Yeah, I just watched some clips on youtube about contact juggling and I was impressed. I mean sliding the ball around in that way is impressive and I liked how they create an illusion that the ball floats. But when I read about it I understood how it works.
It’s a crystal ball that is used, so you can’t easily tell if it’s rotating or not. Then the reflections remain exactly the same, which is why you get the floating sensation e.g. when he’s rolling it along his hand. But at the same time, you need to really be skilled at this in order to impress the audience. So it’s one part dexterity and one part optical illusion.
(ps: yes, I’m have started to blog again, just needed to take a small break. Hopefully I will return to my golden age when I used to write 23 posts a day… ehm. baby steps baby steps)
Non-newtonian fluid is a substance that doesn’t quite act like a liquid or a solid. If you stand on top of it you will sink but you can run across it.
Wiki: The application of force — for example by stabbing the surface with a finger, or rapidly inverting the container holding it — leads to the fluid behaving like a solid rather than a liquid. This is the “shear thickening” property of this non-Newtonian fluid. More gentle treatment, such as slowly inserting a spoon, will leave it in its liquid state. Trying to jerk the spoon back out again, however, will trigger the return of the temporary solid state. A person moving quickly and applying sufficient force with their feet can literally walk across such a liquid.
A bit hard to understand without visual aid:
An example of non-newtonian fluid is quicksand. Quicksand, when undisturbed it often appears solid , but a minor (less than 1%) change in the stress on the quicksand will cause a sudden decrease in its resistance inside the fluid. So if you step in it you will sink and if you to remove a foot from quicksand at a speed of one centimeter per second the force require would be the same amount of force as “that needed to lift a medium-sized car.”
Now you might ask, how do I create this crazy fluid? Well, do not fret, youtube has the answer. Only need cornstarch which you can find in any shop and normal water.
Isn’t science awesome??
Up is an upcoming computer-animated 3-D film being produced by Pixar Animation Studios. (…) The film is directed by Monsters, Inc. director Pete Docter
I have two words! OH MY GOD! Ok, make that three words. The move seems to be beautifully animated and is directed by Pete Docter who made the exceptionally good Monsters, Inc. The tone of the movie looks to be more akin to Finding Nemo than WALL*e with a lot of humour and a faster pacing in the story.
Two great trailers:
Watchmen is an upcoming 2009 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder. Based on the 1986 comic book of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
I read Watchmen 1 year ago and immediatley thought that it was one of the greatest books I have ever read. It was so good. It had such a lovable and interesting cast of characters and an engaging story. If the Watchmen movie follows the book as closely as 300 did then this is a must-see movie. Considering Zack Snyder is directing it you should expect lots of slow-motion scenes.
The story is set in an alternate 1985 where superheroes exist, Richard Nixon is still president, and tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union are at an all-time high. The vigilante Rorschach is investigating the murder of a former hero, the Comedian, and uncovers a plot to discredit and murder various heroes. Rorschach discovers a far wider-ranging conspiracy involving his colleagues’ past which could completely change the course of history.
The final runtime for the movie:
Theatrical cut: Two hours and 35 minutes
Director’s cut: Three hours and 10 minutes.
Director’s cut w/ Tale of the Black Freighter – approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes (planned)
Yes, you read that correct, the complete version of this movie is approximately 4 hours and 30 minute. That is nothing but AWESOME. Hopefully they are including a pillow with that cut.
And we can’t forget this classic line:
The world will look up and shout “Save us” and I’ll look down and whisper “No”
Did you know that he and his army are thought to have killed around 35 to 40 million people. That’s a little more than the population of Canada, he also conquered 13 million square miles of land (in meter: 33669845434368 m²), so he basically couldn’t walk a mile without leaving three dead bodies in his wake.
Additionally, reports show that he was the father of the generation that went on and produced 0.5% of the worlds’ population. That’s 16 million people. That means for every two persons he killed, he impregnated one.
A famous quote of his is: “No. To crush your enemies, and see them fall at your feet – to take their horses and belongings, and to hear the lamentation of their women. That is the best life.” A phrase most people recognize from the Conan the Barbarian movie.
A highly reputable man. Don’t you agree?