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McConaughey’s American Pep Talk

McConaughey’s American Pep Talk

“Start building bridges instead of dead ends. Love our neighbors. Make amends.” Actor and author Matthew McConaughey offers up some sage advice for Americans, reminding us that if we work together instead of against each other, we can achieve greatness, even in the face of all the adversity that 2020 has thrown our way.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Oldies

Rock ‘n’ Roll Oldies

Nursing homes have been on a lonely lockdown for months. Robert Speker, activities coordinator for the UK’s Sydmar Lodge care home, decided to entertain residents by recreating famous LP covers with their photos. All funds from their GoFundMe campaign benefit Alzheimers Society, Age UK, and Dementia Friends.

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Humble Black Game Developer Fund

Humble Black Game Developer Fund

Humble Bundle offers great deals on games, software, and ebooks, while doing good for the world around us. Now, they’ve kicked off a $1 million annual fund to help black game developers produce, market, and distribute their titles via Humble Games. Developers interested in the program can apply here.

Rainbow Connection 2020

Rainbow Connection 2020

Feeling a little blue? Kermit the Frog is here to bring a little sunshine into your day with a fresh performance of Paul Williams’ classic tune Rainbow Connection, as he socially distances alongside a country stream. We really need to rewatch The Muppet Movie now.

The Greatest Risk of All.

The Greatest Risk of All.

Are you on the path you really want to be on, or are you just going through the motions? Photographer and world traveler Danny Mcgee shares his story about how he dropped out of college to pursue his dreams, which led him to experience some of greatest adventures on the planet, and to build a business around it.

Rolex Retirement Plan

Rolex Retirement Plan

While Antiques Roadshow was visiting West Fargo, ND’s Bonanzaville, a U.S. Air Force veteran stopped by with a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph watch he purchased in the 1970s for about $350. While that was a lot of money back then, his investment truly paid off, especially since he never wore it, and saved all of the original paperwork.

A Life in Numbers

A Life in Numbers

As philosopher Albert Camus said “Life is a sum of all your choices.” In Kingdom of Something’s lighthearted short, they provide some stats about how much of our lives we spend performing everyday tasks, and some of the figures might help you better allocate your time.

Building a Bionic Leg

Building a Bionic Leg

As biotech advances, the quality of life for disabled people has the potential to improve dramatically. Bloomberg introduces us to engineers from MIT’s Biomechatronics Lab, including Everett Lawson, who had an experimental kind of amputation which lets him directly control a robotic leg and foot with his mind.

Important Songs: Brush Your Teeth

Important Songs: Brush Your Teeth

Filmmaker and musician Tyler Russo presents a depressing reminder of the more mundane and repetitive nature of life in this vocoder saturated video clip he created for Adult Swim. If nothing else, it’ll provide some motivation for you to change things up. Listen to the full song here.

Just Dance: Able

Just Dance: Able

Choreographer Jacob Jonas teamed up with ILL-Abilities, a breakdancing crew who proves that physical challenges won’t stand in the way of those with a strong will and dedication to their craft. A beautifully shot and inspiring short film from NOWNESS.

Felipe vs. the Loop

Felipe vs. the Loop

Felipe Nunes is a double amputee, but that doesn’t hold him back from his love for skateboarding. In this clip from RIDE Channel, Felipe goes up against his nemesis – a 360º loop he’s been trying to conquer for some time. With the help of some friends and a longer starting ramp, he was able to pull off the dangerous stunt.

You Don’t Need to Be Exceptional

You Don’t Need to Be Exceptional

In some cultures, and even more so in certain households, it’s drilled into our heads that in order to be successful in life, that you MUST be the absolute best. The School of Life is here to remind us that living life well isn’t equated with such lofty goals, and how the pressures of achievement often make our lives worse.

Installing a Living Room Elevator

Installing a Living Room Elevator

Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything is engaged to Cambry Kaylor, who suffered a tragic horseback accident when she was 18, leaving her partially paralyzed. To improve her mobility in their home, he ripped a hole through the second floor, and installed a Stiltz Lifts elevator for her to get up and downstairs with ease.

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We Are NASA

We Are NASA

Accompanied by the familiar voice of Dirty Jobs and The Deadliest Catch announcer Mike Rowe, NASA offers up a truly inspiring video that both looks back on its many achievements, and looks forward to pioneering with many new missions. We choose to go to the moon… again!

Why Climb the Highest Mountain?

Why Climb the Highest Mountain?

After Skool reminds us how world leaders can and should inspire humanity, taking President John F. Kennedy’s impressive and memorable 1962 speech about science, discovery, and enlightenment, and illustrating some of its many highlights.

Music of the Spheres

Music of the Spheres

Emic Films introduces us to Wanda Diaz-Merced, an astrophysicist and computer scientist from Puerto Rico who studies the stars not through sight, but through sound. Despite losing her eyesight due to diabetes, she’s as passionate as anyone else in her field.

Unicycling Across China

Unicycling Across China

The idea of riding a bicycle 3400 miles across China is daunting enough, but Ed Pratt did that with one fewer wheel, and carrying his camping gear. In this video, he completes his epic journey as he approaches the Vietnam border. Check out previous episodes from his trip here.

Crazy Sh*t

Crazy Sh*t

(PG-13: Language) “And dogs? A few years ago it was a wolf! We just gave it love, and look what happened!” Daniel Koren reminds us of the things we take for granted that would actually blow our minds if we only stopped to appreciate them. Life – it’s a hell of a drug.

Mr. Overton

Mr. Overton

National Geographic introduces us to Richard Overton, America’s oldest living World War II veteran. The 109 year-old drinks whiskey, smokes cigars, and can still walk, talk, and has a valid driver’s license. He’s sharp as a tack, and could teach all of us a thing or two about life.

The Crash Survivor

The Crash Survivor

(PG-13: Language) In 2012, Doug Wright was in a crash which left him seriously injured. PLGRM explores the impact it had on his marriage, and his contact with Clyde Rowley, the man who caused the accident. Despite his hardships, Doug’s attitude is surprisingly positive.

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Stop Wasting Time

Stop Wasting Time

“Good things do NOT come to those who wait, so don’t leave it to fate, your life deserves to be great…” Spoken word artist Gary Turk’s reminds us that every moment we put off doing what we’ve thought about doing is a moment we could be achieving something rewarding.

Climbing without Limbs

Climbing without Limbs

If you’re looking for a source of inspiration, look no further than Kyle Maynard, a man who not only has climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua, but did it as a quadruple-amputee, and without the use of prosthetics. Wow. Just wow.

Tasting Sight

Tasting Sight

A moving short documentary about Andy, a man who lost his vision after a brutal assault, and the fascinating new technology which is helping him to regain his lost sense by sending electrical impulses to his tongue.

The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

Andrew Jones is a serious stud. Not only is he more physically fit than most people we know, he’s a model, and he doesn’t let the fact that he has to live with an artificial heart while he waits for a transplant donor match get him down in the least.

Welcome to Atlantium

Welcome to Atlantium

Atlantium is a tiny self-declared sovereign state about 4 hours from Sydney, Australia, with about 3000 citizens in its current ranks. It was formed in the interest of creating a place where people of all kinds from around the world are welcome, and that values freedom above all.

SickKids vs Undeniable

SickKids vs Undeniable

A kick-ass promotional spot for a kick-ass organization, this spot for the SickKids Foundation at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children features kids and hospital staff doing battle against whatever comes their way, unwilling to give in to disease, illness, or injury.

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