Culture Music

How L.A. Artist Duckwrth Became Billie Eilish’s Opener and A Men’s Fashion Star

It’s only the beginning for Duckwrth. A rapper/singer/fashion extraordinaire representing Los Angeles, this young artist has been steadily gaining buzz with his catchy music and capturing the style spotlight with equally notable outfits. The “SuperGood” phenom has kept busy since his “positive vibes” filled debut, releasing his latest effort, SG8*, this past September to warm reviews and praises. Constantly exploring the depth of his artistry, Duckwrth is making his imprint both on fashion and music, bringing together two worlds that often go hand-in-hand. 

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In the weeks since the release of SG8*, things have been quite eventful for the L.A. artist, performing his first series of sold-out shows since Covid and making a splash at Paris Fashion Week. Now, Duckwrth is gearing up to open for Billie Eilish during her upcoming Happier Than Ever world tour, and we got the chance to talk to the super talented musician about the latest album, how his musicality has evolved, and everything going on in his universe.

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ONE37pm: Let’s talk about SG8*, which was released in September. What was the process of making the record like?

Duckwrth: My process has been slowly changing over the past two months or so in particular. On average, I drop a project once every year, and I try to find that spark to create a good body of work. That was my process for SG8*, and everything came out really good!

ONE37pm: How have you grown since your last EP?

Duckwrth: This last project was really about magnifying a different world and how we were in different places. Covid made life take a full 180 for everybody, and it was a difficult time. I started battling with anxiety which is something I had never dealt with before Corona, and I knew there were a lot of other people dealing with their own struggles as well. So I really tried to create something that helped everyone with what they were going through.

ONE37pm: You just performed a set of sold-out shows and made waves at Paris Fashion Week. What was that like?

Duckwrth: It was surreal! It was crazy seeing people who knew my music and all of the media publications and paparazzi. They were snapping photos, and it was really revealing in terms of my trajectory and where I’m going. It was insane!

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ONE37pm: How do the worlds of music and fashion come together personally for you?

Duckwrth: Both are looked at as risk-taking. When you are creating music, it’s all about the complimentary sounds, cadences, and melodies coming together. It’s the same concept with graphic and fashion design. Everything is connected and comes together to form one.

ONE37pm: What can we expect in terms of future releases?

Duckwrth: 1970s nostalgia is my current body of work. SG8* was all about recovering and getting the mind right, and now I’m ready for the next project. It’s going to be electronic, future-driven, and will incorporate the new sounds I have been experimenting with. This record will have more black, silver, and mercury textures. It’s going to be fun!

It’s going to be fun indeed. Be sure to keep up with Duckwrth on Instagram and Twitter for all future projects.

NFT Tech

An Introduction to Flash Loans

Imagine being able to take out a loan instantly, the only catch being that you have to pay it back immediately. That’s the exact concept of a flash loan. In order to make sense out of this particular scenario, we first need to understand exactly what a flash loan is.

What is a flash loan?

A flash loan allows you to take out an unguaranteed loan with the obligation to repay the loan in the same transaction. If it’s determined that you can’t repay the loan, the loan is reversed as if it never occurred. Flash loans are popular across several decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols established on the Ethereum blockchain.

How do flash loans work?

When it comes to the properties of a flash loan, it can be somewhat complicated to wrap your mind around. After performing some in-depth research, here’s what I uncovered about flash loans and how they work.

Flash loans use smart contracts to carry out the loan process. The smart contract does not exchange funds unless the specific criteria that are written into the contract have been met.

In the case of a flash loan, the criteria is that the borrower is obligated to pay back the loan before the transaction ends. If it’s determined the borrower can’t repay the loan, the transaction is reversed instantly.

With a traditional loan, such as the one used to purchase a house, the lender requires that the borrower offers collateral, the collateral being the house. In addition to the collateral, the borrower is generally required to pay off the loan over a long period of time, with interest on top of the original loan amount. 

Now, with flash loans the lending process is instantaneous. Thanks to the terms written in the smart contract, the loan must be repaid in the same transaction in which it’s lent out.

When a flash loan is initiated, it only takes a few seconds to perform the trade called on by the borrower with the loaned capital before the transaction ends, resulting in an ultra-quick loan.

Why use a flash loan?

A flash loan is commonly used by traders who are looking to quickly profit from arbitrage opportunities. As well, it’s a way to potentially make huge profits without the need to risk your own money.

Here are some common uses for flash loans:

  1. Arbitrage is the process of simultaneously buying and selling assets from different exchanges. Essentially, you can make money by searching for price discrepancies across numerous exchanges.

    For example, let’s say I buy some theoretical alexcoin from two different exchanges. On exchange A, alexcoin is priced at $1 and on exchange B, it’s price at $2. As a borrower, you can call on the smart contract to purchase 100 alexcoin for $100 from exchange A, then turn around and sell your 100 alexcoin to exchange B for $200, pocketing the difference and paying back the lender all in one swoop.
  2. Saving on transaction fees are a potential use case when it comes to flash loans considering they combine what would usually take several transactions, into a single transaction.
  3. Currency swaps allow users to swap their borrowed currency for another type of currency.

As this technology advances, I believe the use-cases for flash loans will evolve as well.

Are flash loans safe?

Flash loans are somewhat safe, however, they do come with a risk. Flash loans have been attacked before, resulting in millions of dollars in losses. Here are some ways in which flash loans have been compromised:

  • Data entering the smart contract has been corrupted or exploited
  • Smart contracts have been manipulated if they are not written correctly

A flash loan attack can happen when the borrower manipulates the markets at the same time the loan is being initiated, decreasing the value of the loan, which allows the borrower to pay back the loan at a deflated price, while still being able to sell the tokens on other markets for the actual price and keep the profit.

Keep in mind, as a borrower, you aren’t subject to liability for the loan itself, however, you do have to pay a single gas fee to initiate a flash loan. If the transaction were to fail, you would lose the gas fee.

How to avoid flash loan attacks

One way to help lessen the possibility of a flash loan attack is by using a decentralized pricing oracle such as Chainlink (decentralized blockchain oracle network) to fetch price feeds, opposed to relying on a DeX platform (decentralized exchange) which is more vulnerable to attacks.

How to get a flash loan

Flash loans are still rather new. Without the knowledge of coding smart contracts, it can be rather difficult to get a flash loan.

One of the most popular platforms for getting your own flash loan is Aave. Aave is an open-source and non-custodial liquidity protocol for earning interest on deposits and borrowing various assets. Users can choose to be a depositor or borrower.

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Depositors put liquidity into the market to earn passive income, while the borrowers can take advantage of borrowing in an over-collateralized or under collateralized manner.

To start using the Aave protocol, you must deposit your preferred asset and amount. After depositing, you will earn passive income based on the borrowing demand of the market. Furthermore, depositing assets enables you to borrow using your assets as collateral. 

