Weekly Digest

The daily grind can be hard to get back into. To help you breeze through this week, we gather the best of the web for you with the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do. First up, check out what's in store for this year's Dark Mofo, read how everything on the Internet became clickbait, check out some ideas for stuff to do everyday this week in Sydney, watch Adam Savage (yes, of Mythbusters infamy) build a 1000 shot NERF Blaster, daydream with Viki Odintcova, and finally find out where the now iconic soccer ball originated.

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Iceland's Blue Lagoon Retreat Hotel is Paradise in the Northern Hemisphere

Iceland’s otherworldly volcanic landscape has always needed a truly first-rate luxury resort from which to roam, and the arrival of the Retreat at Blue Lagoon hits all the marks. Located on a private inlet of the titular lagoon, the 62-room property is actually an extension of an earlier complex, but Basalt Architects and Design Group Italia have created a natural transition that blends a concrete superstructure the colour of dark grey lava, with terrazzo, sand, water features and moss. The 62 suites, in particular, feature a quietly rugged mood of walnut and lava surfaces, though the marquee attraction has to be the view of Iceland’s wildly rocky beauty seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Nike launched an Epic Ad Just in Time For the World Cup

As we all know, Nike likes to take it’s advertising seriously, and it’s really gone all in for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, unveiling a 90-second ad that centres around the Brazilian team. It stars some of the biggest names in football, as well as hopeful young kids playing in the streets, and even makes us reminisce about that iconic Nike airport ad from 1998 with a short filmed in an airport terminal. The ad ends with a young kid giving a motivational pep talk to the Brazilian national football team (via Brazilians everywhere), which you may want to turn the captions on for.

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TIME Magazine's Latest Cover Was Made With Help From 958 Drones

Drones are a hot-topic right now, so hot in fact that TIME Magazine has put 958 of them on its latest cover. A fleet of Intel Shooting Star drones were employed for the shoot, replicating the magazine’s iconic masthead and red border by flying in perfect formation above California. The quadcopters were specifically designed by Intel for light shows and, back in 2016, 500 of them set the new Guinness World Record for the “Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously”. Since then, they’ve featured in the Super Bowl live performance by Lady Gaga and the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which became the largest drone show in the history of the world with 1,218 of them in use.

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Vans Unveils the Skateboarding Inspired “Rubber Cap” Pack

Holding on to its skateboarding heritage, Vans has released a new “Rubber Cap” pack which features a semi-circular rubber patch on each model to stop them getting ripped to shreds while skateboarding. The pack includes the Era Pro, Slip-On Pro, and AV Classic Pro, all of which come in a green/black/white colourway and feature the rubber cap as well as an Ultra Cush HD sockliner for impact protection, essentially making these the best skate shoes around.

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Meet the Incredibly Talented Blind Skateboarder - Dan Mancina

Prepare to be amazed, as Red Bull meets up with a skater who lost his vision, but never his passion. Imagine that one day, at a young age, you're told that something was wrong with your vision. Like a race against time, each day your vision deteriorates a little bit more until one day you wake up and, like that, your sight is gone. How does someone skate when they're blind? Simply put, at first, Mancina didn't. Grappling with the anxiety, fear and depression that accompanied his loss of vision, Mancina set aside his board, thinking that skating was part of his former life. He moved forward, doing everything he thought he should be doing as a blind person, but still felt a huge void. That all changed one day for Mancina though.

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Drake Returns to Degrassi in the Video For His Latest Single

More than a decade after starring in Canadian drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake has returned to the school where it all started in the video for his latest single “I’m Upset”. Cameos come from old cast members including Shane Kippel, Nina Dobrev, Stacey Farber, Jake Epstein, and A.J. Saudin, as well as Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith), with everyone partying throughout the old sets. Unfortunately, things end up getting a little out of hand and the video ends with everyone fleeing the scene after the school goes up in a fiery blaze. As the credits roll, we get a nostalgic look at some original footage from the series.

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The North Face Renewed

The North Face is one of the world´s most recognizable outdoor apparel brands, their gear is hi-tech, reliable, long lasting, but also very expensive. Until now. The North Face Renewed  is an online store that sells refurbished apparel at affordable prices, while also reducing the overall environmental impact of those products from the brand. These are jackets, hoodies and other clothing items that have been returned, were defective or damaged. The North Face then cleans them up, repairs the damaged parts and sells them at a discounted price online.

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Apple's Newest Ad Series "Behind the Mac" Features Creatives Who Wouldn't Have Made It Otherwise

Apple has just released four new commercials, each featuring different creatives who demonstrate just how important their laptops are to their craft (and the continuance of them). The ads also star entrepreneur and app developer Peter Kariuki and iconic musician Grimes, who also used the ad to debut a new song called “That’s What the Drugs are For”. You can watch each of the commercials below.

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Pencil Dice

Let’s be honest. Carrying dice everywhere makes you look like some sort of back-alley hustler. Still, dice does provide some entertainment (especially if you're travelling). The Pencil Dice will be your everyday carry solution from now on. Simply roll the pencil to use it as a die. Now your writing instrument doubles as an entertaining time-waster and/or a decision-maker. This clever No. 2 is the work of Sebastian Bergne, a British industrial designer who’s transformed a slew of everyday objects into attractive, sometimes whimsical gear.

