Sleeping in Airports/Grayson’s Art Club/Native Lands


Recomendo: issue no. 265

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How to Sleep in an Airport
I haven’t slept in an airport in years, but I can imagine there will be a time when I have to do it again. Sleeping in Airports offers tips for making a night at the airport (intentional or not) as pleasant as possible. The site even provides a list of the best airports to sleep in (Changi Airport, Singapore) and the worst airports to sleep in (Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia). — MF

Everyday art
I’ve been making art every day this year. I don’t care whether it is good or bad, I just enjoy doing it. One of my favorite artists, Grayson Perry, has a BBC TV series called Grayson’s Art Club, where he invites celebs and ordinary people in England to join him in making everyday art. His enthusiasm for all kinds of art, no matter its source, and his low-rent approach to creativity is a total joy and inspiration to watch. The show is warm and utterly brilliant, and makes me want to keep making more. It’s the best thing I’ve seen on making your own art. (While you can stream both seasons of this BBC4 show, you need to do it either in England or with a VPN set to England, and with your ad-blocker off.) — KK

Native land maps
Native Lands is an interactive web map that shows the location of all the indigenous peoples of the world — primarily in North and South America — before they were displaced or eliminated. What is unusual with Native Lands is the high resolution, mapping the resident locations almost to the current county level. You can click on the specific tribe and get links to further information, often from the tribe itself. I was shamefully not aware of the local tribe in our neighborhood before this. — KK

Easily convert file format using Dropbox
I use Dropbox for work and personal stuff so I was very happy to discover that Dropbox has added a new file conversion feature that can speed up my workflow. You can convert most file types into PDFs, JPEGs, or PNG files by accessing the file through and then clicking on three dots next to the file and choosing “Save as…”. Here is a list of all the file types this works with. Unfortunately, this feature is not available in your desktop app, but still very helpful! Especially since I often have to convert those pesky WebP files into JPEGs. If you want more tips, here’s a list of 12 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Dropbox. — CD

Really cute food savers
I love these colorful food savers by Hutzler. I first bought the grapefruit saver ($7) because I can never finish a whole grapefruit, but then I had to get the yellow onion ($5), because I often cut in to new onions forgetting that I previously saved half of one. These are the perfect shape for each vegetable/fruit and super easy to spot in the fridge. I plan on expanding my collection! — CD

Super quiet gas generator
When we recently had an all-day power outage in my Los Angeles neighborhood, I used my Westinghouse WH2200iXLT Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator to power our computers, cable modem, Wifi system, refrigerator, coffee grinder, and fan. True to its name, this gas generator purrs. It ran quietly in the backyard from 7am until 5pm with temperatures reaching 90 degrees. — MF

-- Kevin Kelly, Mark Frauenfelder, Claudia Dawson 08/15/21

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