We took a ‘Trip’ to the Atlanta Café at SXSW

With season three of Atlanta upon us, what better time to visit The Trip at SXSW!

The Trip

The Trip: an Atlanta FX café was hosted at the popular Austin coffeeshop Higher Ground, a church-themed coffee house and bar. The two-story building accommodated the artistic vision of Donald Glover’s FX show Atlanta.

Portraits of characters, Earn, Alfred ‘Paper Boi,’ Darius and Van were displayed proudly on the front of the building as well as throughout the venue.

Entering the café, employees handed out an Atlanta-themed business card, which could be used at the upstairs bar for a tote, a bag of Dope coffee grounds (a Georgia based coffee company), and other fun prizes.

Fog machines pumped smoke throughout the venue with broken, sawed-off chairs, and multi-colored televisions stacked on top of each other in the entryway. Colorful lights lit the walls and hypnotic art pieces flashed across multiple flatscreen TV’s.

A Drug Induced Experience

The Trip, a double entendre, offered guests a drug induced experience, without having to take actual substances. Paper Boi, alongside Earn, and friends, will travel to Europe in the season three premiere for his upcoming European tour.

At the downstairs bar, guests were treated to a plethora of alcoholic beverages, a traditional Heineken beer, a red or white wine, or, if you preferred something stronger you could opt for the berry margarita or espresso martini.

The berry margarita combined the sweet natural flavors of a house made strawberry syrup with strong nuances of lime, tequila and a hint of the highly distilled spirit, absinthe.

The espresso martini offered a surprisingly smooth balance of vanilla vodka, and espresso liqueur, topped with a layer of froth and a single coffee bean.

Waitresses waltzed across the café offering potato croquettes made with prosciutto and cheese served with a house made sauce. These European croquettes were complimented by a basket of classic American shoestring French fries served with a dollop of ketchup.

A Dalmation?

Aside from decadent drinks and savory eats, the café offered visitors the opportunity to dance the day away alongside an upstairs DJ or visit the beautiful outdoor patio for a brief break from The Trip.

A man dressed as a Dalmatian, who was briefly featured in the season 3 promo, traversed across the dancefloor interacting with visitors and was seen vigorously dancing to the beat.

Some even speculated that the man could have been Donald Glover himself, but there was no confirmation.

Atlanta season 3 will premiere on Thursday, March 24th on FX.

LEGO Star Wars Review

“LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” is finally out. 

The beloved LEGO franchise’s newest installment, developed by Traveller’s Tales, allows you to play through the storyline of all nine main “Star Wars” films. Downloadable content from other “Star Wars” spin offs like Rogue One, Solo, The Mandalorian and The Bad Batch are also available. 

For anyone who played past games like “LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga”, this game will undoubtedly give you that warm feeling of nostalgia. Similar to past installments, the missions retell each film’s story while incorporating some slapstick comedy from the LEGO characters. However, there are an assortment of cool new features that make “The Skywalker Saga” stand out from the rest. 

New Features

Camera View

Rather than the traditional fixed, overhead camera view used in past LEGO Star Wars games, “The Skywalker Saga” uses a third-person, over the shoulder view. Players are able to control the camera view as it follows their character. This new perspective helps make the game feel much more immersive than previous installments. 

Combat

Older games featured fairly simple combat mechanics. You either blocked incoming attacks, spammed the attack button, or used the force to push enemies away. “The Skywalker Saga” features a much more complex combat system. 

To start, each playable character has their own unique set of movements and attacks. In lightsaber combat, players are able to string together attacks to create combos that result in increased damage output. Players can also block or dodge incoming attacks. A perfectly timed counter move produces unique finisher animations for each character. Gun-wielding characters now have the ability to take cover and fire from behind barriers. 

The non-playable character combat has also improved. Enemies no longer stand still and take a beating while you mash away at the attack button. If you do not string together a creative combination, enemies will block your attacks. 

All in all, the expanded combat system adds much more action and variability to the adventure game. 

