Friday, April 07, 2006

For your viewing pleasure

A reader emailed me the link to this video, and I enjoyed it so much I thought I'd put it out here for public consumption. I won't describe it and ruin the fun; just watch, and enjoy!

12 Comments:

At 1:28 PM, April 07, 2006, Blogger Steve said...

I saw this a couple weeks ago, I think Jonah Goldberg was the first one to link it on a bulletin board. I thought it was very artistic to juggle throughout the last 5 minutes of Abbey Road while still managing to keep pace with the music and also evoke the music with the movement of the balls. Very well done.

I have heard that it was "easy" from a technical POV. Who cares.
From a creative/artistic POV it certainly was not.

 
At 1:29 PM, April 07, 2006, Blogger camojack said...

Definitely pleasurable viewing...

 
At 4:17 PM, April 07, 2006, Anonymous SB said...

The art has obviously come a long way since the days of Ed Sullivan.

I hear Topo Gigio is now 6'1" and talks kind of like Leonard Nimoy.

 
At 8:08 PM, April 07, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

One cannot understand why war is waste, until one has seen the best of humanity, the brightest and the most talented.

It is unknown how many were lost that had talents of the 1 in a million or the 1 in a billion, because they were young and inexperienced and died before their potential were realized. And without a world economy that could support such entertainment, how many more men and women had their talents subliminated in favor of survival.

So many.

Such deft control of ball spin, such perfection without a mistake, such quickness of reflexes. I also saw the juggling with the pins and the piano.

I wonder how much of a difference his natural reflexes, dexterity, creativity, intelligence, and concentration would have helped had he learned a Japanese sword art like Kendo, for survival. How high would he have ranked among all of humanity.

Such talents, I tend to think, were once devoted to pure survival. Or thievery. The world has changed since those times. And yet, not perhaps as much as we'd like.

Because there are still what, 3 billion to 4 billion people who are stuck in barbaric societies. The human race has not yet achieved our full potential, obviously, cause our most important resource, humans, are wasted at such meaningless endeavours such as simple survival. If genocide won't get you, disease and famine will.

I wish the world was a better place, so more people like Chris Bliss could excel in a profession that did not punish failure with death. Maybe that's why I don't view the Art of War as such a waste as some Democrats might. I know very well the cost, yet the cost of ignoring the Art of War is incalculable.

A tricky and ironic situation. Those who hate war, are the ones who end up excelling at it. (Ulysses S. Grant was blood phobic, the sight of it made him queasy)

Humanity is a weird puzzle, even if the ground rules never change.

 
At 12:49 AM, April 08, 2006, Anonymous Mike said...

Jebus ymarsakar. The guy is juggling, relax a bit.

Neo, have you seen the guy who juggles hats. Two hats. I couldn't find it, but it is hilarious. It's an audition tape and he mixes Mime with hat juggling and some sort of stupid cane dance.

 
At 12:15 PM, April 08, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

Some people see deeper into the mysteries of life than just entertainment, mike. Or jokes, laughs, and the incredulities of life.

Most people don't have the same perspective, but that never mattered to me. Although perhaps it does to you, mike.

 
At 3:16 PM, April 08, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

This guy is juggling.

Juggling is one dimensional. There's something more.

Jason does say it is easy from a technical pov, and you can certainly understand why. Although it seems that juggling 5 is no different fundamentally in the gravity and vector sense as juggling 3. Jason's early mistakes with more than 3 objects in the air, came not from miscalculating trajectory, but from actually holding onto the ball when it lands.

There's almost like a little dance Chris does. Where Jason holds his body mostly still.

 
At 3:17 PM, April 08, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

I forgot the link.

Link

Jason writes about the POV argument a bit more.

 
At 12:31 AM, April 09, 2006, Anonymous Mike said...

Fuck you ymarsakar.

Fuck this: "Such talents, I tend to think, were once devoted to pure survival. Or thievery. The world has changed since those times. And yet, not perhaps as much as we'd like."
-he is tossing a ball around to the fab four.

fuck this: "I wish the world was a better place, so more people like Chris Bliss could excel in a profession that did not punish failure with death."
-let me know when someone executes their jugglers.

fuck this: "Maybe that's why I don't view the Art of War as such a waste as some Democrats might. I know very well the cost, yet the cost of ignoring the Art of War is incalculable."
-If you have served in wartime I will be glad to stick my foot in my mouth. However, I doubt you know the cost of war. War isn't a Democrat/Republican issue and the Art of War isn't just a book.

P.S.: Grant was a shit General. He was a butcher, no better then any chump on the western front.

 
At 2:13 PM, April 09, 2006, Blogger neo-neocon said...

Mike: do me a favor and eliminate the "F-you's" in the future. I don't mind disagreement in the comments section, but no need to insult people in that way.

 
At 5:43 PM, April 09, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

I'm straight mike. In this day and age, there might be some confusion I know.

It's a good thing you can't see through the illusion of reality, mike. Because if you did, that might make you dangerous. But since you don't, it doesn't matter.

 
At 3:37 PM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Daniel in Brookline said...

For anyone who hasn't yet seen Jason Garfield do his bit, or the guy with the piano, I like to them both here. Check 'em out, it's a lot of fun!

I've also heard the argument that what Chris Bliss did wasn't that extraordinary. I disagree. Yes, he used perhaps a dozen or so juggling moves -- not all that spectacular. But he showed how, using only a few simple building blocks, he could build something wonderful. (He also reminded us that, sometimes, it's enough to be able to do one simple thing, and do it extremely well.)

By the way, Chris Bliss turns out to be a stand-up comic, and a damn funny one. Check out chrisbliss.com and you'll see what I mean.

respectfully,
Daniel in Brookline

 

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