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 up, dive into a great story about an art heist in a prison. Check out 6 highly recommended art shows coming up in Sydney in October. Learn more about the typeface that boosts memory. Get away with Ryan Abernathy and his jealousy-inducing Instagram feed. Enjoy the light-hearted feel of Jan Vormann patching old walls with LEGO. Finally, here is everything you need to know when buying a home in a falling market.

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Calm, Spooky and Jaw-Dropping: Beyond the Noise

Beyond the Noise by Andrew Kaineder has just premiered in the UK and picked up a “Best Cinematography” gong at the London Surf Film festival. Spooky, mystical and utterly calming – it’s like a massage for your brain at the end of a busy week. Featuring Noah Lane and Harrison Roach, the film follows their quest for silence and the ensuing calm.

“The film took almost a year start to finish, non stop,” explains Andrew. “It was the only project I worked on in 2018. It started with me fracturing my leg two weeks after getting the green light, and ended with Noah tearing his MCL and PCL. I’m sure it was cursed, but we got there in the end.”

Check out the trailer below and catch the film in Australia on iTunes in December, with a Sydney premiere on November 22. Find out where by following the film on Facebook.

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Oh Là Là Paname

adidas Skateboarding’s recently dropped edit Oh Là Là Paname follows pretty much the whole team through the streets of Paris.

Featuring the young Heitor Da Silva, Lucas Puig, Magnus Bordewick, Gustav Tønnesen, Kaio Hillebrand, Günes Özdogan, Chewy Cannon, Raul Navarro and Benny Fairfax, along with European team riders Marcus Shaw, Titi Gormit, Filip Almqvist, Ruben Spelta, Patrick Zentgraf, Hermann Stene, Gauthier Rouger and Amiel Kornicki. It’s an all-star team like no other, in one of the most iconic skateboarding cities in the world. Watch the video above.

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The Ancient Art of Forging Japanese Knives

One of the great things about the internet is the ability to learn nearly anything. From YouTube to online university courses to a whole heap of sites dedicated to specific disciplines, there is almost nothing a dedicated person couldn't learn to do. But something that can't be taught through a computer is the connection between teacher and student. Kosaku Matsumura has spent a lifetime forging knives by hand in the centuries-old traditional Japanese style. For the first time and nearly at the end of his career, Matsumura took on an apprentice — passing his rapidly disappearing skills to a new generation, to keep it alive.

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Bruny Island Hideaway Cabin

Inspired by minimalist Japanese homes, the Bruny Island Hideaway Cabin by Maguire and Devine Architects is an off-grid sanctuary isolated from the noisy city life. Sitting in the middle of lush foliage off the southern coast of Tasmania, this contemporary compact cabin is a perfect place to slow down and enjoy life.

Taking a look inside, the interior only features built-in furniture with the exceptions of the low table and mattress in the upper level. The ground floor of the cabin contains a kitchen, living room, study, bathroom, day bed, and laundry area. Making your way up the ladder to the loft, you’ll find a peaceful sleeping space. Massive windows and sliding doors all around the cabin open up to nature, offering fantastic views of the landscape. There are also two decks to help the owner relax with one of the decks featuring a built-in bath. The cabin utilizes a rainwater collection system, solar panels, and a skylight to invite natural light into the living space, as well as sticking to the client’s brief to keep the dwelling environmentally friendly.

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The FJ Company 1964 Land Cruiser Surf Wagon

Racking up years of experience restoring vintage Land Cruisers, The FJ Company has perfected the art of reviving old, dated machinery. Their latest is a 1964 Land Cruiser FJ45LV, a worthy surf wagon ready to cruise any coast. The build started as a derelict FJ45LV with more rust than original paint. The client wanted a modified 1960s FJ45LV that they could take to the coast, “in search of the area’s best sand and surf.” Mission accomplished. The FJ Company stripped it down to the original sheet metal, repainted it in a two-tone teal and white paint scheme, and then outfitted it with all the modern features The FJ Company is known for. Head over to their website to learn more (or order your own custom build).

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Tarform's Electric Motorcycle is Not What You Would Expect

You have a lot of options when it comes to emission-free, all-electric, modern transport. Most are designed to be good for the planet, but sacrifice style in the making. Tarform is switching it up with a modern electric motorcycle that checks all the eco-friendly boxes while still exuding all the rat bike style you crave. This unique bike that’s equal parts Brooklyn and Stockholm (a homage to the team that started Tarform), along with Cafe Racer and Flat Tracker, combines the simplicity of form with modern technology. As the brand describes it in the video, it’s “a vehicle that embodies the spirit of craftsmanship, advanced manufacturing and a clean technology in order to distill the form to only the essentials.” That means a bike that’s capable, clean and built with the latest and greatest tech to last.

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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 this long weekend. First up, find out how this BMX rider transformed his home (and why). Ever wondered what a smartphone is made of? Check out VB’s heritage clothing range (it’s actually great). Head up into the sky with Trent Micallef and his drone. Read this roundup of the best things to do in Sydney this weekend. Finally, ever wondered what the coolest television theme song is?

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La Dacha Mountain Retreat

Rising through the treetops of a forest in the Chilean Andes, La Dacha Mountain Retreat is heavy on views and great design. Its verticle approach allows for a small footprint, causing little disruption to the landscape while the charred conifer cladding compliments the surrounding trees. Internally, native wood lining the interior provides a rustic warmth for the worldly mix of modern furnishings. The interior is spread throughout three levels. The main living area has been placed above in the surrounding canopies to maximize views. Overlooking both the Nevados de Chillan volcano and the Valle Las Trancas, strategically placed glazed panels take advantage of the home's V-shape to frame-in distinct scenes of the mountainous setting.

