Old music Twitter feed

Dust-to-Digital is a record label specializing in early, hard-to-find music. They have a terrific Twitter feed with videos I’ve never seen of performers like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Papa Jo Jones, Eddie Cochran, Koko Taylor. I spent an enjoyable couple of hours watching the videos. — MF

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Video treats

These little video experiments from Dirk Koy are fantastic. They are short kinetic loops, like a long gif, that explore perspective shifts, new POVs, and re-framing motion graphics. Quick surprises. — KK

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A newsletter full of problems

I like reading the Houston newsletter. Once a week, the top 5 problems posted on the Houston forum are shared as an email, and by then people have either commiserated over having the same problem or in some instances shared a website/app as a solution. Like this problem of counting calories when you eat out. I am not interested in finding ideas for a startup, but it’s interesting finding problems I didn’t know I had. — CD

The long view

In a time of great complaints about new tech, I am encouraged by the Pessimist Archive which goes through historical records collecting end-of-the-world rants about the horrors of such inventions as bicycles, subways, and electricity. Most complaints about modern things could have been recycled from 100 years ago. The Pessimist Archive is a necessary counterpoint to complain wisely today. I follow both their Twitter stream and their podcast. — KK

Newsletter goodness

I’m enjoying Dave Pell’s legendary free daily newsletter NextDraft. Each day he writes up 10 short summaries of newsworthy items (in the broadest terms). Often unexpected, usually interesting, and always well-written. In a former time, this would have been a blog (and it is) but I am delighted to get it in my mail stream. — KK

Advice from books

I recently started a weekly newsletter called Book Freak. Each issue has three short pieces of advice found in books. Here’s an example, from issue 7: “If you want the law to leave you alone, keep your hair trimmed and your boots shined.” ― Louis L'Amour, The Man Called Noon (1970) — MF

Sunday Soother

I love reading The Sunday Soother by Catherine Andrews — a newsletter about practical spirituality. Each week she shares her thoughts and processes for slowing down and creating more meaning in life, as well as articles, books, beauty products, recipes and more. It’s like getting an intimate letter from a friend. Each email is a tool for self-reflection. Her last two issues were dedicated to grief and ambiguous loss — which I learned is a particular type of loss that lacks a definition and closure. She solicited stories from her readers and here is what was shared. — CD

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Extreme street fashion

Japanese youth have more fun with fashion than anyone. When I need a dose of pick-me-up, a bit of fresh thinking, or a smile, I head over to the Tokyo Fashion Tumblr, which features the latest eye-popping street-fashion finds on the streets of Tokyo. Never dull. — KK

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News from the Future

In addition to Recomendo, I also write a newsletter for Institute for the Future, called “News from the Future.” It comes out twice a week and each issue has four or five short news items that are signals of possible futures that await us. Subscribe here. — MF

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Fond follower

Someone I started following on Twitter who I enjoy is Noah Smith as @Noahpinion. Wide range of interests, topical but unexpected opinions, likes to hunt for data and evidence. — KK

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Literary inspiration

My favorite newsletter right now is from actress Emma Roberts’ female-focused, book of the month club called Belletrist. Weekly emails include interviews with women authors who share their favorite books and articles, among other things. Here’s a link to their archive to check out. I’m also loving the Belletrist Spotify playlists featuring songs that inspired authors while writing their books. — CD

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Make 100 things

The crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has become so successful that it’s also become a big deal to succeed by it. Big projects, big production to launch, and big sums raised. To scale back things, Kickstarter launched the “Make 100” campaign to encourage makers to simply make one hundred of something. A multitude of makers have responded with limited editions of low budget cool things, without a lot of fuss. I’ve backed a handful of them. It has also inspired me to make my own 100 of something. – KK

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