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Watch: How ‘Stranger Things 4’s Epic ‘Running Up That Hill’ Scene Was Made

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All the moments in the first volume of Stranger Things 4 seemed to have culminated in Dear Billy, when Max Mayfield (played by Sadie Sink) was ensnared in the Upside Down. This was the very scene that catapulted Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill to the pinnacle of Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs Chart, 36 years after the song was first released.

 

In a new video that takes you behind the scenes of the now-famous sequence, Netflix reveals that much of the Mind Lair comes from practical effects.

 

Vecna, for one, was fully-suited in his ghastly costume, and the staircase and blood-drenched floor were indeed real.

But when visual effects are involved, they’re executed impressively.

 


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Sink, along with Stranger Things executive producer and director Shawn Levy, recount the scene in the video below.

 

 

 

 

[via Gizmodo and Cosmopolitan, video and screenshots via Netflix]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419243/Watch-How-Stranger-Things-4-s-Epic-Running-Up-That-Hill-Scene-Was-Made/

Steam’s Most-Wishlisted Game Is Being Built By Unpaid Volunteers

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Exposure and freebies aren’t going to pay the bills, but one gaming developer is promising its workers this much for their efforts in building post-apocalyptic game The Day Before.

While this compensation model sounds like something that comes from a rookie studio with little awareness about paying employees, what’s surprising is that The Day Before is currently the most-wishlisted title on gaming distribution service Steam.

Fntastic, the game’s creator, has delayed its release on a few occasions, most recently chalking up the holdup to a migration to Unreal Engine 5. The Day Before was supposed to launch on June 21 this year but its debut has since been pushed back to March 1, 2023.

It has now come to the community’s knowledge that the title is being developed by “volunteers” who are being compensated in “cool rewards,” participation certificates, and game codes. This is notable, considering the impressive graphics and gameplay being touted.

 

 

Following an outcry, Fntastic edited the text on its website to share that The Day Before is being worked on by both paid and unpaid volunteers.

 

Fntastic, developers of Steam’s most wishlisted game The Day Before, has updated their website to say that they are an organisation comprised of both paid and unpaid ‘volunteers’. You can apply to work for them for free to help them deliver their projectshttps://t.co/8Vf5Xy3w4b pic.twitter.com/KogvTALpTN

— Zach Jackson (@tightinthejorts) June 27, 2022

 

According to Fntastic, full-time volunteers get actual income, while part-time volunteers focus on tasks like translation and community moderation, though they’re also encouraged to impart “useful skills” to help develop “new special features.”

The studio assured Well Played that unpaid volunteers don’t get involved in things like “code writing or development.”

Fntastic, a fully-remote company headquartered in Singapore, says on its website that volunteers around the world form the backbone of its work.

“Whatever you do in life, you do it willingly or unwillingly,” Fntastic’s teammates declared in a months-old video with comments switched off. “If you do it willingly, it becomes a heaven. If you do it unwillingly, it becomes a hell. Fntastic culture is based on the idea of volunteering. Being a volunteer means that you willingly take part in working for a common cause.”

 

 

 

[via Kotaku, PCGamesN, Well Played, cover image via The Day Before]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419242/Steam-s-Most-Wishlisted-Game-Is-Being-Built-By-Unpaid-Volunteers/

Nuclear-Powered Sky Hotel Concept Imagines Star-Lit Views & Never Touching Down

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If a space hotel sounds too distant, you might be more inclined to put your feet up at this perpetually-levitating hotel in the sky. It’s just a fantasy for now, but that hasn’t stopped people from envisioning themselves in its lofty rooms and lounges.

The head-in-clouds concept—dreamed up by concept artist Tony Holmsten and visualized with animation by Yemeni science communicator and video producer Hashem Al-Ghaili—imagines a sky hotel called the Sky Cruise which functions like a commercial plane “while offering the epitome of luxury.” 

 

 

The airborne vessel is propelled by 20 electric engines, which run on a small nuclear reactor with a “highly-controlled fusion reaction.”

 

Video screenshot via Hashem Al-Ghaili, featured with permission

 

Unlike commercial flights, the hotel doesn’t need fuel and is envisaged to rarely land, if ever. Instead, passengers enter the venue via regular jets. Supplies, maintenance, and repairs would also all be delivered in mid-air.

 


Video screenshot via Hashem Al-Ghaili, featured with permission

The flying cruise could carry some 5,000 guests. Once in, theycould take an elevator to access amenities like an entertainment deck, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, swimming pools, sports centers, theaters, and playgrounds.