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Weekender

Weekends are the best. Two glorious days free of responsibility and filled with potential. These are the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do over the weekend. First up, find out where to buy the best in men's basics. Then, check out some of the best places to get a decent feed (after midnight) in Sydney. Traverse Australia with Better Off Lost, meet the king of fake cash, check out where to watch the FIFA World Cup in Sydney (and when Australia is playing), get some interior design inspo (on the cheap), and finally learn why drones aren't going away anytime soon. 

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Blacked Out Honda CX500 By X-Axis

X-Axis, a motorcycle custom shop based in the UK, has a certain affinity for Japanese motorcycles. Namely, Hondas; their portfolio is constituted by seven decked-out Honda projects, one of which is the stealthy Black Honda CX500, which X-Axis has brutalized in the best way. The custom shop was founded by British motocross champion Billy MacKenzie. Naturally, MacKenzie has a penchant for speed. As a two time British MX1 Champion, for Factory Kawasaki and Honda teams, and a three time overall Gran Prix winner, Billy loved to push bikes to their utmost pace. But after retirement, he needed a new checkered flag to chase – and he found his thrill in customizing the bikes that had brought him much of his racing glory, Hondas.

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Five Shipping Containers Combined to Create a Modernist Home

The home that AB Design Studio devised on a sloping site in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, is nothing short of a triple-threat: It’s largely prefabricated; it incorporates recycled material; and it presents as an elegant display of modernism. Indeed, the house has an impressive list of attributes, but its most compelling element is the use of five shipping containers.

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McDonald’s Surreal Ad Campaign Brings Emoji to Life

McDonald’s, one of the most recognizable brands in history, is playing up its classic iconography in a new ad campaign in Germany. The “Everyday Icon” campaign, the brainchild of Karl Wolfgang Epple, creative director of German ad agency thjnk, and shot by photographer Matthieu Lavanchy, blurs the line between emoji and IRL objects, highlighting just how recognizable McDonald’s visual language really is. Three images are being used in the campaign: a Royal TS (the German equivalent of a Quarter Pounder), a soda cup, and a carton of fries. Each has been styled and photographed to look strikingly similar to the emojis we use every day, highlighting how influential McDonald’s has been on our perception of how burgers, fries, and soda cups should look.

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Saorsa

Freedom, salvation, redemption. Saorsa means all of these things, maybe. They travel for pleasure. Also for work. They travel for love. Or for lack of love. Nowadays, even the selfies have become enough reason to pack up and go but do they detract from the essence of the Journey? You can also travel for the sole reason of washing away worries and anxieties, only to think and to be able to feel a little more free. With the need to reflect on where I wanted to go, these are the reasons that led me to Scotland and almost without realising the beauty of the Highlands became one of the tools for my freedom.

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Royal Enfield Have Brought Back a Classic to Honour British WWII Forces

During World War II, Royal Enfield designed and built a 125cc motorcycle to be deployed via glider behind enemy lines with the British Pegasus airborne unit. Called the Flying Flea, the little bike served in several important operations in Europe, including D-Day. In honor of the Airborne Pegasus Regiment and the Flying Flea, Royal Enfield is making 1,000 Classic 500 Pegasus Edition motorcycles. Powered by a 499cc parallel-twin motor, the Pegasus Edition features WWII-inspired canvas saddle bags and Pegasus Regiment insignia and comes in either Service Brown or Olive Drab Green. Deliveries are set to begin later in 2018.

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This Home Was Once a Propeller Factory

New York studio Fogarty Finger has converted a defunct industrial building in New Jersey into a single-family home. Once a factory that belonged to Alexander Thomson & Sons Pattern Makers, this Jersey City dwelling has been redesigned into a two-story home boasting a spacious rooftop terrace overlooking the Paulus Hook neighbourhood. Keeping the exterior of the home true to its historic origins, designers Fogarty Finger were engaged for the full renovation with the aim of preserving its historic qualities, even keeping the original company sign.

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Weekender

Weekends are the best. Two glorious days free of responsibility and filled with potential. These are the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do over the weekend. First up, winter has surely come early in Sydney (so here's a guide to Sydney after dark). When you just want to stay in bed, here's 6 incredible tech documentaries on Netflix. Listen to the best new music from the week just passed. Head off (in a van) on an adventure with Van Life Diaries. Read an epic story of greed, murder and the mob (all centred around a garbage truck). Learn how to destroy any opponent in horse. Finally, wind down (watch hungover) after your weekend, check out 10 hours of oceanscapes.

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Football, Mon Amour

Designer Virgil Abloh, the founder of OFF-WHITE, teamed up with Nike Football on an impressive new collection filled with bold visual cues and his unique, signature style. For Abloh, football is an opportunity to blend memories of his youth — playing hip-hop tracks on the way to high school soccer matches, for instance — with his interests in mixing lifestyle and sport branding. It's big and bold and full of nuanced visual cues.

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