La Cabane

Surfers Dion Agius, Chippa Wilson and Jay Davies holed up in a small cabin in the south-west of France for the making of short film, La Cabane. While heats and scorecards drew crowds in nearby Hossegor, the guys—with the help of European filmmakers and photographers Yentl TouboulGuillem Cruells and Pierre David—scored waves away from competition, drove to Spain in search of even greener pastures, and annoyed distant neighbours with post-surf beers that stretched deep into the night. Autumn in France is a fine time, indeed, if you know where to look. Hit play on the dreamy five-minute edit, La Cabane, above.

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Weekly Digest

The daily grind can be hard to get into. To help you get through the rest of the week (and New Year’s Eve), we've gathered the best of the web for you with the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do. First up, find a last minute party in Sydney for NYE. Then, check out some drinks you can make (and drink) tonight while ringing in the New Year. Laugh with the 108 best memes of 2018. Find out if the biggest health trend of 2018 is right for you? Learn the best ways to be happier next year. Finally check out GoPro’s best clips of 2018.

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The Last Dance

 The world of sports had never seen anything like Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls of the 1990s. Arguably the greatest sporting dynasty of all time, Jordan brought the NBA to a new level of popularity, wowing fans and non-fans alike and becoming the most well-known sports figure ever. ESPN and Netflix join together for a 10-part documentary series that chronicles the rise of Jordan, the Bulls, and the NBA. The Last Dance will premiere on ESPN in 2020 and will be followed by a release on the steaming platform later that year.

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Willisdene House

The owners of Willisdene House in West Hobart, Tasmania, are a young couple who were looking to renovate and extend their existing house, which was over 100 years old. A checkerboard plan brings the garden into this revamped residence, ushering in light and air for passive heating and cooling. The new design places the backyard at the heart of the project and reframes the relationship between the house and garden, embedding the landscape into the rituals of everyday family life.

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LEGO Leica M Camera

When it comes to the best things that start with the letter L, LEGO and Leica are pretty high up on the list. Combining the two of them has finally happened (and surprising it hasn’t happened earlier), which is exactly what Chris McVeigh did with his LEGO Leica M Camera Kit. If that name sounds familiar it’s because McVeigh is also responsible for custom LEGO kits for vintage tech and retro LEGO kits that allow you to build everything from Apple computers and boomboxes, to an arcade complete with air hockey table. The LEGO Leica M Camera isn’t the first camera replica that McVeigh designed, but it’s easily one of his best creations yet for the builder in your life.

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Shinola Hotel

 Set in Downtown Detroit, the Shinola Hotel extends the brand's timeless style to the hospitality business. 129 guest rooms are spread over eight floors, including new construction and spaces that once served as stores. In addition to the expected Shinola products, you'll find marble tubs, terraces, and perhaps even a fireplace among the more than 50 room configurations. Also on-site are a public-accessible "living room", a mezzanine bar — named Saksy's, after the bar owned by partner Dan Gilbert's father — a ballroom, and a conservatory. Part of the company's ongoing investment in Detroit, the hotel is the cornerstone of a new development that is home to multiple eateries and shops, meaning you won't have far to go to find everything you need.

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Rooftop Skiing in France

Your morning routine has just been put to shame. You might as well put down your coffee, turn off your alarm, and go straight back to bed.

Meet Richard Permin, the 33-year-old French freestyle skier from Lyon with a very unusual hobby. In this epic video from Red Bull, Permin wakes every morning in the small ski town of Avoriaz, in the heart of the Portes du Soleil in France. Avoriaz is a pedestrian-friendly all-year ski resort with no cars, a “ski in, ski out” policy. This professional athlete decided to take an interesting interpretation of that rule by skiing not on the pre-set race tracks, but on top of the timbered rooftops of the small town.

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Wu-Tang Clan at the Tiny Desk

The Wu-Tang Clan gathered at the Tiny Desk to commemorate the 25 years since the release of the group's landmark album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). With more than 60 albums between the various members, The Clan's combined discography left them spoiled for choice when it came to narrowing down the set list for their performance. The result was an extended, 20-minute medley of songs from across the group's iconic catalog.

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Weekly Digest

The daily grind can be hard to get into. To help you get through the rest of the week, we've gathered the best of the web for you with the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do. First up, find out a certain infamous drug lord brought hippos to Columbia. Next, check out the best hikes around Australia. Listen to the 100 best albums of 2018. Explore the Pacific Northwest (and beyond) with Jordan Herschel. Lost for gifts for Christmas? Check out Marrickville Maker’s Market. Finally, watch Google’s Year in Search video.

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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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