Open World

Perhaps the biggest change to the franchise, “The Skywalker Saga” gives players an open world to explore on their own. Past games restricted players to only a couple of areas to explore outside of the main levels. 

Players have the ability to travel to 24 different planets each with their own free roam environment full of interactive puzzles, challenges and side missions. Collectible items called Kyber Bricks and Datacards are spread across the galaxy for players to find. The game is packed with a massive amount of content outside of the main missions. 

Another new addition to the game is space gameplay. Players can opt to fly freely between planets instead of fast-traveling. It is possible to run into random encounters with enemies as well, prompting new space combat. 

With such a massive map, players will have plenty to explore after completing the main storyline. 

Classes and Upgrades

“The Skywalker Saga” brings 10 unique character classes never before seen in a LEGO game. There are over 300 playable characters and each character class has their own set of special abilities and upgrades depending on their class. Classes include Jedi, Dark Side, Bounty Hunter, Scoundrel and many more.

For example, Bounty Hunters can detect enemies through walls and other surfaces. Jedi have increased damage on objects thrown with the force. Dark Side characters have an increased chance of making enemies run away during combat. These abilities can be upgraded by collecting studs (the in-game currency) and Kyber Bricks.

This new facet of the game allows players to personalize their playstyle to a higher degree.

“The Skywalker Saga” is a family friendly game that fans of all ages can enjoy. The action packed play through of all nine movies will leave you wanting more. Luckily, the new additions and massive world expansion means you’ll never run out of gameplay to explore. 

It is available on PlayStation and Xbox platforms, Nintendo Switch, and PC. There is a co-op play option so grab a friend and explore the endless possibilities in a galaxy far, far away.

NBA Playoff Preview

2022 NBA Playoff Preview

The 2022 NBA Playoffs are just two weeks away. Only the top eight teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, but this year the 7-10 seeded teams will compete in a play-in tournament to secure the last two playoff spots.

The NBA brought back the play-in tournament after great reception among fans in the 2020-21 season. The 9th and 10th ranked teams have the opportunity to secure a playoff spot in two win-or-go-home games. It looks like the play-in tournament is here to stay for three reasons: higher TV ratings, increased fan engagement, and a reduced number of tanking teams. 

The play-in tournament will take place April 12-15. Here is a breakdown of the play-in structure:

The NBA Playoffs will begin on Saturday, April 16. Here’s what to expect:

Western Conference

The Favorites

The Phoenix Suns picked up exactly where they left off last year after coming up short in the 2021 NBA Finals. Led by MVP candidate Devin Booker, the Suns have already clinched playoff spot as well as the league’s best record, which means they will have home court advantage throughout the 2022 playoffs. The reigning Western Conference champs are looking to silence their critics and prove last season’s Finals run was no fluke. 

They have been nothing short of dominant this year and are currently on pace to end the season with an 8-game lead over the next best team. Only 10 teams have accomplished this feat and the last team to do it was the 2000 Los Angeles Lakers led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

To add more perspective, 9 of those 10 teams went on to win the NBA Championship. The Suns will be looking to join this exclusive list of dominant ball clubs. 

The emergence of superstar point guard Ja Morant has catapulted the Memphis Grizzlies into the playoffs. In just his third year, Ja Morant has solidified himself as a franchise player capable of leading a team. Their rise to the two seed in the West is perhaps the biggest surprise this season. Coming into the season, many sportsbooks set the Grizzlies win total at 41 games. They eclipsed that total just a week after the All-Star Break and currently sit at 54 wins. 

The Grizzlies’ biggest obstacle to overcome in the playoffs is their lack of experience. With an average age of 24, the Grizzlies are the second youngest team in the league. The added pressure of the postseason will certainly be a new challenge for the young core in Memphis. 

