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“It ain’t no fun if you don’t get to make some shots,” Strickland says.

More than 50 million Americans play pool on a regular basis, according to L. Jon Wertheim’s Running the Table. Yet this is maybe the worst shape the sport has ever been in. More detrimental than just dwindling tournament fields, it’s the shuttering of pool halls, the disappearance of pool on television, the absence of any endorsement deals for top players. It isn’t at all clear how such a beloved game can be in such dire straits. But it is. Can't Knock The Hustle: Earl Strickland, Scooter Goodman, and the struggle for the soul of pool.
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Feb 19, 2014 - 49 comments

 

The perfect billiards break

What would happen if a cue ball struck a rack of 15 perfectly round, frictionless billiard balls, exactly head-on?
posted by escabeche on Feb 3, 2014 - 31 comments

12 in the corner pocket

Amadeus is a chihuahua who likes to play ball. On a pool table.
posted by oneirodynia on Jun 14, 2013 - 25 comments

pool cartoons women cartoons

Pool Women Cartoon
posted by fleetmouse on Dec 3, 2012 - 79 comments

Amy works entirely without a paintbrush.

Amy works entirely without a paintbrush. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Oct 2, 2011 - 55 comments

Beating the heat, and the pollution, in New York rivers

The long-polluted New York rivers are getting cleaner, but can still be dangerous to swim in. There are efforts underway to clean up the Bronx River, but that will take years, if not decades. Until then, signs are posted, warning would-be swimmers, yet people still risk sickness to battle the heat. One current safe solution is the Floating Pool Lady, a barge that was remade into an 82-foot-long city parks department swimming pool. She first arrived in the Bronx in 2008, and she'll return to the Bronx in a week. There's a new Big Idea to bring swimmers back into the rivers: the +Pool, a floating swimming pool located within a river, designed with a series exterior walls to filter the river water and make it safe to swim in. While that's in the early design stages, you can take a chance and jump in a swimming hole.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 24, 2011 - 26 comments

Thank you Norway!

Shallow diver breaks world record for paddling pool jump. "A US shallow diver has broken his own world record by swan-diving 36ft (11m) into a paddling pool containing just 12in (30.5cm) of water. Darren Taylor, also known as Professor Splash, dived into a pool of near-freezing water in Trondheim, Norway, making the jump his 13th Guinness certified record. Mr Taylor, who is from Colorado in the US, has 25 years' professional high-diving experience and works as a stunt diver." Via: BBC
posted by Fizz on Mar 18, 2011 - 37 comments

To Swimfinity And Beyond

Take a swim in the Infinity Pool, at the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park. The Sky Park has rooftop restaurants, nightclubs, gardens, trees, plants, and a public observatory with 360-degree views of the Singapore skyline. The Infinity Pool is the world's longest elevated swimming pool, with a 475-foot vanishing edge, 200 meters (55 stories) above the ground.
posted by mattdidthat on Jun 25, 2010 - 48 comments

Dumpster diving: one man's trash recepticle is another's pool

Inspired by the creative re-use of dumpsters in Athens, Georgia by Curtis Crowe of the band Pylon, the Macro|Sea collective have taken the idea further, and have their first dumpster pool space prototype up and active in Brooklyn (via). The group's big idea is to revitalize strip malls across America. On the smaller scale, British artist Oliver Bishop-Young has "turned skips into gold," by refurbishing small skips into little ponds, parks, skate ramps, and micro meeting areas (more details). On the more personal level, Michel de Broin created "Blue Monochrom," a dumpster hot tub.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 13, 2009 - 9 comments

Making bubbles in the pool

Got some dry ice? Got a swimming pool? Well, what are you waiting for? Inquisitive dogs will be confused! Start with a small chunk. Next, take a 60-pound block of dry ice and kick it into the jacuzzi. Okay, so you're looking for more of a thrill? Try a dry ice depth charge! (If you don't have a pool, a frozen lake will do.)
posted by not_on_display on Feb 23, 2009 - 68 comments

Ready... set... break!

Rack 'em, then pocket them all asfastasyoucan. Now you're playing Speed Pool. Think you can beat the Ginger Wizard? Luc Salvas did. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Apr 28, 2008 - 7 comments

Hustlers Fade

Fast Eddie Felsen's time has passed. Pool hustlers once traveled the U.S., a nomadic undercover elite who made their living by allowing local players to feel in control - until real money was at stake. Now, they are no more. The best players became famous on an ill-fated televised tournament series. They are too recognizable to hustle the locals. “Real hustling — driving to a pool room in another state, walking in, setting the trap, busting the local guy and then heading to a new town — is different. That’s what ain’t there any more.”
posted by Kirth Gerson on Nov 24, 2007 - 29 comments

Babies are sponges

You can teach your mini-me all kinds of wonderful things. Among them to settle themselves to sleep, to use american sign language or be physically superb. Now, you can teach them to save themselves from accidentaly drowning in the pool (flash vid).
posted by edmz on Oct 3, 2007 - 63 comments

Dachshund Running in Circles Around Kiddie Pool

Dachshund in Kiddie Pool. Also see Rusty.
posted by brownpau on Jun 12, 2007 - 72 comments

World's deepest indoor pool

At 33 meters, Nemo 33 in Brussels, Belgium is the world's deepest indoor pool.
posted by Burhanistan on Mar 22, 2007 - 37 comments

Lightning Break

Lightning Break! Fun flash snooker-based game. Make trick shots in the allotted time. The game also keeps a record of your stats.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Nov 17, 2005 - 19 comments

Hustler, the SFW kind

The Pool Hustler. Long an American icon, pool hustlers have all but disappeared. They enjoyed a brief resurgence in the 60’s when pool became popular again, thanks to “The Hustler”. Interest waned through the 70’s, until Newman and Cruise made hustling cool again in “The Color of Money”. Is pool, and by extension hustling, due for a new renaissance?
posted by cosmicbandito on Nov 11, 2005 - 46 comments

Math You Don't Know, and Math You Didn't Know You Didn't Know.

Jim Loy's Mathematics Page is (among other things) a collection of interesting theorems (like Napoleon's Triangle theorem), thoughtful discussions of both simple and complex math, and geometric constructions (my personal favorite); the latter of which contains surprisingly-complex discussions on the trisection of angles, or the drawing of regular pentagons.

Similarly enthralling are the pages on Billiards (and the physics of), Astronomy (and the savants of), and Physics (and the Phlogiston Theory of), all of which are rife with illustrations and diagrams. See the homepage for much more.

If you like your geometric constructions big, try Zef Damen's Crop Circle Reconstructions.
posted by odinsdream on Sep 14, 2005 - 8 comments

pool tricks

"These are 20 of the most awesome trick shots I have created and learned over this summer." Warning: embedded wmv
posted by jonson on Sep 6, 2005 - 21 comments

NYT: CBS's JAG To Explore Terror Military Tribunal

NYT: CBS's JAG To Explore Terror Military Tribunal
    The Pentagon is reportedly very happy with the show. The episode portraying the secret trial of a Saudi-born terrorist will air on April 30. In this week's episode, a character feels stung when his coworkers favor someone else to win a race in a betting pool. (1, 2)
posted by rschram on Mar 30, 2002 - 4 comments

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