Every month we share some of the things we’re currently obsessing over. Songs we can’t stop humming, a movie we’re still thinking about two weeks later, the best article we’ve read recently, a recipe to die for. The things that make us stop in our tracks and say “Yeah!”
|Boy Wizard: A Musical!
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Are you a Glee fan? Either way, it's a win-win situation when Glee's new star Darren Criss stars in A Very Potter Musical (not to mention, A Very Potter Sequel). Darren is not only the title character, but wrote much of the music as well. Longtime Potter fan Elena Nazzaro absolutely loves this fan tribute, but warns that viewers should know the entire storyline of the books before watching to avoid spoilers. It will have you rolling on the floor like Malfoy. It's better than karaoke night down at the Hog's Head!
|Things are Getting Hairy
Matt Wenner salutes the past month of Movember (think Mustache + November), when his favorite hockey team all grew mustaches for a good cause. The Washington Capitals and other players raised money for men's cancer issues, and also served as a throwback to old-time hockey when mustaches were all the rage.
|Refreshing the Giving Spirit
It’s always cool to see a big corporation using its exposure to promote a good cause. So our resident animal lover Nichole Chobin has really gotten behind Pepsi’s Refresh Everything campaign because The Humane Society of the United States is a finalist to win $250,000. The campaign’s use of social media to spread the word makes us all love it even more!
|Facts That Read Like Fantastic Fiction
This compelling article in the December 2010 Vanity Fair gripped Frank Mendelson. This the true story—which reads like a Travis McGee novel—profiles a tenacious private detective in Florida named Ken Brennan, who identifies and tracks down a serial rapist. Frank’s only complaint to VF this month: he almost needed a private eye to find the table of contents in the print issue!
|Video: Colors, Music and Motion
This video on Craftzine.com is just so watchable that Allyson Murphy had to play it three times in a row when she first saw it. The finished project is gorgeous, but to think that each frame is a hand-painted watercolor is almost mind blowing. The “Breakbot” song is pretty catchy too. It reminds her of Jamiroquai’s hits (and equally impressive videos.)
|A Stroke of Genius
Dany Petraska first heard Jill Bolte Taylor on NPR a year or two ago and was just floored by her story. Taylor had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions—motion, speech, self-awareness—shut down one by one. She’s written a book about it, speaks publicly about her ordeal, and of course, Oprah got hold of the story too. Dany had been thinking about her story recently and looked her up on TED.com. Dany says, “Yes, I want to live in my right brain.”