The Golden State Warriors started the season strong with an 18-2 record. Steph Curry became the all-time leader in 3-pointers made and was the early runaway favorite for the MVP award. Klay Thompson returned to the lineup for the first time since tearing his ACL in 2019. The Warriors “Big 3” of Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green played together for the first time in over 1,000 days. It looked like they were finally back to being the full strength team that won three championships in the last six years.

However, the Warriors began to slow down after the All-Star break. Curry went into a shooting slump and fell out of the MVP conversation. A back injury sidelined Green for over two months. Luckily, stellar play from Jordan Poole in his third season helped the Warriors stay afloat. With a week left in the regular season, Curry is out with a foot injury, but looking to be back come playoff time. The Warriors postseason success relies heavily on their Big 3 being on the court.

A Team to Look Out For

It might sound crazy but the Los Angeles Lakers are still a team to look out for despite their woes this season. The Lakers came into the season as the odds-on favorite to come out of the West. After adding former MVP Russell Westbrook to a team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, it looked like the Lakers had assembled one of the greatest trios in NBA history. Now, they are looking like one of the biggest disappointments. 

Anthony Davis cannot stay healthy, Russell Westbrook hasn’t lived up to his hype, and a 37-year-old LeBron James has been asked to carry too much weight. LeBron’s greatness is likely this team’s only hope of making a playoff run. He currently leads the league in points per game with 30.1 and has led his team to the Finals in 9 of the last 11 seasons. 

With a week left in the regular season, the Lakers currently sit at the 11th seed and outside of the play-in tournament. If they do make it past the play-in tournament, they will have to take on the powerhouse Phoenix Suns, who eliminated them in the first round of last year’s playoffs. 

Eastern Conference

The Favorites

The Milwaukee Bucks, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, are looking to become back-to-back champions. The reigning champs clinched a playoff spot with their win over the Brooklyn Nets this past week. Giannis, a 2-time MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, is having another MVP caliber season. At age 27, Giannis secured a spot on the NBA’s 75th anniversary team. He has become one of the game’s most decorated players in less than a decade. The Bucks’ Big 3 of Giannis, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton make them a force to be reckoned with coming out of the East. Like the Suns, the Bucks are also looking to prove their Finals run last season was no fluke. 

Many NBA fans believed the Bucks had an easy path to the Finals last year. They played a mediocre Miami Heat team, an injury-riddled Brooklyn Nets team, and an Atlanta Hawks team that was missing star player Trae Young for two games. However, Giannis was nothing short of unstoppable in the playoffs, averaging 30 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists on 57% from the field. If Giannis continues this kind of dominance, the Bucks are in a good position to repeat.

The Philadelphia 76ers started the season with some drama. All-Star guard Ben Simmons asked for a trade and refused to report to training camp. The Sixers fined Simmons for missing games and team activities. Joel Embiid, a top three MVP candidate, had to carry his team in the absence of Simmons. It quickly became evident that Simmons had no intention of playing for the Sixers again. Luckily for them, there was a superstar in Brooklyn who was also looking for a change of scenery. The Sixers traded Simmons to the Nets for former MVP James Harden. After the blockbuster trade, the Sixers were slated as serious contenders to win it all.

However, with just a week left in the regular season, the Sixers are sputtering to the finish line. Harden has looked out of sorts and they have lost three straight games. Embiid’s consistency has been drowned out by his supporting cast’s poor performances. There are some serious team chemistry issues the Sixers must address before the playoffs get started. 

The Boston Celtics have made one of the greatest in-season turnarounds in NBA history. They started the season 18-21, prompting many media outlets to question if the Celtics should split up their two best players, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Since then, they went 29-7 to move into first place in the East. The Celtics’ stellar defensive play has turned their season around. They rank first in defensive rating and point differential. 

Unfortunately, the Celtics starting center Robert Williams III was recently ruled out for at least 4-6 weeks with a torn meniscus. In his fourth season, Williams solidified himself as a defensive anchor for the Celtics. Losing Williams is a huge blow, but the Celtics have proven they can beat elite competition, posting a 15-1 record against playoff teams in the last month. 

