Kid President makes the case for optimism: “We can cry about it, or we can dance about it.”
More Kid President here.
Nina Paley, creator of the sublime Sita Sings the Blues, offers a primer on the history of conflict in the Middle East:
A guide to the various quarreling entities here.
“This Land is Mine” is the first completed segment of Paley’s “potential-possible-maybe” feature-length film Seder-Masochism (whose first phase has been successfully funded via Kickstarter). I can’t wait for the rest.
(via The Dish)
Who better than the reunited cast of The West Wing — television’s walk-and-talk champions — to promote the health benefits of walking? Click here for the hilarious Funny or Die video — I can’t seem to embed it, but if you’re a fan of the show it’s worth watching.
Charlie: “Sir, we need your help. We need to convince the American people to do do something that’s good for them.”
Bartlet: “That’s impossible.”
For more, visit Every Body Walk.
(Photo by Gerber Rigler, via The Washington Post)
DJ duo Hot Problems offers a song — and a video — for the weekend:
…and gives a hilarious and enlightening talk on the creation of some of his iconic book covers:
My job was to ask this question: “What do the stories look like?” [...] We bring stories to the public. The stories can be anything, and some of them are actually true. But they all have one thing in common: They all need to look like something. They all need a face. Why? To give you a first impression of what you are about to get into. [...]
The book designer’s responsibility is threefold: to the reader, to the publisher and, most of all, to the author. I want you to look at the author’s book and say, “Wow! I need to read that.”
And just as I’m watching this and thinking “That’s another thing that’s lost in an e-book,” Kidd agrees: “Try experiencing that on a Kindle!”
Don’t get me started. Seriously. Much is to be gained by eBooks: ease, convenience, portability. But something is definitely lost: tradition, a sensual experience, the comfort of thingy-ness — a little bit of humanity.
Watch the video, though. It’s a lot funnier than the serious quotes I’ve pulled out.
More reasons why books are made of win here.