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Houseplants. Those that Millie hasn't chewed into oblivion, I've killed off with too much or too little light, water, humidity or who on earth knows. I persisted in the hope I'd find the one plant we can't kill, all the while spurred on by the NASA Clean Air Study. There is something seductive about the idea of the fussy little blighters in some way paying back.

Having resolved to learn how not to kill plants, one species at a time, I concentrated solely on moth orchids until eventually figuring out how to persuade the buggers to flower repeatedly. Meanwhile, the snake plants I'd neglected also fared rather better, thereby teaching me to leave them alone. This more focussed approach had made houseplant ownership much more rewarding, only for The Atlantic to reveal they don't significantly remove pollutants from the air after all.

But maybe not everything has to have a point. ๐ŸŒฑ
๐Ÿ“  Best fax machines 2019: I've always had a soft spot for faxing. A good problem-oriented technology with almost universally terrible interfaces (as opposed to the online generation, where the opposite is true).

๐Ÿ‘พ John Maeda's Design in Tech Report is out; notable not only for the quality of its content but also that it is published in seven formats. A masterclass in omnichannel: Maeda's started from the needs of his users (on the move with a small screen and limited time, for example, or sitting comfortably with time for detail) and worked backwards.

๐Ÿ’ธ The Manual: best new bot. One sentence at a time, the story of The KLF Timelord's first hit single. Originally published as a set of instructions with a guarantee that "If you donโ€™t get a number one we will refund the price of the book". I'm not even sure pursuing a Number One single still means anything. Also still available: The BBC's wacky dramatisation of The Timelords KLF burning the profits: How To Burn A Million Quid.

๐Ÿ›ฌ How the pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 lost control: an interactive story of the last twelve minutes, drawing from data sources including the Black Box recorder. It makes me wonder how close we are to stories like this being generated automatically, to help contexualise datasets.

๐Ÿฟ โ€˜Office Spaceโ€™ 20th Anniversary Q&A: featuring Mike Judge and cast members Ron Livingston, Gary Cole, David Herman and Ajay Naidu, moderated by Richard Linklater. Also: the film is showing at the Prince Charles Cinema on the 19th April, so if you could just go ahead and come along, that would be great.
Fields of interest: Thinking about plants reminds me that I've long pondered how satisfying it would be to know more about them. FarmBot then opened my mind to the possibility of both stretching and augmenting our own capabilities as plant-growers.

Contributing to a larger body of knowledge seems to have become a commonly-understood idea (perhaps this will be Wikimedia's legacy?) as opposed to simply an academic one. In exchange, that knowledge can be granted back to an individual for tangible application.

Since then, new things in this area have had a habit of catching my attention. On my to-do list for a while is to do something with the plant information API Trefle, and most recently the interesting startup Gro Intelligence, offering what they claim is the most extensive collection of agriculture data. ๐ŸŒพ
Finally: plans of circular buildings... a whole Instagram of 'em: Circular Spaces. ๐ŸŸ


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