A Team to Look Out For

The Brooklyn Nets’ season has been somewhat similar to the Lakers. Like the Lakers, they were the preseason favorite to come out of their conference. However, the Nets have severely underperformed and currently sit at the 8th seed. It has been a season filled with drama. Kyrie Irving’s decision to not get vaccinated before the season essentially made him a part-time player because New York City had a vaccine mandate for athletes. James Harden grew frustrated with the team’s poor play and demanded a trade to Philadelphia. Kevin Durant was an early favorite for the MVP award before being sidelined with a knee injury. The Nets could not catch a break. 

However, the Nets received some good news when New York City Mayor Eric Adams lifted the private sector vaccine mandate, allowing unvaccinated professional athletes to play in local venues. This meant Irving was finally able to play in home games. Durant and Irving have already solidified themselves as top-tier playoff performers. If they can get through the play-in tournament, the Nets pose a serious threat to make a run. 

The NBA playoffs feature the best basketball players in the world playing in the most important games of their lives. It is certainly must-see TV for basketball fans. Tune in April 12th to catch all the action.

Back to Zoom University (aka UT AUSTIN)

It has been a wild first half of the year. We are still learning how to live amidst COVID-19, but there are still some things that are not being put on hold, like the University of Texas campus operation for back to school.

This time last year, no one predicted that a global pandemic would happen. It is something that came upon us so suddenly that we all have some mixed feelings and thoughts on how we will continue with school.

Though students across the nation have already gotten a taste on how to maneuver their way through remote learning, going back to campus will not feel the same this year. We will not be able to see our friends’ smiles in class and for some of us, we will be cooped up in our bedrooms attending “Zoom University” for the first time.

Some of our favorite parts of returning to school are being in a class again, ready to learn. But getting that excited feeling can be hard to do with some classes being moved to online. And not only can it be frustrating to have a full schedule of classes online, spending multiple hours on end looking at a computer screen can be annoying and harmful to the eyes (we suggest investing in a pair of blue light blocking glasses).

One of the greatest concerns with school starting soon is having to be in close proximity to people that we do not know. Some classes are still being held in person and bus routes will continue. Going from being in quarantine with our families and close friends, it can be scary to now be in an environment with strangers.

But if there are any pros to all of this, it is that some students are able to stay home and save some money for next year. The cost of living in Austin for anyone is pretty pricey. UT students can spend up to more than $12,000 on student apartments and on-campus housing, so who would not love to save some money to buy a new laptop?

Even though living in Austin will be different this year, we are still going to take safety measures to have a good time with our school friends. It is in these difficult moments where spending time with our loved ones is important.

There will be times of uncertainty and frustration, but whatever happens this semester, we will be putting our best efforts into staying safe and healthy, all while trying to make the best of whatever challenges and opportunities that may be presented to us.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – ‘Ugly’ Villagers We Love

Stop hitting your ugly villagers with your nets! Just because they’re a little uglier than Chevre or Fauna doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a spot on your island. Having a cute island is fun, but some of the less attractive villagers have the best personalities! Also, they’re animated animals designed almost solely to be adorable… how ugly can they really be? Here are a few villagers you shouldn’t judge based solely on their looks next time they visit your campsite.

Coco

Coco’s a controversial villager — some people love her, some people are terrified by her, but you know what? I love Coco. She looks like a gyroid, and honestly, her empty, hollow eyes are kind of cute. Her house is tranquil and incredibly calming to enter — just take a look at her stone table! She has a normal personality, so she gets along with most villagers and can easily make friends in the game. If her blank, endless eyes scare you that much, you can gift her glasses to cover them and make her look more normal.

Rocket

The poor gorillas of Animal Crossing. Listen, I get it. The pink suit, weird blonde fur in the back, and the helmet that never comes off, it isn’t for everyone. Despite her appearance, Rocket’s pretty cool. She’s a member of a superhero team, plus ‘vroom’ is a fun catchphrase. Although her helmet/hair cap is very ugly, it’s fun to gift her items that she can put on top of it. Same with her tracksuit; if you gift her a dress, she’ll wear it over her tracksuit. Dedication to the drip.

