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#031: A floating material, extremely slow email, and Moon Prism Power

#031: A floating material, extremely slow email, and Moon Prism Power

A material that's 99.9% air

Aerogel (pictured below) is a strange material that's solid but made of 99.98% air. It has a translucent blue cloudlike look and aside from looking very cool, can be used for a variety of applications, like stopping bullets, insulation (it's 39x more insulating than top fiberglass insulation), and catching pieces of stardust (which it did).

A slice of gastronomic wonder

Sliced by Fed is a food blog featuring issues on topics from Space (how to grow a Martian menu) to Fire (did you know eucalyptus needs fire to reproduce?) to Watermelon (and its untold story in crime scenes around the world and throughout history), paired with a slew of wonderfully imaginative illustrated collages.

The most fun you'll have on type

From the URL (the delightful "SansSheriff.wtf", for all you type aficionados) to a website that features an in-browser game, NaN Juane might be the most fun you'll have browsing a font, thanks to NaN, a typographic services studio.

What about extremely slow email?

There's slow food, slow fashion, slow living. What about slow email? In this article, video game designer Ian Bogost muses on the apps and technologies that have been built to help us slow down and press pause, many of which he relishes for their subversiveness. But what if they're not just "projects", and valid ways to move forward? Is "real time" always the best time? These questions are asked through the lens of Pony, an app that's actually not quite email (more like instant messaging, without the instant part: messages get picked up and delivered just once a day).

Commute with Moon Prism Power!

EasyCard (悠遊卡) is Taiwan's contactless subway smart card system, and last week, they launched a pass in the form of a life-size Moon Stick from the anime Sailor Moon. It sold for around $65 USD, and as you'd expect, it even lights up when it's being read/activated.

One last thing

The term "algorithm" comes from the name of Muhammad ibn Mūsā al'Khwārizmī (his latinized name: Algoritmi), a ninth-century Persian mathematician.