Overall, flash loans have several advantages compared to traditional loans. That being said, flash loans are also extremely risky at this point in time due to the lack of user interface and the unknown risks involved.

We can only assume that as time goes on, the technology and user-friendliness will develop into something simple and secure.

Sports Strength

Should Spencer Rattler Transfer or Enter the 2022 NFL Draft?

On September 4th, Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler trotted onto the field not only as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, but also the top ranked quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, according to most draft analysts. Today is October 28, and Rattler isn’t even the top at the University of Oklahoma. Three weeks ago, Rattler was benched for Caleb Williams, a true freshman who hadn’t started a football game since 2019. Since then, Oklahoma has had Williams at the helm, while Rattler watches from the sidelines. Many believe Rattler will transfer to build his stock back up, but is that the answer? Should Rattler declare for the 2022 NFL draft? 

For starters, let’s take a look at the 2022 NFL QB class. The class appears to be shaky at best. Carson Strong and Matt Coral look to be the most pro-ready quarterbacks out of the group. Everyone after Strong and Coral possesses substantial risks for teams looking for a quarterback. As such, Rattler wouldn’t fall too far on draft boards for QB needy teams, if only because of this year’s paucity of draft-eligible quarterback prospects. On the other hand, if Rattler were to stay he’d potentially have to learn a new offense on the fly, and that could really backfire by exposing more flaws. Furthermore, he could hurt his stock more if where he goes isn’t a good fit. Rattler has luxury weapons at Oklahoma and the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere. Not to say he couldn’t go elsewhere and have elite weapons, but how likely is it? More than likely, Rattler would be drafted within the first three rounds. He’d likely be a backup, which is basically equivalent to transferring. Most important, he’d get time to sit and learn behind a NFL starter along with NFL coaching

On the other hand, Rattler does have a couple of advantages if he chooses to transfer. Above all, he’d put another full year of film together for NFL front offices to evaluate. Outside of arm talent, Rattler doesn’t have any elite traits.

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Another year could help him clean up his average traits and push to make them above average/good. Additionally, decision making is debatably Rattler’s biggest flaw, and if he could manage to improve it moving forward he could do himself some favors. Along with that, a new offense and more coaching could help strengthen his decision making. Fortunately for him, during the 2020 season, he appeared to be a solid decision maker, but not so much during the 2021 season.

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Decision making as a passer is perhaps the most important skill for quarterbacks, so transferring and proving he can consistently be smartwith the ball would work wonders for him.

In today’s NFL, most teams are moving towards having more athletic quarterbacks who have the ability to make plays on the move. Unfortunately for Rattler, he isn’t going to blow teams away athletically. However, he does show the ability to escape and pick up yards if necessary. Rattler’s elite arm talent and solid accuracy are his best traits. Most teams in today’s game want to stretch the field and push the ball down field with big plays. Therefore, elite arm talent will always have GMs and head coaches marveling. Regardless of which path he takes, he has a real chance to be solid at the next level. Now the lone question: What will he choose? Only time will tell.

Culture Movies/TV

The 35 Best Music Documentaries That You Need to Watch ASAP

In the late 1960s, music documentaries started making their way onto the scene as the rock movement took off across both the United States and the world at large. Those first documentaries were a testament to their time: with light editing, scratchy film, and an overall more loose feel compared to the documentaries of today. Ever since then, the genre has rocketed up over the years with almost too many new and innovative films to catch up on. These next 35 music documentaries include the staple originals as well as newcomers who have taken the art into a completely new direction.

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1. Gimme Shelter (1970)

An absolute classic rock documentary, Gimme Shelter follows The Rolling Stones on the last leg of their United States tour in 1969. There’s also footage from the infamous Altamont Free Concert, which resulted in four deaths, including one brutal stabbing by a member of the Hells Angels.

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2. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is probably one of the most well-executed and thorough music documentaries ever created. The film combines rare footage of Cobain’s life with interviews from members of Nirvana, close family, and other friends, all tied together by a seamless, racing montage of Cobain’s artwork animated to life. On top of the perfect music choices and timing, it focuses on the deep complexities of Cobain’s mind, creating a precious, clear-yet-tangled look inside the musician.

Watch on HBO Max
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3. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

In Madonna: Truth or Dare, we witness Madonna at arguably the height of her fame during the Blond Ambition Tour, which has long been deemed one of the best concert tours to have ever occurred. The documentary flips from concert footage to behind-the-scenes video, which sometimes acts as a confessional diary as Madonna narrates certain portions of the film.

Watch on Prime Video
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4. Summer of Soul (2021)

Directed by Questlove of The Roots, Summer of Soul documents the Harlem Cultural Festival, a six-week festival that took place in 1969. At Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan, a few of the many performers included Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, and Sly and the Family Stone. Despite this, there was practically no mention of the festival within music history, which makes things all the more puzzling. The documentary dives into that question among many other topics, on top of screening footage of the events, a rare feat given the lack of coverage over the years.

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5. Amy (2015)

Chronicling the journey leading up to her success, Amy shows the trajectory of Amy Winehouse’s career, from the cheerful beginnings to the rough part of her fame. A specific moment that sticks out: in a room full of studio executives at Island Records, Winehouse is sitting down, playing the acoustic guitar, and singing “I Heard Love Is Blind.” Just her and her guitar. The room quietly watches on and the man next to her smiles, probably realizing the gem that he’s just stumbled upon.

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6. Crossfire Hurricane (2012)

Whereas Gimme Shelter centered around a specific part of their 1969 tour, Crossfire Hurricane tells the early story of the Rolling Stones from the very beginning through 1981. The film places a big emphasis on the time leading right up to and after Brian Jones’ death and how tremendously it affected the group. Tying in the Hyde Park show with Mick Taylor in the group, the documentary gives a feeling of hope to the band, which radiates through the rest of the film.

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7. Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

Janis: Little Girl Blue gives a thorough look into the life of Janis Joplin, who—in only a very short amount of time—was able to create a lasting mark on the rock scene with her distinctive voice. You’re really able to get to know her personality and the way she walked through life, which was in a carefree way but always with a purpose.

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8. John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky (2018)

Using archival footage from the early ’70s, this documentary offers a rare look into the creation of John Lennon’s album, Imagine. It’s at times a very quiet process, but then suddenly, there’s a ton of people crowded in the kitchen, like George Harrison who had stopped by to play both slide and electric guitar on quite a few tracks.

Watch on Netflix
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9. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

Focusing more so on the ins and outs of the group, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest explores the dynamic of one of the most influential music groups of all time. Consisting of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White, the group had a number of differing personalities that played off each other both positively and negatively over the years, affecting both the music and overall vibe of the group.

