Heads-up: This is the last newsletter issue before I'm off to short summer break in Slovenia. The Weekly Filet will be back on August 18.
If you need something to read while I'm away, there are plenty of great books recommended by your fellow newsletter readers, there's my own digital bookshelf, or if you prefer shorter reads: the archive with more than 2000 timeless gems, going all the way back to 2011.
But first, this week's recommendations.
It's becoming harder and harder not to see the effects of global warming right here, right now (and if you only see then, you're still lucky enough not to feel them or suffer from them). From here, things will get worse. Indeed, they might already be worse than anticipated. «None of the observed changes so far (with a 1.2C temperature rise) are surprising. But they are more severe than we predicted 20 years ago, and more severe than the predictions of five years ago. We probably underestimated the consequences.»
Interesting 30-minute documentary by the Financial Times on Ukraine's tech sector, a vital sector both for the economy and national security, at the same time serving customers abroad and serving the country's war effort at home.
As a matter of fact, your reading experience of this short essay will end...when you encounter the paywall. I'm still sharing it, because I found the take more interesting than the actual essay. I goes like this: Generative artificial intelligence makes it possible to break the limits of any finite creation, thus creating a world without endings. Generate what's beyond the frame of the Mona Lisa, generate what comes after the finale of Succession. The author describes this fascination as «a worldview that looks upon restraint with confusion and sees self-imposed limitations as weakness [...] a mindset that cannot accept finality or limitations—which is to say that it cannot accept art itself.»
«In our world, people sometimes take off all their clothes...so that they can get radiation burns from a glowing ball in the sky.» A fun read to remind ourselves of the strangeness of the world we live in. Take home quote: «Everything is weird until it’s familiar.»
I vividly remember my very first visit to an internet café. The awe and wonder of entering an exciting new world, through the most unassuming place imaginable. I had a sheet of paper with me, with long urls written down, of webpages I wanted to visit. Keystroke by keystroke I typed in those addresses, only to wait many long seconds for those pixels to assemble and show me...I can't remember what. I do remember that I left the café underwhelmed. Well, here I am, browsing the entire web so you don't have to...greatly enjoying this homage to the last internet cafés, from K@mandu to Kampala.
- Saudi football club Al-Hilal has offered Kylian Mbappé a one year contract worth $776 million. That's $89k per hour, sleep included.
- And now for something completely different: Johnny Harris has launched a new YouTube channel that explores how sports and geopolitics intersect.
- The «world's first energy positive hotel» looks like it might attract guests flying in from all over the globe.
- Like geography and have way too much time on your hands? How many European cities can you name?
- Fold'n'Fly — instructions on how to fold 49 different types of paper airplanes.
- Draw a sketch and have AI turn it into a real image.
A gem from the archive
«Like getting a view out the window of an airplane 450 kilometers high.» Stunning images.«Like getting a view out the window of an airplane 450 kilometers high.» Stunning images.
Thanks for reading. I wish you a nice weekend and hope to see you again next Friday!
— David 👋