Monkey See Monkey Do

As a lover of board games, I find this Kickstarter project to be down right awesome. A year or so ago, I tried to teach myself to code. But like most people who try to pick up a skill they don’t need on the day to day, I eventually got frustrated and stopped trying. That doesn’t mean that I don’t still think it’s a super important skill to learn. Frankly, I find it more valuable in modern society than knowing a foreign language. I also admire that the game creator took time to test the game and make sure that it’s something kids (and likely larger kids like me) would actually enjoy playing. Though Code Monkey Island’s crowdfunding campaign ended, you can still pre-order on their website. Best news is it is actually said to ship soon.

BEES! Keeper

Since bee colonies recently began to collapse and disappear, there’s been a trending interest toward beekeeping. Like chickens in the yard, it’s become a thing that you can do to help nature and learn to appreciate the food that you eat. And as much as I appreciate the people who do these things, it’s not for me. I guess it’s not my passion. But I am happy to see that there are people who truly care and find craft in natures under-appreciated workforce, honey bees.

Planetary Panoramas

Created using long exposure on a custom rig of four cameras with fisheye lenses, this stellar timelapse shows a 360 degree panorama of the night sky from Earth.

h/t Laughing Squid

Pomplamoose Perfects ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

Yes, I am a known fan of both Jack Conte and his band Pomplamoose. That aside, this cover of the popular ‘Wizard of OZ’ song was so raw and graceful it gives me chills.

Chess from the Future

If there was one thing that board games really needed to make them cool again, it’s not the iPad, but this amazing levitating surface powered by magnetic force.

Viral Video Alert: World Cup Ad By Beats

Two million views in 2 days, this online ad gives me more FOMO about not being in Rio at the World Cup than it does for its headphones. But it’s still a stunning short film.

Drum Beat(box)ing

I feel compelled to state that under no circumstances is ‘beating’ a child ok. But, clearly this kid is having fun and my guess is he asked his dad to ‘do it again’ once they stopped recording.

Dancing with the Stars

As in the ones in the sky, not the B-list celebrity ones. Like staring into the heavens on a brightly light night, this unique performance is serene, humbling, mesmerizing.

Awesome News: The Internet is Bringing Reading Rainbow Back

LeVar Burton raised nearly 2 million dollars on Kickstarter in one day. He will be bring back Reading Rainbow to the masses of kids who should be motivated and excited to read. Guys, we made Geordi cry tears of joy. Yay internet!

Slayer Solo on Banjo

I never intentionally listen to metal. It just seems to happen around me. But this I could get into. Musician Rob Scallon really rocks some steel strings. In a super hardcore way, of course.