Friday, December 28, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up (12.28.12)

Today's Weekly Wrap-Up includes a few interesting photo slideshows and video compilations highlighting some of the year's best music, photos, and philanthropic efforts.  Happy 2012!

Pop Danthology 2012
You may have already seen this video - it's been circulating around Facebook and I saw it on The Today Show last week - but if you haven't, it's worth checking out. This mash-up of the music and videos from 50+ 2012 pop songs is really catchy and very well done. (Prior to this year, a mash-up of the year's pop songs would have meant very little to me. But now, thanks to two kids who like to listen to the radio and classes I take at the gym, I've become a fan of current pop music for the first time since I was in high school.) Have fun!

50 Best Animal Photos of 2012
According to BuzzFeed, these are the 50 best animal photos of 2012. I'm particularly partial to #9 (the goatobomb), #41 (the "racing" owl), #44 (the slothobomb), and #46 (the panda that was afraid of a toy dragon). I love me a good photo bomb, and they're even better when the bomber is an animal who has no idea what it's doing.

On the flip side, I was completely weirded out by #18 (the ducks crossing the road - I don't like birds) and #30 (the terrifying interaction between a diver and an anaconda) nearly made me vomit. Yuck.

The Year in Photos
Courtesy of the Atlantic, here are 135 images (broken into three parts) that truly summarize the eventful year that was 2012.  I find myself drawn to the pictures - of both victory and defeat - taken during the 2012 London Summer Olympics, as well as the pictures of brave men and women standing up for what they believe in.  They give me hope that the coming year will be more peaceful than the last.
Part 1Part 2Part 3

American Red Cross 2012 Year in Review
A quick glimpse into the outreach provided by the American Red Cross this year.  In between launching a new first aid app, collecting blood, and facilitating the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, the Red Cross has been on the ground responding to severe storms and tornadoes in Indiana and West Virginia, wildfires in Colorado, Hurricane Isaac, and Superstorm Sandy.

The Best Astronomy Images of 2012
These 21 pictures of our universe make me feel very, very insignificant, but simultaneously remind me that I am - that we all are - part of a world much more massive and powerful than I can fathom.

26 Moments That Restored Our Faith in Humanity
Last but not least, 26 photos that will remind you that all is not lost.  That there is good and hope and love all around us, visible when we stop - or even slow down - long enough to not just look, but to see.

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