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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The President should telephone each of the widows-to-be.
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:”
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:
An autistic teenager from the Chicago area has done something almost impossible. Nearly 48 games into an upset-filled NCAA tournament, 17-year-old Alex Hermann is perfect.
“It’s amazing,” he says. Truly.
The teenager predicted that Northern Iowa would beat the Kansas Jayhawks. He picked Ohio to knock off Georgetown. And Cornell to knock off Wisconsin.
In fact, he picked every game through the first two rounds correctly. The odds of anybody doing that? One in 13,460,000, according to BookofOdds.com. It’s easier to win the lottery. Twice.
“I’m good at math,” Alex, a Glenbrook South High School student, said. “I’m kind of good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game.”
ESPN estimates around 4.78 million played in their bracket challenge, but no one picked all the games correctly. The leader at ESPN’s bracket has already missed four games.
Alex doesn’t get anything for perfection. He entered one of three bracket games offered by CBS — the only one without a prize attached.
Alex’s basketball knowledge could have been worth a fortune. One of the other CBS games offers a prize of $5,000 per round. Other sites offer even more money — Yahoo offers $1 million for a perfect bracket; SportsBook.com offers $13 million.
The odds of a perfect wire to wire bracket? As high as 1 in 1,000,000,000,000.