Archive for March, 2007

Your Mommy Warned You

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Mom always used to holler at us to quit horsing around. I guess this was the kinds of things she was imagining.

Found in Wes Peden’s list of favorite videos.

Cool Toy Illusion

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

I found this cool little illusion once. I don’t remember where, but I stumbled across it again in my bookmarks. It’s basically like an origami figure that appears to turn it’s head to watch you as you move throughout the room. It looks cool in the video, but it’s even cooler to see in person. It’s not that hard to make. You just print out the PDF file and cut and fold along the lines. I found it works best if you put it in a clear glass jar. Something about the way the jar effects the light seems to make it harder for your eyes to see it as it really is. It also helps to have it at roughly eye level. It can “look” up and down, but not as well as it can from side to side.

Check it out! There’s a video on the website.

Peter Bone

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Peter Bone has always been a big inspiration for me. He serves as living evidence that you can hold down an unrelated full time job and still get really good at juggling. Peter is a computer programmer by day, but when he is off the job, he is a world class juggler, holding several unofficial world records, including the 13 ball flash. This video gives you a small sampling of what he can do:

Other videos he has featured in can be found here and here.

I’ve often wished Peter would compete in the World Juggling Federation 2007 UK Open. It would be awesome to see a hobbyist do well in a professional league of competitive juggling. Unfortunately, he consistently says he has no intention of competing.

Magic Tricks Explained

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

I found this really cool series of videos on Youtube where a street magician demonstrates and then explains how a bunch of cool magic tricks are done. Unlike most videos of this nature, the tricks are actually pretty decent. I found it very interesting, although I already guessed how a few of the tricks were done.

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Also, the Ministry Of Manipulation had a link to a really cool archery video. The skills displayed in that video reminded me of legend of Robin Hood.

Fun with Sulphur Hexafluoride

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Sulphur Hexafluoride is a completely transparent gas 6 times heavier than air. This means it works about exactly the opposite of Helium. Rather than making a persons voice high-pitched, it lowers it. Rather than making objects float on air, objects can float on Sulphur Hexafluoride. The end part of this video shows somebody float a foil boat in a container of Sulphur Hexafluride. It’s surreal.