Mostly Bits

A short weekly update from Tony and Kyle with a mix of discoveries from our product journey and fun things we’ve found. We’ll also keep you posted on our current projects, experiments, and goofs.

A short weekly update from Tony and Kyle with a mix of discoveries from our product journey and fun things we’ve found. We’ll also keep you posted on our current projects, experiments, and goofs.

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Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #25

A lot of the datavis content that gets attention on the internet is more about looking cool than about improving understand of the data. This one is an exception for me. It communicates a lot of data quickly in a relatively obvious way, and with a clear narra…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #24

This demo is a real banger because it combines several newish technologies to create a valuable product that otherwise could not exist. Bonus: there's not a whiff of crypto bullshit.


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #23

Check out the Public Domain Review. It's a contemporary web publication that plumbs the depths of content in the public domain. They cleverly monetize the operation by selling prints of public domain images, among other things. Awesome! This greatly aligns wi…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #22

More space stuff from me this week. You may have heard that the Artemis I mission is set to launch this week as a trial run for the systems that will send humans back to the moon. If you're a space nerd like me then you probably also know that the SLS rocket …


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #21

You've probably heard of the "observable universe", or all places in the universe we can currently observe, which is essentially defined by the speed of light. Here's a new one for me: the "affectable universe", or the areas of the universe that we can affect…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #20

I'm a sucker for a minimal-nonsense deep dive into technical topics unrelated to my areas of expertise - especially infrastructure. Austin Vernon has several bangers. I'll point you first to this one about smart grid if only because it provides a great overvi…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #19

This tweet introduced me to the Flipper Zero. It's described as a "Multi-tool Device for Geeks" but it's much cooler than that. I have no need for it in my daily life, but that doesn't stop me from wanting one in my bag.


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #18

Things are picking up steam in the CCS (carbon capture and store) space. I just learned about Noya, which is based on a clever premise. If you put DAC (direct air capture) tech in places where huge volumes of air are already moving, you get higher rates of ca…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #17

Turns out people haven't wanted to work for a long time.


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #16

This Slate article makes the case for the return of the residential hotel in the face of, and as a solution to, our growing affordable housing crisis. I never knew this was a thing outside of the old west, despite those episodes Season 2 of Mad Men when Don D…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #15

I was recently introduced the STAR Voting system. It's an interesting alternative voting mechanism that combines score-based voting with runoffs. For use in capital-D Democratic processes, I'm not sure this is more grokable to the average voter than Ranked Ch…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #14

As many of my past picks probably indicate, I'm very into the details of our built environment. One of my favorite cul-de-sacs in that information space is the fact that the Dutch build some of the best transportation infrastructure in the world. This twitter…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #13

I've recently developed a small passion for ultramarathons, or foot races longer than a marathon. If you didn't know, ultras have aid stations at various points along the race and it's very common for runners to have a crew to help them. Check out Hayden Hawk…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #12

You may or may not be familiar with the source material from this article (I wasn't!), but it's still fascinating to learn what was possible with creative use of clever technical knowledge in early film!


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #11

This week I've got another Apple TV+ show that’s past it's cultural moment. For All Mankind is good! In case you didn't know: it’s an alt-history show that posits a world where the Soviets beat the US to the moon. It’s bit of a juicy soap opera and certainly …


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #10

More content for the "neat hardware hacks" file. Charlie Gerard used inaudible sounds to send Stripe payment info as a kind of lo-fi wireless payment dubbed ultrasonic payments. I had no idea this tech was in widespread use already, mostly for creepy advertis…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #9

We finally watched Severance. I'd avoided it because the previews made me think there was an overt horror component. I was wrong about that and everyone recommending it is right. It's really great TV, and well worth a month of Apple TV+ if you don't already h…


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #8

Bionic Reading showed up a few times in my Twitter feed, but I’ve actually been using it for awhile in my mobile RSS reader (Reeder, and yes I inexplicably still subscribe to RSS feeds.) I can’t speak to the purported improvements in cognition, but I do find …


Mostly Bits Newsletter - Issue #7

I recently stumbled across Victionary, a Hong Kong-based publisher of art, design and illustration books. Mostly they make very specific reference-style books, like this one about signage and wayfinding or this one about retail packaging for coffee and tea. I…


Mostly Bits - Issue #6

I'm back on crazy hardware hacks this week. Check out this insane Volumetric Display using an Acoustically Trapped Particle. It uses ultrasonic waves to levitate and move a tiny foam ball to create images. They even use color LEDs to apply color! The video ge…