Monday, August 31, 2015

How Bourbon is Made

Great video overall... The Buffalo Trace guy was the best speaker I think.

Backflip On The Edge Of Trolltunga

Those who don't like heights should look away now.

Because, if the idea of standing near the edge of a piece of rock jutting out over a 700 metre drop is enough to give you sweaty palms, these pictures of a daredevil doing a backflip are likely to send you into a full blown panic attack.

Luckily, Toby Segar had no such fears when he decided to perform the stunt on the edge of Trolltunga - or 'Troll's Tongue' - in Norway.

'It might sound crazy, but nothing can go wrong after take-off,' the 21-year-old, from Godalming, Surrey, said, having successfully completed the acrobatic display.

The backflip was caught in these stunning photos, which capture the rock, which protrudes out of a mountain on the north side of lake Ringedalsvatnet.

It clearly shows Segar - who has been training as a parkour artist for the last decade - standing right on the edge of the flat piece of rock, before jumping up into the air to begin the feat.

But it seems even daredevils do get a little nervous.

Segar said: 'Everyone is scared of heights, it just takes time to learn how to deal with that fear rationally. [Continue]
Not as scary as those tower climb videos but still pretty impressive.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Every Blue Jays Home Run from 2015 (until Aug 26)

Watching the symmetry of the different pitchers is also pretty cool.

Friday, August 28, 2015

How Illustrations Made A Comeback in the #FoodPorn Era

When journalist David Carr first wrote about Lucky Peach back in 2011, he singled out the debut cover as a striking symbol of its vision: a backside of a “wrinkly” chicken “squirting out graphic eggs.” Since then we’ve seen the trailblazing magazine shatter conventions of beauty and business in the world of food journalism—including upending prevailing ideas about how food should be portrayed on the page.

Often relying on illustrations, watercolors, and bold graphics, Lucky Peach ditches the #foodporn formula of extreme-closeup burgers and farmers-market glamour shots that inspire people to lust with Seymore Butts-like abandon. Usually when we encounter food photography it is a purely visceral experience that sends a direct and powerful message: Eat me. But Lucky Peach’s pursuit of grinning cartoon sausages, comic-strip recipes, and offbeat graphics signals a meaningful change with our relationship to food. If an illustration is not meant to be gawked at, then what purpose does it serve? And why are upstart print publications, cookbooks, and even websites—like Eater, Epicurious, and Tasting Table, to name a few—joining the movement?

“I think this is a backlash. The pen and the hand are coming full circle,” says Sarah Rutherford, who provided illustrations for Sam Sifton’s book, Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well. The decision to draw a dumpling instead of photographing it raises more than just questions about aesthetics—it points to a psychological shift in how we want to consume ideas about food. [Continue]
I feel that Lucky Peach over does it with the illustrations... it's like reading a comic book.

Modelling an Old Dirt Road

That was surprisingly calming to watch.