This under water crystal palace will leave you breathless, for real

Wednesday, 29 October, 2014

Stig Severinsen, who can hold his breath for twenty-two minutes, swims among, and through, icebergs. A beautiful, yet dangerous, environment… despite appearances, the ice is razor sharp, this is clearly not an undertaking for the faint of heart.

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Some fine instances of slow motion in the movies

Monday, 20 October, 2014

Slow motion scenes can make or break a movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, for instance, is an example of the effect being over-worked, but films such as Hurt Locker, Drive, The Shining, Watchmen, and Dredd, are another matter all together.

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Well, this is one way to cross a bridge

Friday, 17 October, 2014

I doubt you’d be able, or possibly even want, to incorporate this style of bridge crossing into your commute however…

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Where’s the time I tried to save gone? Anywhere but here it seems

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

Parkinson’s law states “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. So even though I restructure, reduce even, my work commitments, can I log-off for the day any earlier? Apparently not. What to do? Hope that the time I was meant to be saving makes a delayed reaction like appearance. Soon. One can only hope.

In the interests, however, of not losing sight of what’s important though, here’s some music, the Null remix of Anywhere, by Frames and Elizabeth Rose, no less.

Via Nina Las Vegas.

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The eyes of Alfred Hitchcock have it

Tuesday, 14 October, 2014

The eyes have it, I think you’ll agree, especially in Alfred Hitchcock’s films anyway.

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The movie and the making of the sex scene

Monday, 13 October, 2014

Alright, might as well see how movie directors go about filming sex scenes. You might learn something, though the clip seems more like a teaser, deliberate choice of word there, for Stretch, that also stars Brooklyn Decker and Patrick Wilson. Mildly NSFW, but mostly on account of the language used by the production crew.

And, while we’re at it, Boner Noise. Quite safe for work, though possibly not your reputation, if you’re the sort of person who feels they are judged by the websites they visit, that is.

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Those magnificent hang glider pilots and their hang gliders

Thursday, 9 October, 2014

Hang gliding alone is not thrill enough for some flyers, such as Théo de Blic, who choose to engage in certain aerobatic manoeuvres to ramp up the excitement.

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The not so calm waters of the Suez Canal

Tuesday, 7 October, 2014

I once crossed the Suez Canal, a shipping channel that links the Mediterranean with the Red Sea, as I was travelling from Cairo to Tel Aviv. There were half a dozen of us in a mini bus making the trip, and we stopped for a few minutes to watch the freighters that use the waterway as they cruised south.

Or, more to the point, hurtled south. It was the speed these massive vessels moved at, through a trench that seemed to be barely wider than they were, that amazed me. And it’s not like one ship meanders along every hour or so, they were seemingly mere metres apart, almost like peak hour traffic on a busy roadway.

In short, there isn’t much margin for error in the Suez, and move too quickly, too slowly, or deviate heading by the merest fraction of a degree, and you’re bound to run into something. Video footage then, of a collision between two quite sizeable vessels, as they approached the canal, didn’t come as a total surprise to me.

A rudder problem of some sort was said to be the cause. I hate to think how much damage both vessels sustained, but I doubt both didn’t come away quite as unscathed as they look to have.

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This chef sure can chop onions, many, many, onions

Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

How quickly can you chop an onion? How about a sack of onions? I can’t imagine there’d be too many people who’d be faster than this chef in India is at the task

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Why take the tube when you can sprint between the stations?

Friday, 26 September, 2014

Is it possible to jump off the tube at Mansion House station, along the Circle and District lines of the London Underground, and rejoin the same train at Cannon Street station, by sprinting, at street level, between the two stations, that are a couple of hundred metres apart? Assuming there are no delays and the like, that is.

Find out for yourself.

We used to talk about this sort of thing, given some of the Underground stations are pretty close to each other, but they were always thought experiment sort of discussions.

Via Digg Video.

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