 

Video screenshot via Hashem Al-Ghaili, featured with permission

 

There’d also be meeting rooms, event halls, wedding halls, medical facilities, and viewing domes for panoramas of the endless sky—and even the Northern Lights. 

 


Video screenshot via Hashem Al-Ghaili, featured with permission

 


Video screenshot via Hashem Al-Ghaili, featured with permission

To alleviate inevitable turbulence, the vessel’s command deck is envisioned with advanced artificial intelligence to predict disturbances minutes before they roll in. Upon detection of turbulence, the system would balance it out with anti-vibrations.

You’re probably reading all this and scoffing at its logistics. Well, you’re not the only one. There’s a reason scientists are working on space colonies instead of sky residences that never land.

One commenter on YouTube writes: “If physics and aerodynamics didn’t exist, then this vessel might actually be able to take off.” Seconding this, another says: “This thing is supposed to fly… ergo, [designers] need to adhere to the principles of aerodynamics.”

“That thing is massive. It’s at least 20 times larger than any commercial airplane,” comments another viewer. “I can’t even imagine the amount of maintenance something this massive would need. And how many pilots would you need to fly that thing?”

The project is unrealistic, sure. But even if it were feasible, could you imagine how much a night at the Sky Cruise would set one back?

 

 

[via Futurism and The National News, video and images by Hashem Al-Ghaili and featured with permission]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419241/Nuclear-Powered-Sky-Hotel-Concept-Imagines-Star-Lit-Views-Never-Touching-Down/

Soccer Fans Can Watch A Game In Their Own ‘Field’ At The Sidelines Of Wembley



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Ever been caught in a throng of fans all in a rush to leave a stadium to beat traffic? Booking.com has found the perfect solution to the frenzy of a post-match crowd. The solution: a pitch-side room.

 



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The room at Wembley Stadium will only be for one night where two lucky soccer fans will have the privilege of watching the UEFA Women’s European finals right from the comfort of a bed.

 

Booking.com has just released 3D renders of the room for fans to get a little sneak preview of it before it goes for sale online on July 6, the same day as the championship kickoff.  

 



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Called the Pitch View Penthouse, the room is a soccer fan’s dream. Decked out in green walls and green carpeting to match the astroturf, the space makes you feel as if you are taking a nap right out on the field.

 

There is a king-sized bed for two people and a large television screen to watch the match. But there won’t be any need for that, as right outside the enormous window is your own personal balcony where you will have access to the best vantage point in the whole stadium.

 

So whether you are out on the balcony or tucked in bed watching the view from your window, you can rest assured that you will have the best seats in the house.  

 

Former England player and Booking.com ambassador Karen Carney will be there to greet guests upon arrival. The morning after the final match, guests will be treated to a pitch-side breakfast to round off their stay.  

 

 

 

[via The Drum and Yahoo! Sports, images via Booking.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419237/Soccer-Fans-Can-Watch-A-Game-In-Their-Own-Field-At-The-Sidelines-Of-Wembley/

Apple Debuts Tutorial To Make Lovely ‘Mantra Collages’ On iPad For A Pick-Me-Up

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These are rocky times, and they call for a dose of optimism.

Apple has swooped in just in time with a tutorial to design your own animated inspiration board or, as it calls it, a “mantra collage,” as part of its ongoing Creative Projects series. Leading the process is mixed-media artist Quentin Jones, who has a knack for creating graffiti-style collages.

To get started, all you’ll need is an iPad. And an Apple Pencil, but that’s optional. You’ll also be working on the free, built-in Keynote app, Apple’s answer to Microsoft PowerPoint.

Once you have your iPad in your hands, the first step is to find inspiration. Swipe through your camera roll and look out for faces, objects, and textures that “spark joy.” They’ll serve as the muses for your mantra collage.

The iPad’s Split View mode makes it easy to drag and drop pictures in the Keynote app.

 


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Next, take a glance at your gathered imagery and pen down any hopeful words that spring to mind. These will form your mantra—none of that “Live Laugh Love” stuff, unless that’s your thing.

Jones goes on to demonstrate how to cut the photos into shapes, remove negative space, and further adorn your collage. You can check out the six-minute tutorial below.

 

 

Sometimes, all it takes for your mood to turn around is a creative outlet. We hope getting into the motion of crafting an inspiration piece will give you that temporary perk you need.

 

 

[via MacRumors and iMore, video asnd cover image via Apple]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419240/Apple-Debuts-Tutorial-To-Make-Lovely-Mantra-Collages-On-iPad-For-A-Pick-Me-Up/

A Font Triggers FBI To Confiscate All 25 Paintings From Basquiat Exhibition

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has seized all 25 works from the Heroes & Monsters: Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Thaddeus Mumford, Jr. Venice Collection at the Orlando Museum of Art, following an unwinding investigation into the paintings’ supposed authenticity.