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10. Monterey Pop (1968)

Monterey Pop documents the music festival of the same name, including some backstage and crowd footage, on top of the filming of the festival itself. Helping launch Janis Joplin into the music stratosphere as she performed with Big Brother and the Holding Company, the festival had an incomparable roster of performers, including The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mamas, and the Papas, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane.

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11. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

A lengthy documentary clocking in at 3.5 hours, George Harrison: Living in the Material World gives a deeper look into the musician’s life, from his early life, time with The Beatles, and musical endeavors following that time. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film went on to win two Emmy Awards.

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12. Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)

Less so a story about her life pre-Gaga, Gaga: Five Foot Two documents the creation of Lady Gaga’s 2016 album, Joanne, as well as the time-consuming process leading up to her 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Alongside producer Mark Ronson, Gaga methodically creates an album of a completely different sound than her fans are used to. The film also shows her sometimes-debilitating struggle with chronic pain, stemming from a broken hip on her tour, the Born This Way Ball.

Watch on Netflix
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13. Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson (2021)

This docuseries focuses on a different aspect of the music-making process on each episode: auto-tune, sampling, and reverb are three of the six parts Mark Ronson walks us through. Ronson brings in musicians and experts who have a great deal to say about each aspect, most of the time tying the part of music into a specific song or album that they created in the past. Just a few of the many guests he brings on are Paul McCartney, Charli XCX, Questlove, Beastie Boys, and King Princess.

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14. Bad Reputation (2018)

The story of Joan Jett’s success was quite an uphill battle and Bad Reputation documents it all. Songs that would later become her biggest hits, like “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Bad Reputation”—as well as herself as an artist, were all dismissed by the largest record companies. It was only when she and her manager began to put out their own records that she achieved commercial success.

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15. Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time (2020)

The setting for some of the hugest bands and songs in 1970s, California’s Laurel Canyon, is covered in great detail through this two-part documentary. Featuring artists like Michelle Phillips, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the area brought in tons of musicians all around the same period in time, creating both an exciting and inspiring atmosphere.

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16. Don’t Look Back (1967)

Don’t Look Back chronicles Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour in England with behind-the-scenes footage of Dylan, along with Joan Baez, Alan Price, and other close friends at the time. This film was one of the first mainstream music documentaries that achieved such success—it was even later selected to be added to the Library of Congress for its significance.

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17. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013)

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is a mostly hilarious yet occasionally sad documentary about Elaine Stritch, one of the largest icons in Broadway history. The film centers around Stritch’s new show at The Carlyle, where she resides, as she deals with a few medical and age-related issues, all the while considering leaving the industry for good. At 86, she’s still in fine form as she rehearses for her show, though you can tell that the production as a whole is taking a bit of a toll on her. The documentary is very no-frills, offering a very honest look into the actress’ life.

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18. David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017)

Playing off his song, “Five Years,” this documentary focuses specifically on the last five years of David Bowie’s life, especially on the production of his final two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, and the off-Broadway production, Lazarus, of which he created the music for. With previously unseen footage of Bowie as well as interviews with the band he worked with on Blackstar, the documentary is a slightly somber look at a musician who was trying to use every last bit of his time to work.

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19. The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020)

Having written some of the biggest hits of all time, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart tracks Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb in their journey from just brothers to becoming a real force of nature on the music scene. Its release in 2020 was a massive hit among viewers, and understandably so, as the film hits a good balance between depicting them at their height, but also on the flip side, in showing them receiving backlash about disco music.

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20. Whitney (2018)

Nominated for Best Music Film at the Grammys, Whitney takes a deep look into the life of one of the greatest voices of all time. Whitney Houston was both a tough and complex woman, and with interviews from close family and friends paired with rare footage, Whitney shows us the artist up-close, allowing us to see her as she was.

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21. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

With archival backstage and concert footage paired with interviews, Oasis: Supersonic paints a full picture of the ’90s band, Oasis, along with the main force driving the band, brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher.

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22. Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015)

It almost feels weird focusing on Keith Richards without lumping him in with the rest of The Rolling Stones, but this documentary does a wonderful job of portraying Richards as his own entity. In Keith Richards: Under the Influence, he discusses his life, music influences, and work both within The Rolling Stones and the side projects he pursues outside of that.

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23. Beastie Boys Story (2020)

Filmed at the King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, this film is a part-live show, a part-classic documentary, with the surviving members, Michael Diamond (“Mike D”) and Adam Horovitz (“Ad-Rock”) introducing and narrating parts of the documentary on stage.

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24. Tina (2021)

Telling the life of Tina Turner, Tina begins with her early days in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, the duo she created with her husband, Ike. After the pair divorced in the late ’70s, Turner forged ahead with a solo career, quickly establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with on the rock ‘n’ roll scene.

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25. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice follows the singer through her early life and career beginnings in Laurel Canyon, where she. In addition, the documentary also touches on her leaving of the music industry as a result of her diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease.

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26. McCartney 3, 2, 1 (2021)

In this Hulu Original docuseries, Rick Rubin and Paul McCartney talk through a number of songs by The Beatles and Wings, breaking down how they arrived at certain chords, lyrics, and the overall sound. At one point, McCartney mentions that the idea of Sgt. Pepper arrived when he misheard one of the roadies ask him, “Can you pass the salt and pepper?” while eating lunch. Mistaking him for saying, “Sergeant Pepper,” McCartney thought it sounded like a cool type of character, so he made it into an album and song.

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27. When You’re Strange (2009)

When You’re Strange documents The Doors’ early days, but especially focuses on the band’s frontman, Jim Morrison, and his drug and alcohol use over his years in the band. The film shows up-close, rare footage of The Doors in their daily lives, rehearsal, and on stage—even video of Morrison’s on-stage arrest. Overall, the documentary creates a feeling that matches that of the band’s: one that’s well-executed and a bit unpredictable.

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28. Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021)

In this close-up documentary, we hang out in Billie Eilish’s brother’s bedroom as the pair create and record Eilish’s multi-Grammy-winning album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? With her brother, FINNEAS, slightly leading the pack with producing and writing, Eilish is able to put out a thoroughly original album, one that will end up changing the trajectory of her career forever. Outside of the music aspect is the very emotional side of Eilish: how she mentally deals with the level of fame she’s reached as well as the physically demanding part of her job.

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29. Miss Americana (2020)

Combining backstage and concert footage from her Reputation Tour, Miss Americana follows Taylor Swift, offering a rare look into the singer-songwriter’s inner thoughts and emotions. The film shows the unwarranted media attacks brought upon Swift and how she actually dealt with that kind of attention and abuse over the years. Swift really dives into the mental aspect of her journey and the beliefs she had to let go of to become the woman she is now.

