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Think your Extreme?

Posted in Culture, Extreme Sport, flying, News, Rock Climbing, unique, video with tags , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2008 by howsoonis08

So you think you’re extreme? You like danger? Take a look at the cases below… and then reconsider your answer!

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Wingsuit flying is much like watching a flying squirrel. The jumpsuit shapes the peoples bodies into an airfoil which can create lift. It was mostly used in skydiving activity, but recently they’ve been playing around with base jumping. It’s one of the most spectacular spectacles I’ve seen for a long time. Although it scares the shit out of me… it is still astounding! The flyer enters freefall wearing both the wing suite and the parachute equipment, and when the all the fun of flying is over, the parachute is deployed in order to get a safe landing. This is pretty amazing stuff… It pretty much allows your to imitate birds… and as you will see below, the experience from flying a wing suit can be compared to the experience of a hawk!

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Now this… This is Dan Osman…. Pretty much a pretty damn good definition of extreme. Dan was known for the dangerous sports of free-soloing (climbing without ropes or other safety gear), and rope jumping (a controlled free-fall of around several hundred feet, and then being caught by a safety rope). He was even the record setter for rope jumping…1200 feet of free-fall…. That’s enough to turn my intestines inside out 5 times over! Unfortunately for the climbing world… Dan died on November 23, 1998 at the age of 35 after his rope failed while performing a rope jump in Yosemite National Park. Dan did miscalculate on his last jump. For some reason he moved his jump site. In doing so he crossed the ropes (either on the retrieval line or on the main jump line). When he jumped, the first knot above the one he was tied in with slid down a section of rope several lengths up. The sheath was heavily melted and removed in several sections on this upper part of the rope. The knot that slid down the rope was melted in multiple locations and was melted nearly completely through, deep inside the knot. This knot was not tight, yet others in the system were (this is the one open question that is unresolved as far as I know). He was a pretty amazing person! Check out the video below!

 

 

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‘Just Coffee’ Documentary – Striking Back!

Posted in Coffee, connoisseur, Crisis, Culture, News, roasting, unique, video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2008 by howsoonis08

Just Coffee takes a look at the different types of certified coffees on the market and assesses the benefits for coffee producers and consumers.

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The coffee industry has suffered a crisis in recent years, with the price of raw coffee reaching its lowest price for over a century. There are an estimated 25 million small-scale coffee farmers in the developing world and the drop in price has cost them a staggering $4.5 billion a year. This has had a catastrophic knock-on effect for workers, the local community and the future sustainability of the entire coffee industry.

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If you have the time, please watch the documentary and learn how the coffee industry is striking back! Just Coffee takes a look at four of the biggest certification labels on the market: Utz Kapeh, Rainforest Alliance, Organic and Fair Trade. It examines what they offer the consumer and how they benefit the producer. The film talks to large-scale coffee plantations and small-scale cooperatives in Brazil about the differences certification has made to their community and their local environment. It also speaks to coffee roasters, trade officials, labelling organisations and retailers in Europe about what they are doing to develop the certified coffee market.

Goodbye Gary Gygax…

Posted in 80's, 90's, abnormal, Culture, News, unique with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2008 by howsoonis08

It’s a sad day for role-playing history… One of the co-creators of the Dungeons and Dragons has passed away. This man inspired many. I would even go as far as to say that he should be partly attributed to the creation of Second life.

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Co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons Gary Gygax died at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Gygax was 69.

Gygax, who is generally regarded as the father of role-playing games, was one of the original creators of the pen-and-paper, dice-based Dungeons and Dragons game, which in turn spawned an entire genre of tabletop play.

The Dungeons and Dragons core rule-set would eventually inspire and influence some of the most popular video games ever made, including BioWare’s Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights series of titles among numerous others.

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Gygax had been suffering from health problems for years, but ran weekly games of Dungeons and Dragons as late as January. He is survived by a wife and six children.