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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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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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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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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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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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Shut Up and Dribble

There are plenty of documentaries that highlight great teams and scorers, but Shut Up and Dribble is more about what players are doing off the court. The three-part special explores how NBA icons have used their notoriety to bring about social change and voice their own political issues. Produced by LeBron James and narrated by Jemele Hill, the series will premiere on Showtime November 3, 2018.

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Surf Lakes

The unique design of the Surf Lakes wave pool allows for a number of waves to be created around a central “plunger” so there can be more surfers in the water and on waves than the more traditional artificial wave pool found elsewhere (at full capacity, its 200 surfers an hour). As the wave pulse spreads out from the industrial-looking plunger, swell energy is then directed to shaped bottom contours which produce the fast and barrelling waves or the slow gentler rolling waves for the beginner area.

Barton Lynch and Occy are on-board as surf ambassadors and during the prototype testing a crew of prosurfers were on hand to run a fine-tooth comb over the wave pool options. At this stage the pool is still in early testing, which means you won’t get to test it for a while yet. In the video above, Occy, Barton, Parko and more explain and surf the most ingenious take on artificial waves we've witnessed thus far. Head over to Stab to see their 6 part series on Surf Lakes here.

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Earlies


Luke Hawkins’ career started in 1999 as a Graphic Designer before moving on to become an Art Director and these days, a Creative Director. He has worked in both Australia and the UK and has been fortunate enough to work with some great people on some of the world's most iconic brands including Mars, TEDx, Wrigley, Lion Nathan, GE and Toshiba.

This short documentary explores Luke's infatuation with early mornings, the local Bondi creative scene and how that impacts his work. Creating high end skate culture designs with the intention of showing his son work is never hard if it's something you love.

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Big Boi at the NPR Tiny Desk

Big Boi, one half of Atlanta rap supergroup OutKast, stopped by NPR's Tiny Desk for a few songs, both old and new. He brought Sleepy Brown of the Atlanta production crew Organized Noize, along with an eight-member backing band. The pair has been making music for over 20 years, and they're still charting hits. Big Boi played two OutKast classics along with a new song and proved he's as on top of his game as ever.

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Discovering Argentina

Argentina boasts some of the most beautiful, rugged terrain on the planet. The New York Times T Brand Studio flew to the South American stalwart to visit three places that exemplify the culture and diverse landscapes of Argentina. Jujuy, the Iguazu National Park, and the capital city of Buenos Aires give a taste of Argentina from the outdoors to a blend of the traditional and modern.

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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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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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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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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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