Hamphrey

Hamphrey gets his ‘ugly’ reputation from his furrowed brow and single bucktooth. He also has a cranky personality type, so he takes a little while to warm up to the player. I’m kind of obsessed with Hamphrey, though. His sweater vest is adorable, and the angry eyebrows just add to his cuteness. Plus, you feel special once you become friends with him. You might not like your cranky villagers at first, but give them a chance to get to know you!

Elise

Elise looks like a mom from the 80s who makes great meatloaf and talks like Janice from Friends. Her shirt is cute and retro, and the red glasses suit her. The fact that she has a snooty personality just adds to her housewife aesthetic. She’s so different from most of the other villagers, and that’s what redeems her ‘ugliness’. Also, once you’re good enough friends with her, she’ll reward you with a photo of herself. Seriously. It’s great.

Hippeux

Yes, Hippeux looks like Shrek, let’s move on from that. He exudes intelligence and has a pretty sick library look going on in his house. He looks like he was an English professor for 60 years. His blue eyes that clash with his neon green skin hold wisdom. Also, he’s a smug villager, which is arguable the best personality type in Animal Crossing. Hippeux might be a little cocky, but if my house was covered in Rococo series furniture, I would be too.

I hope next time you see an ugly villager on a Mystery Island or at your campsite, you talk to them before sending them hateful letters or beating them with your net. I promise spending 50,000 Nook Miles to find Raymond is NOT worth it. Settle for a gorilla or duck next time. At least you’ll always have Isabelle on the island.

All images courtesy of Nintendo

Ten TikTok Songs We’ve Got Stuck In Our Heads

Videos and music come together seamlessly on TikTok. Elevating even unknown songs to near-instant popularity on the app and beyond, it’s no surprise that a song or two will get stuck in your head and stay there. If you’re like us and can’t stop thinking about them, here’s ten songs that deserve a spot on your TikTok playlist.

50/50 by Vantage

The opening catches the attention of everyone who hears it. This song is full of retro vibes and modern drums and unleashes the disco diva from deep within your soul. If you ever just want to dance and not care about who’s watching, this is the song to do it with.

Supalonely by BENEE ft. Gus Dapperton

BENEE’s track feels a lot like Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa, but through a pair of rose colored glasses. On TikTok it’s a dance challenge and sometimes a cute background song for makeup transformation videos. It’s easy to enjoy and instantly brings good vibes into the room.

Them Changes by Thundercat

Have you ever wanted to feel like a tall lanky man in a cartoon? Well that’s what brought this song to TikTok. If you stay past it’s iconic loopable opening it has such an old school funk sound to it that makes it easy to just astral project to a different dimension. If you listen to the lyrics, they’re about a heartbreak, making it universally understandable.

Put Your Back In It Afrobeat by DJ Flex ft. Denise Belfon & Equiknoxx

The trend this song sparked taught two things. The first is that it’s harder than it looks to whine (the dance style, not the action). The second is that Afrobeat is amazing and will not care who is listening because it just wants you to try your best and put your soul (and back… and hips…) into dancing.

Savage by Megan Thee Stallion

If you thought you could escape the iconic Texan’s reach you’re wrong. PERIOD. This song blew up in and out of TikTok because of the dance challenge created by Keara “Keke” Wilson and has gripped the people with it’s acrylic nails. If there’s ever a song you can find yourself humming at home for no reason, it’s probably this one.

Lady (Hear Me Tonight) by Modjo

*Bang* The bad energy of the day is gone. This song is an instant mood booster with a pinch of groove that makes you feel like taking a walk along a body of water. Head bopping is strongly encouraged.

Y U Gotta B Like That by Audrey Mika

This song feels like it’s always existed but nobody knew about it until much later. It’s a refreshing, calming, wavy track that can play almost anywhere and not feel out of place. The song’s namesake lyrics will be a favorite for the shampoo and conditioner bottles in your bathroom.

