One more small step…

Google has taken one more small step forward, and gave us a glimpse into a giant leap for Internet-kind. video.google.com is a site for users to upload short videos which Google converts to flash and offers up for everyone. One of my favorites took a stunt we used to play back in the design loft with old soda bottles, corks, and bike pumps and turned it into almost a blood sport: water bottle jet pack. Also check out the clips from amateur rappers from across the world (e.g., Curry and Rice Girl)–which shows as well as Friedman could that the world is indeed flat. All the world’s a stage–or maybe more like a infinite-ring circus.
Consider the value of building your own stage and letting your community (users, friends, what have you) provide the content…

         

2 thoughts on “One more small step…

  1. As amusing as the Water Jetpack is it is sadly false.
    According to a Japanese trivia game show, it’s possible to use fifteen 3-gallon sized water bottle rockets to launch a human 40 meters. Busted While bottle rockets, on their own, can launch 1/15 of Kari’s weight a fair distance, combining them into one super-rocket did not have enough thrust to give the simulaid the trajectory or distance stated by the television show, and was considered too dangerous by paramedics to feasibly be used to launch a human being. More bottle rockets proved to only add to the difficulty and complications, and water cooler jugs were surprisingly weaker than standard soda bottles, failing at around 60 psi less than the soda bottles (90 as opposed to 150).
    The Water Bottle Jetpack from the Japanese Game Show. Despite the existance of this clip, the travel of the man strapped to the ‘jetpack’ looks unreal.

  2. I would be sad if that were the case… but comforted that even the most trivial and entertaining bits o’ the web are subject to debunking.

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