lego mobility

Normally, economic explanations about income equality or mobility come in the form of graphs or charts. Instead, Brookings Institution economist Richard Reeves has used LEGO to show how your upward mobility can vary due to several factors including race, education, and marriage status.

There’s something about the use of the LEGO that bought this into a different perspective for me. It’s a simple trick, but it’s effective.

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This mash up of anime and a Gene Kelly song and dance is one of those things that you never would have thought of in a million years but is so perfect when you see it.

In this adorable (and, for some of us, nostalgic) video, a sad little ghost named Gisoku no Moses, or Peg-leg Moses, comes upon a pair of dancing tap shoes.

The results are magical.

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doctor who intro

In September of 2013, motion graphics designer Billy Hanshaw uploaded his fan made title sequence for Doctor Who to YouTube as a way to show off his work for potential clients, and it worked better than he ever could have hoped. We said the BBC should take note, and they did.

According to BBC News, Stephen Moffat saw the video and Hanshaw was asked to work with the BBC to create the title sequence for the new season:

“Hanshaw created this title sequence, put it up on YouTube,” Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat explained at a recent fan event in New York.

“I happened across it, and it was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963. We got in touch with him, and said, ‘OK, we’re going to do that one.’”

Hanshaw made a great observation which, I think, makes this title sequence so engaging:

“The doctor is a Time Lord, he’s not a Space Lord. A lot of people have said that cogs and clocks are an obvious metaphor to use. But if it’s so obvious, why hasn’t it be done before?”

Quite right.

Check out his original video after the break.

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Kermit the Frog recently took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise awareness and money for the ALS Association. It was amazing of course.

Not only do we get Kermit, but we get a great little lesson about cold water and its effect on amphibians.

My personal favorite part is right at the end. You can watch the video after the break…

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Fans of the Harry Potter books got a gift over on Pottermore today in the form of a new song from and bio on Celestina Warbeck aka The Singing Sorceress.

Celestina and her songs have shown up throughout the book series and, in an exclusive interview with Today, J.K. Rowling reveals that Celestina is one of her favorite “off screen” characters:

Celestina Warbeck is one of my favourite ‘off-stage’ characters in the Harry Potter series, and has been part of the Potter world ever since its inception, making an early appearance in the short-lived ‘Daily Prophet’ series I produced for members of the equally short-lived fan club run by my British publisher, Bloomsbury. Although we never lay eyes on Celestina during the whole seven volumes of the Potter books, I always imagined her to resemble Shirley Bassey in both looks and style. I stole her first name from a friend with whom I worked, years ago, at Amnesty International’s Headquarters in London; ‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch.

The song is called “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart” and, if you have a Pottermore log in, you can view the full video there.

You can also check out a portion of Celestina’s show at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter after the break.

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lightsaber katana

In the last episode we covered, the Man At Arms team mashed up all four of the Ninja Turtles weapons into one master weapon. In this new episode of Man At Arms: Reforged, the crew at Baltimore Knife and Sword mash up a lightsaber and a katana to create a Star Wars Lightsaber Katana.

They also got help from members of the Old Line Garrison, 501st Legion and members of the Terrapin Base, Rebel Legion. Which is always cool.

You can check out the video after the break.

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tmnt reforged

The new Awe me Channel show Man At Arms: Reforged is taking things in a new direction by mashing up our favorite fandom weapons into crazy new hybrids. This time they’ve taken all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles weapons and reforged them into one weapon.

I have no idea if this thing would be even remotely useful in an actual battle, but it looks cool and, really, isn’t that enough sometimes?

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jamie dance face

The Game Of Thrones panel revealed a lot of cool stuff, but the gag reel from season 4 is one of the best. From Jamie’s Dance Face to Tywin’s potty mouth, it’s two minutes of awesome.

I’m also very glad Pedro Pascal isn’t flammable.

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galaxygetaways copy

Tired of visiting those boring, run-of-the-mill tourist destinations on Earth? Well, then you should probably check out Galaxy Getaways, It’s Marvel’s new travel agency that takes adventurers deep into space to visit the locales featured in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.

You can visit Xandar, Morag and Knowhere, and the Galaxy Getaways’ site features maps and recommendations regarding what to do and where to eat at each of the destinations (for instance, you can visit Gluborg’s, which was the first restaurant in the whole galaxy to receive five stars!)

However, if you can’t quite afford to fly off world, not to worry, you can just wait until August 1st when Guardians comes out and check out all those locales from the comfort of your favorite movie theater. I don’t know about you, but I’m saving up to go and visit Gluborg’s–I can’t wait to stuff myself silly on interstellar appetizers. Yum!

Watch the Galaxy Getaways promo after the break…

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ridin dirty

YouTuber Lack Of Awesomeness showed some serious commitment when he decided to put together this video of himself ridin’ dirty with a death stare at Disneyland.

Too bad he didn’t get on the Tea Cups. You can’t put on a serious face while riding the tea cups.

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