AZO Showreel 2010
December 10, 2010 1:24 PM   Subscribe

AZO strikes again. Showreel 2010 features more jumping, juggling and WTF DID THAT GUY JUST DO??? Previously and previously.
posted by Cool Papa Bell (54 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
I can't wait to get home to watch this, but one of my favorite comments ever comes from the previously showreel link:

I love how the showreel contains some of the most mind-bending physics-defying crazy things ever, interspersed with just a few really, really mundane and silly things.

I think he may have done that intentionally, but I'd much rather believe that he can do all these things with no effort at all, and genuinely has no idea of what other people find impressive or why.

"You want me to walk on water again? That's nothing, I can jump from picnic table to picnic table! I can jump over this bush!"

posted by griphus at 1:26 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


Unless he learns to roll a glass crystal from one hand to another, he will never master the nerd martial arts.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:35 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


You want me to walk on water again? That's nothing, I can jump from picnic table to picnic table! I can jump over this bush!"

In reality, I think there are only so many things you can jump over, on and through. And I think some of the impressiveness is lost on non-stunt people, much like people who really understand music will applaud following what, to others, might have just sounded like some decent noodling on a saxophone.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:35 PM on December 10, 2010


taijiquan hippy yoyo walk the dog
taijiquan not spilling the water in the cup form
taijiquan programmer stacks the dice

I like that his apartment is basically a bed. Very minimal.
posted by boo_radley at 1:41 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I could do all that... if i felt like it
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 1:41 PM on December 10, 2010


"I put my pants on the same as everyone else: 2 legs at a time with a somersault."

"Oh really. Maybe I'll put that on YouTube then. I guess I'll just put my usual daily routine up and see what else floats people's boat."
posted by explosion at 1:41 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


This guy still has no grace and expresses no confidence in his manoeuvres. He always seems surprised that he did what he just did. I don't know much about a bunch of the things he's doing, but I've seen a lot of skateboarding videos and his tricks on a board are pretty lame. I imagine that people familiar with that giant yo-yo on a stick thing think the same thing of his tricks with that device; and that parkour guys look at his parkour tricks and roll their eyes; yadda yadda yadd.

Basically, this guy comes across as a co-ordinated Star Wars Kid. He's the very definition of "Jack of all trades; master of none."
posted by dobbs at 1:42 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


I do enjoy the serious look he gives you after some of his tricks.
posted by orme at 1:45 PM on December 10, 2010


This guy still has no grace and expresses no confidence in his manoeuvres. He always seems surprised that he did what he just did. I don't know much about a bunch of the things he's doing, but I've seen a lot of skateboarding videos and his tricks on a board are pretty lame. I imagine that people familiar with that giant yo-yo on a stick thing think the same thing of his tricks with that device; and that parkour guys look at his parkour tricks and roll their eyes; yadda yadda yadd.

Basically, this guy comes across as a co-ordinated Star Wars Kid. He's the very definition of "Jack of all trades; master of none."


For fuck's sake. He is having fun being awesome.
posted by eugenen at 1:48 PM on December 10, 2010 [8 favorites]


Oh, and I don't know if the reel mentions it, but he's the main ... character ... movement ... guy ... for Monday Night Combat.
posted by griphus at 1:49 PM on December 10, 2010


Dobbs: as a 20+ year skater, I can tell you that he is not at all a slouch on a board. He does not have the fluidity that comes from years of not doing anything other than skating, but his flip tricks are anything but lame. The people you mostly see in skate videos are people who skate all day every day, and are not trying to split their time between skating and walking on motherfuckin walls.
posted by broadway bill at 1:50 PM on December 10, 2010 [9 favorites]


He's the very definition of "Jack of all trades; master of none."

I think it might be a bit of a stretch to call putting your pants on really fast a "trade."
posted by The World Famous at 1:52 PM on December 10, 2010 [3 favorites]


I think it might be a bit of a stretch to call putting your pants on really fast a "trade."

No; trade does the opposite.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:53 PM on December 10, 2010 [3 favorites]


No; trade does the opposite.

Stretches your pants really slow?
posted by The World Famous at 1:58 PM on December 10, 2010


Basically, this guy comes across as a co-ordinated Star Wars Kid. He's the very definition of "Jack of all trades; master of none."

