‘Ted 2′, The Sequel to the 2012 Film ‘Ted’, Has a Magical Teddy Bear Caught in a Legal Battle for Personhood

Ted 2, the sequel to the 2012 film Ted, has a magical teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane fighting a legal battle to be recognized as a person. Mark Wahlberg is reprising his role as Ted’s best friend John Bennett, and the trailer for the film appears to be have the same raunchy tone as Ted.

MacFarlane wrote the script for the film with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild who co-wrote the original Ted as well.

A Visualization That Charts Pop Culture Billionaire Characters Based on Wealth and Wickedness

Pop Culture Billionaire Infographic

Dorkly has created this handy dandy visualization that compares pop culture billionaire characters on the basis of wealth and wickedness. As the chart illustrates, the only billionaire more benevolent than Batman is Santa Claus, and the richest billionaires tend to be mythical creatures.

image via Dorkly

The Pole House, A Breathtaking Vacation Home Perched on a Column High Above a Beach in Australia

The Pole House Vacation Home Australia
photo by Matt Lord

The Pole House is a remarkable vacation home perched on a single column some 130 feet above Fairhaven Beach near Melbourne, Australia. The one-bedroom house is situated on a hillside overlooking the beach and is accessed by a footbridge. The minimalist design of the structure extends to the interior, where sparse furniture is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows (which can be opened.) The Pole House is available for vacation rentals. It was designed by Melbourne-based F2 Architecture.

The Pole House Vacation Home Australia
photo by Tanja Milbourne

The Pole House Vacation Home Australia
photo by Matt Lord

The Pole House Vacation Home Australia
photo by Tanja Milbourne

The Pole House Vacation Home Australia
photo by Tanja Milbourne

The Pole House Vacation Home Australia
photo by Tanja Milbourne

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A Video Tour of WesterosCraft, The ‘Minecraft’ World Where ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Remake the Continent of Westeros

A video tour has recently been released for WesterosCraft, an incredible Minecraft video game server started by artist Jacob Granberry where a large community of Game of Thrones fans have teamed up to recreate the large fictional continent of Westeros imagined by author George R.R. Martin. The impressive tour of their virtual world is narrated by none other than Isaac Hempstead-Wright, the actor who plays Bran Stark in HBO‘s popular Game of Thrones television series.

According to the WesterosCraft Wikia page, the digital map is “currently several gigs in file size and roughly 22,000 x 59,000 blocks (501.14 square miles), the size of Los Angeles.” Fellow fans can help out with the massive build process by visiting and signing up at the WesterosCraft website.

“I would say the world is at around 70% completion. Since we last spoke, we’ve developed a custom launcher for the game that comes packed with our WesterosBlocks mod which includes over 50 new custom blocks and textures specifically made for our server. So, we completely repainted our map with new textures, and some of our old builds we are building over bigger, better, and more realistic. That Kings Landing render from a few years ago? Yea, we are remaking that entire city again.” – Jacob Granberry

King's Landing - the capital of Westeros
King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros

The Iron Throne
The Iron Throne

Castle Black of the Night's Watch - The Wall
The Wall at Castle Black of the Night’s Watch

Dreadfort - seat of House Bolton
Dreadfort, Seat of House Bolton

Riverrun - Seat of House Tully
Riverrun, Seat of House Tully

Deepwood Motte
Deepwood Motte

images via WesterosCraft

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‘PBS Idea Channel’ Uses the Podcast ‘Serial’ to Explore Objectivity in Journalism

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta returns to the popular podcast Serial to explore objectivity in journalism. Specifically, Rugnetta raises the idea that maybe journalism not being objective isn’t such a bad thing.

Rugnetta previously used the podcast to explore objectivity in law.

Welcome to PART DEUX of our discussion of “Serial”, the insanely popular podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig. Last week we discussed objectivity in the law, and this week we’re turning our attention to objectivity in journalism. Journalists have been tasked with objective reporting for decades, but is that a realistic goal? Can any journalist be TRUELY objective? Is “Serial” an example of failed objectivism, or is it a reminder of its impossibility?

‘Issues to Readers’, A Real-Time Feed of Book Titles Borrowed, Returned, & Requested in the British Library

Issues to Readers” is a film showing ten minutes of a real-time activity feed of the British Library system as patrons borrow, return, and request books. The massive quantity and widespread diversity of the titles processed in and out of the library are a tribute to the importance of libraries in general. The film was made alongside the British Library’s Living Knowledge project, which has a mission to make the library’s “intellectual heritage accessible to everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment.”

via David Weinberger, FlowingData

Ittyblox, Miniature 3D-Printed Buildings That Can Be Arranged Into Tiny City Dioramas

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

Ittyblox is a modular collection of 3D-printed miniature buildings that can be arranged, SimCity-like, into little urban dioramas. The 1:1000 scale buildings fit into base plates, which can be arranged to form city blocks. Ittyblox are available at Shapeways.

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

photos via Ittyblox

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‘Stop Telling People About Portland,’ A Film Asking Portlanders to Keep Their Mouths Shut About Oregon’s Hippest City

Stop Telling People About Portland” is a short film written by Adam Mack that warns residents of Portland, Oregon against sharing how great their city is and instead to accentuate the negative aspects of life in the Rose City. The narrator’s voice is fittingly reminiscent of the tone of a 1960s filmstrip as he warns that out-of-towners bring strange non-Portland customs, like “using umbrellas in the rain, smoking strange non-American Spirit cigarettes,” and “insisting on using environment-destroying, non-reusable bags.”

Residents of Portland: If you’re worried about overcrowding, you ought to know it’s ALL YOUR FAULT AND STOP IT. Here’s how.

via Oregon Live

‘New Moon’, A Giant Interactive Illuminated Moon Made of 5,500 Light Bulbs

New Moon Illuminated Sculpture

In the interactive sculpture NEW MOON, a giant illuminated globe made of about 5,500 burnt-out light bulbs is suspended in mid-air. Viewers can alter the illumination, through a wheel installed beneath the globe, to emulate different phases of the Moon. NEW MOON was created by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett and commissioned by the Lexington Art League. It was installed in a public plaza in Lexington, Kentucky in 2014.

New Moon Illuminated Sculpture

New Moon Illuminated Sculpture

New Moon Illuminated Sculpture

photos via CLOUD

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Incredible Footage of Oranges Being Exploded by Fireworks Filmed at 62,000 Frames Per Second

In the latest video by Slow Mo Lab (previously), Taras Kulakov, also known as the “Crazy Russian Hacker”, uses fireworks to explode oranges while filming it at 62,000 frames per second. The results are incredible to look at and quite explosive.