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GIF-JAM 2014

A compilation of animated GIFs created by 38 artists from around the world. To make things interesting, composer Paul Fraser created the music before the GIFs were turned in, then Kevin Sukho Lee sequenced them to go with the track.

Trailers Approved by North Korea

With the recent The Interview snafu, movie studios might want to be careful about how they want North Korea to perceive their work. Here are a few examples of Supreme Leader-approved trailers from Vimeo user RoMo.

Insane Homebrew Rocket

This video footage from a festival in Thailand starts out slowly, but once they light the fuses on their handbuilt rocket ship, you’ll understand why this is easily one of the most awe-inspiring videos we’ve seen in a while. Mirror here.

Tylenol’s holiday campaign puts a blended same-sex Jewish family front and center

Yes, it’s designed to make you feel good about Tylenol so that you’re more likely to buy Tylenol. But it’s also transgressive, and touching as hell, and there is power in visibility like this. And we’ll know just how much power if conservative “pro-family” groups call for a boycott of Tylenol in response to this commercial […]

Intrigue: Doth Chuck Schumer Protest Too Much When Called 'Enabler' of Bad Budget Deal?

This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. L ast week, I wrote a piece in this space lamenting the fact that so many Democratshad voted for a budget package that gutted a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. The so called...Show More Summary


In this short, beautifully shot action film from Mind Spark Cinema, slopestyle mountain biker Brett Rheeder performs brilliant flips and tricks on a course set amongst the idyllic setting of Cherry Creek in British Columbia, Canada.

No Things

The year 2014 was, for me, never better than for a brief hour on the morning of Sunday, June eighth, several thousand feet in the air above the southwestern edge of Costa Rica. It was my last day of vacation—my travel day, really. Six of us had spent a week snailing our way around the […]

A Long December

Fun fact! My frosh year of college, which I am calling frosh year because I went to Wesleyan and that is what we called it, I went to a concert in New Haven. Possibly Hartford. More likely New Haven. We went to go see the Counting Crows. Cake was the opening act. In terms of […]

The 8-bit Time Machine

Composer Giovanni Rotondo always wondered what it might sound like if 21st century video game music was made on 20th century hardware, so he’s making an album of tracks from games like Angry Birds, Destiny, and Portal as chiptunes.

Kidz Bop is the Death of Civilization (from the Car Chronicles)

Kidz Bop is the Death of Civilization (from the Car Chronicles) by Mark Anthony Neal | @NewBlackMan | NewBlackMan (in Exile) Damn this satellite radio; Damn this Kidz Bop station. Damn the fact that this little girl is now old enough to have programmed the Kidz Bop station on the satellite radio. Show More Summary

Directors’ Cuts

This short film impressively mimics the styles of Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, Alfonso Cuarón, and Terrence Malick – using nothing but visuals and music from Shutterstock’s stock footage and audio library.

The Shadow Campaign: Sun Dog

Skier Santiago Guzman and a dog named Conga climb up the snowy slopes of Bariloche, Argentina and then playfully make their way down in Ben Sturgulewski’s beautiful short film. The song is Lord Huron’s In the Wind.

A Maya Tutorial

Animator Nathan Hibberd attempts to teach us how to animate a character in Autodesk Maya, when the animation decides to school him instead. A clever idea, seemingly inspired by a the classic 4th-wall busting of Bugs and Daffy.

12 Ways Young People Organized for Human Rights in 2014

Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can't wait to see what they pull off in 2015. Image: Unity via Shutterstock The post 12 Ways Young People Organized for Human Rights in 2014 appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Christmas in the Countryside

A hilariously offbeat promotional music video for UK comedian Adam Buxton’s TV special Adam Buxton’s Shed of Christmas. By the end, you’ll have learned where all those wonderful ornaments, tinsel and gifts really come from.

Tarantino Death Scenes

(Gore) Jaume R. Lloret compiled all (?) of the grizzly death scenes from Quentin Tarantino’s feature films, from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained. Delfonics’ Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) was a cheeky touch.

Four Reasons To Be Hopeful for 2015

RH Reality Check recently asked its colleagues working to advance justice movements throughout the country to share what affected them most in 2014 and their greatest wish for 2015. Image: Shutterstock The post Four Reasons To Be Hopeful for 2015 appeared first on RH Reality Check.

People Are Awesome 2014

Another year, another compilation of awesome people pulling off extraordinary feats of strength, coordination, agility, mental fortitude, daring and joie de vivre. And yes, the guy who jumped off the bridge was wearing a parachute.

12.24 – MU Podcast

For our penultimate show of the year we ditch the usual “Top 5 stories of 2014? format for our first annual MU AWARDS SHOW! Well there isn’t actually any awards… and there’s no celebrities, but we do have lots of champagne and cake. Don’t forget to catch...

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