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How to Find the Exact Netflix Category You Want

You've probably noticed that since Netflix switched up its algorithm, the streaming service just throws up the same old suggestions on your home page, usually directing you towards one of its new Originals or something that's trending.

While this is no doubt great for Netflix, who can now push everyone towards the same show to boost figures, it's not so great for us, who have a hard time finding the categories we actually want. Luckily, someone's taken the time to find the "hidden codes" that take you to various different categories and sub-categories.

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Airbnb Just Got Even Better

Airbnb has changed the way we travel, allowing us to find affordable places to stay just about anywhere on the planet. Of course, how those places turn out is often somewhat of a gamble. That’s why, for its 10th anniversary, Airbnb has launched Airbnb Plus. Starting with 2,000 homes in 13 cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, Airbnb Plus properties are personally inspected and verified against a 100-point checklist that covers everything from interior design to cleanliness and comfort, as well as amenities offered and ensures that hosts have a solid rating (4.8 stars or higher). To qualify for the Plus tier homes must have fully equipped kitchens and full-featured bathrooms, among many other features – even the speed of the WiFi is personally tested. 

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Lessons Learned on the Road

Life’s got a funny way of deciding things for you.

You can sit there endlessly pondering next chapters with no catalyst to send you down one chute or the other, and then bam. You’re off. This is exactly what happened to Beren Hall, a friend who’s been on a voyage of self, and geographic discovery for the best part of a year. Last November, Beren and his fiancé split after seven years together. The life-map that “Bez” had loosely planned out in his head vanished. Instead of the preordained manner in which a male in his 30s is expected to behave post life-changing breakup—booze, drugs, dating inappropriately young women—Beren moved out, quit his job, sold the guts of what he owned, bought a Land Cruiser and took off around the country.

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Weekly Digest

Each week we will introduce you to new ideas, products, visuals, and more to keep you going until the weekend swings back around. This week, find out the 52 places to visit this year, learn about Australia's gin revolution that's changing the industry, read the best and worst brand names of 2017, hang out with Giulia Calcaterra at home, check out ten date ideas in Sydney that aren't just dinner and a movie, and watch a short film about pinball doctors.

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Weekly Digest

Each week we will introduce you to new ideas, products, visuals, and more to keep you going until the weekend swings back around. This week, have your New Years resolutions reaffirmed, get a password manager (quickly), check out Joseph Alexiadis' photography, learn what these chairs mean for work in 2018, listen to some 4th graders play classic Daft Punk, and get some inspiration for things to do in Sydney in January.

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Some New Zealanders Built an Island to Avoid an Alcohol Ban

Homer J. Simpson said it best when he proclaimed, “To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems!” That phrase was put on display in New Zealand recently, as a group of residents built a makeshift island out of sand to avoid the ban on drinking alcohol in public places. As reported by BBC, the people who built the island enjoyed New Year’s Eve with a few cold ones under the fireworks in “international waters.”

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Weekender

Each weekend, we’ll sort out your plans for you. These are the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do over the next couple of days. This weekend, read 101 quotes to inspire you in 2018, learn all you need to know about the other cryptocurrencies, find out what the best things to do in Sydney this weekend are, watch the history of the Samurai and real indigo, see Ashley Marie and her rise to prominence, and check out the 10 new principles of good design. 

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Weekly Digest

Each week we will introduce you to new ideas, products, visuals, and more to keep you going until the weekend swings back around. This week, immerse yourself in the surf culture of East Coast USA, learn how to make the foods from The Wire, check out Robert Vincze's photography, find out how websites are learning from magazines, get some ideas on things to do in Sydney, and discover a new book or two to read this summer. 

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Weekly Digest

Each week we will introduce you to new ideas, products, visuals, and more to keep you going until the weekend swings back around. This week, check out the best places to travel in 2018, see how surfing could save snowboarding, check out the most popular women on Instagram, find out where the best bars in Sydney are, learn what you need to know if you want to move overseas, and check out the biggest moments in sport this year. 

