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What the "Word Crimes" Animator Did Before "Word Crimes"

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Before making Weird Al's instant-classic "Word Crimes" video, artist/programmer/musician Jarrett Heather dabbled in kinetic typography on a volunteer basis. Back in 2010, Heather released an incredible fan video for Jonathan Coulton's song "Shop Vac," reportedly spending one thousand hours putting it together. The effort shows, and it got him the Weird Al gig. Have a look:

Heather wrote an extensive explanation of the "Word Crimes" video on his website, including a bunch of trivia. Three bits that popped out at me (emphasis added):

The Care-o-meter has a certification sticker from the Division of Measurement Standards, a branch of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, where I was employed full-time as a programmer analyst while creating this video on nights and weekends.

The coffee stain on the "no X in 'espresso'" napkin is the same art used in the chorus of "Shop Vac".

The logo for the once-ubiquitous blogging site LiveJournal was originally designed by Jarrett Heather in the year 2000.

Not bad for nights and weekends. Not bad at all.

For more Jarrett Heather awesomeness, read this interview, or perhaps this one, and follow him on Twitter. If you're addicted to the catchy "Shop-Vac" song, it's on JoCo's Thing a Week One.

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The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine Is Returning to Theaters for Its 50th Anniversary
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The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!

In early 1968, at the height of Beatlemania, The Fab Four lent their voices—and visages—to Yellow Submarine, a somewhat strange and slightly surreal animated film, purportedly for children, which saw the band travel to Pepperland aboard the titular watercraft in order to save the land from the music-hating Blue Meanies. (Hey, we said it was strange.)

Though it would be another year before the film’s iconic soundtrack was released, 2018 marks the film’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Pitchfork reports that the psychedelic cartoon will be making its way back into theaters in July with a brand-new 4K digital restoration and a surround sound remix, to have it looking—and sounding—pristine.

To find out where it will be screening near you, visit the film’s website, where you can sign up for updates.

[h/t: Pitchfork]

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Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas, Made Simple
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On March 14, 2018, visionary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. You know his name, and may have even watched a biopic or two about him. But if you've ever wondered what specifically Hawking's big contributions to science were, and you have two and a half minutes to spare, the animation below is for you. It's brief, easy to understand, and gets to the point with nice narration by Alok Jha. So here, in a very brief and simple way, are some of Stephen Hawking's big ideas:

If you have more than a few minutes, we heartily recommend Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time. It's easy to read, and it's truly brief.

[h/t: Open Culture]

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