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Artist, pioneer, kitemaker: Tyrus Wong, 1910-2016

Artist, animator, and kitemaker Tyrus Wong, called film’s “most significant stylist” and best known for inspiring the unique and heralded visual style of Walt Disney's Bambi, died on December 29 at age 106. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Jan 2, 2017 - 16 comments

Go Fly a … or maybe read a little about it first

37 years worth of back issues. I suspect this might be the greatest kite site out there.
posted by From Bklyn on Nov 12, 2014 - 10 comments

Brazil Kite Fight

Kite fighting in Rocinha [viz. cf.] - "In the crowded favelas of Rio de Janeiro, flying kites is more than a leisurely escape: It's also a playful form of battle."
posted by kliuless on Sep 1, 2014 - 6 comments

How To make a shoe, kill a bear, and mix a Widow's Tears

Mental Floss links to free How-To guides from a hundred years ago that are still helpful if you need to mesmerize someone or name a baby
posted by The Whelk on Jul 28, 2014 - 34 comments


Open data from balloon and kite photography
posted by aniola on Dec 26, 2013 - 12 comments

Windless kite-flying

Windless kite flying
posted by dhruva on Feb 7, 2013 - 22 comments

Everybody loves bacon!

Red kites; slow motion; bacon. What's not to love?
posted by rtha on May 5, 2011 - 14 comments

Kite-flying Falconry

How do you convince a raptor to exercise? One way is to send up a kite with bait (a chunk of meat) attached. This is a relatively new strategy (~30 years) in the millenia-old tradition of falconry.
posted by dkg on Aug 23, 2007 - 8 comments

Into The Wind

Acrobatic kite flying (Background music: Flower Duet from Lakmé’ by Delibes)
posted by growabrain on Aug 15, 2007 - 11 comments

Ben Franklin was right!

Go fly a kite! Who thought it could be this [pdf] complicated?
posted by geos on Apr 5, 2007 - 4 comments


The Indian Patang (pdf). Kite flying in India. Kite flying across the world. A link to the history of Kites resources. And India’s Kite flying effects on birds.
posted by hadjiboy on Feb 6, 2007 - 6 comments


Rise above the debris during your next hurricane with the HurriCraft.
posted by ?! on Jul 29, 2005 - 10 comments

Up, Up, and Away

10,000 kltes to be flown ”on both sides of the 500-kilometer long barrier that separates Israelis and Palestinians” on my birthday (but not in my honor). Inspiring, or just silly?
posted by LeLiLo on Apr 30, 2005 - 26 comments

Kites over Frisco, 1906

"THE YEAR was 1906, and the citizens of San Francisco must have found it a wildly incongruous sight--grown men at child's play in the midst of tragedy. Less than three weeks before, the earth had shaken and the city had burned. The disaster began with an earthquake in the early morning of Wednesday, April 18, and when the fires were extinguished three days later, at least two hundred thousand San Francisco residents were homeless. Yet on the afternoon of May 5, a small group of men was flying kites near Folsom and Sixth streets."
posted by Cryptical Envelopment on Dec 9, 2004 - 27 comments

Planet Kite

Planet Kite is an ambitious website dedicated to world kites with notable appearances by Cambodia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, and the sublime Southeast Asian Leaf Kite, among many others.
posted by hama7 on Mar 27, 2003 - 5 comments

pointless but surprisingly beautiful photos

pointless but surprisingly beautiful photos taken using a kite on the northern California coast
posted by marvin on Nov 8, 2002 - 21 comments

Kites are cool, but this kite festival site kills me. ....worth clicking on "directions". Flash for everyone.
posted by tomplus2 on May 18, 2001 - 5 comments

Kite aerial photography

Kite aerial photography is basically hanging a remote controlled camera off a kite string and shooting pics high above the ground at random. How this guy gets such great shots is beyond me. It's amazing photography you probably haven't seen before.
posted by mathowie on Oct 23, 2000 - 8 comments

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