The paintings, created on cardboard standing between 10 inches and five feet tall, were displayed in the gallery on the premise that they’d belonged in the collection of screenwriter Thad Mumford, who was apparently sold the works by the late Basquiat himself.

The museum’s director and chief executive Aaron De Groft shared with the New York Times in February that Mumford didn’t pay the bill for the storage unit that kept these artworks. As such, the paintings were all sold at an auction to a buyer named William Force for a mere US$15,000.

 

The biggest clue that set alarm bells for the FBI was how the FedEx cardboard scrap on which one of the paintings was on, was printed with the text, “Align top of FedEx Shipping Label here,” in a typeface that was not in use until 1994. 

 

Imagine the effort put into creating a forgery that even the Basquiat experts can’t disprove, all while concocting a provenance that’s just plausible enough that it’s hard to contradict…

Then you realize you timestamped it with an era-specific FedEx font. 😂 https://t.co/1CvXhOCQsW pic.twitter.com/pVMEOsT6GZ

— Kiki C (@kiki2u) May 30, 2022

Basquiat, as fans might be aware, passed away in 1988—12 years before FedEx adopted this font. Lindon Leader, who worked on the new typeface, confirmed that the design only started being in circulation from 1994.

Plus, it was suspicious how—with the value of Basquiat’s works in 2012—Mumford would stop paying for storage instead of instead of selling his Basquiat collection at a far steeper price, potentially millions.

The Basquiat estate dissolved its authentication committee in 2012. According to the Times, it was around this time that the FBI began looking into whether the works had been forged.

An affidavit was filed to obtain the search warrant to look into two possible crimes: conspiracy and wire fraud. The Times, which acquired a copy of the document, quoted that Mumford in 2017 had signed a statement reading: “At no time in the 1980s or at any other time did I meet with Jean-Michel Basquiat, and at no time did I acquire or purchase any paintings by him.”

There has been speculation that the cardboard works were put up for sale on several occasions but had not secured buyers.

The affidavit also stated that investigations had pointed to attempts to sell the artworks with “false provenance,” in addition to bank records that indicated “solicitation of investment in artwork that is not authentic.”

As a result of the raid, the Orlando Museum of Art was forced to shutter the art show on June 24, ahead of the planned closing date of June 30. Had there been no disruption, the exhibition would have gone off to travel to Italy.

 

 

[via The Art Newspaper, ARTnews, The New York Times, cover photo 175564345 © Ritu Jethani | Dreamstime.com]   

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419239/A-Font-Triggers-FBI-To-Confiscate-All-25-Paintings-From-Basquiat-Exhibition/

NASA Is Engaging Casual Observers To Inspect Photos Of Clouds On Jupiter



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Juno, the spacecraft that has been sent by NASA to study Jupiter, has come back with stunning pictures of the planet.

 

However, the wealth of photos Juno has returned with has overwhelmed the scientists at NASA, and they are now calling on the public to help them with this project. So, if you ever had the desire to work for NASA, now’s your chance. 

 

The Jovian Vortex Hunter is the project you could potentially be a part of, and it’s as cool as it sounds. Just like the name suggests, you’ll be vortex-hunting. NASA has sent out as call to study the pictures of Jupiter’s clouds and identify vortices.

 

But that’s only step one of the process. The next part is specifying whether the vortex is moving in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction.  

 



Image viaNASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

 

Your work will contribute to scientists’ understanding of the atmospheric properties of Jupiter. Researchers are looking to determine what causes these vortices to be created as well as to better understand the gas giant’s aggressive gas structure.  

 

If you’re wondering why NASA wants regular folk to work on the project instead of its own roster of esteemed scientists, it’s simply because there are just way too many photographs to look at. So many in fact, it fears it may take years to study all of them. There is strength in numbers, as they say, especially for an otherworldly project such as this.  

 



Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran (CC-NC-SA)

 

There are plenty of different types of shapes of clouds on Jupiter, much like Earth, except not all are made from water. There are three levels of clouds on Jupiter. The highest tier consists of clouds made from ammonia, while the second level derives from ammonia and sulfur, and the third is from water.

 

The Jovian cloud is the type that researchers are particularly interested in, hence the name of the project. Jovian clouds are high-altitude clouds that are surrounded by a multitude of swirling patterns that scientists are trying to better understand.  

