This week we’re testing our Netflix knowledge, rewatching “Ex Machina” and hunting for some good grub.
‘Street Food’ > any other food
Are you done watching “The Bear” on Hulu? Then this is the perfect follow-up series. Netflix’s “Street Food” documentary series has been shining a light on some of the best food carts and trucks around the world. Now the show is coming to the U.S., and the season is starting off with what some would consider the street food capital of the world: Los Angeles. What makes the show great is that it doesn’t just find vendors that are representative of the incredibly rich and diverse food culture of L.A., but it also shines a light on the people manning the counter, working the grill and putting their life into their dishes. I dare you to watch the first episode and not wonder where the next taco truck is …
A hearty welcome to our AI overlords
The story of human-made creations turning on their masters has been told for centuries, but rarely in such a mind-bending way. “Ex Machina” makes you question the fine line between heroism and villainy, all while exploring the role of AI in our future. The movie was first released in 2014, but now’s a good time to rewatch it, as Plex is streaming it for free through the end of the month as part of a limited showing of A24 movies.
How well do you know Netflix?
Here’s your chance to prove your couch potato creds: NFLXdle is a minigame that shows the cover art of Netflix originals with varying degrees of pixelation. It’s not a new idea, but the challenging part is that Netflix itself has so many different versions of its cover art. NFLXdle was made by AugX Labs, whose CEO just told us about the role these kinds of minigames play in the company’s product development process.
Axie Infinity has left Filipino gamers despondent and in debt
The story of Axie Infinity is a cautionary tale for anyone interested in the future of gaming and entertainment. The effects of the crypto downturn on average Axie Infinity players has nowhere been more dramatic than in the Philippines, whose players at one point made up 40% of the game’s user base. Time magazine visited some of them to learn how the crypto roller coaster affected their lives.
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