I started this newsletter one year ago! Well, more than… but this is the 50th issue so I feel confident I’m definitely past the one year datestamp. I just double checked: it was April 26, 2019.

I wish I had something poignant or exciting to say. 50 feels like a nice round number that suggests a thing is no longer shiny and new. It’s mature?

Ideally, I’d love to hear from more of you again. What do you find useful, helpful, insightful, interesting, thought provoking, appropriately distracting?

I’ve looked back and realised I spent more time crafting words around the links I shared. Would you like more of my words not up here at the top but more down there alongside the links?

I keep considering if I should move to another newsletter platform. What has worked well here at Revue is the simplicity of curation – it does a good job of presenting things nicely with minimal fuss.

Do you like the presentation of story links? Do you like the ‘column’ up here and the ‘curation’ down there?

I know from the past that when I ask these questions I typically get a mixed bag of replies that conflict with each other. I know, in the end, there’s no universal best fit. But the feedback helps shape my own thoughts on what I think I should do next.

The important thing is, I really like doing this. So I will keep doing it. When you start anything new it’s hard to know whether you’ll still find it fun and positive a year down the road. Thankfully, I do.

Every single one of you who sends a reply makes me feel like I’ve earned something for doing this. So please say hi and share your thoughts. Especially in these weird, weird times, it’s nice to hear that anyone cares and finds what I’m doing worthwhile.

Here’s to another year around the sun. May this one be a little brighter at the other end of the trip.


On Byteside

Virtual Insanity
From Miquela to the HTC Cosmos, the latest Byteside podcast is a walk through all kinds of virtual reality. Plus Tesla, remote work & Spot the robot.
Vivacious VR with HTC’s Thomas Dexmier
Thomas Dexmier from HTC ANZ joins Jetpacks Are Overrated this week to talk about the state of VR hardware right now and where things are going next.
Ross Symons, Big Ant Studios
This week I’m chatting with Ross Symons, CEO of Big Ant Studios, Australia’s most prolific maker of sports video games. Cricket, AFL, tennis, rugby league,

Wow

The Micrashell Futuresuit Lets You Party Like It’s 2099
The Production Club Micrashell futuresuit wraps an array of speculative environmental technologies within a futuristic athleisure design.
Do. The. Work. – wonder and beauty

A nice reminder that in all the noise we need to carve out time to just focus on what we want to be doing. To practise the act of doing and creating even if we don’t feel like it. To choose to do nothing but focus on the one thing we wish to do – even if we can’t get it done, just not let ourselves be distracted by the noise of the world right now.

Fun

When AI takes on Eurovision: Can a computer write a hit song?
One Reddit-trained AI’s lyrics? “Kill the government, kill the system.” Whoops.
How World of Warcraft Has Evolved With the Internet
In an interview with WIRED, WoW game director Ion Hazzikostas reflects on the shifting culture of the landmark MMORPG.

Important

Belkin May Never Be Trusted Again After This Story
Unlike many other end-of-life announcements which simply render products ineligible for support or upgrades, Belkin is literally pulling the plug on its Cloud service rendering its NetCam range of home security cameras as useless beige bricks.
The 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory just took a really dark turn
A broadband engineer who was spat at by an enraged conspiracy theorist is now ill with suspected coronavirus
The secrets behind the runaway success of Apple’s AirPods
The wireless headphones have been a surprise hit. Here’s how

Fun & important

British Museum makes over half of its collection viewable online | Engadget
The British Museum is helping history buffs during the pandemic by making over half its collection, and 1.9 million images, available online..
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