The Short Game is directed by Josh Greenbaum and follows the lives of eight of the best 7-year-old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. The annual tournament held at golfing mecca Pinehurst, North Carolina, brings in 1500 young golfers from 54 different countries and determines who will be crowned golfs next phenom. In its course, the eight stories entwine to form a fascinating and often funny portrait of a group of very young athletes and their families, in which the narrow-focused, peculiar and highly competitive junior golf subculture becomes both a window into contemporary culture and an inspiring reflection of the human condition. It hits Netflix December 12th.
Snowboarding season is here and Nike Snowboarding has unveiled a radiant snowboard boot ahead of the upcoming Olympic qualifiers. Thirty LED lights powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery adorn the Swoosh branding and a convenient power button will allow you to illuminate the slopes on command which will likely draw comparisons to Nike’s famous Nike Mag. Underneath this futuristic aesthetic is one of the most advanced snowboard boots ever constructed. Featuring Nike’s acclaimed Lunarlon and Flywire technology, alongside a dynamic support and flex line system, these cutting-edge boots will adapt to the rider’s needs when carving it up in the pipe, park or on the slopes. The LunarENDOR liner and shell, which is reinforced with strobel technology for added heat absorption, round off this striking design. The Nike Snowboarding LunarENDOR QS is set to drop mid-December in limited quantities at select Nike stockists so be sure to keep an eye on the Nike Snowboarding site. (CLICK HERE FOR LINK)
American travel accessory purveyor Tumi has unveiled this bold backpack as part of its Alpha Bravo collection for the holiday season. Staying on point with its focus on quality and functionality, Tumi has incorporated six compartments into this design. The striking aesthetic is achieved by an all-black base that takes over the bottom two-thirds of the bag and a contrasting white top. Made predominately from Tumi’s signature ballistic nylon fabric, this backpack features leather accents at the top handle, tabs, anchor point for the luggage tag, and above the front zipper compartment. Standout details include the white leather luggage tag that features a beefy brushed metal hinge, contrasting silver branded zipper tags and white shoulder straps. The Tumi “Knox” backpack retails for ¥40,950 JPY (approximately $410 USD) over at Tumi Japan’s online store. (SOURCE)
In Darren Aronofsky’s take on the Biblical tale, Noah (Russell Crowe) suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge, and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. Paramount/New Regency are behind the project, being produced by Aronofsky & Protozoa Pictures partner Scott Franklin with Mary Parent. Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel wrote the script, with a revision by John Logan before production. The cast includes Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins. At this moment, Paramount Pictures has Noah scheduled for release starting March 28th, 2014 next year.
Nike Sportswear has given the Nike Air Trainer SC II a futuristic makeover with this “Megatron” colorway. Produced for Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, the Air Trainer SC II PRM QS “Megatron” features a black upper with circuit board etchings, a black Swoosh outlined in red, purple inner sleeve, red tongue, and purple and red accents. Underneath is a black and white midsole and inside is a Megatron logo on the insole.
Those looking for a more luxurious take on Ray-Ban‘s timeless and badass Aviator are in luck: the shades are now available in solid 18k gold. Popularized by everyone from General Douglas MacArthur in World War II to the Top Gun pilots, The Beatles and Freddie Mercury, this new edition of the classic 1936 release replaces the usual lightweight metal frames with 18k gold and pairs it with the brand’s own top-of-the-line P3 Plus polarized glass lenses. Retailing for a hefty $3,200 USD, the golden pilot sunglasses are limited to just 1,200 pieces and available now directly from Ray-Ban while supplies last.
The flurry of IPO news isn’t stopping Twitter from releasing new features. The network announced a handful of updates, most notable among them being custom timelines. Up until this point, there were really just a few “types” of timelines: a user’s, the general feed, or timelines from any lists you’d created. Now you’ll have much more control with a custom view.
“You name it, and choose the tweets you want to add to it, either by hand or programmatically using the API…” Twitter explains via its developer blog. “This means that when the conversation around an event or topic takes off on Twitter, you have the opportunity to create a timeline that surfaces what you believe to be the most noteworthy, relevant tweets.”
These custom timelines are public – and from the looks of the initial examples, they’re being sold as complementary pieces to TV and Web event coverage. For instance, Twitter says Carson Daly has a custom timeline as a companion piece to tonight’s episode of The Voice. The Guardian is planning to host a Q&A session soon, and a custom timeline will be created from the most notable content from the discussion.
One of the biggest surprises in all this is that Twitter is not killing off its nearly-forgotten music project. “Twitter #music has created new timelines that present the very best tweets from superstars, best songs with tracks you can play right in the tweet, and the best music Vines.”
The launch is the product of Twitter’s TweetDeck acquisition, and the option will roll out slowly to TweetDeck users – for now, it might expand to the regular Twitter client depending on how intial use goes. Make no mistake, this is definitely a power user feature; media types and Web publishers will be able to access Twitter massive firehose of tweets in order to create sidebar conversations to their own content. Think the Super Bowl, NBA Playoffs, American Idol finales, government elections, presidential debates, the Olympics; these are the types of events that media will take advantage of custom timelines for.
This might bring Storify to mind. Custom timelines may have effectively just displaced the popular topic-focus tweet collecting service (although Storify does pull in content from other social networks, so it’s not Twitter specific). Twitter is allowing users more and more features within what’s traditional been a rather simple service, and definitely catering these tools to the marketing and media types that have become the pulse of the platform. (SOURCE)