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Pillow Cinema: Watch A Movie, Like in Your Bedroom, But With Strangers

London already has Everyman Cinemas. Where you can watch a movie in a comfortable sofa, with cushions and a nice bottle of wine. Going further in the idea of feeling like home but with dozens of strangers around you, Pillow Cinema will soon be coming to Shoreditch.

You get the concept,  just bring your pillow and your significant other, lye down on your back and enjoy the movie. Well actually, you also have to pay £15 for a ticket and £20 to rent a big bean bag to be really comfortable. Which is no excuse to fall asleep during the film like your grandma watching CSI.

If it seems expensive to you, you have to know that the films will not be screened in a banal warehouse. Hosted by Hot Tub Cinema, the event actually takes place in the former Shoreditch Underground Station. Yes, “the cosiest ‘night in’ night out” occurs in an old symbol of the most uncomfortable places in today’s cities.

The programme will of course feature some nice indy romance flicks like Amélie, The Notebook and even a whole afternoon dedicated to Wes Anderson. However, it will also show some more violent movies such as Inception, Drive or Wolf of Wall Street. 

Pillow Cinema is only available from November 6th to November 16th.

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The A-Z of Slang: A Video On How Unbearable Young Language Has Become

Sometimes, especially when you get a bit older, you’ll enter in a bar and discover you don’t understand shit of what people are saying. Now it happens on the social networks too, where a weird tribe wise-cracks using impressive and trendy words.

As modern life is a circle, most of this slang actually comes from the Internet. Following this observation, i-D Magazine and director Niall Kenny have made a video about this phenomenon. It basically features some Urban Dictionary style definitions in a video that looks more like an Urban Outfitters ad. If Urban Outfitters was as cool as it used to be, obvs.

The video goes too fast for your archaic brain, so here is a list of the words and definitions.

The A-Z of Slang

AAbout last night

Often used to describe an embarrassing situation from the night before.

BBasic Bitch

A Rosé drinking, cup-cake baker who’s just like every other girl.

CCasual

Used ironically for situations that aren’t casual at all.

DDev’d

An abbreviation to relay a feeling of total devastation.

EEmoji

A picture sent in text messaging that depicts a thousand words.

FFOMO

An acronym for “Fear Of Missing Out”

G - Girlfriend Voice

Change in pitch or tone of the male voice when talking to their significant other.

HH.A.M

An acronym for “Has Hard as Motherfucker”.

II Can’t Even

Something so great you can’t comprehend it.

JJ’adore

French for “I love” used whenever you like anything.

KKillin It

Doing something to such high standard no one could ever match it.

LLiterally Dying

Expressing a love for something so it’s killing you.

MMy Bae

A word to describe “my significant other”.

NNormCore

Trying to look as normal or as boring as possible.

OObvs

An abbreviation for the world “obviously”.

PPhotoBomb

Someone crashing a photo and appearing unexpectedly in the background.

QQuiche

Used to describe someone who is hotter than hot.

RRager

An outrageous party.

S - SorryNotSorry

Used on social media when you should be sorry but you’re actually not.

TTurnt Up

Drunk, wasted or otherwise impaired.

UUntold

Used to describe something totally unbelievable.

VVery Rare

A term pioneered by A$AP Rocky to show off your designer clothes.

WWhatevs

An abbreviation for the term ‘whatever’, used to describe not caring about something.

XXtra H.A.M

Like H.A.M. but turnt up.

YYAT

A word used to describe hot girls.

ZZZZZZZZZs

Something so boring it puts you to sleep. 

Nostalgia Overloads As Windows 93 Finally Returns To Your Mac

I’m not saying Microsoft Windows hate their users. But if their users were on fire, and Microsoft had water, they’d probably drink it.

Windows 93, the god-awful piece of software that spawned a global revolution in personal computing, is now so painfully old that it can all be stored in one comprehensive interactive website.

We all remember how naff and impractical it was back in the day. Now though, memory is not required thanks to this new throwback game where you can re-live all the frustration and anxiety caused by the original. Of course back then it was cutting edge state-of-the-art technology.

Thankfully, the website shows you ’93 in all its former glory – just as useless and knackered as it has ever been. Hours of fun educing some forgotten memories! Hopefully this will leave you a little more grateful for you current iOS.

You can get stuck in and try it here. See how long you can play without contracting a virus.

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Screenshot from www.windows93.net/

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#FutureHype: Would You Fly In An Aeroplane Without Windows?

We are living in the “information age”, whatever that means. Between the birth of humanity and the year 2003 five exabytes of information were recorded by humans. Now, in 2014, we humans record more than five exabytes of new information every two days.

