Interesting things by regular email.
Hello, I'm Mo. How often are you pleased to receive an email? Well, if your inbox has become a boring place, this might be just the thing.
Every week, I gather together interesting topics and links, and share them in an email. I leave out the miserable stuff that makes the headlines, and pick out things that provide a little relief.
It's called 💥BLAST! and it's an old-school thing, done for your fun and mine. There's no subscription fees and no salesperson will call. I've been at it for a couple of years, and people seem to like it. Why not join in?
Here's some things recipients have said about it:
👨 “I f**king loooooove this”
🥳 “...this is such a wonderful newsletter. Thank you for taking the time to write it every week, it's a joyful thing to find in my inbox.”
🙋 “I love this so much :)))))”
🙄 “I might show it to my teenager, but he's a teenager so he'll probably ignore it.”
🧘 “I was reading blast and wanted to say thanks its such a great thing, especially in these times when everything is quite disconnected and politicised. It’s a sweet relief!”
💁 “Really enjoying BLAST!”
🤔 “...your newsletter is a bit like when I buy a nice magazine and read some really interesting things and it makes me feel happy and content”
🥰 “Your newsletter makes my heart happy”
🤩 “This list is f**king gold. Thank you. Absolute gold.”
🙆 “...because of the structure it never feels like an overwhelming task. So in essence, thanks, this is great, keep doing it!”
🧐 “None of your topics are uninteresting”
🤓 “It’s the only email thing I read regularly... it’s v good and always has interesting stuff in it. tbh I wish it came out in a hard copy…. then I'd read it as a treat”
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05/05 - #110: Cognitive toolkit, canal economy, Keith Mann
28/04 - #109: Bumblebees, migrating moose, seeing satellites
21/04 - #108: Nano-factories, the power of daydreaming, roll-your-own pasta
14/04 - #107: Elvis wasn’t a songwriter, Prince really was, plus robot overlords
07/04 - #106: French accents, fish neurobiology, freediving
31/03 - #105: Mrs Mills’ piano comes to stay
🎹 A priceless piano you know and love can now be yours
24/03 - #104: Man vs Volcano
🌋 When a volcano threatens a town, can it be stopped?
17/03 - #103: Art vs science
10/03 - #102: The rebirth of the uncool
A new online era may be fast approaching
03/03 - #101: Mugshot on Mars, making luck, iceberg dead ahead!
17/02 - #100: Head in the clouds
What’s sailing over your head?
10/02 - Korean, Kaguya Orbiter, The KLF
03/02 - Social networks vs social distancing
27/01 - A face amongst the trees, deliberate practice, quantum experimentation
20/01 - Bubbles, beards, buying nothing
13/01 - Amateurism, ambient noise, aerial photography
06/01 - Cop cars, cutting chains, covers, containers, contrarians
30/12 - Beauty, basement living, boredom
23/12 - Surrealism, songs, snow-days
16/12 - Shit-stirring, spyware, sculpting in Lego
09/12 - Can trees socialise?
In a forest, subterranean fungi means no tree stands alone.
02/12 - Whither fun?
This new normal is joyless. What's next?
25/11 - Getting things done, now
Productivity for this era
18/11 - Where does resilience com from?
We hear it’s needed, but where is it found?
11/11 - Can we be divisive and united?
Political polarisation needn’t pull us apart.
04/11 - Above the fold
The catharsis of origami.
28/10 - Wave your hands in the air
Mastering an instrument played without touch.
21/10 - A shot in the dark
Blinking LEDs are a blight.
14/10 - Can tradition be untraditional?
Christmas is coming. Or is it?
07/10 - Ducks are great. That’s the email
Seriously, ducks though.
30/09 - Friends will be friends
What does social distancing mean for friendships?
23/09 - What are podcasts lacking?
Something’s missing. Does the answer lie in classic radio shows?
16/09 - What’s an idea worth?
Ideas are plentiful. So why do we value them?
09/09 - The golden age of deception
Free-flowing information is the perfect environment for hoaxes
02/09 - The high road
Motorways bypass landmarks, but create them too.
26/08 - Getting good at being bad
To bring the world to its knees, you've got to have a lair.
