is a 'putter together of scissors.' This short documentary by Shaun Bloodworth follows the work of Cliff Denton, who works at Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, one of the last remaining hand manufacturers of scissors. More
from the BBC, with Eric Stones, the other Master Puttertogetherer at the factory.
"We have little trouble recognizing that a chess grandmaster’s victory over a novice is skill, as well as assuming that Paul the octopus’s ability to predict World Cup games is due to chance. But what about everything else?" [Luck and Skill Untangled: The Science of Success
The Best Pole Dance Ever.
SLYT. Banish your preconceived notions and prepare to be amazed.
Vanessa Mae Nicholson is one of Britain’s most successful
young musicians. A classical violinist
and former child prodigy
who self-describes her crossover style as "violin techno-acoustic fusion
," her fans praise her modern creativity and frenetic
. But is her talent learned or genetic? Documentary from BBC1 in 2008: Vanessa Mae - The Making of Me
. [more inside]
How to Kiss Someone Passionately.
A demonstration filled with skill and humor.
EXTREME quarter bouncing!
(warning: embedded windows media video). The Michael Jordan of bouncing quarters into shotglasses, over lit zippos, off playing cards, across the length of the room, over other glasses, richocheting out of one glass & into the other, etc.
of ballpoint pen spinning tricks; warning - horrendous heavy metal soundtrack, video is embedded wmv. This is undoubtedly the most useless skill I've ever been jealous of. For more pen trick threads, see here
Bill Dan likes to balance rocks
. He is not alone - many others
ply the art
of rock balancing
, simply for the pleasure of the act and hoping to surprise and delight
future wanderers who chance upon them. As in many art forms, it's hard to compete with the mastery
- a gallery of intricate work and eclectic subjects. In Thailand, there is a tradition of elaborately
, especially when preparing foods for royalty or as part of festivals such as Loi Krathong
. This gallery
offers some pictorial instructions; books, tools, and sample instructions are also available from the Temple of Thai
is billed as an an x-treme hand sportz site. But impressive as some of these displays are, when it comes to flourish, can anyone even begin to compete with three-year old Mo Kin?(quicktime clip)
Tickling the ivories
- uh-oh, bad girl post! This mpg video clip is just too darn fun not to share, but it is definitely nsfw, which is why I am posting it pre-Friday. But hear me, you will get fired if you open this at work! I mean it!
just doing my bit to dispel the boyzone myth
This scares me silly
given the general skill level drivers display in my town. I'm imagining some idiot chatting away on a cell phone taking out my condo.