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…Ken Block is a gymkhana mad man?

Ken Block Gymkhana

We’ve been teased, taunted and tormented, but at long last, the wait has finally paid off and the new Ken Block Gymkhana video is live and ready for viewing:

Not one to disappoint, this video includes plenty of stunts, danger and destruction, and I caught myself literally staring at the screen with my mouth open in awe at some of the moves that he manages to pull off.

Sure, it takes a bit of a budget and quite the car to pull it off, but if there is anyone out there that can start to compete with Ken in this new sport called Gymkhana, I don’t think the automotive world will know what hit it.

[Ken Block – Gymkhana Two]

…It’s Movie Monday: Elephants Dream?

Elephants Dream

Elephants Dream is another great short from the Blender Foundation (the guys behind Big Buck Bunny) about two strange characters exploring a capricious and seemingly infinite machine. The elder, Proog, acts as a tour-guide and protector, happily showing off the sights and dangers of the machine to his initially curious but increasingly skeptical protégé Emo. As their journey unfolds we discover signs that the machine is not all Proog thinks it is, and his guiding takes on a more desperate aspect”.

    Elephants Dream is a story about communication and fiction, made purposefully open-ended as the world’s first 3D “Open movie”. The film itself is released under the Creative Commons license, along with the entirety of the production files used to make it (roughly 7 Gigabytes of data). The software used to make the movie is the free/open source animation suite blender along with other open source software, thus allowing the movie to be remade, remixed and re-purposed with only a computer and the data on the DVD or download.

[Elephants Dream]

…Danger makes the world go slower?

SkydivingEver wonder why time seems to slow down during moments of danger?

According to David Eagleman, a scientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston:

    When a person is scared, a brain area called the amygdala becomes more active, laying down an extra set of memories that go along with those normally taken care of by other parts of the brain.

    “In this way, frightening events are associated with richer and denser memories,” Eagleman explained. “And the more memory you have of an event, the longer you believe it took.”

    Eagleman added this illusion “is related to the phenomenon that time seems to speed up as you grow older. When you’re a child, you lay down rich memories for all your experiences; when you’re older, you’ve seen it all before and lay down fewer memories. Therefore, when a child looks back at the end of a summer, it seems to have lasted forever; adults think it zoomed by.”

How did he test this theory?

    Researchers dropped volunteers from great heights. Scientists had volunteers dive backward with no ropes attached, into a special net that helped break their fall. They reached 70 mph during the roughly three-second, 150-foot drop.

    “It’s the scariest thing I have ever done,” said David. “I knew it was perfectly safe, and I also knew that it would be the perfect way to make people feel as though an event took much longer than it actually did.”

    Indeed, volunteers estimated their own fall lasted about a third longer than dives they saw other volunteers take.

Now you know.

[LifeScience – Why Time Seems to Slow Down in Emergencies]

[Via: Neatorama]

[Photo Via: SoldiersMediaCenter]

…The TriRod is one mean tricycle?


The TriRod is a “three-wheeled straddle-mount motorcycle with two wheels in front and one in the back”.

Want the thrill of a motorcycle without the danger of dying?

This is it.

The F3 Adrenaline features carbon fiber bodywork, a 120 cubic inch Harley-Davidson V-Twin (120 horsepower), unequal length A-Arm front suspension, power steering, and a large helping of street cred.

Want your own?

Reserve one now for a Q2 2008 release.


[Via: Autoblog]

…Cocaine is bad for the brain?

Caution: This video is very graphic.

In Australia, they apparently don’t have to hold back for their PSAs like they do in the US.

To teach people the dangers of cocaine, this clip follows a man as he enters a bathroom, peels back his head, and then proceeds to snort down a little piece of his own brain.

It gets the message across loud and clear, but is definitely not for the squeamish.