2500 Frames Per Second – Ridiculous (and awesome)Activities Captured in Slow Motion

Ever wanted to see what a carpet being mowed looks like in slo motion?  How about a handful of flour catching fire or a rocket propelled clothes line?

Sure no one “needs” to see these things happen in slow motion, and even fewer would think up scenarios so obscure.   However the Danish show “Dumt & Farligt” has done just that.  Successfully I might add.

One thing I’ve learned from this video is that everything looks amazing at 2500 frames per second.

Dumt & Farligt – Phantom Flex Highlights – 1080p – YouTube.

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Lineposters: Subway Maps of Cities Around The World

Check out these works of art created by graphic artist Cayla Ferari and engineer John Breznicky.  What started out as a clever way to jazz up the walls of their NY apartment turned into a full fledged entrepreneurial endeavor.

The first version was a minimalist take of the NY subway system.  Today Lineposters.com has versions representing transit systems from all over the world.

Check em out.  I’m tempted to buy a few myself.  If only Indianapolis had a  transit system worth emulating in poster form.  Aw shucks.

Thanks to the Huffington Post for first tweeting this story.  Can I send you the bill for the money I’m going to spend on this art, because of reading you tweet 🙂

Monument to the World’s Tallest Man

My shoe next to that of the tallest man ever known to walk the earth.

I’m 6 ft 1in tall and wear size 12 shoes.
Robert Pershing Wadlow was 8ft 11in and wore size 37 shoes.

Out of all the people on the planet, the honor of being the World’s Tallest Man in recorded history belonged  to a gentleman from Alton, IL, a town just 30 minutes from my own hometown.  I thought it only fitting for me to grab my camera and make the short drive to the monument dedicated to him.

The  life-size statue of Wadlow stands on College Avenue in Alton, opposite the Alton Museum of History and Art. The statue was erected in 1986 in honor of the hometown native.  I first visited the statue with my grandparents back in 1995 (check out the shorts I’m rocking in a picture in the gallery below) but hadn’t been back until this past week.  His statue looked just as enormous as it had when I was 12.  Unfortunately I was the only one at the statue when I took pictures…so my shoe was the only point of reference I had to show just how, pardon the pun, largest than life he was.

Known as the Alton Giant, Robert Wadlow was born in 1918. His size was noticeable from an early age with special desks having to be made for him as an elementary school student.  By his freshman year of college he was already over 8ft 3in and showing no signs of stopping.  His celebrity status in American culture comes as no surprise and in 1936 he toured the country with the Ringling Brother Circus.

Mobility was always a problem for Wadlow, often requiring braces to support his 440lb frame.  Sadly his giant stature would be his undoing.  On July 4, 1940 a blister on Robert’s foot became infected requiring doctors to perform an unsuccessful blood transfusion.  He would pass away in his sleep 15 days later at the young age of 22.

It is said his funeral was attended by nearly 40,000 people.  His casket was 10 feet and required 12 pallbearers to take Robert to final resting place, which was interred in a vault of solid concrete.

While Robert Wadlow will likely hold the world record indefinitely at 8ft 11in doctors said that his body showed no signs of slowed growth.  Who knows how tall he could have become.

There are six other life size statues of Wadlow, one of which resides at the Guinness Museum in Niagara Falls.

Here’s a video about his life.

Amazing Stop Motion – The Joy of Books

One of the first video projects I ever did in high school was a stop motion video.  Mine was about the Iron Chef.  It was terrible.

This stop motion video, however, is top notch.  Sean Olhenkamp and his wife, along with an army of volunteers, spent countless hours moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West, (416) 366-8973).

Check it out.  I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I was.

Caine’s Arcade

Is it wrong for me to be jealous of a 9 year-old?  Ha ha.  I’m kidding of course
…or am I 🙂

When was the last time you went to an arcade?  Chances are you can’t even remember.   As a child I went all the time, well whenever my parent’s would give me some money anyway.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, and the Simpsons were my favorite games, aside from ski ball of course.  Arcades now reside in the world of nostalgia for many, as the home gaming consoles and Angry Birds have taken their place for today’s generation.

Today I ran across a great short documentary called Caine’s Arcade, a story about 9-year-old Caine Monroy from L.A.  who founded his own arcade in his father’s auto parts story.   Oh, did I mention its made out of cardboard.  Directed by Nirvan Mullick, Caine’s Arcade is a touching story about the power of one young child’s imagination.  Nirvan also happened to be Caine’s first customer.

I could tell the whole story for you, but I encourage you to take 10 minutes and discover the joy of this film for yourself. If I still lived in California I’d be a frequent patron of this fine establishment, if only to be reminded of my own childhood days spent at the arcade.

Like Cain’s Arcade on Facebook and be sure to support a Scholarship Fund that has been set up in his name!

Joy in the Congo: A musical miracle

My affinity for 60 Minutes has grown over the past few years, and this story from Sunday is a perfect example of why.  Having played the cello since I was a kid, I have a special place in my heart for classical music.

Seeing the positive impact music has had over the people ofthe Congo, one of the most war torn regions in the world, is truly an inspiration.

Joy in the Congo: A musical miracle – 60 Minutes – CBS News.

(sorry the link went bad earlier…it should be fine now)

Color & Dance – OK Go “Skyscrapers”

OK Go consistently impresses me with their music videos, and their latest is no exception.  It’s not as over the top as their Rube Goldberg music video, but the simplistic play of colors and dancing is quite enjoyable.    If you are colorblind it may not be as fantastic…but the dancing is still good.

OK Go – Skyscrapers – Official Video – YouTube
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