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Weekender

Each weekend, we’ll sort out your plans for you. These are the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do over the next couple of days. This week, browse National Geographic's Photographer of the Year contest winners, learn everything you have ever wanted to know about Stormtroopers, see a drone's-eye view of New York City, watch a Bad Lip Reading of Stranger Things, traverse the world with Karla, and check out the ultimate guide to summer in Sydney.

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Capturing the Last Milk Bars in Australia

When Smith Journal asked Eamon Donnelly what he used to go for at the milk bar, as a kid of the 80s kicking around in East Geelong, he reels off a list without a second thought: a Bubble o' Bill (“because it was a double whammy of ice cream and bubble gum”), a bag of mixed lollies (“mint leaves and fizzers mainly”), a sausage roll and a Big M – or sometimes a milkshake. Read the interview here.

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Weekender

Each weekend, we’ll sort out your plans for you. These are the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do over the next couple of days. This weekend, check out the definitive guide for cheap things to do in Sydney this month, watch the dog that protects planes from bird strikes, read the smartphone camera shootout that will help you pick your next phone, watch where the future of design is headed, go swimming with Francesca, and get help early with your 2018 New Year's resolution that could help you get rich. 

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Weekly Digest

Each week we will introduce you to new ideas, products, visuals, and more to keep you going until the weekend swings back around. This week, read how a shed became the top rated restaurant on TripAdvisor, listen to the 100 best (alternative) albums of 2017, check out some HomePod alternatives while you wait for the real thing, scroll through Pancho Monti's work on Instagram, read the secret plot to avert climate disaster, and watch Albie and friends surf New Zealand.

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Weekender

Each weekend, we’ll sort out your plans for you. These are the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do over the next couple of days. This weekend, read how the humble sandwich consumed Britain, find out how your online shopping habit is fuelling a robot renaissance, see the top 10 most followed models on instagram this year, find out where the 'new' Seven Wonders of the World are, get some ideas on what to do in Sydney this weekend, and check out why every surfer should shape their own board (at least once).

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2017 Monster Children Photo Comp Winners

For the uninitiated, Monster Children, that bastion of all things culture and lifestyle both here and across the pacific hold a photo competition each year to give you an opportunity to show off your wares. This year's winners have been chosen, so it’s now our pleasure to introduce you to the six winners of the 2017 MC Photo Comp.

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Weekly Digest

Each week we will introduce you to new ideas, products, visuals, and more to keep you going until the weekend swings back around. This week, ponder what would happen if cars never drive themselves, get geared up for summer with Barbara, see a painstakingly recreated race track in miniature, watch the benefits of getting rid of road signs, find how to see Hawaii on a budget, and read about five brands changing the clothing industry for the better. 

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Weekender

Each weekend, we’ll sort out your plans for you. These are the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do over the next couple of days. This weekend, check out the most stylish movies of the 90's, stare into the sun with Isa Langnes, read how Gennady Podolsky can get you anywhere (or anyhow), get the perfect workstation for the home or office, listen to the 10 best podcasts for a road trip, and find out what to do this weekend in Sydney. 

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Weekly Digest

Each week we will introduce you to new ideas, products, visuals, and more to keep you going until the weekend swings back around. This week, learn how to design a comic book, get some great date ideas for this week in Sydney, read how a convict created a secret network of computers inside a prison, see the best opening movie credits, find a quality gift for anyone, and see Ella Jordan at home. 

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Weekender

Each weekend, we’ll sort out your plans for you. These are the things we think you should browse, watch, read or do over the next couple of days. This weekend, watch how gravity is overrated, see Milian Eyes travel the world, read how Anthony Bourdain and Iggy Pop became friends, meet the man who could solve transit problems, read 101 ways to make $1000 (without doing something illegal), and get help with your Christmas gifting.

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A Guide to Solo Travel

Do what you want, when you want.

Be in total command of your worldly destiny. Sounds pretty good right? Your solitude will also provide in terms of self-reflection, relaxation, and the ability to sort a whole bunch of shit out. Monster Children recently spoke to photographer Laura Austin, who is no stranger to going it alone. Over the years she’s developed an addiction to solo travel, documenting her adventures from the United States to Europe, and everywhere in between.

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