Pony request: can we have something that is like negative favorites? Then I could say stuff like:

"dobbs, I just anti-favorited your comment so hard. And I would anti-favorite it a million times if I could!"
posted by dubitable at 1:58 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I imagine that people familiar with that giant yo-yo on a stick thing think the same thing of his tricks with that device

Do you now.

I imagine that they would TOTALLY TRIP BALLS if they saw his tricks with that device.
posted by kenko at 1:59 PM on December 10, 2010


I imagine that they would TOTALLY TRIP BALLS if they saw his tricks with that device.

I imagine they're already tripping balls anyway.
posted by The World Famous at 2:02 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


as noted in previous threads, this is extra-charming for people from the puget sound area. I kept going back and forth between thinking "whoa, sweet trick!" and "whoa, gasworks park!" or "whoa, ballard!"
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 2:02 PM on December 10, 2010


Yeah I think he's spreading himself a little thin. The fumble count in this video is too high for it to be truly impressive.
posted by fire&wings at 2:05 PM on December 10, 2010


This guy still has no grace and expresses no confidence in his manoeuvres. He always seems surprised that he did what he just did. I don't know much about a bunch of the things he's doing, but I've seen a lot of skateboarding videos and his tricks on a board are pretty lame. I imagine that people familiar with that giant yo-yo on a stick thing think the same thing of his tricks with that device; and that parkour guys look at his parkour tricks and roll their eyes; yadda yadda yadd.

Basically, this guy comes across as a co-ordinated Star Wars Kid. He's the very definition of "Jack of all trades; master of none."


Speaking as a long-time member of the fanfling community, I can confirm that his fan flinging style is basically stuck in 2003. Pathetic.
posted by theodolite at 2:06 PM on December 10, 2010 [4 favorites]


> This guy still has no grace and expresses no confidence in his manoeuvres.

Also, the camerawork isn't as good as in "The Matrix", the fan stunts failed to make me feel refreshingly cool, there aren't any "pew, pew!" noises, and I still haven't had any waffles this week.
posted by ardgedee at 2:07 PM on December 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


Thanks for this, I have a boycrush on Azo and his off the charts playfulness and skills.
And thanks for all the neggo comments which let me know I am not as jaded as I feared. Yay!
posted by Iteki at 2:08 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


AZO strikes again.

Unfortunately, I thought this post was going to be about those pills that turn your pee orange-red. You know, that stuff you take when you're coming down with a UTI but you can't afford to go to the doctor for antibiotics until next week? AZO?
posted by Gator at 2:09 PM on December 10, 2010


I bet he sleeps really well.
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:14 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, juggle dice in a cup, conn a ship, design a building, pull some sick ass wheelies, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, do some flippy stuff with a fan , take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, manipulate brightly colored cubes, analyze a new problem, stutter step over a fountain in such a way that they appear to walk on water, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly, change their shorts in midair. Specialization is for insects.
posted by Iridic at 2:14 PM on December 10, 2010 [15 favorites]


Full disclosure: I worked with Aung at two previous companies. He really would step outside, try a few moves, then come back in, sit down and animate them. He's really an all-around cool dude.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:14 PM on December 10, 2010 [5 favorites]


That thing you like? You know, that one?

...yeah, it's stupid. Stupid and old. So there.

Go work on imitating me instead, because I'm smarter than you are. You can tell that this is true, because I find that thing you like to be stupid; that's what makes me smart. Only the cynical survive.
posted by aramaic at 2:19 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't know much about a bunch of the things he's doing, but I've seen a lot of skateboarding videos and his tricks on a board are pretty lame.

He's no pro skater, but he did land a quad kickflip off an uphill without much momentum. That takes a lot of skill.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 2:21 PM on December 10, 2010


I'm hanging out in this thread until dobbs tells us there's no Santa....
posted by HuronBob at 2:24 PM on December 10, 2010


He's no pro skater, but he did land a quad kickflip off an uphill without much momentum. That takes a lot of skill.

