Hello!!!! Hope you’re doing well. How is it July already? 2021 just keeps speeding by . . .
I’ve got some good news this week. Our two-month-old son is finally sleeping - so I’m starting to feel rested again.
Did you hear the crazy news? John McAfee is dead - by suicide allegedly. Was he whacked? Was it all one big last prank to mess with people? Who knows.
Fun fact: He actually created a tiktok account with 4 strange TikToks - and the account has very few followers and views. Here’s the most normal video.
His Cryptocurrency “Ghost” website is still up! I wonder what else is still out there? What other McAfee projects are still swirling about?
Anyway - let’s hop into today’s topics, shall we?
I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with what tech might look like after the apocalypse. After all, as long as there’s power, electronic devices can still be charged. However, so much has become cloud focused that our phones can’t actually do that much without internet . . .
A lot of the developing world still doesn’t have reliable and fast internet service . . . and in places - there’s no internet at all.
That’s where “Internet-in-a-Box” comes in.
Internet-in-a-Box brings the power of a free Digital Library of Alexandria into the hands of any school, hospital, or community worldwide . . . Internet-in-a-Box brings the very best of the World’s Free Knowledge (Wikipedia, Khan Academy, OpenStreetMap, E-Books and many others) to those who are offline — e.g. anybody nearby with an old smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Here’s an example . . .
The Internet in a Box team recommends using a Raspberry Pi with a Wifi hotspot so it can be hooked up as an offline server/access point.
One Terabyte of ebooks, map data, Wikipedia, and other info provides an enormous benefit to people in areas without internet access. Here in the west, we take the answer to What is the capital of China or How far away is the grocery store for granted - Google and Siri are just a button away!
I remember as a kid I had a computer without internet - and the Encyclopedia Brittanica was my only source of knowledge. I was amazed by all the things I could study and look up!
I can only imagine the joy that kids would have reading an offline Wikipedia or reading books/studying. Knowledge is power, as they say . . .
Check out Internet in a Box at the link!
🤖Create AI Images
Remember that one issue where I was lementing that I couldn’t figure out how to generate AI images from my computer?
Well, I found a really neat way to do it . . . through Google . . . thanks to a cool Vaporwave Bandcamp musician that I follow!
So, it took me a few minutes ot figure out how it works. Basically, you type in a phrase, and it starts generating AI images of whatever you type in . . . and they’re pretty crazy!
The page is in Spanish - Aqui es bueno porque yo puedo leer mas que yo puedo hablar - but it’s not too hard to figure out.
First, go to the Parameter section
Type in what you want to see. Then, go up to Runtime at the top of the page, and click Run all. Your images will start pumping out quickly.
Here’s a really trippy image I generated from “Vaporwave Pepsi.”
Wild right? Give it a try and see what it comes up with.
🖌Spore.Build: Creator Tool
Creator tools that “do it all” are hard to find these days. Everything tends to do one or two things, then you gotta hunt down another tool for the other things.
Spore promises to do it all - Memberships, Chat, Newsletters, SMS, host your podcast, Host your YT and IG content, and more.
To me, Spore.Build feels like the superior version of Linktree. For several years now, Linktree (and the other link landing pages) have served as the default social media tool for directing users to different channels.
Of course, the one issue inherent with this is that you’re usually directing people to multiple channels - and will people join the ones you want them to join?
You need people to join a channel that you control. You want them to lock themselves into your audience through email or their phone number.
Spore can solve that issue by putting all of your content into one nice place - and you can get them to join your site as a member. Join the newsletter so you don’t miss anything! Join the chat! Become a premium member and get exclusive content today. You get the idea . . .
Currently, it looks like it’s focused on creators who don’t want to spend hours learning Wordpress or other website platforms - there isn’t toooo much customizability. I imagine that will change.
However, the themes are clean and simple, and perfect for the creator who wants to monetize their audience without using Wordpress, Mailchimp, Stripe, Circle, and Zapier. You get the idea!
Check it out at the link!
🐙The Land of Random
Randommmmmm Links forrrrr youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
This looks like the Shopify of Restaurants. If I owned a restaurant, I’d get on the beta for this . . . or at least invest in it. It looks dope!
24 Hour Homepage
Buy an ad on this website - where a new ad is diplayed every second of the day. It’s an interesting experiment - much like that website where you could buy pixels. I thought about it haha.
I’ve played with most of the online whiteboard tools, - from Mural to Invision - and I have to say that Figjam is my personal favorite so far. Check it out! It’s super intuitave - and you can add people for live collaboration.
This really fun web experiment is a little digital island. It’s pretty cool!
Scary Japanese Indie Game
This game looks so terrifying
Tap to Click Miku Game
This interactive webpage is really fun to play with - and if you’re a Vocaloid fan - even more fun!
Audio Only Social Media
The audio only social media app space is filling up like crazy, and this one looks pretty wild. Will Yap be the one?
🎶TikToks You Can’t Miss
Where is this Ice Cream fruit
The wendigos can keep my packages
The neat freak bunny
Well I want to grow my own pineapple
WHAT. These cars are awesome
Joker’s story is sad but dang
That’s all for this week! See you next time for more randomnesssssss