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30. What Drives Us (2021)

Directed by Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, What Drives Us is an examination of the “rite of passage” aspect of being a touring musician, an idea that came to Grohl in thinking about the van life of touring. Just a few of the musicians who were interviewed in the film include Steven Tyler, St. Vincent, and Ringo Starr.

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31. Billie (2019)

The result of over 200 hours of interviews is this documentary about Billie Holiday’s life. After Linda Lipnack Kuehl, a journalist, decided that she wanted to write a biography of the singer’s life, she was able to record and compile tons of interviews with Holiday’s friends and family, as well as other musicians. However, when Kuehl never finished the book, those 200 hours of interviews ended up just sitting around until this documentary was put into production.

Watch on Hulu
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32. Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019)

Probably the most iconic event in music history, Woodstock was the defining moment at a pivotal point in American culture. Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation explores the scene at the festival just prior to beginning, the festival itself, and the lasting impact of Woodstock over the years.

Watch on Prime Video
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33. The Velvet Underground (2021)

Fairly new to Apple TV Plus, The Velvet Underground follows the band’s first beginnings in New York as a lesser-known group to the level of recognition and fame that it would eventually reach. Andy Warhol plays a fairly prominent role in the film, as he was one of the main believers and sponsors of The Velvet Underground prior to their mainstream success.

Watch on Apple TV Plus
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34. 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (2021)

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything offers a mostly comprehensive gathering of the most influential music of that specific year in time, although quite a few of the larger bands were left out, including Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band. Despite this, the docuseries does a great job of tying everything together and explaining the reasoning behind why this was such an influential year in music.

Watch on Apple TV Plus
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35. The Beatles: Get Back (2021)

In this upcoming three-part docuseries by Peter Jackson, The Beatles: Get Back documents the creation of their final album, Let It Be, using never-before-seen archival footage. The series is set to premiere on Disney Plus on November 25.

Watch on Disney Plus (on November 25)
Style What To Buy

25 Best Desks for Small Spaces to Buy Right Now

One of the only benefits to come out of the pandemic is the shift in work culture that allowed people to continue working from home, even after things have started to open back up. On top of that, more people are moving to urban centers every year and downsizing their footprint to maximize space at home. With both of these factors in mind, it’s clear that there is a burgeoning market for compact workspaces within small dwellings such as apartments or dorms. We’ve made it easy and compiled a list of the 25 best desks we could find for small spaces.

1. MICKE Desk

The MICKE series is one of IKEA’s best sellers, and it’s quite easy to see why. The desk assembly comes with a cabinet that houses adjustable shelves, allowing you to store work supplies or even an entire PC out of sight. With the addition of a small drawer and some cable management, it is difficult to beat in terms of price. However, if you’re looking for longevity, we suggest spending a little more.

Shop Now at IKEA – $79
2. Trenton Fold Out Table
Pottery Barn

The Trenton table features the most industrial, stripped down design in this list with a simple shelf assembly and wooden work surface. The main appeal for us with this item is that it pairs very well with other home goods within its series so that you can create a customized, modular workspace that perfectly suits your needs. Other pieces in the collection include a whiteboard, corkboard, tiered organizer, and additional shelving unit.

Shop Now at Pottery Barn – $299
3. Porch & Den Lincoln Solid Wood/MDF Corner Computer Desk

Corner desks can provide a great alternative to traditional desk styles in that they make use of space that is often overlooked and underutilized. Visually, they can also soften a room as they take away some of the harshness of the rectangular corners. The Lincoln desk comes in several different color varieties and also includes small shelves between its legs so that you can squeeze every inch of storage out of your home office.

Shop Now at Overstock – $134.49
4. Alenia Corner Desk

The Alenia desk maintains the corner practicality of the last desk in our list, but offers a bit of variety depending on your needs. It doesn’t include a drawer of any kind but makes up for it with much larger storage shelves underneath the desktop, allowing you to store a computer and work supplies.

Shop Now at Wayfair – $116.99
5. Bamboo Frame Folding Desk

This cute bamboo desk is super lightweight due to its material, and also folds up very easily for quick storage. It comes in three different finishes, but we prefer the white tabletop with the naturally finished wood. Bamboo is also an eco-friendly material, having a quick growth cycle which makes it a great alternative to other kinds of wood.

Shop Now at Overstock – $80.62
6. Elephance Foldable Wood and Metal Computer Desk

Some may find that the bamboo is a little too bright or that the look simply doesn’t fit their tastes, so we brought you another folding table that has a more industrial feel with its mostly metal construction. It’s steel frame makes it very sturdy compared to other folding desks, being able to hold up to 150lbs while only weighing 26lbs.

Shop Now at Overstock – $59.98
7. LUFEIYA Small Computer Desk

This small computer desk is the perfect option for students with its storage pouches that hang off the side, making it suitable for papers and notebooks. It also includes a headphone hanger so you can keep them out of the way when not in use.

Shop Now at Amazon – $56.88
8. Mid-Century Fold Out Desk
Urban Outfitters

Clean up your workspace with this fold out desk that can stow pencils and other stationery items in its secret compartment. The design features a beautiful and durable mango wood construction, the natural finish highlighting the wood’s fantastic grain. The design is both modern and rustic, making it suitable for any apartment setting.

Shop Now at Urban Outfitters – $399
9. LapGear Home Office Lap Desk

Go ahead and work from bed, we won’t judge. This convenient lap desk features padding beneath a wood surface to elevate your laptop to create a comfortable work surface from any sitting position. It also features a phone stand and mousepad to streamline any workflow.

Shop Now at Amazon – $34.99
10. Tatkraft Joy Portable Laptop Desk with Mouse Pad

Work from the comfort of your couch (or any seat for that matter) with this portable laptop desk on wheels. The laptop stand features 360 degree rotation and can angle itself for maximum ergonomics. It also includes an additional mouse pad stand so that you can optimize your workflow.

Shop Now at Amazon – $173.90
11. FURINNO Efficient Home Laptop Notebook Computer Desk

This compact desk features an attached shelving unit, making room for both a computer on the bottom shelf and a small printer or other stationery on the top. It features a lightweight particle board construction and PVC piping for the shelves, making it both sturdy and lightweight. This option is perfect for those looking to build out a practical space on a budget.

Shop Now at Amazon – $66.93
12. Ladder Shelf Wall Desk
West Elm

This desk manages to maintain a very small footprint while adding a large statement to any office space. Its sleek design features a solid wood frame which wraps around two shelves and an open desk, providing you with a clean workspace and plenty of storage above. Choose from a variety of finishes to find the one that suits your taste, as the design can match nearly any combination of home decor. The only downside of the table is that it needs to be fixed to a wall.

Shop Now at West Elm – $284.05
13. Wall Mounted Table Folding Desk

Create a large stowable work space with this sleek and contemporary design. The table folds down from the wall and has a hinged leg assembly that is held in place with pins to provide stability. It also features adjustable shelves within the main cavity to suit your storage needs. It is made mostly of MDF with a small amount of solid wood in key areas so it stays lightweight but still durable.

