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Beluga Whale Near South Pole Plays Fetch with Rugby Ball

 

In this surreal scene, a beluga whale near the south pole plays fetch with boaters who are also apparently South African rugby fans.

I have so many questions about this short clip. What prompted them to first toss the ball into the ocean? Was the beluga wild or was it freed from captivity and was trained to fetch? Hopefully some answers will become clear as the video gains traction. I’ll update the post in the coming days if more facts come to light.

 

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Critics Say Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Is “His Best Picture Since GoodFellas”

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Assembling a star cast and digging into the director’s gangster forte, Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman had been pegged as a masterpiece long before its release. The film finally landed in theatres earlier this month, and while we’re still waiting on its Netflix release on November 27, critic reviews reveal that our high expectations have been well and truly met.

The film epically chronicles the true story of Philadelphia mob murderer Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, played by Robert DeNiro, as he’s drawn into the world of organized crime by mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and his involvement in the disappearance of powerful Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Revisit the trailer below.

With this mob epic, Scorsese digs into a genre that he helped build, alongside some its greatest leading men. It is no surprise then that the film is being applauded for its talents in front of and behind the camera. While reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, some critics are still not convinced Scorsese delivered a masterpiece. Discover what the critic are saying about the film below.

“Martin Scorsese returns with his best picture since ‘GoodFellas’ and one of his best films ever.”


The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw

“It does feel like a throwback to the director’s golden age, especially with the reunion of two of his greatest collaborators, De Niro and Pesci. And though it may be the first time he’s worked with Pacino, the actor’s still a titan of the genre.”


The Independent, Clarisse Loughrey

“‘The Irishman’ is pure cinema, all three and a half hours of it – and one of Scorsese’s jazziest, most difficult films, borrowing from many sources while riffing freely though often mournfully on the themes and techniques of his previous crime epics.”


The Age, Jake Wilson

“It is epic in scope, it is breathtakingly beautiful, and it is actors doing what they do best with a director who is working absolutely in his wheelhouse.”


FilmWeek, Christy Lemire

“While ‘The Irishman’ is like many mob movies about violence and betrayal, it’s a work of a filmmaker who has earned the right to sum up this genre.”


NPR, Bob Mondello

“‘The Irishman’ is Scorsese’s elegy to the gangster picture. Every inch of the way, he demystifies the glamour of the mafia; stripping away layers of the façade, until there is nothing but an ominous void.”


LA Weekly, Chad Byrnes

“Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ is a coldly enthralling, long-form knockout — a majestic mob epic with ice in its veins.”


Variety, Owen Glieberman

“The fixings of a great cinematic meal are all here, but the recipe is off and the oven time too extended.”


Film Festival Today, Christopher Llewellyn Reed

“A gray, aching disappointment.”


East Bay Express, Kelley Vance

The Irishman lands on Netflix November 27.

These ‘Stranger Things’ Bloopers Are Getting Us Even More Excited for Season 4

Netflix has shared all the best bloopers and outtakes from season three of Stranger Things, getting us even more excited for the new season. Watch the hilarious video above.

The Duffer brothers released the bloopers in celebration of Stranger Things Day, the anniversary of Will Byers’ disappearance, on November 6, 1983. In the video, Millie Bobby Brown and Sadie Sink sing a “ketchup and mustard” song under the rain, Noah Schnapp dreams of a day “full of girls,” and David Harbour can’t seem to be to able say “grandma” while keeping a straight face.

The bloopers video follows Netflix’s announcement of season four of Stranger Things, as well as rumors that the upcoming season will introduce fans to at least four new characters.

Confronting the Fashion Industry’s Murky Accountability Problem

In a sprawling industrial facility a few miles outside of Łódź, Poland, sheets of wet wool are being pressed through giant mechanical rollers. Deeper into the maze, past bales of raw wool piled to the ceiling and machines processing snake-like tubes of fluff, the wool emerges through lightning-fast machines as finished yarns. The noise is deafening, even through the industrial-strength earplugs workers and visitors are required to wear.

The next day in Biella, northern Italy, it’s a similar story – ear-splitting volume, and machinery as far as the eye can see. Robotic machines are dying wool in canisters, weaving them into rolls of fabric. Both of these facilities are owned and operated by Tollegno, an Italian wool mill that’s been in business since 1900. Tollegno’s team of textile engineers have worked their entire professional lives with this most delicate of materials, expertly teasing out consistency and quality from a natural resource that fluctuates year by year, batch by batch.


We’re here to see how knitwear is made. Or, more precisely, we’re witnessing two steps of the long, globetrotting journey that merino wool takes. Swedish label ASKET – which has made transparent, publicly-available production information a core part of its business – has invited Highsnobiety to take a look inside its supply chain, as merino wool is transformed from raw material to finished product (a trip that ASKET paid for, we should disclose).

