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The 13 Best Books of 2017, Plus Listens, Watches and More!

The Best, 12/8/17


The year is coming to a close, and we’ve got you covered with the best books, watches, listens, opportunities, eats & drinks, and more. Let’s jump into it:

The 13 Best Books of 2017

Personal experience is the number one way to continue your self-education and accelerate your learning, but we’d argue reading is a strong second.

As lifelong learners, we are avid readers at The Mission. Every year, we read tons of books across all genres and of various lengths. Picking our favorite books from the many great books released this year was difficult, but we’ve managed to put together a list of our top picks.

Check out the 13 best books of 2017.

DIY & Projects

This tutorial is about building your own (massively dangerous and unsafe) Poke Bike. If you love Poke, then you have to have a Poke bike. Just kidding, building a bike out of delicious Poke will never work. We know because we’ve tried. MAYBE it would work if you tempura’d everything hundreds of times… Hm. Maybe it could work. If you’ve figured out how to build a bike out of Poke then please let us know!

Anyways, this DIY tutorial is REALLY about building a Pokemon Go ready bike. We’re not really Pokemon Go fans, but it’s a vital tutorial for anyone who wants to (effectively) mount their smartphone on their bike. The result is a more utilitarian vehicle for navigating the suburbs or city. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about your phone falling out of your pocket or bag when you ride. Disclaimer: This (like everything) isn’t safe, so we don’t recommend you actually do it, and please don’t hurt yourself.

Spotlights & Opportunities

It’s funny that the more I hear people talk about the importance of play, the less I see people actually doing it! Play is vital, and Sphero is a company that is building tech to help get people playing more. They’re also hiring! If you’re interested in augmented reality, toys, tech, hardware, or eCommerce, and have the skills for one of these spots, then send us your resume and we’ll make an introduction.


On Our Way Home by Empire of the Sun

The EP includes:

01 Way To Go

02 Way To Go [Cornelius Remix]

03 Way To Go [Gomez and Tritter Remix]

04 On Our Way Home

05 Two Leaves

Along with the track, The Empire of the Sun team released this new video made with 3D scanning technology:

According to Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele:

“Basically 500 sticky dots coated with a reflective film are placed strategically on a mapping grid on our faces… When the camera rolls and we sing, move our heads, laugh or have any facial movement the dots move and provide data to the computer… So once you have this motion capture information, the possibilities are endless. Faces can melt, expand, twist morph, explode or simply disappear into vapor.”


Black Mirror Season 4 is almost here! It’s set to arrive before the end of 2017. :D :D

Questions? Holla at us in the comments below, or hit us up on Twitter at @TheMissionHQ, with the #TheBest and we’ll try to help!

That’s it for today’s edition of The Best. We’ll be back Monday bright and early!



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