What we think we know today may not be at all certain tomorrow, but one thing is for sure: we’re living in the future. So that you can be ready for whatever the future holds, each week we’ll search high and low online to bring you the best futuristic content from the worlds of science, art, design, architecture, computing and robotics.

Welcome, to #Futurehype. This week, Commercial Aviation.

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Windowless Planes In Our Skies By 2030

The rise of the windowless aeroplane is something that aviation companies have been discussing for many years.

Primarily this is due to the inefficiency of aeroplane windows which are costly to input, bad for the environment and reduce travel time. Secondly, it helps in reducing the overall weight and empty space of the aircraft allowing for safer, longer and more comfortable periods of travel.

In a fast paced world where interactivity and customisability reign supreme it no longer makes sense to offer passengers just one view during their journey. Dr Jon Helliwell form the Centre Process for Innovation, the company responsible for the invention, was quoted by The Guardian as saying:

We had been speaking to people in aerospace and we understood that there was this need to take weight out of aircraft. Follow the logical thought through. Let’s take all the windows out – that’s what they do in cargo aircraft – what are the passengers going to do? If you think about it, it’s only really the people that are sitting next to windows that will suffer.

With over 80% of the weight of a commercial plane taken up by the fuel tanks today, weight reduction is a constant and ever demanding challenge for engineers and designers to conquer.

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The Future Looks Even Better If You’re Rich

Last year at the NBAA (National Business and American Aviation) show, a French design company called Technicon Design unvieled plans for a new type of private jet.

Just like the CPI proposal the new aircraft features no windows. Of course, this is a luxury aircraft so will be hella expensive. The interior looks like it would be better suited to Kim Jong Un and his entourage.

Gareth Davies, the Design Director at Technicon’s French Studio near Paris gave a statement at the convention last year to the following affect:

The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different but not just a fantasy. It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion. challenged the team to break out of conventional thinking with regards to a business jet exterior and interior. Whilst defining the concept sketches for the exterior, I asked the rest of the team to start thinking about interior concepts and what we could do differently.

IXION Windowless Jet Concept from Technicon Design - France on Vimeo.

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Playing Adult: The Big Draw Festival, Barcelona

Why is it that adults hide behind the pretense of teaching children to allow themselves to get creative?

Last Sunday was Barcelona’s festival of mark-making The Big Draw, with free artist’s workshops at 25 venues across the city. The primary coloured posters and silly faces suggest the target audience was surely families looking to distract their kiddiewinks, but I can assure you having explored some of the sites that a significant number of the participants  – who seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely – were ‘grown-ups’.

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As a child your senses are relentlessly stimulated: new faces, new smells, and new tastes, everyday a new encounter as your world expands. But as adults our lives become more repetitive, we work the same job daily, frequent the same bars, eat the same food and are less likely to make new friends.

Our brains, bored numb by this repetition of information start making shortcuts and cease to form new memories – so if you can’t remember what you had for dinner on Monday night, it was probably the same as Tuesday…

Photo by Gabi Marsh

Photo by Gabi Marsh

There seems to be a certain stigma attached to adults enjoying themselves. As if the very notion that we may be having fun – when we should be earning, paying taxes, saving for our hip operations – is unthinkable. It frustrates me to see people reading the monochrome ‘grown-up’ editions of books like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games; attempting to disguise your interests is for the acne ridden years of DIY piercings and pretending to listen to bands you don’t like, and only reinforces the taboo! Reading ‘Harry Potter’ doesn’t mean you’re not capable of ‘War and Peace’, it means you don’t want go to work with a headache, in any case surely by now you shouldn’t give a shit what someone along the tube carriage thinks.

The organisers of the The Big Draw seem to have got the balance right. Yes there was the arbitrary mask making and decorate your own skateboard deck, hey you have to cater for the hipsters of Barcelona somehow, but also artist talks and live art.

Photo by Gabi Marsh

Photo by Gabi Marsh

My personal favourite was Toni Batllori’s workshop ‘Potatoes and Plans: You don’t need to know how to draw to be able to explain things’ which focused on the idea that everyone has known how to draw a potato (it’s a wonky circle) thus if you can explain what a potato is in a drawing why not other ideas?

Batllori is a satirical cartoonist for El Noticiero Universal, Avui, El País and Diari de Barcelona and so it was not only intriguing to see how he uses drawing as a way of thinking but pretty encouraging to note that his drawings weren’t perfect or even beautiful – but his thoughts were big.

