The Must-Play Games This Week – Gran Turismo Sport and South Park

If you’re done with last week’s release, then brace yourself for today: we’ve got two highly anticipated games coming out right now. Here’s why you should pay attention to them.

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Gran Turismo Sport

That’s a screenshot, not a photo.

Series developer Polyphony Digital has traditionally made a sampler for their main numbered Gran Turismo installments, especially when they release their first entry for the current-generation PlayStation.

  • Gran Turismo 3 was preceded by Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec on the PS2.
  • Gran Turismo 5 was preceded by Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on the PS3.

And now, despite what some outlets say, Gran Turismo Sport is for what’s presumably Gran Turismo 7 on the PS4.

Gran Turismo Sport features the following:

  • Support for 4K resolutions, 60 frames per second, and HDR. It’s not clear though if these are available for the regular PS4.
  • It’s the only e-racing championship approved by the FIA. It even has an official license you can earn.
  • More than 130 cars and 19 tracks (including offroad options). More than 20 of these cars are concept vehicles.
  • A photo mode (named Scapes) lets you take pictures of your cars in over 1,000 locations.
  • A livery editor.

Gran Turismo Sport is exclusive to the PS4.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Also a screenshot, not a TV episode.

There’s finally a sequel to 2014’s highly successful South Park: The Stick of Truth. Unlike its predecessor, which featured fantasy tropes (plus the Jew class), The Fractured But Whole puts its signature South Park spin on superheroes.

Here are a few good reasons why you should own a copy of the game:

  • It’s written by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
  • Again, the game is set in the fictional town of South Park, Colorado, and it’s chock-full of easter eggs and fan service.
  • More customization depth. There are 12 superhero classes in all. You can choose from dozens of outfits, and can even pick your skin tone, which affects dialog and the amount of money you get in the game.
  • It uses a position-based combat system (like a chessboard) that gives an additional tactical aspect to fights. Combat also lets you use the environment to your advantage.
  • There’s a crafting system that lets you create healing items, food, character buffs, and more.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is coming out for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Gear Lust – The Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Did you know that the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which costs $117,000, is an “entry-level” sports car? It’s actually smaller and (relatively) cheaper than the British carmaker’s other four-wheeled, hand-built creations.

Like most Aston Martin cars, the V8 Vantage is simply stunning to look at. It’s no grand tourer, however; the Vantage is a sports car through and through.

We think the Vantage is the best-driving Aston Martin so far, but it’s still no comparison to the Porsche 911 when it comes to performance. Then again, it’s certainly not a bad place to be for an entry-level sports car.

Features

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage seats two people and is available as a convertible roadster and a hatchback coupe. There are two trim levels that offer different degrees of performance: Vantage and Vantage S.

Both models seat only two people and come with nearly identical features. Standard items include:

  • Automatic climate control
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Xenon headlights
  • A 10-way-adjustable driver seat
  • A six-CD changer
  • An auxiliary audio jack and iPod interface
  • Leather upholstery

Interestingly, common features in other cars such as Bluetooth, cruise control, heated seats and seat memory serve as options on the Vantage, despite costing over $100,000.

At least the Vantage S variant gets the cruise control, Bluetooth, and suspension tuning. A pair of upgraded audio systems and a Garmin-sourced navigation system are optional on both.

Under the hood

The basic V8 Vantage comes with a 4.7-liter V8 capable of 420 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. The Vantage S gets a version of the same engine but is bumped up to 430 hp and 361 pound-feet of torque.

Monday Mayhem – 16th October 2017

Monday is the most popular sick day there is. It’s also common for people to suffer strokes and heart attacks on that day

To help take the nasty Monday edge off, here’s a gallery of beautiful bad girls, muscle cars, and other cool stuff. Enjoy!

Lazy Sundaze – Slowing Down to Enjoy Life

I don’t usually read forwarded email, but I received one today that caught my attention. It was from someone who works at Volvo in Sweden. There, he mentions projects in the company “take 2 years to complete, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.”

Apparently, the fast-paced global corporate world, focused on immediate results, “contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowing down scheme. At the end, this always yields better results.”

He relates the following story:

“The first time I was in Sweden, one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance. The first day, I didn’t say anything, either the second or third. One morning I asked, “Do you have a fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early we’ll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don’t you think? Imagine my face.”

Savoring food and life

He goes on to talk about a movement in Europe named Slow Food, which “establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle.”

I love this idea. It is what is at the heart of the simplicity movement, as well as those who are trying to live frugal lives. It’s not just a matter of reducing clutter or saving money … it’s a matter of slowing down to enjoy life more, of savoring life’s simple pleasures, of rejecting on some level the materialistic culture we are all caught up in and embracing fellow humans instead. It is about changing our values and priorities.

He goes on:

“Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the “quality of being”. French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8-hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US’s attention, pupils of the fast and the “do it now!”.

