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We Have a Decade to Prevent a Total Climate Disaster

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By 2030, we as a collective 7 billion humans will know our fate, or at the very least, the fate of the most vulnerable among us. A landmark report released on Sunday sets the clock ticking for humanity and its quest to keep global warming to within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels.

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The Existential Void of the Pop-Up 'Experience'

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By classifying these places as experiences, their creators seem to imply that something happens there. But what? The central experience delivered at all these places is one of waiting.

The aesthetic recalls the line for Disneyland's Splash Mountain, except in here, Fleetwood Mac was playing. One of the features of the Rosé Mansion is a fake gold throne that you can sit on while wearing a fake gold crown, an event akin to hanging out in the lobby of the New Jersey Medieval Times. Each of these experiences culminates in a ball pit -- filled with "marshmallows" at Candytopia, "champagne bubbles" at the Rosé Mansion, and blue-colored balls at Color Factory -- a feature pioneered by the McDonald's PlayPlace. [...]

In an interview with New York magazine last year, the millennial marketer behind the Museum of Ice Cream, Maryellis Bunn, compared her outfit favorably to real museums and also to Disneyland. "I love Disneyland," she said, but "it's not for today." I'm no Disney evangelist, but come on. Disneyland has a ride where you get to experience life as Mr. Toad as he is being sentenced to Hell. To Hell!

There aren't characters in these spaces. Instead there are young temp workers dressed in uniforms who are tasked with wiping down surfaces, chasing down balls that have escaped the pit and fostering cults of personality around the museum creators themselves. At the Museum of Ice Cream's Pint Shop, an employee in a sprinkle crown, pink feathered leg warmers and a lab coat calling himself "Slush" told an assembled crowd about how Ms. Bunn "experimented with 7,000 different combinations of vanilla" to perfect one of the museum's flavors. [...]

The central disappointment of these spaces is not that they are so narcissistic, but rather that they seem to have such a low view of the people who visit them. [...] Stalking through the colorful hallways of New York's "experiences," I felt like a shell of a person. It was as if I was witnessing the total erosion of meaning itself. And when I posted a selfie from the Rosé Mansion saying as much, all of my friends liked it.

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This Quirky Folding E-ink Typewriter Strips Away All of Your Fun, Productivity-Killing Distractions

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The laptop computer is one of our greatest mobile productivity tools, and at the same time, a fantastic way to procrastinate with endless distractions at your fingertips. For those times when you’re racing a deadline, and can’t trust yourself with easy access to Facebook, King Jim’s new Pomera e-ink typewriter strips…

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The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Makes the Electric Car Feel Normal, and That’s the Point

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The very first thing I noticed when I stepped into the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt was the gear selector. Upright, situated between the two front seats, familiar P-R-N-D-L markings. That gear selector speaks volumes about what this electric car is trying to be.

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Mirror Crew

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