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Viral Video: Up, Up in L.A.

BoomTown is swanning around Los Angeles today, so it seemed apt to post this amazing video, in which one of its movies was made real in the skies.

That would be Disney-Pixar’s animated gem “Up,” in which a house was carried away by balloons.

The National Geographic Channel replicated that film;s iconic theme in real life for a new television cable series called “How Hard Can It Be?”

Hard, as it turned out, but still doable. It required a cluster of 300 helium-filled weather balloons to lift a 2,000-pound house–along with a lot of engineers and other smart folks.

The house sailed for about an hour, 10,000 feet up, which–for some reason, as goofy as the effort was–made my heart fly too.

Enjoy:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald