This Lego-like house was constructed entirely out of cork

This Lego-like house was constructed entirely out of cork

This unique house, constructed entirely out of cork, shows the incredible potential of timber construction. The expanded cork blocks were made from waste or byproduct material from the cork and are entirely recyclable and reusable. 

Mashable and Arup are working together to showcase innovations from around the world that help make construction more sustainable. Read more…

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Goblincore’s feral coziness will get you through the rest of the year

Goblincore's feral coziness will get you through the rest of the year

Like the seasons, Internet aesthetics come and go. As the days get colder and nights longer, the aspirational cottagecore of earlier months, with its sun-drenched wicker baskets and billowing dresses, is being rightly pushed aside for something grittier that we’ve all been feeling lately: goblincore.

Cottagecore dominated the first half of 2020, when states began mandating stay-at-home orders and the country was on hold. Unless they were essential workers, Americans found themselves newly confined to their homes with the expectation that life would return to normal sooner rather than later. Cottagecore is characterized by a deep desire to escape a metropolitan life for a slower, pastoral one. The cottagecore aesthetic has its faults, and has been criticized for romanticizing a colonialst mindset of homesteading, but the desire for a less frantic way of existing permeated American homes throughout quarantine. Read more…

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Where we left off with ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 1

Where we left off with 'The Mandalorian' Season 1

The Mandalorian returns to Disney+ for its second season on Friday, Oct. 30 — and while we couldn’t be more excited to reunite with The Child, his father, and Carl Weathers, we’re probably not alone in needing a little refresher on what last happened to them.

Here’s where The Mandalorian left off — and what we can expect of Season 2.

This is the (name)

No Mandalorian is actually named Mando, no matter how jauntily Carl Weathers says it. His real name is Din Djarin, and he wasn’t born on Mandalore, but raised by Mandalorians after his parents died. 

He also has a face! We here in the Milky Way galaxy knew that Pedro Pascal was the face behind the helmet, but true to his credo, our hero didn’t reveal himself to any living being in Season 1. He only removed the helmet in life-threatening circumstances, and that was in front of a droid — a neat little loophole courtesy of IG-11 (R.I.P.). Read more…

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John Oliver unpacks the Trump administration’s quiet, ‘truly evil’ war on asylum seekers

John Oliver unpacks the Trump administration's quiet, 'truly evil' war on asylum seekers

“The Trump administration’s attack on asylum has been focused, dedicated and deeply resourceful,” said John Oliver at the top of Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight. “And I know that those aren’t adjectives you’re used to associating with this administration. But in this one area, they’ve been truly disciplined about being truly evil.”

The process of applying for asylum in the U.S., Oliver notes, “has never been easy. But this administration has made it absolute hell. Their policy of family separation caused widespread outrage, but they have done so much more than that. And it’s worth slowing down right now to look at three tactics that they’ve used in particular: migrant protection protocols, safe third country agreements, and Title 42. And I know that none of those have the harrowing ring of ‘family separation’, but each represents another cruel, calculated decision that has largely flown under the radar.” Read more…

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This beginner-friendly course teaches you how to write a successful script

This beginner-friendly course teaches you how to write a successful script

TL;DR: The Screenwriting Made Easy: 2020 Beginner Course is on sale for £22.22 as of Oct. 26, saving you 85% on list price.


Great works of art are often created during times of complete chaos. When people are forced to stop, reflect, and think of new ways to use their voices in the world, the results can be truly amazing. While you may not have thought of yourself as a screenwriter thus far in your lifetime, now may be your moment.

And if cinema is your medium of choice, this Screenwriting Made Easy: 2020 Beginner Course could be your ticket to (virtual) Sundance. You’ve binged enough Netflix to know what it takes, so now, it’s your turn to write one. Read more…

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One true thing Donald Trump said in that ’60 Minutes’ interview

One true thing Donald Trump said in that '60 Minutes' interview

In Sunday night’s now infamous 60 Minutes interview, Donald Trump told at least 16 lies, according to CNN.

But he did get something right. Right before he made a number of menacing statements to Lesley Stahl, and then walked off in a huff in the middle of the interview, Trump reminded the world how he ended up in the White House in the first place. 

“I think I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have social media,” said Trump.

Asked whether his tweets or name-calling turn people off, President Trump says: “I think I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have social media.”

Moments later, he abruptly ended the interviewhttps://t.co/I6zv8qogcF pic.twitter.com/JYfPYOWGym

— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 26, 2020 Read more…

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Facebook’s tools for ‘at-risk’ countries will be used to manage U.S. election unrest

Facebook's tools for 'at-risk' countries will be used to manage U.S. election unrest

Facebook is apparently preparing to break out the emergency tool kit to deal with the 2020 U.S. election. 

These internal tools, typically reserved for use in “at-risk” countries, help to slow down the spread of viral misinformation related to an election or other major event, The Wall Street Journal reports.  Sources “familiar with the matter” say the company is ready to implement those tools if needed as the 2020 election concludes.

As part of the process, Facebook will not only slow down the spread of posts as they go viral, but will also alter the news feed to change the type of content that appears. Additionally, the company might also “lower the threshold” for what its software considers to be dangerous content. Read more…

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Twitter marvels at a prophetic Joe Biden tweet from exactly one year ago

Twitter marvels at a prophetic Joe Biden tweet from exactly one year ago

It was Oct. 25, 2019 when former Vice President and hopeful 2020 candidate Joe Biden tweeted out a warning to the American public.

“We are not prepared for a pandemic,” he wrote, weeks ahead of COVID-19 being named and flagged as an emerging threat. “Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores.”

We are not prepared for a pandemic. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shoreshttps://t.co/1qqpgayUEX

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 25, 2019 Read more…

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Notion is the underrated productivity app that may change your work life

Notion is the underrated productivity app that may change your work life

Before using Notion, I used Trello, Google Calendar, Google Keep, Google Drive, Evernote, and countless other applications to keep my life on track. They were all terrific applications, but switching between them just for changes in features quickly became a chore – staying productive became a chore. 

It took me at least a year before I settled on the best productivity app. I even switched to paper agendas and bullet journaling, but my lack of art skills killed that dream. I needed something centralized and consolidated; a place for anything and everything in my life.

That app was Notion – a digital productivity application that provides easy-to-use features in task management, organization, and more. Read more…

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iFixit teardown confirms the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are practically identical

iFixit teardown confirms the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are practically identical

Following a livestream on its YouTube channel on Friday, iFixit published a full in-depth breakdown of its teardown for both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. And, it confirms what we basically already knew: Both phones are almost exactly the same on the inside and out. 

For starters, the displays are interchangeable and can be swapped between the two phones (although, their respective max brightness a bit different). Considering the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro both feature 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR screens, this makes sense.

Apart from the camera shields, it’s tough to tell a difference between either phone under the hood. iFixit points out that these phones are actually so similar in layout, that where the 12 Pro has an extra camera sensor and LiDar scanner, the 12 packs a plastic spacer.  Read more…

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