Listen to Yungblud and Halsey as They Cover a Cult Classic

Australian radio behemoth Triple J's segment Like A Version gives artists the chance to cover their favourite songs. For the latest edition, Halsey and Yungblud have stripped back ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’ to its bare essentials. With the help of nothing more than a small string section and a keyboard, the two artists have found the song’s emotional core and nailed themselves there.

The cover is also a fantastic reminder of the respective vocal chops of both artists. It’s easy to forget, given the layers of production her music is covered in, that Halsey possesses an extraordinary, classically trained voice, one with the nuance and sheer emotional heft to carry Death Cab’s melodies.

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Lindis Lodge

Surrounded by 2500 hectares of New Zealand's mountains and grasslands, the Lindis Lodge is the cushy way to get your adventure fix. The resort goes nearly undetected. Its wood plank roof blends into the landscape, peaking up from the Ahuriri Valley floor only to reveal walls of glazing. Lined with rich wood, the suites are a contemporary haven to unwind and gaze at the rugged surroundings. Speaking of the surroundings, the pristine lands of Ben Avon station are prime for activities like horse trekking, fly-fishing, and biking. For something a little more extreme, guests can go off-road in a 4WD buggy or take to the skies in a glider, flying around Mt. Cook and Milford Sound. After refueling on high-country Kiwi fare, visitors should head back outside with a glass of local wine and end the night with some world-class stargazing.

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Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics And Men

In this four-part docu-series, director Sacha Jenkins pays homage to Wu-Tang Clan. The documentary will go back to group's beginning in Staten Island and follow their over 25-year run with archival footage and interviews from members like Method Man, RZA, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah. After a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the series will be released on Showtime this year.

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Black Shed House

Set amongst the rugged landscapes of the Isle of Skye, the Black Shed House is a minimalist tribute to the area's agricultural heritage. A simple gabled silhouette is consistent with the classic Scottish blackhouses used by farmers to escape the harsh weather. Clad in corrugated aluminum, the facade resembles agrarian buildings throughout the region while its black hue offers a contemporary revision. Unlike most modern homes, the walls aren't full of expansive glazing. Instead, the interior takes a more traditional approach with thoughtfully placed openings that take advantage of incoming sunlight. Paired with the Douglas fir lining, the interior becomes a warm, intimate refuge.

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10 Principles of Good Design

Dieter Rams established the foundation of good design. His "less is better" approach led to iconic products like the Braun ET 66 Calculator and the 606 Universal Shelving System for Vitsoe. Taken from the documentary Rams, Trollback & Co. illustrates the legendary designer's 10 principles using classic items conceived by the master himself.

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The Art of Miyadaiku

In Japan, there was a time that making and developing metal was so expensive that carpenters had to develop an alternative to nails. The solution was miyadaiku. The method uses interlocking pieces of wood that fit together almost like a puzzle. With most of the original buildings now in need of repair, Takahiro Matsumoto has mastered the ancient skill to restore temples and shrines throughout the city of Kamakura. Watch the video from Great Big Story above.

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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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