Your current idea isn't your identity, NFTs have environmental concerns, and I can't stop listening to Motorbike by Leon Bridges.
Privet! That’s Russian for hello. Today is Alexander Pushkin’s birthday which is observed as the UN Russian Language Day. He is one of the founding fathers of the modern Russian language and considered the greatest Russian poet. I will be learning the language for the next seven days; let me know if you would like to join me.
На берегу пустынных волн
Стоял он, дум великих полн,
Upon the brink of the wild stream
He stood, and dreamt a mighty dream.
This past week collecting and reading articles for this newsletter gave my reading practice a sense of purpose that was missing for a long time. I don’t think I can physically showcase this intent, but I am excited to keep going! This is nº one of Slightly Modest.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The beginner stage of learning new things is something to pay attention to. As we know more about a particular thing, we become safer in our knowledge, and after one point, it's tough to get back to the start. But there is a joy of being an absolute beginner.
People often embrace ideas as part of their identity. But "your current idea isn't your identity; it's simply a step closer to a solution to the problem in front of you."
The Just Because ad campaign for Diet Coke by Droga5 with shimmering vibes, sparkling, 3D type design, and the 80s aesthetic.
Why is the business side of design always hidden?
A few photographs from French photographer Jonathan Jimenez's new book Naturalia II capturing the evidence of nature's power to reclaim spaces through thriving vegetation across chipped concrete and architecture.
The design Auckland-based studio Fuman has used so many print techniques while working on the book Touchy Feely, which showcases the quality of a paper company.
An interactive essay on climate tipping points.
In the last few months, we've seen a growing concern about the impact of cryptocurrency on our climate, and that extends to non-fungible tokens.
A new study finds falling oxygen levels in lakes are harming the wildlife and drinking water supplies.
Greenwashing has existed in the corporate world for a long time, but now every June during the pride month, the companies can't stop "rainbow-washing" - the big oil companies are no exception.
If you would like to discuss or share your thoughts about and around the above articles, leave a comment on this issue!
Diamonds Are Forever
I’ve never tried to explore and find new songs. But recently subscribed to a few newsletters that deliver me a bunch of albums to listen to every week. Three of my favourites from those albums which I can’t stop listening to are:
For Your Eyes Only
DW released a short 12-minute documentary featuring three cities from different parts of Russia on how environmental issues have directly affected people living in the cities. Stinking air around one of Russia’s largest and ever-growing landfill, black coloured snow polluted by a coal mine, and brown muddy water served to the residents.
If typewriters form a part of your interests, here is a video of a rare Toshiba Typewriter Model BW-2112, which can type in Japanese, Chinese and English.
No Time to Die
On World Ocean’s Day (that’s 8th June), UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre would be launching a revamped platform for the Ocean+ Habitats. The platform provides information on the location and distribution of key marine and coastal habitats and tracks their global conservation status. The aim is to provide policymakers and all stakeholders a better understanding of the conservation status and hence aid in preserving habitats. The event will be live-streamed on YouTube at noon GMT and include a Q&A session with various heads and leading scientists.
And on 9th June, Grist’s Fix Solutions Lab is hosting a broadcast on their YouTube channel about how the modernisation of air monitoring has helped implement community-led solutions in West Oakland. It starts at 5 pm GMT.
I am actively looking for names that I can give each section of this newsletter. I tried kaomoji, but they didn’t feel right. So, I ended up naming each section as one of the James Bond movies. Let me know if you have some ideas for this.
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