is probably best known for his collaborations
with Salvador Dali and for his Jump
A Latvian, he was exiled from Austria in 1931 after serving
prison time for patricide and went to Paris where his photographic career really began
; also this series of magnum galleries
shows the full diversification of his work.
Tire jumping in japan
The olympic sport where the auto enthusiast can comment endlessly about the tire he used to have, that would have won.
The old and the new videos for Dayvan Cowboy
by Boards of Canada. Old
(Joe Kittenger's 1960 jump
) and new
(Felix Baumgartner's 2012 jump
). As previously followed
Boston Dynamics is getting close to mastering quadrupedal motion with Big Dog
). And are working on bipedal motion with Petman
), but how about a robot that is able to leap (up to the top of) tall buildings in a single bound? Sand Flea! [more inside]
This comic isn't in English, but you'll get the gist of it. NOT
for the easily unnerved. Scroll down slowly! Hat tip: Scott McCloud.
"The purpose of this video is to show the importance of spotting, no matter where you jump
but in particular in the mountains. The group was the 2nd to exit, the drop was at the wrong place (not a pilot error though) and nobody noticed until it was almost too late. It was pure coincidence and only the quick reaction by the skydivers involved prevented injuries or worse." SLYT; 1.35 [more inside]
We've seen lots of crazy skydiving, BASE jumping, wingsuit flying and so on. Now watch Taïg Khris jump from the Eiffel Tower
wearing rollerblades. SLYT [turn speakers down if you don't like loud crowds].
The Kings Firecrackers performance at a Naval Academy basketball game.
When we jumped roped in high school basketball practice I was happy to get through the 60 seconds without falling on my butt. 4th to 8th graders doing this with jump ropes is almost beyond comprehension. 8 minute video - and worth every second of it.
I first saw Russian Barre
at Cirque du Soleil's Alegria show
. I find it an exciting display
but the ending of this video
is absolutely amazing to me.
Consider Aaron Thibeaux Walker
--if anyone ever deserved the title Godfather
, King or Present at the Creation, it would be T-Bone Walker
. Without T-Bone, there would be no B.B. King, Albert King, no Clarence Gatemouth Brown, no Pee Wee Crayton, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson ad infinitum to every blues guitarist whoever bent a tube amplified string thereafter. For rock and blues, electric lead guitar begins with him--he invented the language and then wrote the book and style manual, too. And he wrote the performance manual
as well--dancing, doing splits, playing guitar behind his back while alternating betwen slow and smoky after hour blues and swinging combo and jazzy big band jumps. For examples of him at the height of his powers, give these Coralized mp3s--Cold Cold Feeling
and Strollin' With Bones
--a listen. [more inside]
The worst sounding thing ever?
Van Halen, on a show of their reunion tour in North Carolina, attempting to match up their pre-recorded background synths for "Jump" with their live instruments & vocals. The pre-recorded material is accidentally being played back at a higher pitch
, approximately 1.5 semitones sharp of the key from the guitar/vocals.
An inside look at who jumps.
Marin County Coroner Ken Holmes has released a study
of 10 years of suicide jumps from the Golden Gate Bridge. [more inside]
When He Said "Jump..."
Photographer Philippe Halsman
starting asking his subjects to jump at the end of photo shoots in 1952. This Smithsonian article
features some of the photos. [via; more inside]
Have extreme sports have reached their pinnacle yet? Apparently not. Travis Pastrana shows how motocross just got a bit more impressive
. What's next? Apparently, stupidity and 720's
. Watch at about 1:41, and just press mute. Both links: YouTube)
World Jump Day.
Help fix global warming the easy way: get 600 million people to jump at the same time, and shift the earth's orbit. [Warning: somewhat irritating Flash interface.]
A man and his rocket car.
As documentaries enjoy an unprecedented level of popularity and financial success, it's high time that an obscure Canadian National Film Board doc
from 1981 was (re)discovered. The story of Ken Carter, who spends several years and millions of dollars of other people's money in the single-minded pursuit of one goal: jumping a jet-powered car across the St. Lawrence River from Canada to the United States. What is it with Canadians and insane dreams
A web-based sidebar to the recent passing of WKRP Manager and Maytag Repairman Gordon Jump
: the 'dot-com' address with his name (as well as those for living and dead celebrities including Jack Palance
, Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan
and Flip Wilson
) are owned by Richard Shumaker of "Wilmerding World Wide", who, on each homepage, editorializes against "Celebrity Name Cybersquatting", declares he has "captured" the names for "safekeeping", and promises "At no charge, I will be more than honored to transfer domain name ownership."
A Million British children
all jumped at the same time. They actually caused a little bit of recordable seismic activity.
Jumping out of an airplane is one thing I'd never do. But jumping out of a balloon in sub-orbital space...nope, don't think I'd do that either.