19/08 - The cult of personality testing
Myers Briggs is pseudoscience. Why do we love it?
12/08 - The bias of flexibility
We think we’re more mentally flexible, just like everyone else does.
05/08 - It’s not all work, work, work
The modern work environment isn’t here to stay.
29/07 - A culture of connectedness
MIDI was ahead of its time. Now it’s maturing.
22/07 - Stories made to be told
Commuting needs audiobooks. Not commuting needs them too.
15/07 - There goes the neighbourhood
When vigilance turns into surveillance.
08/07 - A customer atmosphere congenial to all
Often imitated, never equalled let alone surpassed.
01/07 - The other side of the screen
Access to too much bad news has bad consequences.
17/06 - Passport to success
Why is my new passport so fugly?
24/06 - Getting through to the final round
In the reinvention of TV, game shows got left behind.
08/06 - The other outbreak
Racism needs confronting. By White people.
03/06 - What goes up might come down
The internet made everything findable... and nothing mysterious.
27/05 - Losing grip on virtual reality
Getting excited about VR just as it runs out of road.
20/05 - Find your mind
Non-trivial and non-obvious pointers for regaining mental health
13/05 - Every inspiration starts with a little distraction
Finding focus through all the distractions of the new normal.
06/05 - Why can't they just share the hedges?
It's Hedgehog Awareness Week.
29/04 - Required reading required
Book recommendations worth noting.
22/04 - Life's many lessons
Forty learnings from forty years.
15/04 - What do people do all day?
It's a busy, busy world.
08/04 - Date night at the museum
Now's the time to dive in to virtual art collections.
01/04 - Could ancient philosophy improve life and work?
Ikigai: A Japanese concept to improve work and life.
25/03 - Keeping older adults in mind
Report finds older people are widely demonised.
18/03 - Addenda, part 3
11/03 - Addenda, part 2
04/03 - Addenda, part 1
26/02 - It's a small world after all
What's so appealing about a model village?
19/02 - Come on Barbie, let's be present in the moment
Can a fashion doll make you mindful?
12/02 - Is dating the new oil?
Online dating has become big business.
05/02 - How do you sleep at night?
You are feeeling sleeepy.
29/01 - Are you being watched?
What is the right balance between security and privacy?
22/01 - This is bananas
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15/01 - When fake footage goes deep
You won't believe your eyes.
08/01 - On Love Island, it is what it is
Where's your head at?
01/01 - Can optimism be an act of change?
After all, singers always find songs
25/12 - The tradition of tradition
18/12 - Sharing the wealth
11/12 - Perchance to stream
04/12 - Giving the gift of intrusion?
27/11 - The return of the QR code
20/11 - The unreal world of the virtual influencer
13/11 - Where do you feel safest of all?
06/11 - What's your privacy worth?
30/10 - How is hard graft affecting us?
23/10 - Attention, please
16/10 - What can you drink when you're not drinking?
09/10 - More crowded, more alone
02/10 - When workplaces won't work
25/09 - What's Your Beef?
11/09 - Does fixing beat making?
04/09 - Looking to the future, from an optimistic past
28/08 - When to rant; when to rave
21/08 - As tech culture matures, what do we leave behind?
14/08 - Can we be better at disagreeing?
07/08 - Can a high-wire act pay off?
31/07 - Being a generalist in a specialist world
24/07 - I made you a mixtape
17/07 - They came in peace for all mankind
10/07 - The pursuit of happiness
03/07 - We're all a bunch of amateurs
26/06 - Is it good to feel bad?
19/06 - Follow Leonardo around the room
12/06 - Is a picture worth a thousand lyrics?
05/06 - The future for Chernobyl
29/05 - Things are looking up
22/05 - Move fast and automate stuff
15/05 - Charting the unquiet mind
08/05 - Bing Tiddle-Tiddle Bong
01/05 - The Attenborough Effect
24/04 - You're fit but you know it
17/04 - Is it all doom and gloom?
10/04 - Are electric scooters inevitable?
03/04 - The strength and vulnerability of Generation Z
27/03 - #001: The dirty secrets of air-cleaning plants
One good plant pun, but I should probably leaf it there.