Shop Now at Wayfair – $125.99
14. Wall Mounted Folding Desk w/ File & Pen Storage, Cork Backer
Displays 2 Go

This wall mounted desk is similar to the previous one, but is even more slimmed down for those who might not have space for a larger design. This desk folds down to reveal just enough space for a laptop and includes a cork backing to pin daily tasks and anything else you might need to remember. It also includes some vertical cubbies to store pens and similar items. The construction is laminated plywood making it very strong and features gas spring supports, ensuring that the open surface can hold the weight of your computer or books.

Buy Now at Displays 2 Go – $144.09
15. Tilden Small Space Desk

This desk features a classic design with a few contemporary twists such as the wide handle on the full size drawer, making it fit seamlessly into your home regardless of the other decor. The desk comes in two different finishes, a raw dark walnut or simple white.

Shop Now at PBTeen – $499
16. Cvyatko Desk

Maximize your space with this portable desk that can easily be folded to stow away under a couch or bed. Additionally, it includes adjustable feet to accommodate for any surface, making it extremely stable despite its moving parts. It also requires no assembly and is ready to use right out of the box.

Shop Now at Wayfair – $104.99
17. WFH Desk
Work From Home Desks

The WFH desk is a really cool desk option that is fully modular and can be assembled without tools due to its plywood slat construction. Raise the tabletop to create a standing desk, or keep it in a lowered position if you like to work while sitting. The desk can also live with its user for a long time, since you can always integrate new modules as your apartment size increases. If need be, the desk can be easily disassembled and stored flat.

Shop Now at Work From Home Desks – $475
18. Industrial Storage Mini Desk
West Elm

Combine luxury and simplicity with this desk constructed from solid wood and bronze finished metal. The thin legs contrast well with the natural look of the wood, adding an industrial feel to any small office space while providing utility with its large drawer space.

Shop Now at West Elm – $299
19. USB Wall Floating Desk

A stylistic departure from the other wall desks in this list, this item allows you to have permanently exposed storage space when not in use, making it perfect for small plants or other items you’d like to keep in sight. However, some may find it provides an overall more cluttered look as the inner workings of the table are always exposed. This table is also FSC certified, meaning that your purchase will help support the global conservation of forests, which we can universally agree is a good thing.

Shop Now at PBTeen – $299
20. Hampton Small Space Desk

The Hampton desk may be a welcome change for some from the mostly modern styled desks featured in this list. It has a much more ornate design which pairs well with a more traditional home setting, especially when combined with other items from Pottery Barn’s Hampton collection.

Shop Now at PBTeen – $399
21. Cayden Writing Desk
Pottery Barn

Those looking for absolute simplicity will love this desk with its open drawer design and sleek metal legs. The natural wood finish pairs nicely with the plated bronze finish of the legs, making it an easy addition to any space that you want to make an office.

Shop Now at Pottery Barn – $399
22. Haven Writing Desk with USB
Pottery Barn

Perfect for bachelors, this table comes in a stark black colorway with a nicely textured finish that shows the imperfections in the wood grain. Conveniently it also features a hidden compartment that houses an outlet and two USB ports, allowing you to charge your devices right out of the desk.

Shop Now at Pottery Barn – $499
23. Renew Sit-to-Stand Desk
Design Within Reach

Yes, it’s expensive. However it is probably the most useful desk in this list due to a host of highly considered design choices. The easily accessible paddle activates a motorized system which raises and lowers the desktop with minimal effort, allowing you to transition seamlessly from sitting to standing and back again. This maintains your energy levels and improves posture throughout the day, keeping active and productive. Options include advanced cable management, allowing you to plug your devices directly into the desk underneath a panel near the back of the desk.

Shop Now at Design Within Reach – $1,595
24. NUBO
Ligne Roset

Nubo is a beautiful rendition of a wall mounted desk with a hefty price tag. You pay for the elegance of the design with its soft, rounded curves and soft wool outer surface, making it easily the most attractive wall mounted table on this list. When not in use, it almost looks like a decorative wall piece of some sort. It features an interior bracket for small books and documents as well as a cable pass through to keep those pesky cords out of the way while you work.

Shop Now at Ligne Roset – $2,325–secretary/nubo/1984
Ligne Roset

Created by famed french furniture designer Pierre Paulin, this profile of this desk recalls imagery of a small upright piano with its softly curved desktop. Underneath a small shelf, Ursuline offers small niches of many sizes to store useful items and anything you might need close by while you work. It comes in a shiny white lacquered finish or a dark walnut veneer paired with a dark steel base.

Shop Now at Ligne Roset – $2,560–secretary/ursuline/1579/custom?produit_id=171
NFT Tech

NFTs Just Got Smarter with Artificial Intelligence

“But what can you do with them?”

It’s been the cry of NFT critics since CryptoKitties mewed their first meow, as though every antique store wasn’t stuffed with porcelain cats that do nothing but look pretty on a shelf. But it’s a complaint that the blockchain world has taken seriously. NFT collectors do want more from their collections of JPGs and avatars than half-complete sticker albums that they can sell for a profit. 

They want to be able to use their NFTs.

Developers have stepped up. Metaverses have given NFTs entire worlds to roam and interact in. Games companies have developed coins that can be used to purchase in-game assets and items that players can keep and own. Designers are matching digital assets to physical goods that bridge the gap between the virtual and real worlds.

But perhaps a better question might be: what can NFTs do for you?

Altered State Machine, or ASM, is a new venture that adds a layer of artificial intelligence to NFTs. Each token, or “agent,” receives a “frame,” a collection of random attributes that determine their behavior. Just as generative NFTs might randomize background color or eyewear, so ASM’s agents randomize speed and size for gaming NFTs, or risk tolerance and randomness for trading agents.

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The characteristics can determine the appearance of the agents. Still, collectors can also attach the frame to their existing NFT artworks, giving their collections a new set of attributes.

But it’s the third aspect of ASM’s innovation that makes the difference. The blockchain usually does little more than list the current location of digital assets. ASM keeps track of an agent’s activities as “memories.” As the agents interact, they learn. An agent can have dozens or even hundreds of memories that can change how they function.

ASM currently sees its agents operating in two spheres. To show how AI-powered NFTs can improve gaming, the company has built a soccer world that allows avatars supported by frames to compete against each other and learn from their behavior. They become better players.

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ASM also sees its tokens used in finance. They can make trading decisions, track results, and learn to make better predictions to improve their next position. The company also sees its agents used as chatbots and voice assistants. 