Clothing production is a murky business. Supply chains are long, complex, and fragmented. Highly specialized facilities scattered across the globe take care of different steps of production, before sending it on to the next. Each of these steps is run by different facilities, often by different companies, who are acting as middlemen – they have no direct relationship to either the raw material or the finished product. It’s like a giant game of Chinese whispers, between enormous facilities filled with advanced machinery and human expertise.

The smoke and mirrors of globalized supply chains are a huge hurdle for the fashion industry, which is, clearly, in dire need of change. It feels almost redundant to mention the countless reports and articles out there, documenting the colossal environmental impact of clothing production, but still – progress is slow. That’s because fashion brands are giant, lumbering beasts, which have been making clothes in the same way for decades. If they’re silent on where their clothes are coming from, it’s often because they don’t even know themselves; they’re just dealing with suppliers, who are in turn dealing with their suppliers, and so on, until you get all the way back to the raw material. That distance can actually be convenient for brands who are reluctant to change their ways. When every step is being handled by someone else, it’s easy for the guys at the top to pass the buck.

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“The complexity of brands’ supply chains are often unknown to them,” explains Dio Kurazawa, whose company The Bear Scouts helps brands pivot towards more responsible production. “Many have a very distant relationship with their makers.”

“For too long, the industry has been allowed to grow supply chains that are so obscure and convoluted, they are impossible to untangle,” adds Tamsin Blanchard, Special Projects Curator at Fashion Revolution. “When something goes wrong, it can be too easy to pass the blame or shrug off responsibility.”

But there’s a new generation of labels who are seeing opportunities in this tangled mess. In the face of growing skepticism at fashion’s impact on the planet – and consumerism as a whole – labels are seeing the business potential of honesty and transparency. If you tell the world where your products are coming from, how they’re made, and why they cost what they cost, then you’ll build a solid relationship with the growing demographic of conscious consumers – so the thinking goes. That’s certainly where ASKET is coming from.

“We want to explain to our customers what it means to make great clothing,” explains the brand’s co-founder, August Bard Bringéus. The ASKET website offers a comprehensive traceability program, explaining how far back the brand is able to track certain products – for example, merino wool pieces can be traced all the way back to the source, while they’re not yet able to figure out where the elastane used in their boxer shorts is coming from. The website also gives explainers on the pricing structure behind its pieces; the fabric for one of ASKET’s knits, for example, costs €10, labor €17, and transport €2. “We do this because we want to be accountable for our supply chain, we want to be proud of our products, and we want to show the entire journey,” Bringéus adds.


Transparency is a big commitment for a brand, requiring regular audits and inspections throughout the supply chain, collaboration with suppliers, time, and manpower – and therefore money. Unsurprisingly, it’s a pretty niche concept right now, but it’s catching on. “It takes time to assess and to uncover all corners of your supply chain,” explains Rune Orloff, a sustainability strategy consultant. “Plus, it’s not really sales progressive, meaning it’s nothing you can connect directly to growth.”

On Noah’s blog, you’ll find insight into how American tariffs and Canadian wage increases have affected the brand’s prices. American label Everlane has catapulted itself into the fashion spotlight with what it calls “radical transparency,” while browsing through the Nudie Jeans webshop will bring up a production map showing the factories it works with, right down to their real-world addresses. On the Patagonia website, you’ll find the suppliers and factories listed underneath product descriptions, with blog posts explaining the difference between minimum wages and living wages, and the ins and outs of sourcing feather down. You can even download a list of its suppliers as a spreadsheet. Even H&M, the fast-fashion bogeyman, has an enormous, publicly-viewable database documenting its first-tier suppliers (such as the ones turning fabrics into clothes).



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“Brands that truly show the transparency of their supply chain are not afraid of other brands copying them, not afraid of being called greenwashers, and certainly not afraid of making mistakes,” explains Jordan Nodarse, whose label Boyish Jeans proudly details its manufacturing processes online. “Transparency is a tool that should strengthen your brand.”

In ASKET’s case, tracing their merino wool required them to go all the way back to Australia, to buy wool directly from a sheep farmer. That’s because wool is often sold at auction, where it’s blended with different batches, making it untraceable. The label bought 4,300kg of wool, enough for 15,000 garments, which is a pretty big gamble for a fledgling brand. ASKET’s production team then took the wool through every step of the supply chain themselves, rather than buying it directly from a mill, who would, in turn, have bought it from auction. After it was sheared in Australia, the raw wool was then cleaned in the Czech Republic, spun into yarn in Poland, knitted into panels in Italy, and linked into finished products in Tunisia. “Our belief is that when you better understand the material, the complexity and the craftsmanship involved, you’ll understand the inherent value in it and respect it more, ultimately moderating our pace of consumption,” explains Bringéus.


However, opening up to the public about sourcing and production doesn’t answer any of the more difficult questions facing the industry. The process of clothing production is inherently harmful – extracting and processing raw materials, dying fabrics, and transporting them around the world all leave a negative imprint on the environment. Providing consumers with an honest view on what goes into the process of making clothes is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, but it does nothing to directly reduce fashion’s enormous global footprint.

