The Vacation movie series continues – this time with the next generation of the Griswolds (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, and old Walley World all have cameos).
It is a silly, silly movie, but the runaway winner is the Tartan Prancer van. It spoofs features in today’s cars (runs on gas, diesel AND electric, the key fob and the touch screen are incomprehensible, the cup holders are actually on the outside and ideal for tailgate parties, there are plenty of side mirrors perfect for taking selfies).
And it is mean on globalization – the van is supposedly Alabania’s proud export, the nav system barks menacingly in Korean, the promotional ad below makes fun of German announcers.
As an innovation author I loved all the jokes they poke on what all of us crave these days
Glamping is a term derived from the two words “glamourous camping”. Glamping is also referred to as “glam camping”, “lux camping”, “luxury camping” and many other similar phrases. Regardless of the specific terminology, the idea is the same. Glamping brings the world of luxury into nature in the most seamless way possible.
Kansas City-based architecture firm Populous is helping baseball maintain its cultural relevance. After the new Braves stadium opens in 2017, Populous will have designed 20 of the 30 active MLB stadiums, while being heavily involved in the renovation of five others. Starting with the construction of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992, the company revolutionized not just how stadiums are built—with closer seating and architecture unique to the characteristics of the ballpark’s home city—but how the game is marketed to fans. No longer would going to the ballpark be just about baseball: now fans could expect there to be games for kids to play, bars where young adults can congregate, and a slew of other entertainment options in the stadium’s immediate vicinity.
LG wants to make mounting your TV just as easy as sticking a magnet onto your refrigerator.
At an event earlier this week, the South Korean electronics giant showcased an incredibly thin 55-inch television with a flexible screen that you can press onto your wall using magnets.
It's just a concept, though — there's no indication when or if a product like this will actually come to market. The purpose of the announcement was really to announce LG's plans to focus on making OLED screens for products moving forward.
The TV screen itself is less than a millimeter thick, according to CNET. For context, that's about the same thickness as a paper clip. As shown in the image below, a magnetic pad holds the flexible TV screen up to the wall.
The celebrity chef will soon open a 100,000-square-foot International Food Market at the newly renovated SuperPier on Pier 57. Oh, and did I mention it’s inspired by Blade Runner?
Yes, the chaos and clamor of the market place from Ridley Scott’s dystopian masterpiece will be coming to Manhattan’s West Side. “It is meant to be crowded and chaotic because that’s what hawker centres should be,” said Bourdain’s partner Stephen Wether at the 2015 World Street Food Congress in Singapore. “It should activate all of your senses.”
Plans for the space, which eats up pretty much all of the SuperPier’s retail allotment, include a farmers market, hawker-style street food stalls, a 1,500-square-foot oyster bar, a bakery, butchers, a tapas bar, a tea shop, a pastry shop, and potentially even an outdoor Asian-themed beer garden. As Bourdain put it, foodies will be able to enjoy “expertly sliced Iberico ham and some Cava or Kuching-style laksa [soup], Chinese lamb noodles, Vietnamese pho or a decent barbecue brisket all in one place.”
Disney’s Tomorrowland is all about optimism – it’s utopia to so many of Hollywood’s recent dystopian movies.
Geeks will enjoy the jetpacks, wind turbines and bunch of today’s and tomorrow’s tech. Movie geeks will enjoy all the Easter eggs buried throughout the movie. Epcot fans will enjoy the rides of the future. Clooney fans will like him even though he is unshaven most of the movie. Nice start to summer crop of movies.
“Space exploration and the technological possibilities of the future provide the movie's backdrop. Elaborate sets, highly specialized CGI work and animation combine to bring the story to fruition. For Clooney, the film's message is critical: "Your future's not preordained and predestined. A single voice can make a difference. I believe in that."
"The movie is filled with innovative people with innovative minds," said NASA's Burt Ulrich, who coordinated scenes shot on an actual Cape Canaveral launch pad and to ensure anything related to NASA "was portrayed accurately." Not only were scenes filmed at NASA, but Tim McGraw's Ed Newton is a NASA engineer who inspires his scientifically adept and curious daughter Casey (Britt Robertson) to ensure a promising future. Urich said Newton is "an inspired character." The scenes shot at NASA also featured additions "done later in CGI."”