The result should be a significant step-up for digital tokens. No longer are NFTs simple JPGs that collectors can admire, collect, and sell. They’re developing into simple robots powered by artificial intelligence that can learn ways to better navigate their digital worlds. NFT collectors will even get an additional strategy beyond collecting and holding. They’ll now be able to train their NFTs, increasing their value by giving them rare new abilities. 

Non-fungible tokens were always a smart idea. Now the tokens are about to get even smarter. 

(Note: the author is an advisor for ASM.)

Style What To Buy

Two Athletes Show Off This Fall’s Top Fashion Trends

Walmart has always been our go-to one-stop shop—and that includes for many of the latest fashion trends. With the fall season in full swing, we’re going all in on Walmart’s Free Assembly brand, which is committed to affordability, sustainability, and promoting the fashion freedom to mix, match and assemble. Consisting of high-quality, durable products (that are also super stylish), Free Assembly helps you tap into your creativity, save money, and walk away empowered.

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The Free Assembly Fall collection focuses on three key elements: denim, reemergence and layering—bringing back some of the classic Y2K trends we fell in love with in the 2000s. From denim jeans to statement tops and tees that emphasize the art of versatility in style, the theme of Free Assembly is “getting back to what we love,” and the pieces offer curated closet staples that focus on simplicity and the ability to assemble in your own unique way.

Since we’re all in the process of adding to our fall wardrobes, we tapped athletes Bruce Brown of the Brooklyn Nets and Cam Payne of the Phoenix Suns to show us how they style some of their favorite Fall Assembly pieces.

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Free Assembly Men’s Fleece Hoodie
Free Assembly Men’s Fleece Hoodie

Described as a “hoodie for all seasons,” the Free Assembly Fleece Hoodie is a versatile addition to your closet that can be worn virtually anytime, anywhere, anyplace. Offering a laid-back fit, the hoodie has two front kangaroo pockets that can hold all your smaller valuables.

BUY NOW, $26
Free Assembly Men’s Fleece Cargo Joggers
Free Assembly Men’s Fleece Cargo Joggers

Every hoodie needs an accompanying pair of joggers. This well-fitting pair has two side pockets and two cargo pockets, and is highly rated for comfort and ease of wear.

BUY NOW, $24
Free Assembly Men’s Fleece Lined CPO Shirt Jacket
Free Assembly Men’s Fleece Lined CPO Shirt Jacket

This shacket is heavy enough to keep you warm during those chillier fall days, while also still light enough to tie around your waist in warmer weather. Plus, it’s lined in polar fleece for additional warmth and durability.

BUY NOW, $32
Free Assembly Men’s Everyday T-Shirt
Free Assembly Men’s Everyday T-Shirt

An everyday t-shirt for everyday wear. This easy-fit shirt is made of 100 percent organic cotton and can easily be mixed, matched and paired with just about anything. There are multiple on-trend color options, so we suggest picking up one for every outfit.

Free Assembly Men’s Easy Beach Jeans
Free Assembly Men’s Easy Beach Jeans

While beach jeans are mostly associated with the summer season, this pair’s loose, breathable fit means they’re also wearable for 65 degree fall days. The stretch denim fabric and pockets are standout features—not to mention they’ll go with pretty much everything in your closet.

BUY NOW, $28
Free Assembly Men’s Quilted Bomber Jacket
Free Assembly Men’s Quilted Bomber Jacket

A tee or henley and a bomber jacket is an easy one-two punch combo that delivers every time. Affordable and stylish, this quilted number is the perfect layering piece.

BUY NOW, $38
Free Assembly Men’s Selvedge Slim Fit Jeans
Free Assembly Men’s Selvedge Slim Fit Jeans

Dark jeans are always in style come fall. The Selvedge Slim Fit is a classic that you can wear casually, or dress up for a more formal look when the occasion arises. 

BUY NOW, $40
Free Assembly Men’s 8″ Active Shorts
Free Assembly Men’s 8″ Active Shorts

With two color options and multiple sizes available, you can wear these active shorts around the house on college football Saturdays and NFL Sundays. Pair them with practically any of the different jackets and hoodies in the Free Assembly capsule collection.

BUY NOW, $22

There are loads of other great selections available in the Free Assembly collection. Don’t wait—check them out via Walmart’s official website right now.

Gaming New Releases

The Biggest Games Releasing in November 2021

Did you make it through last month’s onslaught of game releases with your checking account still intact? We’d totally understand if you were down bad tremendously at this point and didn’t have the funds to cop anything this month. But for those of you out there who realize the benefits of smart budgeting, you probably have enough cash to hop on any and all of the biggest releases of November. If you’re a military first-person shooter fanatic or a diehard JRPG player, then this month is going to treat you extremely well.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard – November 5 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC –

This year’s Call of Duty is returning to the era of World War II with Vanguard, another entry within the long-running franchise that features a full-fledged campaign, competitive multiplayer, Zombies, and Warzone. The storyline at the heart of Vanguard revolves around the creation of a special forces squadron that battles against a brand new menace during the final stages of the war. On the competitive multiplayer front, players will be introduced to 20 new maps and a new version of Gunfight called Champion Hill. And of course, players will also get to hop into a brand new story-driven Zombies mode that continues the tale told in Black Ops Cold War.

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Forza Horizon 5 – November 9 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam, Microsoft Store)

HOT TAKE TIME! The spinoff Forza Horizon series is miles better than the mainline Forza Motorsport series. And that’s because that series of racing games feature a far more interesting open-world that gives players tons of convivial tasks to do. Forza Horizon 5 transports players to its own rendition of Mexico and lets them command the best automobiles in the world. Getting behind the wheel of those sweet rides means you’ll be traversing through lush green forests, an active volcano, and even cities modeled after Guanajuato. And on the visual front, Forza Horizon 5 is going to look even more eye-popping thanks to ray tracing support.

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Jurassic World Evolution 2 – November 9 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Publisher/developer Frontier Developments struck gold with its SimPark-inspired business simulation game, Jurassic World Evolution. With the sequel, Frontier is looking to capture even more interest by introducing new prehistoric species to develop, a new campaign to stay busy with, a wealth of brand new construction & customization options, etc. Every aspiring zoo owner with a gamepad in hand needs to step into the dangerous yet incredibly enticing realm of Jurassic World Evolution 2. It’s time to make sure your patrons leave your custom dinosaur park completely satisfied with their experience.

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition – November 11 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

Yeah, we know – it’s going to be eons before we ever get our hands on the sixth mainline entry of Grand Theft Auto. But while we get our rocks off in Grand Theft Auto’s online multiplayer mode, we’ll also be able to keep ourselves occupied with new and improved versions of the best three entries in the series. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition comes with improved visuals, a rebuilt lighting system, increased draw distances, and so much more. Revisiting these three open-world classics that practically defined the genre as a whole is a must for older gamers that always reflect on the good old days.