 

If you wish to be a part of the project, you can sign in on the Jovian Vortex Hunter portal where there are guides and video tutorials to help you get started on your new journey with NASA.  

 

 

 

[via DIY Photography and PetaPixel, cover image via NASA]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419236/NASA-Is-Engaging-Casual-Observers-To-Inspect-Photos-Of-Clouds-On-Jupiter/

Samsung x Starbucks Brew A Dream Collab With Coffee-Inspired Tech Candy

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The Starbucks siren is beckoning fans to gaze at this alluring collaboration between the coffee chain and Samsung. This invigorating blend, only available in South Korea, features a fun menu of everyday tech accessories.

Steaming-hot on the heels of Samsung’s partnership with The Pokémon Company are Galaxy phone cases inspired by baristas’ aprons and Galaxy Buds cases that look too cute to drink.

 


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The limited-edition series brings four phone cases—each designed with “eco-friendly material”—for the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra.

The Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus get to dress up in their own versions of the Starbucks aprons. There’s one design with the logo stamped right in the center, while another features the words “Count Stars in Your Galaxy.”

 


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Image via Starbucks Korea

The other two phone cases are for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which arrive with a wider opening for the model’s additional camera lenses. One of them is adorned with a grip fronted by a ‘Bearista’, whereas the other sports a faux receipt.

 


Image via Starbucks Korea

 


Image via Starbucks Korea

The collection also consists of Galaxy Buds 2 cases, with one of them embroidered with the Starbucks emblem.

 


Image via Starbucks Korea

The undisputed star menu item, however, is the ‘Latte Art Buds Case’, which is shaped like a Starbucks mug and topped with a detailed print of latte art. Cool beans.

 


Images via Starbucks Korea

The range is now available on Starbucks Korea’s online store. No privileges for working out at a Starbucks café with your themed phone case on show, unfortunately.

 

 

 

[via TechRadar and Yanko Design, images via Starbucks Korea]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419238/Samsung-x-Starbucks-Brew-A-Dream-Collab-With-Coffee-Inspired-Tech-Candy/

A Floating ‘Shark’ Drone Devours Plastic Waste Before It Can Reach The Ocean



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Meet ‘WasteShark’, perhaps the only shark out there who would rather eat the plastic cup in your hand and not your hand itself.

 

Developed by a Dutch company called RanMarine, this whale shark-inspired device has been set out onto the rivers of the Netherlands to clean up the waste that has been tossed into it before it can stream into the surrounding oceans.  

 



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WasteShark is a four-foot-long device that skims the surface of rivers for trash. Its ‘mouth’, much like its real-life counterpart, is kept wide open for the trash to float into as it moves around the waters. The opening also has a grid to detect litter before opening and swallowing it.  

 

The aquatic drone can hold up to 160 liters of trash and algae. Once it has had its fill, it will make its way to the riverbank where the tray can be removed and the trash inside disposed of.

 



Image via RanMarine

 

RanMarine had a laundry list of things to consider when creating WasteShark. Firstly, it had to be able to autonomously swim around and collect trash without harming the water it was in.  

 

Trash that makes its way out to sea is notoriously difficult to capture, not only due to how wide our oceans are but also because plastic does break down into smaller pieces. Millions of tons of plastic unfortunately still make it into the oceans every year. While there are companies like RanMarine worldwide trying to make an effort to clean up our oceans, it is imperative that we do our part as well.  

 

 

 

[via Good News Network and EuroNews, cover image via RanMarine]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419235/A-Floating-Shark-Drone-Devours-Plastic-Waste-Before-It-Can-Reach-The-Ocean/

Eight Men Convicted For Stealing Banksy’s Bataclan Mural



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A mural painted on a door by Banksy at the Bataclan concert hall was stolen on the morning of January 26, 2019.

 

The melancholic artwork was created in memory of those that died in the 2015 Paris attacks, and served as a reminder of the evils in the world and those who perished in their hands. Yet, some didn’t get the message as the painting that was meant to represent an act of depravity had been depravedly stolen.

 

The men had used electric power tools and a mobile power source that they kept in their van to remove the door early on the morning of the crime.

 

They then used a crowbar to get through the plexiglass that protected the painting and, once it was secure, rode off with it to a hiding spot where they kept the painting from the public.  

 

However, their tracks were easily traced, as police connected a robbery at a hardware store outside of Lyon—where electric tools and a mobile power source were stolen—to the missing Banksy mural. After law enforcement tracked down the thieves’ phones, the painting was eventually recovered in a farmhouse in L’Aquila, Italy

 



Image via Banksy

 

Three of the men involved in the heist came forward and admitted to the theft. One was sentenced to four years and the other two were sentenced to three years. All of them will be serving their sentence with an ankle monitor.