“Transparency alone is not enough to fix the industry’s problems, but it is a necessary first step towards wider systemic change,” explains Blanchard. “It is impossible for companies to make sure human rights are respected, working conditions are adequate, and the environment is safeguarded, without knowing where their products are made. That’s why transparency is essential.”

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There’s also the issue of supplier confidentiality. Many of the labels mentioned here choose not to disclose the actual names of the factories they work with. As The Fashion Law pointed out, H&M is actually more transparent than Everlane in this regard, despite the latter’s “radical transparency” marketing pitch. ASKET has taken a similar stance – the brand lists the number of employees, average salary, working hours, and location of its suppliers, but not their actual names. “We’re still a small fish in a big shark tank, and relative to our size, we invest disproportionately in finding and screening our manufacturing partners and often work with custom-developed fabrics,” explains Bringéus. “It’s not the right time to openly share that type of information quite yet.”

Fashion is in dire need of change, and transparency is just one part of this archaic, slumbering industry that is ripe for transformation. The issue of corporate responsibility isn’t going to go away – it’ll only become more important as the forest fires rage and the ice caps melt. “Trust will be an important word for brands in the future,” explains Orloff. “Too many brands throw around tricky words like conscious, sustainable, impact neutral, green, and so on. Certified proof of action will inevitably become the norm.” And while the future of the fashion industry doesn’t look great, what’s clear is that the old way of doing things doesn’t cut it anymore.

Prada x adidas Just Officially Confirmed the Most Luxe Sneaker Collab This Season

Prada just announced what’s set to be the most unexpected sneaker collab this season: Prada for adidas and adidas Originals. Posting a teaser shot to Instagram earlier today, the luxury fashion house revealed its link-up via a simple shot of two adidas sneaker boxes inside a Prada bag. Take a look for yourself above.

While there’s extremely limited information about the collab so far, we can assume from the boxes in the shot that not only will this be (at the very least) a two-piece sneaker collab, but that there will be one performance pair and one set of adidas Originals.

Of course, it could also be the rumored “adidas Prada Sailing” shoe that has been whispered about for the last few weeks. What we know for sure, though, thanks to another Instagram post from adidas, is that whatever this collab is, it will be “coming soon.”

As always, more information will come as we get it.

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Xbox & maharishi’s DPM Studio Announce Extremely Rare Camouflage Controller

Xbox DPM X019

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For X019, Xbox announces extremely limited-edition controller, the DPM X019. Designed in collaboration with DPM Studio, the camouflage division of Hardy Blechman’s London based streetwear label, maharishi, the controller features an “aquabrush print,” a custom camouflage inspired by the traditional 1950’s lizard-brushstroke camouflage and the River Thames in London. The print was made exclusively for the event.

The DPM X019 is Xbox’s most limited-run wireless controller to date with only 1,000 units available for sale. It also comes with all the bells-and-whistles Xbox controllers are known for, including a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, rubberized diamond grip, and Bluetooth technology for playing your favorite games across multiple devices. The controller is compatible with all Xbox One consoles.

The DPM X019 will cost $99 and will drop on November 14 at 2PM PST on Microsoft’s online store. Take a closer look at the controller in the gallery above.

Tyler, the Creator’s Latest Converse Collab Is a Chunky Hiker

GOLF le FLEUR* x Converse GLF Gianno Ox

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Brand: GOLF le FLEUR* x Converse

Model: GLF Gianno Ox

Key Features: The outdoor-inspired GLF Gianno Ox boasts an overall chunky build and is branded with GOLF elements on the midfoot, tongue, insoles, and outsole.

Release Date: November 11

Price: $120

Buy: Retailers like Sneakersnstuff

Editor’s Notes: Tyler, the Creator‘s GOLF le FLEUR* is gearing up for a new Converse release, following previous collaborations on the One Star and Chuck 70. For the latest launch, we find the two coming together on an all-new silhouette called the GLF Gianno Ox.

Optioned in two colorways of “Bright Concord” and natural-hued “Cuban Sand,” the GLF Gianno Ox adheres to both the chunky sneaker and hiking shoe trend. The sneaker incorporates GOLF branding on the tongue and midfoot, in addition to co-branded insoles. Each iteration also welcomes reflective detailing at the midfoot, eyestays, and heel.

You can look forward to the GOLF le FLEUR* x Converse GLF Gianno Ox releasing on November 11 through authorized retailers such as Sneakersnstuff.

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Observation of the Development of a Chick Embryo by Shell-Less Hatching

 

In this astonishing video by the Mihama Veterinary Clinic in Fukui, Japan, we observe the development of a chick embryo by shell-less hatching method. This demonstration is practiced mainly based on the scientific article written by Tahara et. al.

The eggs sold in-store are usually unfertilized egg and never develop into chicks, so you don’t have to worry about an eating embryo or baby chick. However, fertilized egg may be sold in organic or natural health stores, family poultry farms, etc. where chicks can grow just same as a normal chick would.

 

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