This may be a lesson in the dependability of judgments made on the basis of having "seen a lot of … videos".
posted by kenko at 2:24 PM on December 10, 2010


That stacked dice after jumping across the pool made me laugh, it was so awesome.
posted by storybored at 2:31 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


At the end of this video it should say WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME
posted by circular at 2:41 PM on December 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


I've seen a lot of skateboarding videos and his tricks on a board are pretty lame

His first two tricks appear to be a triple varial kickflips.
posted by mhum at 2:42 PM on December 10, 2010


Why do I always assume that people that do stuff like this has just never been taught physics and that, if they did, they'd get hurt on their very next trick?
posted by JaredSeth at 2:45 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


has have, of course.
posted by JaredSeth at 2:46 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was FUN! Thanks for posting.
posted by vito90 at 2:49 PM on December 10, 2010


"dobbs, I just anti-favorited your comment so hard. And I would anti-favorite it a million times if I could!"

That's cool with me. But your anti-favoriting technique could use some work.
posted by dobbs at 2:52 PM on December 10, 2010 [4 favorites]


Judging from all the vectors he uses in that animation demo upthread, I think this guy knows a thing or two about physics as well.
posted by LogicalDash at 2:54 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I bet this guy's neighbors love him, what with all the jumping and bouncing pucks off the walls.
posted by manuelw at 3:06 PM on December 10, 2010


I was gonna snark about this guy because I didn't think he was that great before, but he's definitely getting better and I can't fault someone for really pushing themselves to do stuff like this.

By the by, that garage used to be a place that sold Asain DVDs in Seattle. It's off of 8th and Weller. The woman who runs it was used as one the characters (the tai chi swordwoman?) in Tekken. Won a bunch of international martial art titles and such.
posted by P.o.B. at 3:13 PM on December 10, 2010


Oh, and the garage is now a martial arts place.
posted by P.o.B. at 3:14 PM on December 10, 2010


I don't think he's an exceptional athlete either, but the videos are entertaining and well put together. I think his calling is obviously in film making.
posted by empath at 3:17 PM on December 10, 2010


"No; trade does the opposite."

Astrozombie...
You, Sir, are truly evil.
posted by artof.mulata at 3:33 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


That yoyo-thingie is called a diabolo. I used to play with one, but nothing like this guy can do. Those catch and release and catch tricks are amazing.
posted by ZakDaddy at 3:57 PM on December 10, 2010


Full disclosure: I worked with Aung at two previous companies.

Look, I enjoyed this video and all, but should you really be posting to the front page about your friend?
posted by dersins at 4:56 PM on December 10, 2010


love his tutorials
posted by spacediver at 5:03 PM on December 10, 2010


That's cool with me. But your anti-favoriting technique could use some work.

Touché...well played dobbs, well played...
posted by dubitable at 5:29 PM on December 10, 2010


I bet he sucks at math. (At least, that's what I choose to believe)
posted by Popular Ethics at 6:32 PM on December 10, 2010


Hey! He's doing stuff I can do now (diabolo, devil/flower sticks). I'm decent with the diabolo (as in I can do a couple of the fancy tricks where you let go of the sticks, but that's about it. I've known people who are extremely good. Yes, his diabolo tricks are quite impressive. Not the best in the world, but considering he wasn't doing squat with them last year, that's pretty damn good. And I'm pretty sure I've never seen anyone do it on a goddamned bicycle before. Now the sticks...not nearly so impressive. A couple cute variations there, but the only one that was hard is the one where he jumps over the stick and flips it back over his head.

But I always love watching this guy. Inspires me to go break out the sticks and try something new.

Oh, and in case you missed it last time, it turns out that the two-wall version of the plastic lid trick is actually pretty easy to do, and also very fun.
posted by ErWenn at 7:01 PM on December 10, 2010


Hey guys, stop liking things.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:53 AM on December 11, 2010


Yeah, he doesn't even have a bed. Loser.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:00 AM on December 11, 2010


To paraphrase an old comment on here; I'm glad that every time I think of trying something new that seems interesting or enjoyable, metafilter is here to remind me that I'm a douchebag and whatever it is sucks
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 11:05 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


For fuck's sake. He is having fun being awesome.

I can think of a lot worse ways to live than "having fun being awesome," and I suspect that a lot of the haters here are not having fun, not being awesome and probably both.
posted by mhoye at 11:10 AM on December 11, 2010


Ahem...The music? WTF!
posted by Arnolfini at 12:17 PM on December 12, 2010


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