Feb 22, 2012

Video: LED-Covered Snowboarder Rides through the Dark of Night

created at: 02/22/2012

OK, this is just plain awesome. Fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton shot this eerie video of a snowboarder in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France in the dead of night. But the snowboarder was wearing a specialized suit that was completely covered in LED lights.

The illuminated "waves" of snow carved by the snowboard are so surreal. This counter-intuitive way of lighting a scene (or rather lighting the subject and not the scene) is really incredible.

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Feb 16, 2012

Awesome Photos from the World's Largest Dodgeball Game

created at: 02/16/2012

For the third year in a row, the University of Alberta has broken the Guiness record for the world's largest dodgeball game. Nearly 5,000 (4979) participants gathered on February 3rd, beating the previous record of 4,488. I think the yellow team won.  

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Jan 24, 2012

Bolster Your Creative Output by Activating Your "Red Zone"

In football (as in American football, the brown ellipsoid one) there's a special section of the field dubbed the "red zone," that space betweent the twenty-yard line and the goal. And...a game's outcome is often determined by either team's performance in this zone. As they're pros, they can often get into the space, but if they're not able to get top notch results once there, they'll likely lose.

Turns out...the same rules apply to creativity and getting great work done. And it has nothing to do with how hard you work, or what you actually produce in your job.

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Dec 15, 2011

Guy Makes a Water-Powered Jetpack to Swim Like a Dolphin

As Core77 notes, this is simply, "too good not to post."

Jet-ski master Franky Zapata has created the "Dolphin Jetpack." a water-powered apparatus that allows him to soar over the water and into the air like (you guessed it) a dolphin.

It seems like an internet hoax, but it really looks to be legit. Check out the video:  

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Jun 30, 2011

12 Wacky Vintage Baseball Cards

As a kid, I tried to collect baseball cards. And by tried I meant, pretend like I knew what I was talking about when all the other kids and the neighborhood were going on about their collections, and then getting a .79 chewing gum pack once every six months in hopes there were some gems in there. (There weren't) 

So, of course, I can't speak with any authority on these funny finds from modernman.com, but they're plenty good for a laugh.


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Jun 01, 2011

How To: Make a Longboard, a Simple DIY Skateboard

The craft of skateboard production is no small potatoes: steam-bending plywood, custom wood laminating, great mechanics, awesome art. Not surprisingly, a well-crafted deck can also net a few hundred bucks. And for good reason.

But, what if you just wanna try it out? What if you just want something simple to cruise around the neighborhood, or to misbehave with a few buddies, a scooter, and some rope?(I'll tell you that story another time).

You make your own, from simple household materials.

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Apr 27, 2011

Guys Climbs Incredibly Dangerous Mountains at Super-Fast Speeds

created at: 04/27/2011

Swiss ice climber Ueli Steck not only free climbs some of the most intense and scary ice-covered mountains using only hand-axes, he climbs them in just a few hours. He's broken speed records like crazy in the Alps - "Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck set a record time for ascending "The Eiger's" treacherously steep north face. Steck destroyed the previous record (set by himself) by summiting the legendary 13,025 foot mountain in Switzerland's Bernese Alps in only two hours and 47 minutes. Beating your own records just for the sake of beating them?"

Watch the video to this this amazing guy at his best:

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Apr 20, 2011

The Best Thing You'll See All Day: Skydiving in Slow Motion (Video)

created at: 04/20/2011

I have a thirty things to do before I'm thirty list. With fifteen months to go, I've accomplished twenty four and a half. Oh, the half thing? It's sorta like the average American household has 2.2 children. Except not involving children. Or America. More on that later.

But, one of the remaining five and half is jumping out of an airplane. With a parachute. And a neat little body suit with stripes.  

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Apr 06, 2011

Infographic of the Day: Which Baseball Teams Have the Best Fans?

Last week was opening day in major league baseball, so I'm digging this little graphic gem. Design student Russ Machmeyer created the "Die Hard Index" a visual representation of fan commitment, as determined by cost of ticket vs. income, game attendance, and winning/losing record.

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Feb 01, 2011

How To: Turn Your Dining Table into a Ping Pong Table

created at: 02/01/2011

College spoils young adults in a lot of ways: the ability to live in the same community with thousands of peers and then being forced to interact by the RA, the illusion of financial "independence," or the notion that if you schedule yourself right, you only need to be accountable two days a week, and only from 1:00-4:30 p.m.

But for me, dorm living twisted me in another way: 24-hour access to a ping pong table. I've never lived in a home with enough space for such luxuries as a table tennis and billiard tables, save for those two great years in Swing and Morris halls. At the beginning of freshman year, I wasn't much, but buddy, by the time I was an upper classperson, my roommate Adam and I had that stuff down!

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Nov 23, 2010

Skateboarding in the 1970s Was So Rad...

There are certain cultural phenomena that just capture an era spent in the city: the Harlem Renaissance, the RnB in Detroit in the late 50s and early 60s, the punk rock and new wave movements of CBGBs.

And the advent and development of skateboarding in Southern California is as evocative as any. Cataloged in the amazing Dogtown and Z-Boys, we're equally lucky that  "Hugh Holland was around to capture the magic. Holland’s collection of photography in Locals Only chronicle the youth skateboard scene from 1975-1978 with everything from action shots to playful candids, all in the sun-faded glory you can expect from photos in this region."


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Jul 14, 2010

The World's Largest Skateboard

The World's Largest Skateboard

The World's Largest Skateboard, built by California Skateparks, is twelve and a half times the size of a standard issue piece. It's a full thirty-six feet long, nearly nine feet wide, and three and a half feet tall, making it the size of a city bus.

"Normally The World’s Largest Skateboard is ridden by several people at one time, but recently California Skateparks CEO Joe Ciaglia decided to take it a for solo ride while visiting Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania."  

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