This emphasis on ideas over image was clear from the start of the festival. ‘Drawing’ means thinking, ‘creating’ means exploring those ideas, sticking it up on the wall is when the discussion begins…

It’s time to start playing again, lest our braincells wither and die, so go find a child and steal her toys.

Words by Gabriella Marsh.

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Photo by Gabi Marsh

Photo by Gabi Marsh

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Photo by Gabi Marsh

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The Big Draw is an international campaign with drawing events also taking place now in the UK until November 2, you can find out more here.

Nike x Pedro Lourenço: Functional & Feminine Workout Gear

Sao Paolo native Pedro Lourenço has collaborated on his first women’s training apparel collection with Nike, blending functionality and femininity together to create an incredibly desirable array of sportswear.

Opting for a clean monochrome aesthetic, the designer combines a looser fitting tank top and 60s shorts with bold running tights and figure hugging long-sleeved training shirt. These basics take on the brunt of intense physical exercise while still giving of a polished, fashion-forward vibe.

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Along with the basic training apparel the collection also include a pearl coloured hooded outerwear jacket, a spider-webbed black training jacket and grey/silver trainers. The transitional quality of the collection means that you could easily throw on most of the pieces and head out on the street without feeling like you’re wearing ratty gym gear, again emphasising the leaps sportswear brands have been making into combining fitness and fashion to please their customers in recent years.

The Brazilian designer’ collection, worn by the lithe Karlie Kloss, will no doubt be a big seller when it comes out online on November 13 as it’s colour-scheme and style is perfect for winter exercise. You can preview the collection on the US NikeLab site here.

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Spike Jonze Turns 45 And We Still Don’t Really Know Who He Is

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Courtesy of Variety Magazine

Ever the enigma, American director, producer, screenwriter, actor and Oscar winner Spike Jonze is one of the most prominent and well loved voices in modern filmmaking. Today Jonze turns 45 and can look back on an eclectic career filled with a litany of interesting and exciting projects.

Whether he is working on music videos, shooting commercials, directing short films or just hanging around in a car park, Spike is that rare breed of artist intent on challenging his audience with fresh, innovative content.

But who is the man behind the movies? What makes Spike so distinctive? Why do his films stand apart from the rest of Hollywood today and why does he take so damn long to finish them?

Skater, Turned Stuntman, Turned Filmmaker

Born Adam Spiegel he earned the nickname of Spike Jonze as a young man from a community store owner who gave him it in reference to 1930s entertainer Spike Jones. Spike was a skateboarder from a young age and even an occasional stuntman before making the transition to becoming a video director.

Like many skaters Spike has a tenacity and boisterousness which leads him to repeat different techniques over and over until he gets them right. Perhaps that’s why many of his films seem so flawless in the edit. In a recent Reddit AMA, promoting his movie Her, he gave a candid response to one user about how skating changed his life:

 

That’s such a hard thing to put into words. Because it’s been such a big part of my life. I think that skateboarding always attracted individual thinkers, and being a skater growing up, they had a big influence on me.

 

The Definitive “Auteur” Director

As if his track record wasn’t enough proof that he is the sensitive artistic type, earlier this year Spike gave what can only be described as an “awkward” interview to BBC’s Newsnight. During the brief chat streamed live from Los Angeles he decided to switch it up and interview the interviewer instead of answering her bland questions.

Spike is to our generation what Stanley Kubrick was to the past generation. Like Kubrick, who only picked up 16 director credits during his entire career, Jonze is slow genius ; he takes a long time to make each film, injecting a small piece of his soul into every new project. This style leaves the audience with the distinct feeling that we know him personally. However, he remains a pretty aloof and mysterious bloke.

Because of this his stories appear especially vivid. Spike puts a great deal of himself into his films, so much so that we wonder if he isn’t the real life inspiration for the character of Theodore Twobley in the movie ‘Her’. Today, he continues to draw on personal experience from his own life which gives his pictures a deeply intimate overtone:

 

I think I tried to write about what I was thinking about. [I was] writing about, you know, the questions we were talking about in terms of the way we live with technology right now, but more so writing about trying to understand relationships and myself in relationships. Trying to make sense of it all.

 

Today Spike Jonze remains much of a mystery. We all know that his films explore the themes of love, fidelity, technology and art but few people can tell you much about the man himself.

And you know what? That’s a good thing. He should stay as elusive as ever because his mystery is integral to his charm. Happy berfday, Spike.

Fish Apparently Invented Sex 385 Million Years Ago In Scotland

An international team of scientists have confirmed that the origins of copulation arise from fish named Microbrachius Dickiis; believed to be the first-known animal to trade-in conventional methods of reproduction though spawning and instead mating through sex.