 

A 41-year-old lottery winner was accused of being the mastermind behind the whole operation, but when there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him, he was only relegated to serving his sentence with an ankle monitor.

 

Another three who were responsible for transporting the painting out of France were jailed for 10 months, while a 58-year-old Italian hotel owner received six months suspension for temporarily housing the mural.  

 

The ever-elusive Banksy has shaken society with his artwork, constantly evoking thought about the socio-political climate with dark humor and provocative art. His paintings depict the morally corrupt and have unfortunately been subject to theft by the same people. 

 

 

 

[via Artlyst and The Guardian, cover image via Banksy]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419233/Eight-Men-Convicted-For-Stealing-Banksy-s-Bataclan-Mural/

Pringles Finds New Mascot Out In Nature In The Form Of A Mustachioed Spider

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Was Mother Nature the original designer of the Pringles logo?

 

It turns out that, in terms of where he stands as a mascot, Mr P (yes, that’s his name) isn’t single like a Pringle. The potato chip brand has found Mr P’s eight-legged counterpart out in the wild, and it’s now making its case about having the arachnid named it.

Officially, this lesser-known character with the spiffy good looks is known as the Kidney Garden Spider, and it’s most commonly seen in parts of Asia like India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

The spider’s abdomen sports distinct markings that resemble the features of Pringles’ mustachioed mascot, including his slanted hairline, beady eyes, and facial hair.

Inspired by nature, Pringles has launched a petition to have the International Society of Arachnology change the spider’s name to become the ‘Pringles Spider’.

 


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“One look at this incredible spider and it hits you—that spider looks just like the Pringles logo. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it… the resemblance is uncanny,” describes Pringles’ parent Kellogg’s.

The company adds: “Pringles can’t simply sit back and do nothing when there is something in the wild this WILD—this natural phenomenon must be addressed.” In other words, once Pringles pops, it can’t stop.

Should it actually convince the board to rename the spider, Pringles says it has a limited number of chip cans to give away to fans who have been supporting this cause. While there’s an eight-to-a-kajillion chance of this ever happening, it’s not impossible—there’s an ancient cephalopod officially named after Joe Biden, a millipede species named after Taylor Swift, and a moth named after Donald Trump.

 

Fans can join the petition on the dedicated Pringles Spider site, where they can even adopt a virtual ‘Pringles’ arachnid of their own.

 

 

 

 

[via CNET and The Drum, video and images via Pringles]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419234/Pringles-Finds-New-Mascot-Out-In-Nature-In-The-Form-Of-A-Mustachioed-Spider/

Luxury Japanese NFT Restaurant & Club To Open In Real-World San Francisco



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Tired of being relegated to chat servers on a site you bought some rainbow-colored ape? Shō Club could be the safe haven you were looking for. Having a non-fungible token is like being part of a not-so-secret club whose perks are only truly understood by the people within it.

 

Soon, all likeminded NFT enthusiasts will have an oasis to convene at in the form of an actual members’ club. 

 

The Shō Club, run by Shotaro “Sho” Kamio, features a restaurant inspired by “Japanese farmhouse” cooking styles on its main floor, while its second story serves up San Francisco fusion Japanese sushi, such as classic staples like California rolls and spicy tuna. 

 

The establishment has been in the works since September 2019, and it recently sprouted up from stealth mode.

 



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To get into this exclusive space, you’ll have to—and if you haven’t guessed it by now—buy an NFT. From there, there are tiers that separate the different membership perks. You’ll be remiss to know that there is a finite number of club members that can take up the spots in Shō Club, which amount to a grand total of 3,265.

 

Named ‘Earth’, ‘Water’, and ‘Fire’, each tier holds its own spectrum of benefits that can only be accessed by paying a premium.

 

The ‘Earth’ level—the foundation of the scheme—has 2,678 spots for sale. It offers access to round-the-clock concierge services, exclusive dining options, and educational talks on the digital token landscape.

 

Next is ‘Water’, with 327 slots that await new members. It includes everything ‘Earth’ has access to, in addition to cars, monthly omakase dinners, and all quarterly membership events.

 

The uppermost tier, ‘Fire’, is only exclusive to 10 lucky members. ‘Fire’ comprises perks of ‘Earth’ and ‘Water’, plus an all-expense-paid trip to Japan and revenue-sharing.  

 



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Just in case buying dinner and sitting in front of your computer chatting on the server wasn’t enough for you, the ‘Earth’ tier is going for US$7,000, the ‘Water’ tier at US$15,000, and the ‘Fire’ tier at US$300,000. 

