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Classic Photographs in LEGO

Classic Photographs in LEGO

We are loving the way UK photographer Mike Stimson has reinterpreted some of the most harrowing, joyful and memorable moments in history for his collection, with the help of LEGOS.

Video: Drunk History

Video: Drunk History

History buffs get intoxicated and describe famous moments in history while familiar actors (like Michael Cera here) act them out in this amusing Drunk History series of videos. (Thanks Chuck!)

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Go Beyond Borders Project

Go Beyond Borders Project

CNN International’s project marking the 20th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall utilized street art installations by urban tape artist El Bocho to tell heroic stories of escape along the original divide.

Helmet for My Pillow (Book)

Helmet for My Pillow (Book)

Robert Leckie’s Helmet for My Pillow gets a re-issue for its TV adaptation in HBO’s The Pacific; it’s the real account of a WW2 Marine who fought in Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu.

Launch: Napoleon: Total War

Launch: Napoleon: Total War

Now available: Napoleon: Total War shows off its epic tricolors in this purely cinematic Launch Trailer; the hybrid turn-based and real-time strategy game currently has an 84 on Metacritic.

Trailer #1: Project Arbiter

Trailer #1: Project Arbiter

If you liked yesterday’s 1945A, Project Arbiter takes two steps back to 1943 but at least four steps forward in terms of awesomeness; mobile armored suits in WW2 = nuts!

1945A (Short Film)

1945A (Short Film)

The “A” stands for alternate reality in Ryan Nagata’s 1945A, shot on a $2,000 budget; in it, the Nazis spring a lumbering diesel-punk surprise on the Allies just before the end of WW2.

Time Traveler’s Handbook

Time Traveler’s Handbook

Make time traveling a total blast from the past: The Time Traveler’s Handbook teaches you how to survive the Black Death, play Mayan football, tackle a T. Rex, and more.

2v2: Napoleon: Total War

2v2: Napoleon: Total War

The previous trailers were excellent overviews, but this 2v2 trailer for Napoleon: Total War is purely epic; with a few historical alterations, it simulates a massive battle at Waterloo.

Features: Napoleon: Total War

Features: Napoleon: Total War

Napoleon: Total War dishes on its new features in the trailer above; they include all seasons on the map, greater terrain detail, multiplayer campaigns, and environmental effects.

Blu-ray: Apollo 13

Blu-ray: Apollo 13

Available 4/13/10: Apollo 13 finally lands on Blu-ray for its 15th anniversary; it’ll feature 2.35:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio plus a feature commentary with Ron Howard.

Brief History of Everything

Brief History of Everything

Jamie Bell’s Brief History of Everything is by no means comprehensive, but it is epic: the flipbook video was drawn with biro pens and took 2,100 pages, 50 jotter books, and 3 weeks to make.

Factions: Napoleon: Total War

Factions: Napoleon: Total War

A hybrid history and gameplay lesson, this Factions trailer for Napoleon: Total War discusses the French theaters of war as well as the Coalition forces that will eventually ally against him.

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Trailer: Napoleon: Total War

Trailer: Napoleon: Total War

Reclaim Waterloo from history (and Swedish pop groups) with Napoleon: Total War; due out 2/23/10, it’ll feature a new battle physics system and a more zoomed-in campaign map.

Video: The Power Gap

Video: The Power Gap

Historical power structures and distributions aren’t exactly casual conversation, but The Power Gap succinctly distills these topics into an animated infographic a-la The Crisis of Credit.

Picturing The Past 10 Years

Picturing The Past 10 Years

Easily the most rectilinear depiction of 2000-2009 we’ve seen so far, The New York Times’ Picturing The Past Ten Years paints an entire decade with good ol’ rows and columns.

Blu-ray: Rome

Blu-ray: Rome

It wasn’t built in a day, but you can watch it in only 22 hours: Rome: The Complete Series includes 10 discs and 22 episodes of the Julius Caesar Sopranos-in-52 B.C. docudrama.

Video: Decline of Empires

Video: Decline of Empires

Pedro M. Cruz’ Decline of Empires reduces the top maritime empires of the 19th and 20th centuries (France, Portugal, Spain, and England) to blobs–albeit surprisingly descriptive ones.

WWII: Simple Version

WWII: Simple Version

Sure, it’s a bit rough around the edges, but Angus McLeod’s WWII: The Simple Version is a funny illustrated primer for anyone who needs to bone up on their history. Thanks, Brian!

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