Chinese New Year by SALES

You’re lying if the leg dance for this song didn’t inspire you or someone you know to try it. The indie sound of the song feels like the end of a happy high school senior in a popular teen movie. “It’s time for us to make a change…” and give this song more than the thirty seconds everyone recognizes.

Life Letters by Never Get Used to People

This is a major throwback for anyone who was on TikTok early on  when nobody knew what to do on the app, and for that it deserves a spot on this list. It’s russian, glitchy, and can give someone the feeling that the simulation is shutting down. It’s easy to get lost in thought listening to this song and it’s best to listen to it with headphones as you stare at the ceiling.

Je’taime by Ghostwhip

This is a french electronic bop you didn’t know you needed. Something about the “my heart” memes it inspired cemented its existence as a good feeling. Whether it comes to mind because of something cute or not, it’s dance-ready and perfect for practicing some fancy footwork when singing isn’t it.

The Travis Scott Meal at McDonald’s

I get those goosebumps every time I… order the Travis Scott meal from McDonald’s. All jokes aside, on September 8th, McDonald’s added their newest featured item to the menu, the Travis Scott Quarter Ponder. The Travis Scott burger is a beef patty with two slices of American cheese, thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, pickles, onions, mustard, and ketchup all on a quarter-pound sesame seed bun. It is a loaded travis scott burger that comes in at 630 calories.

It is no surprise that as soon as the travis scott burger was added to the menu it sold out at multiple locations. Travis Scott is currently one of the most popular rappers in the world. If you attach his name to a burger it is almost guaranteed that his fans will go, get it. Despite the ridicule that the burger received for being an average quarter pounder. The partnership between McDonald’s and Travis Scott has still found success. Scott currently has 33.4 million followers on Instagram. His multiple posts promoting the new burger received over 10 million likes.

Instagram is not the only social media platform that the burger’s popularity exploded on. Once TikTok heard about the new featured item the Travis Scott burger quickly became trending. McDonald’s employees all over the country would hear costumer roll up to the drive-through and say, “you know what I am here for”, followed by Scott’s song Sicko Mode. Just like that, a McDonalds Travis Scott Meal would be added to the customer’s order.

If you are a die-hard Travis Scott burger fan or a die-hard McDonalds French fry fan order the Travis Scott meal. This meal includes the Travis Scott Burger, medium fries with BBQ sauce, and a medium Sprite. This meal does not disappoint.

Travis Scott burger Meal at McDonald's

After personally trying the travis scott meal. I will honestly say I was impressed by how good it was. Yes, it is a basic quarter pounder with cheese but what more do you want from McDonald’s? The burger is the perfect combination of classic McDonald’s toppings. When I took my first bite into the burger, I could imagine Travis Scott enjoying the same combination of flavors. The pickles were the perfect addition to the meatiness of the patty and bacon. This was also my first experience of dipping my fries into BBQ sauce. Yet again, I was thoroughly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Like Scott, my soft drink of choice is a sprite, so the meal was perfect for me. Not to mention it all comes in at only $6.00.

Just like McDonald’s says this travis scott meal “honestly slaps”. The excitement for the burger might be a little overdramatic but it doesn’t defeat the fact that it is still a good burger. McDonald’s marketing team was genius for making this partnership happen. It made the fast-food chain relevant again and brought thousands of young people to their front doors. At the end of the day, this partnership has done its job while producing a tasty, limited time, burger. Cactus Jack likes it and I do too.

NBA Top Shot: The Future of Trading Cards

What is NBA Top Shot

The future of collectible sports memorabilia is here with NBA Top Shot.

NBA Top Shot turns basketball highlights into collectible NFTs that can be bought, sold and traded on a digital marketplace. Think of it as virtual trading cards that come in the form of highlight clips.