 

John Sigel, the CEO of Shō Club, told Eater San Francisco that the club would be a space to welcome people with the same interests to come together and share insights. As of right now, the web is the primary meeting place for digital token wielders worldwide.

 

With Shō Club and other NFT clubs opening their doors, a new world where the physical and digital meet also unravels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[via Eater San Francisco and Robb Report, cover image via PR Newswire]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419230/Luxury-Japanese-NFT-Restaurant-Club-To-Open-In-Real-World-San-Francisco/

Bacardi Launches Wearable QR Codes That Reward Both Rising Artists & Listeners

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To help liberate the voices of underrepresented music artists, Bacardi has rolled out clothing that truly marries style with function. Each piece, designed alongside streetwear label Nahmias and Grammy award-winning producer Boi-1da, is etched with a QR code.

 

When scanned, the QR codes direct people to albums by various lesser-known artists. The clothing line is part of Bacardi’s music program, Music Liberates Music, which gives a platform to those in the industry who are currently struggling to make a name for themselves. 

 

But good music and a cool shirt isn’t the only thing you’ll receive when purchasing from the clothing line.  

 



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The clothes are the gift that just keeps on giving as the more times your shirt or hat is scanned, the more points you rack up, which can then be exchanged for concert tickets. So, not only are you supporting the artist, but you would also reap benefits from the scheme.  

 

The line was debuted at Paris Men’s Fashion Week where a collection of four pieces—a hat, a T-shirt, hoodie, and jacket—were showcased.

 

The pieces are gender-neutral and proceeds go directly to helping on-the-rise artists. The artists featured in the line of clothing include BenjiFlow, Ric Wilson, and K.ZIA

 



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This would be Bacardi’s fourth installment of the Music Liberates Music program and the first of the four to incorporate fashion into the mix. The use of fashion helps spread the message and the program to all corners of the world, broadcasting struggling artists onto the worldwide stage.  

 

 

 

 

[via Marketing Dive and License Global, images via Bacardi / PR Newswire]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419229/Bacardi-Launches-Wearable-QR-Codes-That-Reward-Both-Rising-Artists-Listeners/

‘Mousachusetts’ Springs Up Overnight With Tiny Shops & Buildings For Gentlemice

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A little town with the smallest shops and amenities has sprung up along the sidewalks of Boston overnight: Mousachusetts.

Its architects are AnonyMouse, a traveling Swedish art collective that’s been, uh, mousing around with miniature dioramas of buildings and retail displays since 2016. This time, the group has set up ankle-length shop in the US; specifically, Boston.

 

Make no mistake of them being your regularly hole-in-the-wall joints—these establishments are catered to rodents of culture who would in no doubt have their tails tucked in as they sip on a spot of cheese mousse.

 

You will need to be this tall to enter the 10 mouse-sized installations, spread across five locations, which include the ‘Massachusetts Mouseum of Fine Art, which has its own prized collection of paintings; ‘The Mouzette magazine store; the ‘Whiskers & Tail alteration shop; and a used-books shop called ‘Anatoles.

In the event of an emergency, there’s also the ‘Mousachusetts Fire Brigade’ on standby, though it’s highly unlikely that its frontliners have been trained to rescue cats stuck in trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A member of the collective, which has described itself as a “loosely connected network of mice and men,” tells the Boston Globe that AnonyMouse brought its miniature architecture to across the pond upon invitation by Chestnut Hill-based developer WS Development.

 

Mousachussetts’ nooks and crannies appear very much alive, with battery-powered lights powered up during business hours.

 

A representative says that, when working on these builds, AnonyMouse’s creators get in touch with their childhood selves, imagining a world where humans and animals live in the same space.

 

In this alternate reality, animals collect materials and items humans have tossed away, and repurpose them to support their own lifestyles.

It’s also about spreading some magic into the mundanity of humans’ lives while reminding them to stop and smell the cheeses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[via Boston Magazine and The Boston Globe, images by AnonyMouse and featured with permission]

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‘Titanic’ To Dock Again In Cinemas Worldwide, 3D-Remastered For 25th Anniversary

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No matter how many times you watch the Titanic sink over and over again, it will always feel as if you were watching it for the first time. Now, those who were there when it first opened in theaters in 1997 get to relive James Cameron’s magnum opus for the first time again.  

