‘PBS Idea Channel’ Explores the Importance of Morning Routines

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explores the importance of morning routines and the relationship between coffee and mesmerism in the latest episode of the series.

This episode is about glorious morning coffee. Or more specifically, about our time-tested morning routines. Everybody has their morning routine that they rely on and cling to dearly. The simple acts of brewing coffee, showering, and whatever else you do, makes that first act of climbing out of bed easier. The comfort and familiarity of those repeated actions give us a sense of ownership, and cause us to self identify with these simple set of actions. So what is it about these routines that make them so important to us?

A Supercut of Stephen Colbert’s Best Sign Offs From ‘The Colbert Report’

Comedy Central has compiled a supercut of Stephen Colbert’s best sign offs from the nine-year run of The Colbert Report. The show ended on December 18, 2014 with a final sign off delivered from Santa’s sleigh while holding Captain America’s shield.

If you can’t stand the idea of us being apart, just pause this screen and hug your television for 23-and-a-half hours. That warmth you feel isn’t radiation. It’s me loving you back.

‘Everything But the News’ Picks the Brain of a Five-Year-Old Venture Capitalist

Everything But the News (previously) host Steve Goldbloom picks the brain of a five-year-old venture capitalist named Max in a short clip that deviates somewhat from the series’ traditional format. As it turns out, Max has a keen eye for art and playing the numbers.

A Woman Pulls Off an Epic Jenga Move by Quickly Hitting Out the Bottom Brick Without Knocking Over the Tower

Redditor DKBobby recently posted a video on YouTube of their sister-in-law pulling off an epic move while playing Jenga. With a quick karate chop, she was able to knock out the bottom brick without knocking the tower over. After the block shoots out, the tower just slams back down onto the table without a problem.

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The Kloons Lip Sync a Conversation About Bill Murray Between Nik Kazoura’s Mother and Aunt in Episode 5 of ‘Sisters’

In episode five of their web series SistersMitch Lewis and Nik Kazoura of The Kloons lip sync a recorded conversation between Kazoura’s mother and aunt on the topic of Bill Murray. One of the women seems particularly impressed with Murray’s recent role in the film St. Vincent.

A Compilation of Times Stephen Colbert Has Cracked Up and Broken Character While Filming ‘The Colbert Report’

Comedy Central has put together a compilation of times Stephen Colbert has cracked up while filming The Colbert Report. A few times Colbert even breaks character from the ultra-conservative persona he put on for the show.

After more than nine years on the air, The Colbert Report ended its run on December 18, 2014 with a group sing-along featuring many famous friends of the show.

A Cappella Group ‘Shir Soul’ Uses Colored Dreidels to Assign Vocal Roles While Performing a Medley of Chanukah Songs

Shir Soul, the New York City-based Jewish a cappella group, performs an amazing medley of three traditional Chanukah songs: “I Have a Little Dreidel,” “Mi Yimalel,” and “Ma’oz Tzur” in a modern harmonic style. Using dreidels in different colors to assign varying vocal parts to each member of the group, the singers vary from harmony (red) to melody (blue) to bass (green) to beat box (purple) throughout the song.

Here’s another beautiful performance by Shir Soul as they perform the song “Salaam” in 2012.

Beautiful Pixel Art Illustrations of Detailed Scenes That Tell a Personal Story About the Artist

The Toy Maker
The Toy Maker

Barcelona, Spain-based artist Octavi Navarro has created a beautiful collection of pixel art illustrations of detailed scenes that each tell a personal story about the artist. The series of illustrations allows viewers’ eyes and mind to wander while looking at the pixel art people and objects. Navarro’s work is available to purchase online on smartphone cases, art prints, pillow cases, and more from his Redbubble store . Time-lapse videos of Navarro designing each scene are available to view on YouTube.

The idea comes from my love for classic video games that I played so much since my 9th birthday, when my parents bought me a second hand Commodore 64 with a box full of cassette games. In this project, I’m mixing my own painting techniques with some of the restrictions of classic pixel art, resulting in very personal scenes that tell unique stories.

Cats
Cats

Close the gates!
Close the gates!

The Pumpkin Costume
The Pumpkin Costume

The Secret
The Secret

images via Pixels, Huh.

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‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ Arrives on Netflix Including ‘The Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special’

Pee-wee Herman (previously) himself (Paul Reubens) announced on his Facebook page that all 45 episodes of the classic television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse have been added for instant streaming through Netflix, including the show’s prime-time Christmas special. The series was recently restored for a Blu-ray release by Shout! Factory.

pee-wee christmas

image via Pee-wee Herman

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GoPro Video of an Intense Ski Session Down the Austrian Alps

Christoph Hoerner and Daniel Feichtinger of the Austrian ski team Traum Leben shot some GoPro footage of an intense day spent skiing down the Austrian Alps after a recent massive snowfall.