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  • Licia Prehn suffers from a rare hereditary eye disease that causes near-blindness, but that doesn’t mean she’s putting her life on hold. She’s started a Web series to prove that “blind life is what you make of it.”
     
    The Pennsylvania-born woman, now living in Finland, has taken to YouTube to show the world how someone who is nearly blind can perform day-to-day tasks.  
     
    Her first video tackles cooking, how blind people cook tortillas, to be precise. The video is part cooking lesson and part backstory into her eye disease and personal life, including her newborn, who is also afflicted with the condition.
     
    The video has only been up for two days and already has more than 40,000 views and many supportive comments, like this one from Blake Atkinson: “It’s hard for people who can see to cook, so keep being awesome. Good on you!”  
     
    Before Prehn took on cooking, she posted a video to Reddit to show that people who are blind can still be part of the online community.  
     
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    Ryan Tricks has created somewhat of a magical public service announcement this holiday season.

    To call attention to — and to generate a bit of compassion for — the plight of those who will be spending this holiday season on the streets rather than in a warm home, the London-based magician took to the streets to spread some holiday cheer using his craft.

    In this video, which is a collaboration with LAD Bible as well as a promotion for his new show, “The Power of Magic,” Ryan approaches two people panhandling on the street to deliver a special gift of holiday wonder.

    He removes change from the hat they are using to collect donations, and with sleight of hand, the hat is suddenly filled with many bills.

    The couple is as overwhelmed as they are shocked. It just serves as a reminder that any bit of help can be magical to someone who is in need.

     

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    With the end of every year come many year-in-review stories, but French director Luc Bergeron has placed the year 2014 in a video time capsule.

    Squeezing 233 of the most clicked videos of the year into one almost 7-minute compilation, he has created a sizzle reel of all the videos that we found interesting and shared with one another over the past 12 months.

    The video is broken up into categories such as daredevil stunts, dancing and entertaining animals. Bergeron posted the video to his YouTube page, but a Reddit posting, which has links to each individual video in the compilation, has really taken off.

    A video compilation is a perfect way to remember the year that was and all the links that we sent each other.

     

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  • A social media campaign has been gaining momentum, reflecting the hope of many to maintain solidarity in the community which has been shaken by terror after the dramatic hostage situation that occurred at a café in Sydney.

    In an effort to thwart any intolerance toward Muslim Australians, residents have shared the hashtag “#illridewithyou” with the intention of spreading tolerance and supporting the safety of those in their community who fear that they will be the target of hostility.

    Tessa Kum, a TV content editor and writer living in Sydney, is credited with starting the hashtag. She told the Guardian Australia that she was inspired after seeing a powerful Facebook post by commuter Rachel Jacobs. After noticing a woman remove her hijab, Jacobs encouraged her to put it back on and offered to accompany the woman.

    Twitter users have joined in the gesture, offering up their support and assistance in coordinating with Muslims who may not feel safe commuting because they fear backlash.
     
    In a

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  • The Holderness family has had quite a year. You might remember the crew from Raleigh, N.C., from last holiday season’s viral hit video ‘Xmas Jammies.’  
     
    That YouTube video was viewed more than 15 million times! Since hitting it big, the Holdernesses have been releasing fun parody videos for most holidays. And while some families will choose to send out a written newsletter, this family opted to go a different route because that’s in the Holderness DNA. They released an overview of their exciting year, performed to their own version of R.E.M.’s hit “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine).”  The video chronicles the best-of moments of 2014 from mom Kim, dad Penn, and their son and daughter, Penn and Lola. Highlights include Lola’s birthday party and little Penn’s love for kayaks and waterslides.
     
    All of this attention is not only fun for the family, but its good for business too! Kim and Penn run a digital marketing company called Greenroom, which has seen a recent

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