Fresh Tech — April 2021

Fresh Tech

Our monthly series — Fresh Tech — a collection of fun things on the web that sparked our interest with their fresh takes on tech. 

Earth Month

Wherever you are in the world this April, hopefully you can spend some time outside enjoying  some warm Spring weather. Here are a few inspiring quotes to ponder before we get into this month’s links. 

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

“A walk to a nearby park may give you more energy and inspiration in life than spending two hours in front of a screen.” – Tsang Lindsay

Design

Get your design juices flowing and try designing a better mask. The CDC is sponsoring a competition.

Charles and Ray Eames were masters of design. Did you know one of their secrets is music? Find out more about the connection in this Fast Company article.

How can design technology bring transition assistance to refugees? Read about this recent project by Google.org called Centered, happening in Jordan.

Tech Trends

He’s affectionately called the New York city “Vaccine Daddy.” Huge Ma is a technology innovator who wanted to help get the elderly vaccinated. Now his work has expanded to fight back against Asian racism. Pure genius.

Technology is going to play an important role in vaccine passports, whether they become obligatory or not. While this is still the early days of development, it’s an issue that will affect all of us over the next several years.

Remote Work

Are you tempted to move to a more rural location? West Virginia is accepting applications from full-time remote workers to move to certain towns. Not only is there a cash payment but extra recreational perks too.

You’ve probably heard about people leaving San Francisco for Austin. Was the trade-off worth it for these techies

Screen-Free Saturdays

We admire oak trees for their perennial beauty and expansive shade. But did you know how many ways this species is vital to the greater ecosystem? This article, conveniently aligned with Earth Month, explains why it is always a good idea to plant an oak.

Pandemic fatigue is real! Learn strategies for being more patient with yourself and see the results — both at home and in your business.

Have you been thinking about getting your outdoor space ready for summer? HomeMade Modern on YouTube has lots of great, easy-to-follow tutorials, for building all kinds of outdoor furniture and decor. A perfect Spring weekend project. And after you’ve built the patio sofa  of your dreams, you can enjoy a nice long nap!

Want more? Catch up on last month’s Fresh Tech article.


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