Soft

Winter is here (for those of you in the north) — and that means snow. And snow means skiing and snowboarding, the latter of which is one of Christian Haller's favorite pastimes. The Swiss Olympian and snowboarder got together with a few of his friends to do some free-riding in fresh powder, the title of the video comes from the anagram of "sense of feeling things".

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Lochside House

Overlooking a lake in the Scottish Highlands, the Lochside House was constructed with great respect to its setting. The off-grid dwelling is made from prefabricated panels for minimal impact on the natural environment. The structure also minimizes its energy use with solar panels and its own water supply, sewage treatment, and electrical systems. Made up of three gabled volumes clad in a palette of stone and larch, it pays homage to the peninsula's vernacular architecture while complementing the pristine setting. Internally, oiled timber and white walls create a soft, airy atmosphere, allowing the surrounding mountains and forest to take the focus.

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Stormscapes

Please enjoy this supercut of special effects from Hollywood blockbusters, featuring all your favourite shots of roiling skies, alight with magical fire. No, wait: this is actually just time-lapse footage of real storms shot in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado by photographer Nicolaus Wegner. We just got confused. 

Even if the spectacle needs to be sped up a little to be truly appreciated, it's damn appreciable. And it looks like these skies have some star power of a different kind – is that Devils Tower (which shot to fame in Close Encounters of the Third Kind) making a cameo? Sure is.

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The Sky Piercer

Skier Sam Smoothy describes his style as “fast and loose with a good deal of risk,” which seems applicable to his objective to climb and ski the East Face of New Zealand’s Aoraki Mt. Cook. Directed by Jace Hancox and presented by Audi and The North Face, The Sky Piercer follows Sam and his team as they battle extreme weather and difficult conditions to achieve their unlikely goal.

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Weekly Digest

The daily grind can be hard to get into. To help you get through this week, we've gathered the best of the web for you with the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do. First, here are some shows you haven’t had time to watch this year (that you definitely should). Next, adidas Skateboarding are reviving a popular skatepark for Sydney’s very own City Copa. Read how tourists across America are destroying National Parks (by loving them too much). Check out Kyle Frost’s moody travels over on his Instagram. Take some life advice and come out on top in a heated exchange (and some other key points). Lastly, Inside Hook takes you through the (much) darker meanings hidden in some very iconic holiday films.

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The Thinnest Sheet of Paper in the World

In Japan, one company is taking paper thinner than it's ever been before. Hidaka Washi creates paper as thin as human skin, using methods that date back a thousand years. The paper is then sent to museums and libraries around the world-including the British Museum and the Library of Congress-and is used to restore and protect books and works of art. Check out the incredible process in the video above.

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Platform House

Situated on a triangular lot in Sydney, the Platform House mimics its geometric site with a dramatic angular design. The home, or platform for living as Studioplusthree likes to call it, is made up of a pair of stacked volumes. Its lower level is housed in a while shell and consists of four bedrooms. Perched above, the contrasting charred cypress unit places the main living area in the treetops. It's interior is light and airy, an atmosphere created by a pale palette and loads of natural light. Carefully placed windows frame in the verdant scenery while sliding doors open to a north-facing deck. Cantilevering over the ground floor, the upper floor creates shelter for the garden terrace below.

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First Lessons House

For architect Ray Dinh, the First Lessons House is just that. The home is his debut project after going solo and is a practice in mastering the basics. Part of that was creating a design that responds to its landscape along with the owner's needs which included an abundance of exterior space to take advantage of views of Australia's Portsea lagoon and wildlife reserve. The result is a charred blackbutt, concrete, and corrugated iron structure with seamless indoor/outdoor living. Large sliding glass doors aid in this transition, allowing for unobstructed views of the garden when closed and direct access to the central terrace when open. Acting as more of an extension of the interior rather than a separate space, the deck features its own dining table and BBQ for summer dinners and a sitting area organized around the double-sided fireplace.

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Weekly Digest

The daily grind can be hard to get back into. To help you get through this week, we've gathered the best of the web for you with the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do. First, listen to the complete Beastie Boys catalogue here. Then, take a close look at pencil manufacturing (trust us, it’s interesting). Follow Vitaliy around the globe. Check out the best things to do in Sydney this week. Watch NASA’s (yeah, that NASA) hype video for their return to the moon. Finally, read about the greatest sporting lineup in history (and how it changed announcing in sports).

