7 Things This Week [#141]

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

1️⃣ This roundup of 20 years of Google searches really brought me back. [🔗 Carmen Ang // visualcapitalist.com]

2️⃣ You’ve probably heard about MKBHDs review of the Humane Ai Pin already, but if you haven’t watched it yet, you should. I found it to be very fair about the good and bad — there’s just a lot more bad at this point. [🔗 Marques Brownlee // youtube.com]

3️⃣ Greg Pierce, Drafts proprietor and automation wizard, shared a tip on how to deal with all those spam texts without lifting a finger. [🔗 @agiletortise // mastodon.social]

4️⃣ What about physical junk mail? Here’s a chaotic good’ way to cut down on junk mail, and also feel like you’re getting revenge (while maybe also supporting the USPS?). [🔗 @coopmike48 // threads.net]

5️⃣ Or some more official low and no-cost ways to cut down on junk mail per the US government. [🔗 consumer.ftc.gov]

6️⃣ Michael Steeber outdid himself yet again with this retrospective on the Apple Watch launch, retelling how Apple created pop-up shops around the world just for the watch. Many of these temporary shops piloted designs that would later be introduced to the main retail store. [🔗 Michael Steeber // michaelsteeber.substack.com]

7️⃣ Have you ever wanted a compass This app turns your pocket computer into a galactic compass. [🔗 Matt Webb // interconnected.org]

52 Albums Project

Some Nights by Fun. (2012) — #16/52

Whenever I listen to this album, it brings me straight back to freshman year at Central Michigan University where, during orientation week, the entire freshman class — or at least those of us who arrived early for a kick-off week — danced our hearts out to its songs. The drummer from the band, Fun., was an alumnus of CMU, and when this album took off on the charts were all quite proud of them.

While that week was my introduction to the album, it’s stayed in my heavy rotation in the decade-plus since. There’s something about Nate Reuss’s vaguely melancholy yet piercingly sincere voice that has always stuck with me. There’s something about the mixture of rawness within their music and its epic soundstage that just pushes all my right buttons.

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

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