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January 5, 2009

1930s daredevil

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Do you know the name of that documentary?, it looks very interesting.

Posted by: Rodrigo Amaya at January 5, 2009 1:59 PM

the origins of parkour?

Posted by: b at January 5, 2009 4:30 PM

I had no idea parkour was old-school daredeviling! Good thing he didn't drop the kid :-)

Posted by: Bonita at January 5, 2009 5:59 PM

This guy's last name doesn't happen to be Parkour does it?

Posted by: Eric at January 5, 2009 7:41 PM

Hey, I believe that's from the movie Gizmo! which I remember fondly running on PBS when I was a kid. Great movie. I've never been able to find it, however. (I haven't looked in a while, though.)

Posted by: Theorris at January 5, 2009 9:08 PM

So this is where Parkour & freerunning started?

Posted by: Heath at January 6, 2009 3:46 AM

Parkour: The Beginning

good stuff, thanks! ;)

Posted by: Adam P at January 6, 2009 7:31 AM

And that's why the dirty 30's was an awesome time.

Posted by: Gordon at January 6, 2009 5:37 PM

The Original Parkour! Way cool.

Posted by: DS Bakker at January 6, 2009 7:14 PM

The origin of Par Kour... This is amazing.

Posted by: Father Louis at January 7, 2009 1:06 AM

Whoa! They really had no fear back in them Black and White days hey?

I saw "The Fall" the other night and it ignited a desire to watch all those old crazy 1920's crazystupid stunt movies. This is just feeding the fire. Thanks Ze

Posted by: Azz at January 7, 2009 4:48 AM

On one hand I have been told (and agree) that humor requires intelligence... on the other hand I think it was Grouxo Marx who said "Philosophy is the science that teachs you how to be unhappy in the most intelligent way" (Grouxo Marx was a comedian/actor in case you don't remember the marx brothers).
I'm not that intelligent (I just record what I believe are intelligent things: hence "arkaever") but I find your iniciatives fantastic.
I've been watching "The show" and have learned one or two things from what you say... in the blog you don't say much: do you have the time and the patience to create more elaborate entrances in your blog or are you developing other projects that I might see?
Anyway, thank you for the work you've done, as pirric as it might seem: it was a good contribution in the continuos transformation of information into knowledge and even in transforming that knowledge into wisdom (which I admit requires far more effort).
I believe there are more people out there who think like you, but ignorance is more widespread unfortunatly: governments like ignorant people because it makes them easier to manipulate (as does fear which allowed the government of the U.S.A. to do unthinkable things). The U.S.A. is not the only place where this happens but due to its influence it is where the most damage to freedom will be made. It was one of U.S.A.'s most intelligent men who said more than 200 years ago something like "If someone is willing to give up a little freedom to gain safety then he deserves neither of those". Fear and ignorance will eventually prevale if more people like you don't appear or are incapable of reaching out to the public (by the way, what percentage of the viewers of the show do you think actually understood what you meant?)
This comment was originally supposed to be just a "thank you" but I couldn't help myself... It's not every day one finds someone like you.
It is as if we were living in a world created by George Orwell: "Every animal is equal... but some animals are more equal than others."
P.S. If you don't know what "pirric" means or just want to exchange ideas, use my e-mail, that you require for some reason I don't fully understand, and send me a line or two... You're the kind of person I think I might learn something from... And don't mind my poor english: it's been years since I passed my C.P.E.

Posted by: Arkaever at January 7, 2009 7:04 AM

This seems the only way to contact you so here it goes...
I've been seeing the show one episode at a tima and I got to one where you talk about the winners of the Field's Medal. In particular you talked about a mathematical proof from a mathematian who was "desillusioned" with mathematics after proving you can't turn a torus (that's the shape of a donut) into a sphere. Then you sais "I wonder why" and squeezed a donut into ball probably to prove the mathematician was wrong. I'm afraid that even by squeezing a donut into a ball you don't get a sphere out of a torus because you merely made de points of the hole of the donut touch each other, you would have to fuse those points to get a real sphere... If you take a closer look at the ball you created from the donut you can still see the donut's hole in there. If you wanted you could still traverse the object through it's center without perforating it, something that doesn't happen with a real sphere. This is part of an area of mathematics called "topology". Read a bit about it and you will see the proof is correct: you didn't create a sphere from a torus, you created a ball with a hole, which topologically is the same thing as a torus and, believe it or not, is the same thing as a tea cup topologically. It's counter-intuitive but it's true... Is it true you have a diploma on Neuroscience? That's so cool... lol... If you know How I can get some sinaptic growth stimulator tell me about it, lol... I could always use more sinapsis to aid me in my academic work. At least you know what "pirric" means (wonder if I spelled it correctely).

Posted by: Arkaever at January 8, 2009 5:45 AM

Nice comment Arka, he is pretty special.

Posted by: Dom at January 9, 2009 7:13 AM

I'm still watching the show and I have one question just to be clear... Has the U.S.A. government really denied rights given by the Genever Convention and now abolished arbitrarely the habeas corpus? Isn't that what was supposed to distinguish the country from places like, I don't no, Iran, China and North Corea?

This comment is completely out of context with your last entry in the blog, so I don't really care if you post it or not, I just wanted to say this to someone who would understand my pain watching human rights going down the drain in the country that was supposed to be an example of democracy and freedom... I'm just so frustrated... in my country they are passing some weird laws too... just as an example, they created a position above all criminal investigation that is assigned politically... No more seperation of powers I guess... how long will it be until we return to totalitarian governments?

Have you ever seen a movie called "V for Vendetta" or read the comics? It's as if we are going that way fast and there will be no hero to save us...

If you have the time and will, please send me a mail with your thoughts... specially if my thoughts are annoying you...

I was born on the same year that a fundamental part of my country's democratic system was created... Basically we had free access to medical care and it was one of the best systems in Europe... Now I'm living to see that system broken to pieces by bad politics... soon it will be just like in the US... health will be only for those who can afford it.

There is less and less space for Alexanders in the world... I like to use this word because most people don't know what alexander means. It comes from the ancient greek "alexis" (to protect) and "andros" (man)... Alexander is, therefor, the protector of man. (see "alexitimic" for a similar example, it's a psicology term). By pointing out the attacks on human rights you deserve the title of Alexander as far as my vote counts, though I still think you like nonsense a bit too much at times, lol...

Does what I'm writing make any sense at all? I'm completely confused with modern politics...

Why did you stop your comments on politics?

I have so many questions...

Posted by: Arkaever at January 9, 2009 9:20 AM

On an unrelated note, the deluxe version of Crayon Physics has been released!

Posted by: gus at January 9, 2009 5:08 PM

Love this video! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Torchy at January 10, 2009 7:53 AM

Here is the IMDB entry for Gizmo! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074573/ Apparently it is still not available on DVD from official sources.

Posted by: Theorris at January 12, 2009 2:49 PM

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