Impressive Bike Tricks

I enjoy watching all the amazing tricks people can perform on their bikes. From the basic track stand while waiting for a light, to 360s and back flips, the tricks transfix me.  Recently two videos have amazed me.  I came across the first one back in April.  It celebrates Danny MacAskill’s amazing leaps, spins and balance.  Some of his tricks require not just ambition, skill and strength but remarkable creativity (see 3:06).  The footage was recorded in high-def:

The second video is decidedly low-def.  It was filmed more than 100 years ago.  Yes, 110 years ago.  The video is a compilation of Thomas Edison’s footage of bike tricks and comedy.  In 100 years the tricks have improved but the fundamentals are the same.  This surprises me.  I never imaged people doing tricks on bikes at the turn of the century.  My uninformed impression was that tricks and freestyle sports like biking, surfing and skateboarding didn’t emerge until the 1960s or ’70s.  Enjoy.

Kodak Gets a Bath

With this nice weather it was time to give Kodak a bath.  I also decided to try out the fast-motion feature in Final Cut Express: Kodak Gets a Bath

The credit crisis explained in ~10 minutes

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

After Effects of Dental Surgery—YouTube

History of the Internet

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

Lessig on “Corruption”

Larry Lessig explains how the U.S. democracy, dependent on “corrupt” campaign contributions, is deteriorating.

He quotes President Reagan describing how democracies fail—by voting themselves into bankruptcy.

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.—Unknown

This expression did not originate with Reagan, it provenance is unclear.

Very Cool Ball Girl

This ball girl makes an amazing catch then sits down and play it cool.

Ball Girl Makes Incredible Catch – Watch more free videos

Update:  I have since learned this is a staged video used for promotional purposes.  Too bad.