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Pocket Rocket Bike

Urban transportation should be efficient and fun — but that doesn't mean it has to be dull and uninspiring. Germany-based Sol Motors has a cure for all the lifeless e-scooters clogging urban roads: the Pocket Rocket bike. The Pocket Rocket isn't an e-bike or a scooter, and it's too small to be a motorcycle, and Sol has categorized it as a noped. Packing up to 8.5 horsepower in a hub-mounted electric motor, the Pocket Rocket can hit up to 80 KPH and travel 80 kilometres. With a weight of 55 kilograms, you can store the Pocket Rocket nearly anywhere, and the ultra-modern design won't make you cringe either.

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This Richmond Apartment is a Fresh Take on Tiny Homes

With the increase in apartment developments comes the move towards living with less: less space, less belongings, but smarter design. When Jack Chen of Tsai Design was posed with the challenge of transforming a 35-square-metre unit into a one-bedroom apartment with home office, he created a clever multi-purpose timber joinery box that serves all rooms and offers the luxury, comfort and detailing found in a normal house. To overcome the constraints of the existing apartment, Jack concentrated on creating multi-functional spaces, de-cluttering, and maximising natural light.

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Do or Die

It was the greatest shootout in NBA history… But the players were not on the same court.

The 1977-78 NBA scoring title came down to the final day of the season. Heading into their last games, San Antonio's silky-smooth forward George Gervin was averaging 26.8 points per game. High-flying Denver showman David Thompson was at 26.6. Thompson had the greatest game of his career, shattering Wilt Chamberlain's record for most points in a quarter. When Gervin took the court later in the day, he knew that he had to respond with a masterpiece of his own—or else risk losing the crown.

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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 up, dive into the life of the real Sailor Jerry. Enjoy the funniest nature has to offer with the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Thousands of vehicles from across India are brought to this scrap market in West Delhi, find out why. Explore the world through the lens of Bradley Castañeda. Tunnels underneath Sydney might soon be the place to go out. Finally, check out the most Instagrammed road trips on the planet.

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Teton County House

Built on the remote wetlands of Idaho, the Teton County House was designed to respect the diverse ecosystem that inhabits the land on which it sits. The home features a small footprint, with its exterior clad in local stone and timber, a combination that compliments the natural scenery. Internally, the home presents a reverse layout with guests rooms on the ground floor and the main living area and master on the second level. This arrangement allows for prime viewing of the pristine landscape from behind the floor-to-ceiling windows. The glazed facade opens to a terrace covered by the oversized roof, creating an outdoor shelter to take in the surrounding mountain peaks.

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LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Oh Baby’ Video Is a Six Minute Sci-Fi Drama

In the fascinating music video directed by Rian Johnson for the LCD Soundsystem song “Oh Baby” from their new album American Dream, an loving couple, played by actors Sissy Spacek and David Strathairn, work together to create something big. They start out with the complicated math, move onto the construction and finally test their creation out with a big red ball. The experiment results in great success and the red ball disappears between two metal frames labeled respectively “Here” and “There”. When Spacek’s character is shot during a break-in, Strathairn’s character knows exactly what to do in order to stay together forever.

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Kodak Ektachrome Film

Known for its vibrant colors, Kodak Ektachrome debuted in 1946 and disappeared in 2012. It's back. First for 35mm, and later this year for Super 8 and 16mm formats, the slide film is once again available. Made from 106 components spread across 15 layers, it's also known for its easy development process, as it carries its own pigments. Its signature blue-hued images were made famous by National Geographic photographers and the astronauts who carried it to the moon, and now you can capture your own memories on the same medium, assuming you still have a film camera lying around.

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Wajung

'Wajung' is a short film by Nathan Oldfield commissioned for The Surfer’s Journal. It features the surfing of Dave Rastovich and the music of Nick Wales. 'Wajung' is the name given to the bottlenose dolphin by the Arakwal People, the traditional custodians of this region of Bundjalung Country on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Wajung can live for over fifty years and they typically live as a community of residents along a particular stretch of coast. As a result, they know the local seascape intimately.

Read an interview with Nathan here.

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Whack World

Discouraged by the abominable state of new music these days? Allow me to introduce its saviour: 22-year-old Tierra Whack.

The Philadelphia artist’s debut audiovisual album, Whack World, is a 15-minute tour of multiple genres, rap styles, vocal techniques, and surrealist imagery. Whack first began her musical journey as a rapper by the name of Dizzle Dizz, before experimenting with her sound over the last few years. The result is a mind-melting mix of soundscapes and styles, with each song clocking in at exactly one-minute long.

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King Bill is a Home That Gives Back to Fitzroy

Within the particularly tough hell of Melbourne real estate, a family has decided to do the unthinkable: use their own residential space to create a public park, to be shared with the community.

That’s the gist of the King Bill House, a private project by Austin Maynard Architects, located in the suburb of Fitzroy. The original dwelling was built around 1850, and was one of the few terrace houses still standing in the neighbourhood. The owners consolidated a surrounding plot into the property, thus adding a garden to a complex that also includes a stable and a pavilion that houses common areas.

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MR PORTER Spends Time with Haydenshapes

Recently, the team from MR PORTER travelled over from London to Sydney and spent some time with Hayden Cox. In collaboration with IWC Schaffhausen, MR PORTER created a video piece (directed by Kai Neville) that captures a glimpse into the Haydenshapes brand and the man himself.

“I never started out thinking, I wanna create a surfboard company, I shaped my first board, then a few months later I shaped another one for my best mate. For the next one, I figured I’d need a logo. That’s when I came up with Haydenshapes. It came to me while I was at a party.”

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