 

Remastered in 3D 4K and HDR high frame rate, the new version is set to immerse audiences even further into the movie. The movie sets sail on February 10, 2023, internationally by Disney, as reported by Deadline. The news first broke from Lightstorm Entertainment and Cameron’s production partner, Jon Landau, at Disney’s CineEurope in Barcelona on Wednesday.

 

There, a 3D clip of the film was teased, spreading excitement among fans at the prospect of seeing Titanic once again on the big screen. 

 

This would be the second celebratory screening that Titanic has received after its first reappearance in theaters in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the actual cruise ship sinking.

 

Titanic is a movie that has truly stood the test of time, crystallizing the memory of the star-crossed vessel. In a way, the movie’s success has kept the name of the ship afloat for what feels like generations to come.

 

The film had once been the highest-grossing film worldwide after it pulled in an impressive US$2.2 billion at the global box office. It was only succeeded by another member of the Cameron film family, Avatar.

 

 

 

[via Deadline and New York Post, cover image via 20th Century Studios]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419231/Titanic-To-Dock-Again-In-Cinemas-Worldwide-3D-Remastered-For-25th-Anniversary/

New Report Looks at the Rise of Beauty Enhancement Trends and Tools Online

The use of beautification enhancement tools in photo apps is causing significant impacts on user psychology.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/new-report-looks-at-the-rise-of-beauty-enhancement-trends-and-tools-online/626176/

The Top 5 Strategies for Promoting a Book on Social Media [Infographic]

Publishing a book can be a great way to share your knowledge, and boost your branding efforts.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/the-top-5-strategies-for-promoting-a-book-on-social-media-infographic/626169/

Instagram Opens Reels API Access to Third-Party Platforms

Some new options for managing your Instagram Reels content.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-opens-reels-api-access-to-third-party-platforms/626168/

Instagram Shares New Tips on How to Maximize Your Reels Content Approach

Some key tips on how to maximize your Instagram performance in the era of short-form content.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-shares-new-tips-on-how-to-maximize-your-reels-content-approach/626163/

Google Launches New Funding and Support Programs for International Small Business Week

Google has announced a series of new funding and support programs for SMBs.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/google-launches-new-funding-and-support-programs-for-international-small-bu/626157/

Twitter Provides Tips on How to Maximize Carousel Ads and Posts

Carousel Ads can be a great way to boost engagement via your tweets.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-provides-tips-on-how-to-maximize-carousel-ads-and-posts/626155/

Scientists Gene-Edited Hamsters To Be Nicer, Only To Turn Them Into Lil Hulks

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Hamsters are endeared for being adorable and sociable—but not these ones. No thanks to the powers that be that are science, these critters have earned the nickname of little “rage monsters.”

In a bid to produce hamsters that were less aggressive, researchers at Georgia State University used a gene-editing platform called CRISPR to remove the hormone thought by science to be responsible for hostile behavior in hamsters. The experiment backfired, creating not just mutants that weren’t any friendlier but also ones that were extremely antagonistic.

The study was based on previous research, dating back to as early as the 1980s, where scientists learned that a gene called the Avrpr1a receptor affected the behavior of hamsters.

It had since been their belief that Avpr1a in hamsters regulated teamwork, friendship, and bonding, so the team extracted the receptor gene in both male and female Syrian hamsters, thinking that the rodents would be able to get along and cooperate with their peers.

Strangely enough, all the gene-edited hamsters—no matter the gender—expressed “high levels of aggression” when faced with non-aggressive hamsters of the same sex. Instead of being as affable as they were designed to be, the aggro hammies attacked who were meant to be their friends.

The results startled the scientists, who now suspect that the gene doesn’t just govern social behaviors; it could affect “entire circuits of the brain” too.

Scientists have long been fascinated about working with hamsters. Unlike mice, hamsters have a social organization and react to stress similar to humans. 

 

 

 

[via BGR and Metro.co.uk, cover photo 128986416 © Natali Antoschenko | Dreamstime.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419228/Scientists-Gene-Edited-Hamsters-To-Be-Nicer-Only-To-Turn-Them-Into-Lil-Hulks/

‘The Last Photo’ Reveals Smiling Photos Taken Before Subjects Took Their Lives

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Through June 26, anyone walking along the River Thames in London would be surrounded by portraits of smiling people.

None of those subjects, however, are alive today. Their photos were taken not long before they took their own lives.

 

There is no one face of suicide, nor is there an easy way to tell if someone is hiding their grief behind a mask.

An outdoor gallery set up by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) reminds the public that even people who have suicidal thoughts can appear cheerful for fear of worrying their loved ones or being judged. According to the suicide prevention nonprofit, 125 people die by suicide every week in the UK.