Top Shot was founded in 2019 by a blockchain company, Dapper Labs. They partnered with the NBA and the NBA Players Association to officially license all highlights.

But wait, What are NFT’s?

Before going any further, it is important to define NFT, blockchain, and all this crypto jargon.

NFT stands for “non-fungible token.” Something that is fungible can be replaced by another identical item. For example, dollar bills are fungible because you can trade one for another and you’ll have the exact same thing.

When something is non-fungible it is unique to itself and cannot be replaced. This means one-of-a-kind trading cards are non-fungible because every card has specific qualities that either add or subtract from its value.

Buying an NFT gives you a digital certificate of ownership, which is then logged on a blockchain for proof of authenticity. A blockchain is essentially a digital database that stores information and records transactions.

The most commonly known NFTs are those digital drawings of monkeys you might see on your favorite celebrity’s profile picture. But NFTs can really come in any digital form.

Digital Moments

In this instance, Top Shot allows you to collect your favorite players’ highlights as NFTs.

For example, if you wanted to own Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game-saving block in Game 4 of the 2021 NBA Finals, it is currently listed at over $12,000 on the digital marketplace.

These highlight clips are referred to as “Moments” and come in packs just like physical trading cards. Packs come in different tiers that represent their value and scarcity. It is a thrill because you never know what you’re going to get.

Common tier: moments with over 1,000 digital copies

Rare tier: moments with 250-999 digital copies

Legendary tier: moments with 25-99 digital copies

The rarest moments are Platinum (3 copies) and Genesis (1/1). These are not for sale on the marketplace and instead will be auctioned off at future events.

Moments consist of highlight dunks, crazy crossovers, insane buzzer beaters and more. Each moment comes with a serial number used to distinguish it from other copies of the same highlight. Over 100 people could own the same moment, but a specific serial number in the batch might garner more value.

 

A serial number that matches the number of the player in the moment will typically be worth more. This means a Steph Curry moment might have more value if it is copy #30.

Lower serial numbers between 1-99 also tend to be more valuable.

Another way to acquire moments is from live pack drops. When pack drops go live, people are placed in a queue on a first come, first serve basis. Once a pack sells out, it is only available through peer-to-peer transactions.

 

There are many different approaches to the digital marketplace. Some enjoy the nostalgia of building their own virtual collection. Others see it purely as an investment, buying a moment and hoping the value appreciates over time.

But Why So Much $

Like many other NFT projects, people are skeptical of the hype. Why would anyone spend money on a video clip when they could just watch it for free online?

Once again, the best way to reason this investment is to think in terms of traditional, physical trading cards. If a 1933 Babe Ruth card was valued at over $4 million in 2021, why couldn’t Zion Williamson’s rookie debut block potentially be worth the same in a couple of decades? When you really think about it, Top Shot isn’t much different than other collectible items. The exclusivity of some trading cards has always determined the value.

The sports trading card industry has had its ups and downs over the years, but it is currently booming with the help of social media. NBA Top Shot has the chance to ride this wave and revolutionize the trading card industry. In a world where everything inevitably ends up online, why not make the transition?

Additionally, the NBA’s massive audience and popularity might be able to erase the stigma behind NFTs. Many players such as Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert, Dwight Howard and Jalen Green are already verified investors.

After all, owning a digital clip of LeBron James posterizing someone might be more appealing than buying digital monkey art. If you want to start building your own virtual collection of sports history, head over to nbatopshot.com!

What is Wordle?

The newest social media craze Wordle challenges players to put their knowledge of the English language to the test.

Wordle is a super simple puzzle game that tasks players with guessing a five-letter word in six attempts or less. After each guess, the letters turn a different color, indicating their position in the word.

Software engineer Josh Wardle created the game back in October 2019. He and his partner share a love of word games so he decided to make his own that they could play together. Three months later, over 2 million people are playing his viral puzzle game daily.

What makes the game so appealing is its accessibility and shareability. It is free to play and results can be shared to social media in this format:

If you’ve been on Twitter at any time in the past three months, then you’ve undoubtedly seen some combination of these green, yellow, and gray boxes.

