Above LA: A Top-Down Timelapse View of the Great Megacity

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Chris Pritchard tells us: “Above LA showcases the often unseen beauty of Los Angeles from above. It was shot on hilltops, mountains, and high-rise rooftops around the city and features a number of day to night transitions and rare weather.

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Learn to Make Buttons with Filmmaker Miranda July

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We humans have relied on the deceptively humble button since its first appearance in the Indus Valley some 5000 years ago.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Puts Bill Gates’ Wealth into Funny Perspective

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a way of putting things into perspective. Usually he’s looking at where we — our planet, our civilization — sit in relationship to the larger cosmos.

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The Lonely Photo of Michel Foucault with a Full Head of Hair

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When you think of Michel Foucault, it’s hard not to think of the bald head that’s so part of his persona.

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Sir Patrick Stewart & Sir Ian McKellen Play The Newlywed Game

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I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that this is the first time two knighted cultural figures have played The Newlywed Game – a version of that wince (and nostalgia) -inducing game show that ran from the 1960s through the 1990s. Although Stewart and McKellen aren’t married, they know each other plenty well.

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Short Film Shows What Happens When a Letter from World War II Finally Gets Delivered 69 Years Later

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A few years ago, I stumbled upon a never-sent letter written to a friend when we were both in college. The contents weren’t heavy. Disorganization is the most likely explanation for why it never went in the mail. I cracked the envelope and had a look.
It was a time capsule, for sure, a cringe-inducing one.

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“Get Data”: UCSD Neuroscience Grad Students Create Parody Video to Tune of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’

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Last month, the UCSD Neurosciences Graduate Program held a little party at a local bar, and the invitation (above) came in the form of a video based on Daft Punk’s popular video/song “Get Lucky” (below).

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Lyndon Johnson Orders New Pants on the Phone and Requests More Room for His … Johnson (1964)

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“Lyndon Johnson was indeed …. a being of Shakespearean dimensions—a hulking, bush-country colossus, gargantuan of ego and energy, of self-delusions and glooms and paranoias, crass cruelties and rampant vulgarities, but gargantuan also in his benevolent ambitions.

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Dutchman Masters the Art of Singing Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” Backwards

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This has “viral video” written all over it. The only problem is that it was filmed and released back in 2003, just two years before YouTube changed our world. But who knows, maybe with your help, the video could enjoy some posthumous viralness.

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The Mother of All Domino Rallies

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Domino magicians “Hevesh5″ and “Millionendollarboy” teamed up to create a pretty epic domino rally. It took 3 months and 25,000 dominoes to make the video you’re watching above. Actually you’re really watching two videos in one. The first part was made by Hevesh5 in the US.

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