Simba mattress and SugruPublished Saturday, 2nd September, 2017
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Good morning! I hope that thing you're waiting for works out - why else would you be checking email on a Saturday?
Thanks for reading this email - I hope it brings you value. As always, if there's anything I can help you with - perhaps about radio, eco-tips, or social enterprise - just get in touch.
What I've been doing:
I got a new mattress. There wasn't anything wrong with my old one. Sure, it was a little lumpy and flat and creaked as you crawled into it, but it supported me for many nights. There was a sad moment as I climbed onto my new mattress on the first night, a slight pang of guilt. The new one is a Simba, one of those online-order ones. I had a bit of a faff with delivery and unpacking the thing was a bloody nightmare - it comes vacuum packed in a box less than half its size - but the mattress itself? Very, very good.
I upgraded my website/blog to Ghost 1.0 ...and then discovered I couldn't sign in. The team at Ghost were amazing at getting me back in. Thanks!
September 18th is proving to be a big one. Not only am I off on holiday but it's also the day we switch to Bulb, a 100% renewable energy company that also provides green gas, and the day my phone contract ends.
What I've been reading, hearing, and watching:
Matt and Tom set up something funny. "We Shred Your Comments Live" is a YouTube live stream that has a XEROX printer on one end and a shredder on the other. Imagine what happens.
Here's a simple, attention-grabbing stunt. I love things like this. Big Ben FM (online only!) is playing a pre-recorded stream of Big Ben's bongs, presumably until enough people just stop listening.
My Calm subscription is due at the end of this month. I'll be renewing it. The app brings a lot of value into my life and I hope some of you take some time to try it out!
Shia LaBeouf and Co.'s art project, HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US, is back. So that you're up to date: The original got shut down as did the replacement. They changed the idea and some internet-dwelling ne'er-do-well's tracked down the 'hidden' location. They changed location again and the same thing happened. Now it's back and more elusive than ever but the hunt is on to steal the art piece already.
World's Busiest Cities: Hong Kong was good. Their real estate is the most expensive in the world and people live in tiny spaces no larger than a cupboard. You discover the history and origins of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation - HSBC - and learn about the city's many traditions, from bamboo scaffolding to banishing bad spirits on the daily commute. The last is something I could do with, although the spirits are just other people.
I found the best thing ever the other day. Sugru. It's a mouldable glue that sets in twenty-four hours to form a flexible rubber. Waterproof, salt-water proof, heatproof, freeze-proof, electrically insulating, and weight supporting. It's stuff that you didn't know you needed until you got it.
I've just ordered Everything That Remains. I'm excited to read it!