Skiing with a Parachute

December 20th, 2010

Wheeee! Watch in hi-def on a wide-screen monitor.

Superior, Speed Fly from Marshall Miller on Vimeo.

Nice Recovery

October 21st, 2010

Supposedly the crash was an accident, but the handling of his forceful ejection was deliberate. Professional Gymnast, or so I was told.

Fixed Gear Sprint Racing

October 16th, 2010

There is a type of bicycle racing that they call a “sprint” match. A few competitors use fixed-gear bikes to race about 1,000 to 3,000 feet. Riding in your opponents slip-stream allows you to expend less effort, keeping you fresher for the end, so you can dash by him to the finish. At this short of a distance, you wouldn’t think it would matter much, but look how determined they can be.

More info on Wikipedia.

Limbs are a crutch for the weak.

May 8th, 2010

The grand finale of this act is amusing.

Truly, this is how the mighty locomote.

Obstacle Course

March 18th, 2010

Makes it look easy, but I bet it’d be a killer workout:

Challenger Explosion

February 24th, 2010

Amateur video has surfaced of the Challenger launch and explosion. Not so very much to see, but very eerie listening to the reaction of the people watching.

Bubble Magic

December 12th, 2009

Cool tricks with bubbles and smoke:

Go Rin No Sho

November 27th, 2009

Speed is not part of the true Way of strategy. Speed implies that things seem fast or slow, according to whether or not they are in rhythm. Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast.

I was reading A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. It’s a book about sword fighting and strategy, but I found it interesting to think how his ideas can be applied to juggling.

The posture he describes in his “Water Book” is a great description of a correct juggling stance. He also talks about deliberate use of peripheral vision—“The Gaze in Strategy”, and his description of how to do it and how it works is also useful. His description of how to use a sword is well applied to holding clubs.

My favorite part was in his “Wind Book” when he talks about speed. The beginning paragraph I quoted at the top of this post, but the entire section is a good description of how juggling should feel. Reading this section reminded me of this video: Last Day in Penza.

Inspired Bicycles – Danny MacAskill April 2009

April 21st, 2009

I wonder what kind of bike he has. He seems to be able to pedal backwards like you can on fixed gear bikes, yet he can still coast.

Caps are for sissies!

February 6th, 2009

YouTube – Mexican Bomb Hammer Party