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Shin Megami Tensei V – November 12 (Nintendo Switch)

It’s pretty wild when you remember how far back this much-anticipated JRPG was revealed. Shin Megami Tensei V was first shown off in a non-gameplay teaser all the way back in 2017 during the Nintendo Switch reveal. And now in 2021, we’re finally getting the chance to play the game for ourselves. This latest entry in the monster-collecting JRPG series takes place in modern-day Tokyo and puts you in control of a high school student who must fight to survive within an apocalyptic version of his world. Prepare for deep conversations with monsters, tough combat scenarios, and mature storytelling.

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Battlefield 2042 – November 19 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

The other major military FPS that’s set to drop this month comes from the good folks over at Electronic Arts and DICE. Even though this new version of Battlefield comes with no single-player campaign, it does have a huge competitive multiplayer suite that allows for massive gunfights within expansive maps. Players can customize different soldiers that fall under the moniker of “Specialists” which are Assault, Engineer, Medic, and Recon. And when it comes to modes, you’ll get embroiled in explosive skirmishes as play through All-Out Warfare, Breakthrough, and Conquest. Battlefield 2042 will hopefully provide players starved for multiplayer shooters something to sink their teeth into.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – November 19 (Nintendo Switch)

For those of you who loved Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, these remakes will definitely force you to drop even more hours into the biggest monster collecting JRPG of all time. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will feature the series’ traditional top-down perspective during exploration, the return of the region of Sinnoh, and the addictive capture/train/battle mechanics. It’s time to revisit those warm memories of Diamond and Pearl through a new visual sheen and take another trip through Amity Square and the Grand Underground. These remakes are the perfect appetizer for everyone hopping into Pokémon Legends: Arceus next year.

Console Ports

World War Z (Nintendo Switch) – November 2

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam) – November 11

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Nintendo Switch) – November 11

Re:Legend (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) – November 21

Sports Strength

How the NBA’s Rule Changes Have Made Basketball Better

Over the last few years, the NBA has come under considerable heat for its overabundance of foul calls. Much in the same way that the NFL adjusted their rulebook to protect quarterbacks, it was clear that the NBA was prioritizing offensive players over defensive players. While this change would initially seem appealing (it’s generally more fun to watch players make shots than it is to watch them miss them), it actually incentivized boring and frustrating play that seemed more concerned with tricking the refs than actually, you know, getting the ball through the basket; the art of intentionally tangling your arms with those of a defender is a delicate dance, but it also makes for bad television. Fortunately, going into this season, the NBA made several rule changes to combat this problem. 

Primarily, the league attempted to eliminate offensive players initiating contact by cynically going out of their way to hurl themselves into defenders. 

According to the official Twitter account of the NBA Officials Association:

“For the 2021-22 NBA season, there will be an interpretive change in the officiating of overt, abrupt or abnormal non-basketball moves by offensive players with the ball in an effort to draw fouls.” 

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The key phrase here is “non-basketball moves.” There is no official definition of a ‘non-basketball’ move, but, like pornography, you know it when you see it—like when a player suddenly changes directions for no apparent reason other than to swerve into the path of an innocent opponent who’s just trying to run back on defense. Or when a player pump fakes on a relatively open shot so that he can dramatically hurl himself into the defender’s chest without even really making a cursory attempt to actually make a shot.  

Overall, the free throw attempts per game (FTA) is the lowest the league has seen since it started recording FTA in 1974; interestingly, the last season was host to the third fewest free throws per game despite all this foul-baiting nonsense reaching critical mass. Obviously certain players are going to feel the effects of this rule change more than others. The main examples the league used when highlighting plays that would fall under this rule change usually consisted of Trae Young, James Harden, Stephen Curry, or Luka Doncic. Harden has taken the biggest hit of all players, as he is taking half the amount of free throws he took last season. Young and Doncic have also seen their free throw numbers dip by almost half. Harden has noted that he’s the “poster child” of this rule change and he’s not wrong. The biggest gripe Harden haters had with his game is that he draws a lot of fouls. Referees are clearly using Harden as an example of how strict these new changes are. 

Yes, it is too early to definitively say if this rule change is working or not, but it has had a positive effect on play so far—the combination of the high pace (11th fastest in NBA history) and low free throw rate means that there’s more action in each game than ever before. This can only be a good thing: people want action and having a high pace will be beneficial to the league. 

Although this rule change is a good step, there’s still more tweaks that the NBA could make to improve the on-court product. Mainly, it’s time to eliminate intentional fouls that have no other purpose beyond halting fastbreaks. This year, it feels like whenever an offensive player is on the verge of a breakaway and an opponent is in front of him, the defender will intentionally foul. This results in an out-of-bounds play for the offense. This happens a countless number of times throughout the game and slows down action significantly. As such, these fouls should be treated as technical or clear path fouls, meaning that the offense should be rewarded with two foul shots while keeping possession of the ball. This will motivate the defenders to get back instead of fouling, and create more fast-break action. 

With the early results from this rule change, it’s hard to imagine a world where the NBA changes the rule back. Guys like Harden and Young will get their juice back, but will have to go through a learning adjustment. Similarly, don’t be surprised if more rules are changed to increase the highlight reel plays during games. So far this has been a promising start for the NBA’s 75th season.

Culture Trading Cards

The Top 10 Fastest-Growing Sports Cards This Week

This week’s top 10 fastest-growing sports cards bring a healthy mix of cards across Basketball, Baseball, Football, and Pokemon with modern and veteran players featured. The majority of cards on this list have seen significant growth within 1–3 days of a previous sale. In order to qualify for this list, a card must be in graded condition and hold a minimum value of $250. 

1. Shawn Kemp 1992 Stadium Club Beam Team #3 PSA 10 (+169.99%)

The 1998 Upper Deck Vince Carter Ovation card has 196 copies graded in a Kicking off our list of the fastest-growing cards this week is Shawn Kemp’s 1992 Stadium Club Beam Team PSA 10 with a population of just 45. The card last sold on 10/26 for $350.99, up from its last sale of $130 just one day prior: 


In the past year, the card has been sold 8 times at an average price of $312.58 and has grown in value by 48% in that same time period. 

Kemp played 8 seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics as a 6’10” Power Forward / Center, followed by 3 seasons in Cleveland, 2 in Portland, and his final season in Orlando. Kemp was a 6-time NBA All-Star and was selected to the All-NBA Second Team 3 times. Despite not winning an NBA championship, Kemp was ranked 100th on ESPN’s list of top 100 best NBA players of all time. 

2.Hank Aaron 1961 Topps MVP #484 PSA 8 (+127.03%)

Hank Aaron’s 1961 Topps MVP card has a population of 397 in a PSA 8 grade and last sold for $360 on October 25th, an increase from its previous sale of $160 on 10/24: 


Over the past year, the card has sold 15 times at an average price of $341.51 and has grown 86% in that same time period. Aaron is a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and over his 23-year career, he set many records, including most home runs in a career with 755. Barry Bonds later broke this record. 

