Cool websites, neo-noodles, and crappy hotel views
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Hey Test,

Covering some serious ground this week – from keeping yourself safe online with minimum effort, to Japanese budget restaurant fashion, to photos of uninspiring walls(?!)... it’s all here in Episode 4 of 3X3.

And down the bottom, we’re asking for your requests for Minaal's next product, with $50 randomly-drawn store credit on offer. Andrew S. was the randomly-drawn winner of last episode’s credit - thanks Andrew!

Toolkit.

SECURITY 80/20

We’re entering the Age Of Working Everywhere Except The Office, and that means trusting our digital lives to a bunch of sketchy public WiFi networks. We’ve spent over a decade warily connecting to “Airporrte_TRUE_FREE_WIFI”, so discovering Pareto Security was a serious relief. Simple security checks to make sure you (or your team) aren’t the easiest targets in the herd. Bonus: the project is open-sourced, and the founding team is bootstrapped and building Pareto from Lanzarote in between surf sessions. [@Jason Z, does this count as a legit indie company recommendation?]
 

SHORTCUTS FOR ALL

Taylor Pearson with a helluva prompt for desk jockeys: “What’s the most useful keyboard shortcut you use that few other people know about?” Worth spending some time digging through the replies to get the gold. Our favourite, though, is the life advice sneaking its way into the most productive of threads: “Press power button to Off. Do not press again for days.”
 

(ACTUALLY COOL) WEBSITES IN 20 MIN

For years there was a promise of “nice websites that non-technical people can set up in 20mins”. That promise never, ever delivered (there were tears, usually mine). But it’s no exaggeration to say Carrd has reached that point – crisp templates, idiot-proof customisation, and clear instructions for publishing. If you have an idea you want to share or a portfolio you want to show off, you won’t find an easier tool than this.

日本.

FASHION IS COMING FOR Y'ALL

If you’re in the US, imagine Denny’s releasing a hipster apparel line (Europeans – maybe Aldi?!). This is the equivalent of what just happened in Japan. One of the biggest celebrities in the nation just collaborated on a collection named (again, this is real): “Popular Menu ‘Milan-style Doria and Small Shrimp Salad’ Total Pattern Wear". We have no words, so just go look at the incredible soft-focus photos.

 

NOODLE INNOVATION

“This chili tomato cup ramen is OK, but I wish they made it in soda form, and also in USB-powered humidifier form,” said no-one, ever, except Japanese cup ramen makers.

 

日本語

If all this Japan chat has got you excited to learn Japanese, but you don’t have a ton of time to invest, by far the best resource we’ve found is NativShark. A spaced-repetition approach, plus an emphasis on practical usage, plus an extremely active Discord community equals functional 流暢さ sooner than you’d expect.

Escapes.

YOU DROVE US TO THIS

What do these people have in common: a designer left stranded in Iceland for a week; a boy band member “violently sick” on a flight; and a not-pregnant New Zealand woman pretending to be pregnant? They all tried to evade steep carry-on luggage fees – tried, failed, and in one case almost died.

 

HARK, YE OLDE NOMAD

If you think low-cost flights are crowded, try taking a stagecoach in 1816. You might be seated next to a thieving sailor, or have a clearly drunk driver in charge of unhappy horses, and there'll almost certainly be people travelling on the roof. [@John C, does this satisfy your request for ‘slow travel’ content? :D ]

 

THE WORST HOTEL VIEWS

There’s ‘bad because they don’t match the huge price tag’ – and then there’s straight up BAD. Both are represented in this FlyerTalk forum thread: ‘Crappy Views From My Hotel Room’. A surprisingly hypnotic browsing experience.

You.

We’re back in the product cave – let us know if there’s something you wish Minaal would just go ahead and make already. Whatever idea you send through, it’ll put you in the draw for the $50 store credit.

See you in two weeks.

J, D, & the Minaal team

TRUST

 

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