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25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang

It's one of the greatest, most original, most influential hip-hop albums ever: The Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) has been smashing fans and inspiring artists well outside of the hip-hop genre for 25 years. For The Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is a short film that looks back at the group and the record with interviews of the members, family, and friends that were there during the creation of one of the best albums of all time.

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Deconstructing a Harley-Davidson

 Matt Daw is a Canadian transplant doing custom fabrication and mechanic work on motorcycles in Brooklyn. WIRED spent a day in the shop with Matt as to stripped a vintage 1974 Harley-Davidson Sportster he just bought down to the frame in preparation for a rebuild. Matt goes step-by-step over the process, explaining each part and some advice on getting your hands dirty with an old bike.

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The History of the Hoodie

As part of TED‘s “Small Thing Big Idea” series, Paola Antonelli — senior curator of architecture and design and director of research and development at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art — delivered a three-and-a-half minute talk about the history of the hoodie.

While the hoodie is not something you’d usually associate with Ancient Greece, in her clip, Antonelli weaves the garment’s fascinating story and all the “different universes” it has inhabited over the centuries.

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True North House

Many structures draw inspiration from the landscape that surrounds them but the True North House from Alain Carletakes a very unique approach. Due to the fact that the home is surrounded by manmade scenery created by the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Canada, it instead mimics the horizon by aligning its linear layout with the north cardinal axis (hence, true north).

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Deejo Tattooed Knives

A pocket knife doesn’t have to look like the red and white Swiss Army knife we all know and love. In fact, if you want your pocket folder to stand out from the crowd, we can think of no better option than these blades, each of which sports a “tattooed” design on the blade. With a motif borrowed from ancient Japanese art, the Black Dragon Knife is unlike any pocket knife we’ve ever come across.

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Late Edit

It's been a big weekend. Now it's time to dive into this week headlong. Here is our take on the best of the web, curated for you. First up, find out if you are saving enough money... You know, for grown up stuff. Then, Dan Hong is throwing a huge party at Ms. G’s this week and everyone is invited! Following this, check out the 6 best things that happened (or are about to happen) in Sydney. Do you ever think people on Instagram are having more fun than you? It’s usually because they are. The "side hustle" has become a career must-have, so roll up your sleeves and get to work with this read from Forbes. Lastly, ever wanted to fly first-class? Here are some ways people pull it off.

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If Modern Tech Companies Were Big in the 80's

Tom Ollivier is a freelance art and creative director who likes to play with branding and products. One glimpse at his Instagram page is enough to make that quite apparent. His latest project delivers a dose of nostalgia and laughs, as he reimagines old-school products as if they were made by modern tech companies. What kind of things are we talking? A Walkman from Spotify. A Facebook pager. Netflix even previews the latest shows on a View-Master. We hope there are more of these to come, because it’s a great way for us to reminisce on our childhood. Check out some of the shots above and jump over to Ollivier’s Instagram for more.

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Weekly Digest

The daily grind can be hard to get into. To help you get through this week, we've gathered the best of the web for you with the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do. First, see the city of LA in glorious 8K (or close to it). Read about the greatest counterfeit story you’ve never heard of. Learn how to do Movember right this year. See the world through Quin Schrock’s lens (otherwise known as @everchanginghorizon). Get pumped at the latest plan to revitalise Sydney’s nightlife (in more ways then expected). Lastly, learn how to turn your love of the outdoors into a full-blown career.

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Free Soloing El Capitan

No ropes, no net, no partners — Alex Honnold is one of the top free solo climbers in the world. Honnold scaled the 915-metre vertical face of Yosemite's El Capitan totally alone and spent decades preparing for the climb of his life. From worrying about getting lost to carefully measuring each movement, Honnold talks about what it was like performing one of the most dangerous climbs ever.

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How a Sushi Chef Makes a Burger

In the food industry, few things are further apart than burgers and sushi. One is the ubiquitous American staple and the other is as much an art form as it is a meal. But sometimes worlds collide, and sushi legend Masa shows Ben and Brent from Eater how he cooks burgers at his restaurant in the Tribeca neighbourhood of New York City (and subsequently blows their minds with his approach).

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Brunswick West Bungalow

Gaining popularity in the early twentieth century, Californian bungalows can be found dispersed throughout streets in most Australian cities. While their charm is undeniable, with neat facades and welcoming front porches; their layouts weren’t built for our modern way of living. Taylor Knights Architects were tasked with transforming a traditional home in Brunswick West into a multifunctional space for a young family. A modern bungalow extension to the rear was chosen as a way to retain the integrity of the original home while offering flexible new spaces to enjoy…

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