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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.*

[via Byron & SI & YouTube]

* “Hero” meaning “Hero who isn’t Michael Jordan…”

…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.

 

[via BeepShow Vimeo]

* By “100,000″ I, obviously, mean “100″

Just one of the more absurd (-ly awesome) things you’ll ever read in your life:  And if you disagree, well, you probably suck (NOTE: I am allowed to say things like that because you’re reading a blog, and everything on the internet is true).  Enjoy:

[thanks Jimbo]

Letters of Note, an incredible site that describes itself as “a blog-based archive of fascinating correspondence,” recently chronicled a speech prepared for President Nixon, which was to be read to the American public in the event that NASA’s Apollo 11 mission ended in tragedy and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were to be unable to return home.

Here is a little more background behind this fascinating document:

On July 18 of 1969, as the world waited anxiously for Apollo 11 to land safely on the surface of the Moon, speechwriter William Safire imagined the worst case scenario as he expertly wrote the following sombre memo to President Nixon’s Chief of Staff, H. R. Haldeman. Its contents: a contingency plan, in the form of a speech to be read out by Nixon should astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become stranded on the moon, never to return, followed by some brief instructions relating to its broadcast. Luckily for all those involved, the memo was never needed.

Discovered nearly 30 years after Apollo 11′s successful mission, the original document can now be found in the National Archives.  As such, a perfect scan of the document allows it to be presented below in, essentially, its original form:

(click the picture for a closer look)

Here is a transcript of the speech if you struggle reading that typewriter font or something like that:

To: H. R. Haldeman
From: Bill Safire

July 18, 1969.

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IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

PRIOR TO THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT:

The President should telephone each of the widows-to-be.

AFTER THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT, AT THE POINT WHEN NASA ENDS COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE MEN:

A clergyman should adopt the same procedure as a burial at sea, commending their souls to “the deepest of the deep,” concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.

Pretty amazing stuff isn’t it?!  I thought so.  However, what I don’t think is that Blogbdon should do much more of these “educational” type posts because they’re just bad for you…so, to reinforce this stance, here’s the new trailer for the upcoming James Franco/Danny McBride (Kenny Fucking Powers)/Nathalie Portman movie called “Your Highness:”

 

[via (the fantastic) Letters of Note]

This is a video of a woman who has recently received a cochlear implant, “a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.” The video is of the first time in her life that she hears anything and is absolutely amazing. You seriously cannot be human if you don’t get the goosebumps watching this:

[via Buzzfeed]

Assuming you’ve seen Mean Girls, which, if you haven’t, is one of the better comedies of the last ten years (and I’m neither gay nor joking), then the following video “mashing up” the movie’s dialogue with scenes and characters from the most famous animated Disney movies is absolutely amazing.

[N]othing could have prepared us for the brilliantly high-brow concept of taking everyone’s favorite perfect princesses and turning them into our millennium’s version of Heathers.

[via URLesque]

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