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Months of Zoom screen-sharing has made Apple’s generic views of California grandeur feel like an inside joke.

I. Bands are announcing Fall tour dates (even old dudes like Dinosaur Jr).

II. Colgate is looking to revive an ancient ritual, in your mouth.

III. Why the future of hospitality is increasingly animal-free.

IV. Acquiring a tea-drinking ritual could help get you through the final stretch of this pandemic winter.

V. How to create work rituals to improve company culture.

VI. A-yo! Youtube’s culture & trends report is here.

VII. “I can make the sky any color you choose.”…


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What can the Japanese phenomenon of “hikikomori” teach us about COVID’s isolation?

I. Cost-effective ways to restore the guest experience in the COVID-19 recovery period.

II. Social distancing in the Sumatra rainforest.

III. A list of cognitive biases (AKA: the red tape of the mind).

IV. Kick off your shoes and check out this multi-sensory and interactive Persian rug.

V. Extreme isolation: lessons from the hikikomori.

VI. Remote working: lessons from lighthouse keepers.

VII. Everything that people love is a thing outside of themself.

VIII. The pandemic seems to have…


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Why are humans such suckers for smiles?

I. How a popular work ritual meant to develop unity & solidarity actually just reinforces hierarchy.

II. Feeling of the month club is a subscription service that offers a new emotional exercise each month for a new spin on the wellness trend.

III. If smiles are so easy to fake, why do we trust them?

IV. Mars Wrigley invented a robot named “Smiley” to tempt grocery store guests with candy as they shop.

V. A short talk with…


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Mowing the yard well is just one of the frustrations of being colorblind.

I. LEGO created a soundtrack of white noise music out of LEGO for kids to listen to while building with LEGO.

II. Ambient bar noise for adults to listen to while building with LEGO (or working, or whatever).

III. 30 struggles the colorblind deal with.

IV. Take a peek inside Pigment, a store that seeks to inspire interest in traditional methods of craft production.

V. Meow Wolf’s newest experience “Omega Mart” sells out its opening, despite the pandemic.


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Visit beautifully awkward dioramas from the comfort of your device.

I. Universal & Disney veteran Steve Tatham on a life in theme parks.

II. The “Folded Map Project” compares addresses on the North Side of Chicago with corresponding addresses on the South Side.

III. The Potential of Augmented Reality, From an Architect-Turned-AR/VR Specialist at Facebook Reality Labs.

IV. University of Central Florida introduces Masters program in themed experience.

V. Immerse yourself in V&A’s new digital platform of 1.2 million objects.

VI. How ‘social toys’ can help kids battle…


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Ketchup on a hotdog is bad grammar.

I. A “future trends of retail shopping” piece.

II. One day I realized it had been three months since I had touched a human being.

III. Hotels are turning their vacant rooms into private dining suites.

IV. Gabe Newell on the possibility of bypassing the senses to interface directly with the mind.

V. Turkmen ritual of Elleshdirmeh added to intangible cultural heritage list.

VI. Spotify wins patent to surveil users’ emotions.

VII. Silence is a commons: Computers are…


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Underground New York artist Colette is ‘victorious’ as crowdfunding saves her legendary Living Environment.

I. The history and future of “presence”.

II. Underground New York artist Colette is reborn ‘victorious’ as crowdfunding saves her legendary Living Environment.

III. A look inside Meow Wolf’s second permanent exhibit opening in Las Vegas.

IV. Shaking off the spirit: Passing babies over coffins is a Gullah tradition that endures even today.

V. France has passed a law protecting its rural sounds and smells.

VI. 7–11 turns their latest experiential store into ‘gaming palace’ Airbnb ahead of…


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These eels need some conversation.

I. Social media startup Clubhouse is developing a new audio-only experience for getting social.

II. A Japanese aquarium is urging the public to video-chat with their eels, who are forgetting humans exist.

III. Pink seesaws that straddled US-Mexico border named Design of the Year 2020.

IV. Ann Arbor businesses are innovating workplace culture to address the challenges of COVID.

V. The First Blue Pigment Discovered in 200 Years Is Finally Commercially Available.

VI. Get nerdy with this dive…


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There’s a lot merpeople can tell us about ourselves.

I. Architecture and design redefines the marijuana experience.

II. Hermès invites you to the Carré Club, a new immersive experience in Dubai.

III. With theaters closed, Austin thespians embrace audio dramas, drive-through musicals, and plays by mail.

IV. How changing perceptions of merpeople reveal deeper understandings of myth, religion, science, wonder and capitalism.

V. Vessel at Hudson Yards shuttered indefinitely following third suicide.

VI. Caligula’s pleasure gardens in Rome finally open to the public.

VII. Check out Bompas…


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The inspiration behind the new opera “Year Zero” was the viral footage of Italians singing from their balconies and windows at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I. Harman wants to turn your next car into an immersive audio venue.

II. Oscar-winning VR experience Carne y Arena re-opens in hopes of helping humanize the immigration debate.

III. Superblue announces plans to launch its first experiential art center in Miami.

IV. Finding calm — and connection — in coffee rituals.

V. A “Museum of Making” is in the works to inspire a new generation of makers, creators, and innovators. Swoon.

VI. How to make a ghost!

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