Archive for April, 2011
Derrick Rose slammed home the MVP against the Knicks last night in spectacular fashion, highlighted by two dunks in particular that are simply unbelievable for a player listed at 6’3.” The guy is absolutely unreal, and it will be an outright travesty if he’s somehow robbed of the MVP, though I don’t think he’s left much room for debate with the way that he’s played over the last few weeks of the season.
The first dunk here is the alley-oop that he caught last night, a normal lob that he somehow manages to catch with two-hands, throw down with one-hand and do it all in traffic on top of everything:
And then here’s your run-of-the-mill, double-clutch reverse-dunk (that would have won the dunk contest in 1993 a la Harold Miner) but that D-Rose decided to do on a breakaway last night:
And, finally, because no Derrick Rose v. Knicks video-post is complete without what he did to them in November of this season, here is that dunk again, which, in my opinion, remains the dunk of the year…and that’s with all the Blake Griffin dunks included:
Kind of makes you feel bad for the Knicks though right? Nah, me neither. D-Rose: you’re my hero.*
* “Hero” meaning “Hero who isn’t Michael Jordan…”
…no homo though
…Assuming you, too, think Michael Jordan is the second-coming of Moses, like most normal people…
Either way, this video is still absolutely awesome, and, somehow, I’d never seen it before until the other day:
A little background from Chitwood & Hobbs (an excellent blog, I might add):
Italy, 1985: Michael Jordan scores 30 points and shatters the backboard in a Nike exhibition game. I don’t know which is stranger — that I have never seen this video before or the uploader choosing the Crocodile Dundee theme music as soundtrack.
[Also] don’t miss one of my favorite YouTube comments ever:
Somewhere in the world today there is a 22 year old, half-Jordan half-Italian walking around, cause you know when you break a backboard, you get laid.
[via Chitwood & Hobbs]
Considering I haven’t posted on my blog in almost two months, this video has to be pretty awesome….and it is. The funniest thing about my taking a blog-hiatus is that in my absence I’ve actually managed to see an increase in views from when I actually was posting…maybe that says something about my blogging abilities (or maybe it says something about the people reading it). I’m not really sure. Regardless, I’ll take my 100,000+ hits* a day whichever way I can.
Moving on, the following video is called “SF to Paris in Two Minutes” and is a time-lapse video put together by someone who took a picture out the window about every two minutes for the entirety of the 11-hour flight from San Francisco to Paris. The results are stunning and, without ruining it, just make sure you see what he captures around the 1:09 mark; it’s amazing:
Here’s a little bit more on how he made the video, from the photographer’s blog:
Shot a photo roughly every two miles between take-off in San Francisco and landing in Paris CDG to make this airplane time lapse. Made with a 5d2, a time-lapse controller, and a 16mm – 35mm, mixed with some iPhone shots. The music is a modified demo track “Gain” by DETUNE ltd. denkitribe on the Korg iMS20 iPad App. I’m pretty sure the track is copyrighted but it’s My First Synthesizer score so I’m hoping denkitribe is cool with it. Edits and pans in After Effects CS5 and iMovie.
The photos during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device during times which the FAA prohibits them. I did get lucky and have a whole row to myself to setup the tripod and gear.
* By “100,000” I, obviously, mean “100”