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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work