 

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The faces of 50 dearly-departed individuals, eternalized by their smiles, included Rob Bell, who committed suicide at the age of 39, the Huffington Post UK reports. His photo was snapped right after he had left a James Taylor gig and was waiting for a train.

 

Bell is survived by his wife Poorna, an author and journalist. She remembered that her husband “couldn’t stop smiling” at the time the photo was taken and that he was humming Something In The Way She Moves.

Steffan Rees was just 26 years old when he took his own life. “He was the best. Always laughing and joking. The life and soul of the party,” his sister Sian wrote. Rees even taught his niece to sing If You’re Happy And You Know It, according to LADbible.

 

The exhibition follows research by YouGov and CALM revealing that 61% of people would struggle to know if a person they knew felt suicidal, and only 24% admitted to being aware that someone who smiled and joked could also be suicidal. 51% were unsure how to help a loved one who was dealing with suicidal thoughts.

 

 

The charity hopes to eradicate stigma and encourage more conversations about suicide, even with people who are always smiling.

 

By spreading awareness about the fact that suicidal faces can take different forms, it believes the community can save countless lives.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please do not hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to talk to an expert.

 

 

 

[via Huffington Post UK and LADBible, images via CALM]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419227/The-Last-Photo-Reveals-Smiling-Photos-Taken-Before-Subjects-Took-Their-Lives/

‘The Last Photo’ Reveals Smiling, Final Photos Before Subjects Took Their Lives

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Image via CALM

 

Through June 26, anyone walking along the River Thames in London would be surrounded by portraits of smiling people.

None of those subjects, however, are alive today. Their photos were taken not long before they took their own lives.

 

There is no one face of suicide, nor is there an easy way to tell if someone is hiding their grief behind a mask.

An outdoor gallery set up by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) reminds the public that even people who have suicidal thoughts can appear cheerful for fear of worrying their loved ones or being judged. According to the suicide prevention nonprofit, 125 people die by suicide every week in the UK.

 

Image via CALM

 

The faces of 50 dearly-departed individuals, eternalized by their smiles, included Rob Bell, who committed suicide at the age of 39, the Huffington Post UK reports. His photo was snapped right after he had left a James Taylor gig and was waiting for a train.

 

Bell is survived by his wife Poorna, an author and journalist. She remembered that her husband “couldn’t stop smiling” at the time the photo was taken and that he was humming Something In The Way She Moves.

Steffan Rees was just 26 years old when he took his own life. “He was the best. Always laughing and joking. The life and soul of the party,” his sister Sian wrote. Rees even taught his niece to sing If You’re Happy And You Know It, according to LADbible.

 

The exhibition follows research by YouGov and CALM revealing that 61% of people would struggle to know if a person they knew felt suicidal, and only 24% admitted to being aware that someone who smiled and joked could also be suicidal. 51% were unsure how to help a loved one who was dealing with suicidal thoughts.

 

 

The charity hopes to eradicate stigma and encourage more conversations about suicide, even with people who are always smiling.

 

By spreading awareness about the fact that suicidal faces can take different forms, it believes the community can save countless lives.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please do not hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to talk to an expert.

 

 

 

[via Huffington Post UK and LADBible, images via CALM]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419227/The-Last-Photo-Reveals-Smiling-Final-Photos-Before-Subjects-Took-Their-Lives/

Captivating UN Ad Peers Into The Distant Future—Still Has No Gender Equality

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Bionic eyes, walks on Mars, and a Moon colony are all projects that are being worked on as we speak. As for gender equality, that’ll only arrive way further into the future.

Last year, the World Economic Forum projected that it would take 135.6 years before the global gender gap is finally closed. We’d sooner be living on the Moon than for gender equality to fully be achieved—imagine that.

A stirring new animation by UN Women Australia teleports viewers into the future, where all the technologies one can only dream of already exist. Yet, even in this reality, women still don’t feel safe.

Created by advertising agency The Monkeys and FINCH, with support from UM and Edelman Australia, the film imagines a woman leaving a protest march in the present and trudging into the future. In spite of the revolutionary inventions that surround her, she continues to be objectified and harassed.

As a touch of authenticity, the protagonist is based on a real woman, who was rendered with AI techniques by film collective Assembly. Motion design director Jonny Kofoed directed the film.

The campaign, aptly titled Equality: Our final frontier, coincidentally arrives just as Roe v Wade was overturned. Watch the video below.

 

 

 

 

[via B&T and Mumbrella, video and cover image via UN Women Australia]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419226/Captivating-UN-Ad-Peers-Into-The-Distant-Future-Still-Has-No-Gender-Equality/