Can A Font Be A Whole Brand? YouTube Thinks So

The question became, if YouTube TV’s font could look like anything, what should it look like? Should it be gothic like a newspaper headline? Should it be blocky like a Hollywood film marquee? The team actually found its inspiration in YouTube’s core interface element–not the logo, which users actually see relatively infrequently–but the one thing YouTube had before any of its online competitors: the play button.

via Can A Font Be A Whole Brand? YouTube Thinks So

Past Pricy Pizza

$20 Million Pizza On May 22, 2010, a developer bought two pizzas using 10,000 units of a then-little-known digital currency called bitcoin. Laszlo Hanyecz bought these pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins on May 22, 2010. Mike LazloToday, 10,000 bitcoins are worth more than $20 million (£15.4 million). Bitcoin is going nuclear. Its price is tearing upward,…

via Someone in 2010 Bought 2 Pizzas With 10,000 Bitcoin. That Would Be Worth $20 Million. — Futurism

And now, a brief definition of the web

Speaking of questions, I’ll re-pose one from earlier: who cares? Well, I do. The openness of the web allowed small companies to become big ones without seeking permission from the biggest ones. Preserving the web, or more specifically the open principles behind it, means protecting one of the few paths for innovation left in the modern tech world that doesn’t have a giant company acting as a gatekeeper. And there’s reason not to trust those giant companies: there’s much less incentive to encourage openness when you have a massive empire to defend.

Not everything has to be as open as the web, but some things should be.

via And now, a brief definition of the web – The Verge

Mellow Table

Mellow, as the Kickstarter page so aptly describes, is a Bluetooth speaker / power bank / table from Team Creatio, a hardware company with a couple crowdfunding campaigns under its belt. As the company describes it, Mellow is “the only speaker table you (sic) ever want,” and a statement that is certainly hard to argue with.

The design of Mellow is probably the best part of it: it’s a polished wood table, made of either black walnut or ash, with beech legs. The sides are wrapped in a gray fabric that complements the look nicely.

YOU HAVE TO CHARGE THE TABLE TO USE IT
But Mellow doesn’t just serve as an end table — it also has a Bluetooth speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack built in for music, along with a pair of hidden USB ports on the back to recharge devices.

I continue to be amazed at the simple ways product designers are still able to combine things into a much more useful sum than its parts. This is a pretty neat table / speaker.

via Kill three birds with one stone with this Bluetooth speaker power bank table – The Verge

Xubuntu’d a Netbook

Managed to revive an old Acer Netbook using Linux Xubuntu this weekend. It’s run Linux since new, previously upgraded from Linpus Lite to Ubuntu NBR. Working flawlessly so far: Wi-Fi, touchpad, alt function key controls. All very snappy and slick looking. Very happy.

Xubuntu is the lighter-weight flavour of Ubuntu, perfect for older machines. Xubuntu LTS version comes with security updates for 5 further years, which is phenomenal. If you have any old machines laying around, I recommend giving it a try.

Thanks to updates it can run the latest version of Firefox (v53 at time of posting). So I will be able to get some occasional netbook use for old times sake, for the foreseeable future. Now if only the battery could be revived as easily.

The Great British Bee Count 2017

Our bees are in trouble – can you help? Join Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count from 19 May to 30 June 2017, and our free app will get you off to a flying start in identifying and recording different species.

By taking part, you’ll learn more about our brilliant bees and easy ways to help them. It’s also a great nature activity to do with children – encouraging them to get up close with these wonderful insects.

You’ll be helping experts build our understanding of different species. For example, how they’re coping with impacts such as climate change and habitat loss – so that ultimately we might reverse their decline.

via The Great British Bee Count