Everyone gets the same mystery word and only 24 hours to complete it. With only one word a day, it is impossible to get burnt out or bored.

Wordle gets you hooked because both outcomes encourage you to keep playing. Either you come back to keep winning or you come back to redeem yourself.

The game also tracks your stats so you can take pride in guessing correctly and keeping that streak alive. If you fail to guess the word, there is always the promise of another opportunity tomorrow.

Although the word is the same for everyone, there are many different approaches to the guessing game.

Some enjoy the bold approach of guessing whatever word first pops into their heads. These people love the thrill of potentially guessing the word on the first attempt. Others take a more analytical approach, using starter words like “adieu” or “ouija” to narrow down which vowels are used.

It has become a major point of contention throughout the Wordle community. Casual players believe using starter words is trying too hard, while the competitive players simply see it as gaining an edge over their peers.

This has also spawned a number of guides detailing what the mathematically best starter words are for the game. By taking into account information theory, probability and a bunch of other big-brain stuff, YouTuber Grant Sanderson found the best word to be “crane.”

No matter what approach you choose, it is most certainly a competition to see who can get the word in the least guesses. Whether it’s flexing results on Twitter or beating friends in a group chat, everybody loves feeling intellectually superior.

Social media is the main driver behind Wordle’s increasing popularity. Everybody wants to join the party and flex their brain muscles. There is also something extremely satisfying about guessing the word and feeling like a master of the English language.

Even celebrities have taken to social media to share their results. Late-night host Jimmy Fallon has been very vocal about his addiction.

The New York Times recently bought Wordle, adding the puzzle to their collection of word games like The Crossword and Spelling Bee. They intend to keep the game free with no ads.

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The Super Bowl Halftime Review: A Love Letter to Compton, California

The iconic rap artists from the 1990s-2010s took over the 2022 super bowl halftime show. The lineup was Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J Blige with special guests 50 cents, and Anderson Park. This was a big moment for hip-hop and black culture during black history month. The halftime show took place in SoFi Stadium which is the Los Angeles Rams home stadium.

The theme of the halftime show was a love letter to California more specifically Compton. The place of the show was important because Los Angeles is 20 minutes west of Compton, where Dr. Dre was a founder of N.W.A. N.M.A was a popular hip-hop group in the 90s made up with members Dr. Dre Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and MC Ren They also put in important landmarks in Compton on the white building including Tam’s Burgers, Dale’s Donuts, and the nightclub Eve After Dark.

The halftime show begins with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre performing “The Next Episode”. Snoop Dogg wearing a blue and yellow outfit in support of the Los Angeles rams who are playing in the Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre were rapping on the roof of a horizontal dollhouse with a background of LA mansions. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg performed with Tupac and Dr. Dre’s song “California Love”.

50 cent made an unexpected guest appearance. He performed his hit song In Da Club and even paid hostage to the music video of In Da Club by hanging upside down at the beginning of his performance.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J Blige took the stage and performed her hit 2001 song “Family affair.” Mary J Blige was dancing like she never ages. Her performance was just so joyful and refreshing. Blige is wearing a silver dazzled bodysuit and high boots and her dancers are matching her with the same color. She pulls our heartstrings by singing No More Drama.


Kendrick Lamar popped up with a bunch of boxes labeled “Dre Day” and opened his performance with his song “M.A.A.d City (Man down)” and into “Alright”. Lamar’s dancer wearing black suits with a sash that says “Dre day”.

The Detroit native rapper Eminem performs “lose yourself” and the dancers are dressed in gray and black hoodies just like Eminem’s character Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr. in the hit movie 8 miles. We also see a mimi cameo from Anderson Park on the drums. After the performance, Eminem takes a knee in protest in the NFL.

The show ends with Dr. Dre playing the song “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” by Tupac played on piano which is pushed back from racial issues in the NFL. all the performers come to get one last time.