Aaron was a 3-time Gold Glove winner, 1-time National League MVP, and still holds records for most career RBIs (runs batted in), career total bases, and extra-base hits. He was also selected to a record 25 All-Star games. 

Aaron was ranked the 3rd best baseball player of all time by ESPN. 

3. LeBron James 2019 Mosaic Overdrive #3 PSA 10 (+120%)

ESPN ranked LeBron James as the 2nd best NBA player of all time, and at 36 years old, he’s still playing for a Los Angeles Lakers team with the 2nd best odds of winning the 2022 NBA finals. 

James’ 2019 Mosaic Overdrive Insert has a population of 160 in a PSA 10 grade and last sold for $275 on October 26th, up from a previous sale of $125 just a day earlier: 


In the past 12 months, the card has sold 50 times at an average price of $255.08 and has grown 7.05% in that same time period.

4. Rick Barry 1971 Topps Base #170 PSA 6 (+118.31%)

ESPN ranked Rick Barry the 37th best NBA basketball player of all time after 14 seasons of professional basketball (10 in the NBA, 4 in the ABA). Barry was an 8-time NBA All-Star, 6-time All-NBA Selection, and the NBA Scoring Champion for the 1966–67 season. He won an NBA championship in 1975 and was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame. 

This 1971 Topps card is recognized as Barry’s rookie card and a PSA 6 copy last sold for $282 on October 23rd up from its previous sale of $127.50 on 10/21:


The pop 193 PSA 6 has sold 10 times over the past 12 months at an average price of $224.12 and has grown 129.83% in that same time period. 

5. Miles Bridges 2018 Prizm Silver #278 PSA 10 (+102%)

Miles Bridges was just named NBA Player of the Week alongside Steph Curry after averaging 25 points and 8.5 rebounds in his first 4 games for the Charlotte Hornets. Bridges is just in his 4th season with the Hornets but has caught a lot of attention for his play so far this season. 

His rookie Prizm Silver PSA 10 has a population of 596 and last sold for $400.50 on 10/26, up from a previous sale of $275 on 10/24: 


The card peaked in value when it sold for $480 this past April, and has grown 300.50% in value in the past 12 months. In that same time period, the card has been sold 158 times at an average price of $200.81.

6. Kobe Bryant 1996 Flair Showcase Row 2 #31 PSA 8 (+96.08%)

The Kobe Bryant 1996 Flair Showcase Rookie card in a PSA 8 grade has a population of 596 and last sold for $240 on October 23rd, the card’s highest price since early June:


This last sale is up from a previous low of $102.50 on 10/19.

In February of this year, the card hit a peak price of $525 and has sold 108 times over the last 12 months. The card has grown 128.57% in value over the past year with an average sale price of $233.75. 

7. LeBron James 2003 Upper Deck MVP Base #201 BGS 9.5 (+92.28%)

LeBron James is still actively playing for the Lakers, who currently have the 2nd best to win the 2022 NBA Finals. Like Bryant’s cards, prices for LeBron rookies (including non-flagship cards like this Upper Deck MVP) peaked in February and March of this year. In a BGS 9.5 grade, the 2003 Upper Deck MVP LeBron James Base card has a population of 1,113 and sold for a record $1,800 in March. 

The card last sold for $700 on 10/23, up from its previous sale of $362.57 just the day before:


Over the past year, the card has been sold 88 times at an average price of $654.70 and has seen a 34.1% rate of growth in that same time period. Many cards have declined significantly in value from peak prices in February and March that have not rebounded. Given that James is already one of the best (some argue that he is the best) players of all time and he’s still playing on a championship-caliber team, it’s worth watching the prices of his cards as the NBA season progresses.

8. Joe Burrow 2020 Mosaic Rookie Autographs #RA1 PSA 10 (+92%)

Joe Burrow and the Bengals just beat a good Baltimore Ravens team 41–17 and currently sit at the top of the AFC North at 5–2. The Ringer now has the Bengals ranked 8th in their power rankings. Burrow reunited with his dominant college teammate and receiver Ja’Marr Chase, which has made an immediate impact on elevating the Bengals’ offense. Chase has already broken multiple records, becoming the youngest player in NFL history with 4 or more reception touchdowns in the first 3 games of the season, and has set a rookie record for most receiving yards (754) in his first 7 games. 

The bottom line: Burrow has his top weapon and the Bengals are playing like a contender. 

Burrow’s rookie autograph Mosaic PSA 10 has a population of just 95 copies and last sold for $1,908 on October 25th: 


Despite a relatively low population, the card has sold 63 times in the past year at an average price of $1,577.88. The card peaked a few times, selling in March, May and July for around $2,500 before going as low as $1,000 on 10/22, just 3 days before nearly doubling in price. 

Population count has a lot to do with the volatility of a card price, but data suggests on-field performance can have a noticeable impact as well. If Burrow and the Bengals continue to play like a contender, it will be fun to watch the price of cards like this one throughout the season. 

9. Tom Brady 2000 Bowman Base #236 BGS 9.5 (+88.93%)

Tom Brady is 44-years-old with 7 Super Bowl Wins and is the league’s passing leader with 2,275 passing yards so far this season. The Bucs are 6–1 and are the favored team to win the Super Bowl this season. Brady also became the first player in NFL history to throw for 600 touchdowns. That’s 31 more touchdowns than Drew Brees threw for (Brees ranks 2nd in all-time touchdown passes). 

Brady’s 2000 Bowman base (keep in mind, there’s Bowman, Bowman Chrome, and Bowman Chrome Refractor) is one of his key rookie cards in a pro uniform and has a population of 563 in a BGS 9.5 grade. 

The card last sold for $8,499 on 10/25:  


Keep in mind, the listing that sold had sub-grades of 9.5 (x3) and 10, which puts it into a rarer category than the typical BGS 9.5 and is likely the reason it sold for $4,000 more than the previous sale just 1 day earlier. 

In the past 12 months, Brady’s rookie Bowman BGS 9.5 has sold 66 times at an average price of $4,392.84 and has grown in value by nearly 500%. Brady proved he could win a Super Bowl without New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and 7 games into this season, it’s looking like he could legitimately win another. 

10. Venusaur 1999 Pokemon Game Holo #15 PSA 9 (+77.91%)

Pokemon cards grace our list of fastest-growing cards this week with a PSA 9 copy of the 1999 Venusaur Holo. In November 2020, the 1999 Pokemon Game Venusaur card sold for over $1,000 but has been on a decline ever since. The card has a population of 3,049 and last sold for $399.75 on 10/24:


In the past year, the card has sold 302 times at an average price of $452.43 but has lost 61.93% of value during that same time period.