• Amelia W

Hell-proof Records, Technology for Good ... And Straight Up Weird Shit

Well, February was somehow even worse than January - so long bushfires, welcome Coronavirus. At least you survived long enough to read this post. Hurray.


Satan Listens to Slayer and So Can You

Play This In Hell

For all of you music fans who are worried about going to hell – fret not, at least there will be tunes to listen to. For their final release following their final world tour, metal band Slayer has released a record called “HELL-P” which is made from fire resistant copper. The record is then packaged in a way in which it must be burnt to access the track. ⠀⠀ The packaging consists of a cardboard case which contains an inner sleeve, completely sealed. This means the only way for fans to listen to the record is by burning their way through. As a nice touch, the track inside is printed on a 6,66” disc, as opposed to the usual 7”. ⠀⠀

The HELL-P contains the title track of Slayer’s latest album, The Repentless Killogy, which was originally released last November and recorded on the band’s final world tour. The packaging and the record are both designed by Kolle Rebbe. Six HELL-Ps will be given away to fans via Nuclear Blast, Slayer’s label. Fans can enter the giveaway until January 31 at nuclearblast.com/hellp. This is may very well be the most hardcore metal we’ve seen. ⠀

The Latest In New Technology... Or At least The Oddest


Level Up At Atari's New Hotels A gamer’s wet dream. If used to love playing video games like Pong, Centipede and Asteroids, there’s a new hotel destination dedicated to taking guests to the next level with ‘fully immersive experiences.’ ⠀⠀ Gaming giant Atari has announced plans to open up a series of eight hotels in cities across the country including Austin, Chicago; Denver; Las Vegas; San Francisco; Seattle; and San Jose, California. The iconic brand behind the gaming revolution of the 1980s hopes to create a “unique lodging experience” matched with a “one-of-a-kind video game-themed destination.” Select hotels will also offer state-of-the-art venues and studios to accommodate e-sports events. ⠀⠀ The timing of the hotel launch could not be more convenient; in 2019, more than 2.5 billion gamers across the world spent $152.1 billion on games. For gamers on a budget, the rooms are slated to be affordably priced. Some hotel rooms will have retro-feel while others will have a futuristic design. The goal of the destination hotel is for gamers to have a spot to eat, sleep, and play.



Robots vs. Coronavirus Technology has once again come to save the dystopian reality – this time the nightmare that is the coronavirus. Last week China deployed robots and drones to remotely disinfect hospitals, deliver food and enforce quarantine restrictions as part of the effort to fight coronavirus. Chinese media has reported that drones and robots are being used by the government to cut the risk of person-to-person transmission of the disease. ⠀⠀

There are currently 780 million people that are on some form of lockdown in china. Wuhan, the city where the viral outbreak began, has been sealed off from the outside world for weeks and the global death toll from the virus topped 2,100 people last week, with over 74,000 infected.




A Taste of Crickets and Flower Bombers



Cheers to Cricket Beer!

Tokyo startup Join Earth, which produces a ‘soy sauce’ made with crickets, has now used the insects to make a beer in collaboration with Tono Brewing. ⠀⠀ The beer, named Cricket Dark Ale, will be launched during a four-day pop-up event at the Shibuya Parco store in Tokyo from 15th of March. The ale will be served in 100ml glasses for roughly 500 yen ($4.50). ⠀⠀ In order to make the beer, farmed crickets were carefully roasted, and along with the malt, were added to wort during brewing. The brew is said to have a ‘lingering umami taste and stout-like bitterness’, with aromas of coffee, cacao, burnt caramel and chamomile. The brewing team has even experimented with feeding the crickets beer waste products to give them a “good bite and excellent taste”. Yay or nay?



Flower Filled Puffers Are In This Season

Not only is are down jackets ethically questionable to produce, but also very expensive. US clothing brand Pangaia has now created the perfect solution for animal lovers who want to keep warm this winter; a puffer coat whose filling is made with flowers. ⠀⠀ The stuffing, called Flower Down, was created over 10 years of research and development and combines wildflowers with an aerogel and a biopolymer to create a durable thermal insulation material. This is contained in a quilted shell made from recycled polyester, which is rendered in classic black, white or navy. ⠀⠀ "We use a type of wildflower that is easy to find and has a particular fibrous quality," explained Dr. Amanda Parkes, Pangaia's chief innovation officer. "The flowers we use are grown, but not exactly farmed, as the process also involves ecosystem recovery and preservation.” Crucially, unlike the fossil fuel-based substitutes such as polyester and rayon which manufacturers commonly default to in vegan winter jackets, according to the company, Pangaia's version is also biodegradable. All three elements within its composition will decompose without the need for a specific after process or pre-treament ⠀⠀ Pangaia is a direct-to-consumer material science company, which has previously created a collection of basics including T-shirts, sweatpants and hoodies made with seaweed fibre and botanical dyes derived from food waste. Their goal is to bring an entirely new material library into commercial reality. So far, so good.



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