Farrell // wired.com] (Via Paul Kafasis)

7️⃣ A friend reminded me of this list of things that Skippy is no longer allowed to do in the US Army. A staple of comedy in my formative years. [🔗 skippyslist.com]

52 Albums Project

Screen Violence by CHVRCHES (2021) — #11/52

I discovered CHVRCHES through Merlin Mann and John Siracusa. I don’t know why I was surprised that this was the kind of music they liked too (ageism, I guess), but I’m so glad I took them up on the recommendation. They’re so up my alley with their clear lyrics, powerful beats, challenging topics, and high energy.

I’ve liked all of their albums, but Screen Violence is something special. It’s a banger from start to finish.

Follow along on the 52 Albums Project page where I’m making some playlists for you.

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