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WATCH | THE GYMKHANA FILES
Whether you’re into cars or racing or extreme sports kind of stuff or not, this documentary is totally worth the watch. Ken Block is the co-founder of DC Shoes. He’s 51 years old and over the years has competed in many action sports events including skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. Oh, and professional rally car racing. Yeah, he’s just one of those “that looks cool so I’m gonna try it” kinda guys. Along the way he and some friends made a video of him spinning out and doing crazy skids and donuts in his tricked out car and next thing you know the video became one of the most viewed viral posts of all time. So what’d he do next? Make it into a series of course. Not only that, but one of the biggest viral campaigns ever! This eight-episode unscripted series features them making these award-winning, record-breaking Gymkhana Films. It's a look behind the crazy filming, the struggles and the personalities that go into making the series. The question at the end of every episode is, now how are we going to top this one? Vroom vroom!
READ | HORIZON BY BARRY LOPEZ
Traveling the globe pole to pole - from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on the earth - Barry Lopez gives us a far-ranging adventure while somehow keeping his work personal and journal-esque. Completely immersed in six regions of the world, he travels through Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galápagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally and unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica. On these myriad travels, Lopez probes the long history of humanity's quests and explorations to some of the hottest, coldest, and most desolate places on the planet. The friendships he forges along the way with scientists, archaeologists, artists and local residents, assist in the search for meaning and purpose in a broken world. Epic and frustrating, humane and hopeful, Horizon is a read that helps us see the world in a different, more informed way.
LAUGH | BRYAN CALLEN: COMPLICATED APES
You might recognize Bryan from his recurring roles on ABC's The Goldberg's, and starring in his own ABC spinoff show, Schooled. We hadn’t planned on watching this comedy special until we kept seeing that it was topping multiple charts. So we gave it a shot, and we’re glad we did. We laughed a lot, but he also made us reconsider our perceptions (whether or not we agree with his views) on multiple current societal issues, particularly equality. He rails against our tendencies to turn each other into nouns like black, white, immigrant, Muslim, gay, straight, man, woman, and instead suggests that the best way to navigate our current culture war is to think of our fellow humans not as a fixed label, but as verbs. He says, “Always changing, multilayered, multidimensional, full of potential INDIVIDUALS. Sinners, saints and everything in between, THANK GOD. Mankind is too complicated an ape to categorize!” A good comedian can somehow lace confusion and hardships of humanity into their acts and help us leave with not only a sore belly but a better perspective. If you like the show then Bryan's podcast, The Fighter & The Kid with Brendan Schaub has also been top rated on iTunes for the past several years.
FISH | MOBY DICK'S POND
This place is a blast! For rookie and pro fishers alike, may we recommend this private pond called Moby Dick’s. Located between Austin and Bastrop in Cedar Creek it’s easy to get to and there’s tons of fun to be had. Bring your own rods and bait or rent some there (and buy bait as well.) We spent a few hours hootin’ and hollerin’ as we caught some good sized bass with minnows and fun little perch with worms, even seeing a few folks reel in some big ‘ol catfish with stink bait - pee-yew no thanks! It’s all catch and release and there’s more than enough space to spread out and bring your own food and drinks. At only five bucks an hour this place is off the hook! (Sorry, couldn’t pass that one up.)
One of our favorite coffee joints also does this super clever and enjoyable collection of playlists that help you discover good music, great coffee and cool people. Interesting and influential folks tell you their favorite coffee recipe and how it’s made followed by a groovy song playlist by artists of their choice. Nice! They just posted #19 so there’s plenty there to pore over. (Oh man, that one was good.)
ENTER | MY CREATIVE LOOK 100K GIVEAWAY
Seth, aka My Creative Look, does these dynamite product photo layouts and promotes brands in the process. His solid eye for style and commitment to quality shows. So he’s having a sweet giveaway to celebrate over 100k followers and we want to share with you! You can go here to check out the details and enter to win. Is that a pair of Pablo boots we see in there? Woo-hoo!