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Links of Awesomeness: February 25, 2013
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! Ever wanted dance lessons from James Brown ?! Well, thanks to YouTube , that dream can become a reality. Water balloons popping in slo ...

Links of Awesomeness: January 7, 2013
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! Today in 1894, Thomas Edison made the first copyrighted film . It looks super hipster. Come on, Thomas. [via GOOD ] Betty White pa ...

Links of Awesomeness: November 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 6:08pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! What good could you do with $100? These people were asked the same question , and were then given that money. It's a great video. [via Up ...

Links of Awesomeness: November 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! There are some things where you have to wonder, "Am I being duped? This does not seem possible." These guys throwing basketballs into ...

Links of Awesomeness: November 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! So apparently John Lennon was a big fan of Eric Clapton. A big enough fan to write him a letter in 1971, just one year after the Beatles split ...

Links of Awesomeness: November 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! Mumford and Sons have a new video   out for their song "Lover of the Light." While at times it can seem a bit off, it looks really good ...

Links of Awesomeness: November 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! It seems like every time I turn on the TV there's a political ad bashing one of the candidates.   People in Ohio can finally catch some relief fr ...

Links of Awesomeness: October 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! Andrew Bird released an accompanying album full of retweaks and covers, taking the encouragment of fans who like his more stripped down, old school sho ...

Links of Awesomeness: October 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! Finally Google Streetview has made its way to the Grand Canyon. It's like the same thing as seeing it in person, right? [via Laughin ...

Links of Awesomeness: October 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome Links! Videochat karaoke with Zooey Deschanel? YES PLEASE! Paste Magazine has been pumping out sweet videos from this year's Newport Folk Festival ...

Links of Awesomeness: October 22, 2012
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! Halloween: a holiday that just begs for a party. One with attentive French maids. Special nurses. And Potato Jesus. So here are five places y ...

Links of Awesomeness: October 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Today's Links of Awesomeness! The future is here. Or at least, what we know of the future from movies is here. Take a look at this video that mashes together a slew o ...

Links of Awesomeness: October 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Today's Links of Awesomeness! Sufjan Stevens is back! And apparently so is his Christmas project. Hallelujah. Check out his LEGO stop motion video for a new Christmas ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Best of Jan. 2012 - Aug 2012 (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Today is my last run of "Links of Awesomeness." And rather than ending with a mediocre list of new links, I went through the archives to compile some of my favorites from this year. Enjoy the links a ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Best of Jan. 2012 - Aug 2012 (Part I)
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Today is my last run of "Links of Awesomeness." And rather than ending with a mediocre list of new links, I went through the archives to compile some of my favorites from this year. Enjoy the links a ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 16, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Neighborhood Film Company reaches out to homeless people in Philadelphia --- interview with The Book's founder Nick Zammuto --- This American Life's "The Convert" --- Pixar's new short ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 15, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest selects 11 winners out of 12,000+ entries ---Kirby Ferguson's TED talk on originality, creativity, and remixing --- billboards play on Shell's slogan, stick ...

Sojo Celebrates Shark Week 2012
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

This week the Discovery Channel celebrates its 25th week of Shark Week, its most popular week of television. It has been gaining steam each year as on of the biggest weeks in all of television, and numerous pa ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

U.S. gymnast McKyala Moroney is not impressed with much in this new Tumblr page --- four sisters recreate childhood photos --- designer public toilets in New Zealand --- remembering author and journalist David ...

Links of Awesomeness: August 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Usain Bolt vs. a cheetah --- Beck plans to release new album entirely in sheet music --- Longform launches debut podcast --- Shark Week finds rival with "animals that act like sharks week" --- fascin ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Sock album covers --- internet-themed child onesies --- first look at New Yorker rejected story by F. Scott Fitzgerald --- lulling an ill pet to sleep in Lake Superior --- green screen cooking show with David ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Peter Jackson releases a second trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey --- feminist Ryan Gosling to become coffee table book --- animals forming their own bands --- Conan O'Brien's "Cluel ...

Links of Awesomeness: August 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

A 14-year-old kid meets John Lennon and interviews him in I Met the Walrus --- creative ways to re-purpose labyrinths and skeeball machines --- P is for Pixar --- indie rock music's Trade Deadline Day. Se ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Monkey finds hidden camera, photographs self --- IKEA slumber party --- The Hobbit to be three films --- funniest faces in the Olympics. See these and more in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 30, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Arrested Development filming continues --- recap July entirely in charts --- the wonders of a felt-tipped pen --- hairchitecture. See these and more in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Olympic enthusiasts beware: here's a video of slow motion, French music, and men throwing rocks with their non-dominant hand --- 2012 Newport Folk Festival --- the wisdom of Ralph Wiggum --- Arrested Deve ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 26, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Highlights of the 2012 Euro tournament are reenacted with string --- Tim Heidecker beats Bob Dylan in releasing a song about the Titanic --- Philadelphia to open world's first Pizza restaurant and museum ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Watch the 30 minute documentary Baseball in a time of Cholera --- NASA's vegan food plans for 2030 mission --- edible cookie cup for coffee --- which Bryan Cranston character said it? --- new form of soci ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Bruce Springsteen surprises memorial concertgoers in Oslo with a performance of "We Shall Overcome" --- Banksy's controversial Olympic art raises questions in London --- Lord Voldemort's Su ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

