Rob Bliss is amazing. Bliss, who is a college student at Grand Rapids Community College, has brought remarkable events to Grand Rapids, including the Zombie Walk, the Chalk Flood, and the paper airplane (actually 100,000 paper airplanes) launch. Now he has raised money to build the longest inflatable waterslide in the world. And this weekend, Grand Rapids tried it out.Set up on the Lyon Street hill, which runs through the campus of Grand Rapids Community College, the waterslide attracted over ten thousandriders who, in some cases, waited for over 2 hours to ride the slide. These pictures were taken around 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and the line already stretched a long way.
Fascinating time lapse video of the recovery of Flilght 1549 from the Hudson River.
From the BBC, what would be like to fly like a bird?
How do you get people to use the stairs instead of an escalator? Make it fun!
Thanks to Dan Pink for pointing this out.
Eric Giller, CEO of MIT-inspired WiTricity, demonstrates wireless electricity at TED Global 2009.
Stop action tribute to video games using Legos.
Sarah, a summer associate in our office, and I took a tour of downtown Grand Rapids today on Segways. It was a blast! Here are some videos:
In June, Bobby McFerrin was a panelist in at the World Science Festival. The panel explored whether our response to music is hard-wired or culturally determined. Here is a clip from the Festival where McFerrin gets the audience to improvise a song to demonstrate the universality of the pentatonic scale: https://vimeo.com/21536636
The whole conference can be seen at: http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/video/notes-neurons-full.
Thanks to David Pogue of the NYTimes for directing my attention to this.
Here’s a quick little video that I saw on the How Blog at http://tinyurl.com/m8o4eh. According to How, “Two currently-seeking-work creatives in London, Tom Wrigglesworth and Matthew Robinson, created this fantastic stop-motion animation by sync’ing HP printers.”