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70s snaps for days

It’s hard to believe (because I baseline everything on the 90s), but the end of the 70s was almost 40 years ago. I’ve always looked at photos from that decade with fondness because although it had its problems, I’m not sure we can top its film photography, goofy humor, and short shorts on EVERYONE. I’m not sure why I was searching for photos with the term 70s picnic, but I was happy it led to my discovery of My 70s Tumblr. Dig in and remember what it feels like to get lost in a Tumblr instead of social media. That will be 40 years old before we know it too.

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Penclic goes harder on Scandinavian design than IKEA

It’s been a while since I thought about keyboards (other than how to get better about not eating around my laptop), but my new desk setup put me on the market for one. Curious as to what was out there before going default Apple, I remembered Penclic, a company pairing classic Scandinavian design with keyboards, mice, and more.

The folks there were nice enough to send me a sample of their Mini Keyboard C2, and after a few weeks of use, I’m pleased. It’s attractive, quiet, and while I’ve never had any wrist jockey injuries, they seem to take their ergonomics seriously.

If you want to switch up your daily office accessories, give Penclic a spin. They’ve got some solid looking wireless options as well.

This device helps you pinpoint the ideal conditions for creativity

I didn’t get around to covering it when I first received a sample, but 72U (the creative residency from 72andSunny) built a pretty neat compass device it calls LOCU. Every 60 seconds, it checks your environment measuring temperature, sound, and light so you can foster the optimal conditions for being creative.

When the temperature is just right (72 degrees), LOCU will glow blue. When the sound is ideal (70 decibels) it glows magenta. And when the light conditions are Goldilocks (150 LUX) it glows yellow. LOCU beams white when it’s all systems, err conditions go.

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Because we definitely don’t want to offer any alternative facts (those are called lies), you should know there is real research from Cornell, Univ. of Chicago, and the Journal of Environmental Psychology that went into uncovering what the optimal creative conditions are. Just don’t go overboard and spend all day in search of the balance. A lot of great art and ideas come when our tools and environment are less than perfect. Still, LOCU would be fun to experiment with at a brainstorm.

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