The first question, on entering the completed interior of the church of Sagrada Família, is: "Is it really there?" We have been so long accustomed to the idea that Barcelona's most famous landmark is a permanent ruin, unfinished and unfinishable, that it comes as a shock to find it is now keeping out the weather, for the first time in its 130 years of making. The canned ecstasy of the Hallelujah Chorus plays on the PA system and sunbeams pierce its forest of columns with such dazzle and precision that, you think, they must be digital. It is like walking into the Colosseum and finding it all there, with awnings, crowds, sand, blood, beasts, gladiators and thumb-turning emperor which, being clearly impossible, would most easily be explained as a video game in three dimensions. The second question is: "Is it really Gaudí?" The great Catalan architect famously adjusted his buildings as he went along, modifying details in response to unusual stones found in the quarry and forever … [Read more...] about Sagrada Familia: Gaudí’s cathedral is nearly done, but would he have liked it?
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Samsung has been a major player in the VR game for years now — specifically with its mobile VR headset, the Gear VR. It’s found itself a sweet spot between the entry-level experience of the Google Daydream platform and the premium, PC-driven VR setups like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It’s not as powerful as the dedicated headsets — it’s powered by a smartphone, after all — but its unique features and ability to immerse the user are beyond what Daydream can do. Plus, it’s a relative bargain, provided you own a Galaxy phone. If you’re about to put on Samsung’s VR headset, you’ll want to know the best apps available to demonstrate its abilities. Here are our picks of the ones you should download first, including both games and VR experiences. Both Samsung and Oculus provide app stores for the Gear VR, and you’ll need to set up an account online with the latter before buying any apps. Once you’re ready, here are … [Read more...] about Best Gear VR apps and games
The rains have come and they have no mercy. If it wasn’t for that trusty umbrella of yours, the battle against persistent precipitation would be rather futile. But is it equipped to handle everything Mother Nature can throw at it? That cheap version you picked up at the grocery store may be perfect for a lovely stroll through a light autumn mist, but it’s just one big gust of wind away from transforming into a broken rain collector. To keep you dry during the wet season, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best windproof umbrella deals available now. You can also check out The Manual’s top picks for more stylish options. The Best The Davek Solo – $99 If you’re looking for the best of the best, The Davek Solo is perfect for you. With a unique WindFibre Frame System, The Solo can handle just about everything nature has to throw at you. The high-end canopy is constructed with 190 thread count fabric — the most tightly woven available — to offer … [Read more...] about The 10 best windproof umbrellas to help you weather the storm