New Technology – mCable boosts image quality in games, videos

mCable improves image quality

We all know that while HDMI cables differ in quality; some, for instance, are more durable than others. But have you ever heard of one that actually improves the image property of your video games or HD movies?

Meet Marseille’s mCable Gaming Edition HDMI cable, which uses a digital signal processor to boost visual fidelity.

How mCable works

In a nutshell, the HDMI cable manipulates video signals by applying anti-aliasing (a graphics-rendering technique used to smooth out a digital image’s jagged edges on curved lines and diagonals.

To make this possible, the “TV”-labeled connector of the mCable comes with a USB cable for powering its signal processing chip. Here are some further details on how the cable performs:

Similarly, there have been earphones that use sound processors which enable such products to support 7.1 surround sound, but it’s the first time we’ve seen this kind of innovation in visuals.

There is, however, a catch: the product costs $119 (if you buy it directly from Marseille). If you look for it on other outlets like Amazon, mCable Gaming Edition costs upwards of $139.

Cook Like a Boss – The Deep Dish Pizza

The deep dish pizza is quite possibly the best type of pizza. If you haven’t tried one, imagine a pizza with a high edge and deep surface, containing copious amounts of cheese and tomato sauce.

Think of it more like pie than a flatbread. While the entire deep dish pizza is thick, its crust is usually thin to medium in overall density.Intrigued yet? Good. That’s what we’re making today.

Intrigued yet? Good. Because that’s what we’re making today. Here’s what you’ll need:

Deep dish pizza ingredients

Dough

  • 3 and 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of warm water
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup of cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Pizza sauce

  • 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • A 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Everything else

  • 10 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 pound of Italian sausage
  • Grated fresh Parmesan

Alexis Ren defies the laws of physics and science

If you haven’t heard, Alexis Ren is a 20-year-old model, cover girl, social media sensation, and entrepreneur. We’ve featured her before, during which she made our collective jaws drop.

Quick Notes on Alexis Ren

Name: Alexis Ren
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Description: Some fun facts about Alexis:

- She was home-schooled.
- She is of German and Russian descent.
- She became an internet celeb long before she could vote or drive. She was scouted at 13, started modeling at 14, and became an online sensation at 15.
- She doesn't drink alcohol.
- She really eats the healthy food she posts on Instagram.

 

Alexis Ren is no average model

And you know what? It hasn’t changed. Nous Models lists Alexis’s measurements at 34-22-34, which sounds like a blatant violation of the laws of physics. And science.

It’s no wonder why Alexis Ren now has over 10 million followers on Instagram.

This girl isn’t your typical winner of the genetics jackpot, however. After modeling for countless beach-themed brands, Alexis launched her own activewear line called REN Active.

Interestingly, Alexis doesn’t use Photoshop on her photos. She doesn’t like it when people accuse her of doing so because she puts in the work and works out every single day to achieve these results. Behold.

Shot by @keslertran ✔️

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By @justinmacala ✔️ @suziekmakeup

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New York lofts with @davidbellemere

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made me think of you

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me for you

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fiji 📍

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Love me.

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Thirst-Day – The Golden Ratio will perfect your cocktails

Drinking the ideal cocktail feels like a unique consonance of taste, captured impeccably in a glass. It doesn’t have to be unusual, however. Bartenders and cocktail connoisseurs actually use a (somewhat) secret formula that lets them recreate each drink perfectly every time.

Here’s a hint: math makes this happen.

The only thing you need to know is the “golden ratio” of cocktails, which will allow you to mix dozens of drinks without having to memorize them to the letter.

The Golden Ratio

Pretty much every cocktail recipe combines three basic ingredients:

  • Alcohol as the drink’s base.
  • A sour ingredient (e.g. lime, lemon juice).
  • A sweet ingredient (e.g. triple sec, sweet vermouth).

The formula to achieve the perfect balance is 2:1:1. This means you use 2 parts alcohol, 1 part sour, and 1 part sweet.

For example, the Mojito recipe uses 2 ounces of rum, 1 ounce of lime juice, and 1 ounce of simple syrup (plus some mint leaves for flavor/garnish, and club soda as a filler).

Daiquiris, Margaritas, and Gimlets, and use this formula as well. If you switch the lemon juice for lime juice in a Gimlet then add soda, you end up with a Tom Collins.

The golden ratio is particularly useful when you’re out of one ingredient but have others that can serve as an alternative, like when you’re out of brandy but still have tequila.

Boss Royal Weekly Eye Candy – 11th October 2017

Each week, we put together a gallery of photos that will blow your mind. Last time, we looked at gorgeous ladies and beautiful vistas. Today, we look closely at women in luxury and other cool stuff.

Here is the Boss Royal October 11th Weekly Eye Candy Gallery. Enjoy!