The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: April 11, 2012

Today we begin our deluxe edition of Links of Awesomeness with this fun, quirky video, showing the "survival of the hippest."


Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra is the only orchestra in Central Africa, and more, they’re the only all-black symphony in the world. They hit 60 Minutes this weekend and are gaining traction across the world. [Clutch]  

Professional engineers at Purdue University have broken their previous world record for the largest Rube Goldberg machine at 300 steps. [io9]

Electronic music is made from the natural sounds of fruit. Using MIDI controllers and the acidity and electrical tension of the fruits, the duo from Quiet Ensemble deliver a bizarre sonic experiment. [Huffington Post]  

The Lion King has surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as Broadway’s highest grossing musical of all time. [Wall Street Journal]

Steve Carell is expected to star in the adaptation of the popular children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. [Deadline]

Jon Stewart takes a look at The White House celebrations for Easter vs. Passover. [Daily Show]

Today a fish gives a TED talk, “The Secret Life of Plankton.” [TED Ed]

Take a trip through Beethoven's 5th Symphony through a lighted visual bar graph. [Huffington Post]

Modern design mega company IKEA broadens its reach by planning to design an entire neighborhood in East London. [BuzzFeed]

Add just a little bit of drama to your day, by watching this video in a quiet neighborhood where one person dares to push the "drama" button.


Catch up on all the internet hot spots you may have missed by trolling through this year’s Webby Award nominees. Explore the categories from Corporate Social Responsibility to Music and Humor. [Webby]

The Chicago-based record label Positive Beat has been delivering some exceptional music this year. Do yourself a favor and check out the underground sounds of tomorrow from Cains & Ables, Talons’, Younger, and Natural Harbors. You’ll be glad you did. [Positive Beat on Bandcamp]   

An independent filmmaker stumbles upon a boy’s homemade arcade in his father’s auto parts store. See the footage of how his dream is transformed into something large and heart-warming. [Colossal]


Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners.

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