What's in the water? A crocodile or a log? --- Dancey tune to begin the weekend, from Hot Chip --- the art of local coffee --- children judge books by their covers --- and women are dropping "the F b ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 19, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Five guys + one piano --- photo project helping battered women --- The Mirror, a short film on aging --- wine glasses with pitch indicators --- comedians read starting line up at Chicago Cubs game --- cats and ...

Links of Awesomeness: July 18, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Carpenter Nick Offerman takes another break from his workshop to read tweets from young celebrities --- Pete Seeger stops by WNYC to talk about his new book --- Fictitious Dishes photo gallery features meals f ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 17, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Sax Grams, adventures of a traveling saxophone player --- indie drummer releases solo music --- Detorit native golfs across his city --- wine cork portraits --- Tom Waits narrates life of artist John Baldessar ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 16, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots perform a new protest song on fracking , on Late Night . [ Late Night Tumblr ] Two students in Beijing bypass the government by allowing areas of China to see their poor air quality – ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

How to prepare for an outdoor movie – famous people caught wearing Bill Cosby sweaters – Abraham Lincoln band aides – famous art recreated from torn magazines –how to impersonate Barack Obama. See these and mo ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

"Sun Boxes" a solar powered outdoor art installation of music – life size Hot Wheels track earns World Record –belt buckle flask –summery fruit sculptures –man plays typewriter in symphony –realistic ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Nick Offerman reads more tweets from young female celebrities — Amy Poehler answers odd questions in front of a large audience — 10 nerdy bathrooms — Star Wars family car decals — Ira Glass on Car Talk reruns ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 26, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

A load of links to counter those mid-week blues... a video of Wild Goose performers Damion Suomi and the Minor Prophets -- an Arrested Development art show -- Alec Baldwin interviewed by Terry Gross -- lists o ...

Links of Awesomeness: June 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Watch the new trailer for the Monsters Inc prequel, Monsters University. Plus a man with no legs climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro and CNN streams a new documentary on Bruce Springsteen. Read these in today's Links ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 19, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Seven summer camp movies to set the tone for your summer adventures — watch the craft of making flamenco guitars — children spraying dads with a hose — people behind their cereal mascot — new track from Child ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 18, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Duck flash mob takes over a street in China – Pictographic rock band posters –Jack McBrayer learns insults at a hot dog shop – and San Diego's annual dog surfing tournament. See these and more in today� ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 15. 2012
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Happy Father's Day Weekend! Here's a few tips from children on how to be a good dad. Plus... "That's my dad" hash tags with Jimmy Fallon –emergency dance technician storms New York Cit ...

Links of Awesomeness: June 14, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Cats in the NBA -- Story Corps' animated short -- Inforgaphic of Jack White -- and more nonsense from Conan O'Brien. See these in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

Links of Awesomeness: June 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

The girl with the mobile garden dress -- cover songs by Iron & Wine -- kid reacts to first sip of root beer -- art from wine stains -- and Conan teaches first-graders how to sing the Chicago blues. See the ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 11, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Inception is re-imagined in LEGOS – time lapse photos from the International Space Station –the Museum of Endangered Sounds –Jim Henson Co. to adapt Frog and Toad –80s awkward family photos – and Celebrity Goo ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Friend-of-Sojourners, singer-songwriter Jason Harrod, records a new version of "This Land is Your Land" -- Mrs. Doubtfire imagined as a horror film -- the best of Fred Armisan on Portlandia -- Regina ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Andy Samberg's PSA on cannibalism -- behind the scenes look at The Hobbit -- The Atlantic's Puppy Cam and scientific survey -- and Japan's Wan Wan Dog Circus. See these and more in today's ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Europe is the home to a few new world records . First, a German man holds his breath underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. Second, people in Poland launch 12, 740 paper lanterns into the air simultaneously.   Last week Andy Samberg ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

An award winning new short starring Kevin Spacey -- the most extroverted city in the U.S. -- Wilco releases free e-book -- The Daily Show's coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee -- Jason Schwartzma ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 4, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

Novelists set down the typewriter and pick up the paintbrush -- cross stitching electrical circuts -- beautiful photos of colored ink underwater -- Improv Everywhere strikes again with a car alarm stunt -- Pul ...