Chinese Restaurant Hires Pretty Crayfish Peelers So Patrons Don’t Have to Get Their Hands Dirty

A restaurant in Shanghai, China, recently made headlines for employing two young crayfish peelers who do the dirty work right at the customers’ tables, while they check social media or play mobile video games.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could handle those nasty crayfish shells and then just hand you the succulent flesh?Well, at one particular restaurant in Shanghai’s Huangpu district, you can actually request a crayfish peeler that will be glad to take care of the dirty work while you watch or chat with your friends or play on your smartphone. Crayfish are really popular in China these days, so the two young peelers usually handle around 100 crustaceans every day, which earns them a nice monthly salary of over 10,000 yuan ($1,500). Continue reading

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Arturia’s KeyLab MKII controllers work with your laptop and modular synth

Arturia’s new controllers combine MIDI and CV control.

Arturia has unveiled the second iteration of its KeyLab controllers. KeyLab MKII comes in both 49 and 61-key versions and includes CV connections (four CV outs and one CV in) alongside MIDI control for hooking them up to analog gear such as Eurorack modular systems.

According to Arturia, the controllers – which will cost $449 for the 49-key model and $499 for the 61-key version – inherit some of the features and workflow of last year’s budget-conscious KeyLab Essential models. Continue reading

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RIBA names top 20 British homes for the House of the Year 2018 longlist

A home in an old gin distillery, a house that cost only £100,000, and a property inspired by a frustrating piano piece are among the 20 buildings vying be named RIBA House of the Year 2018.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has released a longlist of 20 projects for the annual award, which recognises a recently completed house or extension deemed to be the best examples of British residential architecture.

RIBA House of the Year 2018 longlist
Gin Distillery, by Open Practice Architecture

This year’s shortlist includes Open Practice Architecture’s conversion of a derelict Victorian gin distillery in London’s Whitechapel area, and a gabled house in Belfast clad in black timber, that Family Architects created for some downsizers with a budget of £100,000. Continue reading

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