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Politics

Video: First Nerd President

Video: First Nerd President

This roast of Obama by John Hodgman makes our geeky hearts to shed a tear–it calls POTUS 44 the first nerd president ever, with pithy references to Superman, Spock and Dune.

Video: He’s Barack Obama

Video: He’s Barack Obama

He’s Barack Obama isn’t as edgy as JibJab’s past work, but is well animated; it’s surprisingly palatable for both Republicans and Democrats–satire for the former, chest-thumping for the latter.

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Obama | One People

Obama | One People

The MIT SENSEable City Lab’s Obama | One People is a project that visualizes cellphone call activity around Washington, D.C. and the world on Inauguration Day 2009.

Short Film: Subprime

Short Film: Subprime

It may be without words (spoken or written), but animator Mike Winklemann’s Subprime short film is a rather poignant statement on the excesses of the American housing market.

Invisible Homeless Man

Invisible Homeless Man

Part social experiment, part tech demo, filmmakers in Dusseldorf recently equipped a man with a camouflage suit to drive home the point that people treat the homeless as invisible.

Free: Layoff

Free: Layoff

A Bejeweled-like game that lets you easily layoff folks and use bank bailouts, Layoff seems tasteless at first. However, each victim has a story, making it poignant social commentary.

Come In… T-shirt

Come In… T-shirt

Created in response to rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Australia, this Come In, There’s Heaps Of Room t-shirt flips the “F*** Off, We’re Full” bumper sticker on its racist head.

The Veiled Commodity

The Veiled Commodity

As Black History Month draws to a close, check out Vinh-Dickson’s The Veiled Commodity: it’s a short film on slavery that shows how far we’ve come — and how far we’ve yet to go.

Trailer: Sleep Dealer

Trailer: Sleep Dealer

Whatever your politics, we like that Sundance winner Sleep Dealer takes risks with modern issues; it presents them in a dystopic thriller that mixes Blade Runner with A Brave New World.

Video: Wall Street Fighter

Video: Wall Street Fighter

With players like The Fed, Dow Jones and M. Lynch, it’s the little guy who loses in Wall Street Fighter; still, kudos to CB FRESH for their creative take on the worldwide financial fiasco.

Video: The Crisis of Credit

Video: The Crisis of Credit

If the economic downturn gives you a headache, you’re not alone; Jonathan Jarvis’s animated thesis project, Crisis of Credit, seeks to explain all the financial mumbo jumbo.

Video: The UDHR

Video: The UDHR

Adopted by the UN in 1948 and signed by 48 countries including the USA, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights gets a modern, yet poignant update in this video; thanks, Ash!

Back With A Vengeance

Back With A Vengeance

America is hurting in the goodwill department, so this Back With A Vengeance tee probably isn’t the right message to send; still, ain’t no one gonna mess with a robot Abe Lincoln.

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389 Years Ago Poster

389 Years Ago Poster

Death and Taxes poster creator Jess Bachman is back, this time with 389 Year Ago; it’s a slick typographical homage to the Obama presidency and African American history.

Obama Gigapan

Obama Gigapan

Shot on Inauguration Day, this gigantic panorama shows thousands of people (including Obama); 220 photos are stitched together for the equivalent of a 1,474 megapixel picture.

Obama Action Figure

Obama Action Figure

Nothing says “Don’t eff with the USA” like a lightsaber-swinging, pistol-packing Obama action figure; he’s also got an array of hand gestures and ties when disguised as the President.

Inauguration x PhotoSynth

Inauguration x PhotoSynth

It’s a 4 meg download, but viewing yesterday’s Inauguration of President Obama through Microsoft’s Photosynth is worth the wait; it’s basically a 3D view of the ceremonies.

Book: The Next 100 Years

Book: The Next 100 Years

It’s a bit out there, but The Next 100 Years forecasts the next century of world events; it’s written by George Friedman, whose clients include the Fortune 500 and foreign gov’t agencies.

Cadillac Presidential Limo

Cadillac Presidential Limo

We’ve never been fans Cadillac’s boxy, DTS-style headlights, but we’ll be seeing them a whole lot more: above is the new Presidential Limo, to be christened at the Jan. 20 Inauguration.

Website: Budget Hero

Website: Budget Hero

The U.S. economy is in the toilet, and it’s up to you to fix it: Budget Hero was created by American Public Media to give everyday Joes the chance to balance the budget using real data.

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Colbert Intros 2008

Colbert Intros 2008

Satirical spin-off The Colbert Report is known for its pun-laden verbal metaphor teasers; the video above is a rapid-fire collection (hat tip to Comedy Central) of the show’s 2008 intros.

JibJab 2008 in Review

JibJab 2008 in Review

JibJab’s yearly videos are now nearly as traditional as the NYC ball drop; their 2008 Year in Review takes jabs at all the usual suspects, including the economy and the elections.

Political Party Tees

Political Party Tees

The US elections may be over, but the party’s never over for die-hard Republicans and Democrats; these tees are made by Tom Burns, who also did the infamous Communist Party tee.

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