An audience gathers as Microbrachius Dickiis enjoy sideways copulation. Artist impression: Brian Choo/Flinders University

An audience gathers as Microbrachius Dickiis enjoy sideways copulation. Artist impression: Brian Choo/Flinders University

The research – published in the International Weekly Journal of Science (IWJS) – concluded that the randy school of Antiarch Placoderms were the founders of modern sexual intercourse.

These primitive fish; small in stature (about 8cm long); lived amid some ancient lakes about 385 million years ago in – what is now known as – Scotland.

Despite their suspiciously-suggestive title and anti-christian morals, these fish indeed mark a pinnacle juncture in history. Professor John Long, from Flinders University in Australia and lead author of the study explains how their research defines the “very point in evolution where the origin of internal fertilisation in all animals began.”

Origin: Illustration by artist Daniel Lee

Origin: Illustration by artist Daniel Lee

Professor Long had made this discovery after delving into a huge box of ancient fish fossils; noticing that one of the M. dicki specimens had an odd L-shaped appendage; and upon further inspection this would be revealed as the male fish’s genitals; or penis. The female fish compose a small bony structure at their rear which locked the male organ into place.

Inline with his research, Professor Long also adds some colourful quotes and analogies to explain his findings to the immature-masses; first of all highlighting that ”They couldn’t have done it in a ‘missionary position’,” confirming “The very first act of copulation was done sideways, square-dance style.”

Expressing a remedial sense of sentiment, Long also explains how the fish romantically lock into position using their small arm-like fins, so that the male can dock his hook dick into the females genital plates, which the professor also says is “very rough like cheese graters,” acting like ”Velcro, locking the male organ into position to transfer sperm.”

Copulation using this method did not stay around for long however; fish reverted back to spawning - presumably after an awkward sexual encounter. It took another few million years for copulation to make a resurgence, reappearing in ancestors of sharks and rays. So now you know.

Always On The Road: A Film On Portugal’s Surf Paradise

In the collective unconscious, surf is more practiced in the US and Australia. Yet surfing has disciples all across the world. In Europe, the best spots are without contest in Portugal.

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This observation makes German blogger Oliver Nermerich want to do something about it. Directed with Red Bull filmmaker Karsten Boysen Always on the road, is a film about the increasingly popular surf destination of the Algarve.

Nermerich told us: “When you think about surfing, everyone thinks about Hawaii, California or Australia. But well, Europe got world class waves as well. ” To prove this statement, Oliver added the Rip Curl ASP event is happening right now in Peniche, Portugal.

However, there is something special about the Algarve. Nermerich said: “The purpose of the movie was to show the lifestyle of a region which is special. The Algarve is considered the end of Europe!”

An always romantic thought, already well covered by National poet Fernando Pessoa. If Pessoa was all about watching Europe end in the river Tagus in Lisbon, Nermerich and Boysen have done something even more poetic by filming surfers at the edge of the old Continent. Oliver said: “ from there you go to Sagres which is the southwestern point of Europe. you only see the Atlantic ocean and then from there the US.”

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The directors were also accompanied by pro surfers like Marlon Lipke, Alex Botelho and surf photographer Joao Bracourt. In the movie, you can see them talking about how this spot is so unique.
Among the main reasons, you find: “Mother nature has equipped this region with two different coasts, the west and the south coast, which provide surfers with multiple wave opportunities.

Whether you are looking for big, small, long or short waves – the Algarve and its 22-listed surf beaches offer waves for any level – excluding all the secret spots. Throughout the whole year this area has summerlike temperatures, even during spring and autumn the temperature rarely drops below 20 °C. ”

For Oliver Nermerich, surfing in Europe can be as great as in the US. It even presents some advantages the other continents do not have: “As a European you don’t have to travel around the continent. From Germany, three hours and you are in Portugal. 1,5 hours you are in France, or north of Spain! We have waves too.”

Your Brain On MDMA: Party Drug Explained to Children

Your brain on MDMA is a marvelous thing. It makes you love everybody, feel everything like a tiny orgasm and see purple rain. “Woah, I love the rain so much.” You might enjoy the effect of this empathogenic drug first synthesised by German chemist Anton Köllisch.

However, we guess that most of you have absolutely no idea about how the science behind the drug works. If you are taking drugs, which by the way is totally illegal and really bad for your health, at least you can learn something. Pay MDMA some respect.

Thanks to YouTube channel AsapScience, you’ll finally be able to know the reasons for your night time happiness. And also why you feel so shit the next day. However, if your mother is asking you what MDMA is after reading about it in The Sunday Times, forget you’ve watched this. It would be slightly suspicious.