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Moonwalking on the moon

Slate’s Explainer has an answer and question post about moonwalking. Here is one of the very good questions answered there. Would it be easier to moonwalk on the moon? The Explainer says “absolutely not” and attributes this to the awkwardness of walking on the moon. The article gives an example of Earthly legs being too…

Hancock throws a boy. Not nice.

I finally saw the movie Hancock. Yes, I know it has been out for a long time but I don’t get out much. You know me, I can’t leave something like this well enough alone. It’s not my fault, I was born this way. It shouldn’t spoil the movie too much if I tell you…

I have already talked about science and why everyone should take some science courses. The short answer (in case you don’t want to read the previous post) is that everyone should take science because science (along with art and other stuff) is what humans do. So, tomorrow I will be off to attend a workshop…

Was the moonwalk fake? No, not the Apollo landings. I am talking about Michael Jackson’s moonwalk. You got to admit, he had a big impact on a lot of stuff and this is my way to give him respect – physics. I am sure you know about the moonwalk. Maybe you can even do the…

Another Video Analysis Tutorial

I made this screen cast for my algebra-based lab. Maybe you will find it useful also. This is a tutorial using Tracker Video Analysis (an awesome free program as I have said many times). In this tutorial I analyze a moving cart that shoots a ball up and lands back in the moving cart (called…

Elves and the Internet

The internet sure can bring some awesome stuff. Chad at Uncertain Principles has a great post about the vision of elves. He refers to a part of The Two Towers where Legolas can count the number of riders of Rohan from a great distance. Not only is the post great, make sure you read the…

This was on my ‘to do’ list, but Tom at Swans on Tea beat me to it. Basically, this grocery store has these plates that when depressed produce electrical energy. Tom does a good job pointing out that this is not free energy (the original article says this also). Clearly, the energy comes from the…

Note: This is an old post from the time before my blog was in wordpress. I noticed there was some incoming link for this, and I never moved it over. Here it is in it’s unaltered (except for this part) format. I don’t know why I even suggest a new energy source. Fusion power is…

Maybe this isn’t the best video to analyze, but it sure is funny. I am not sure why it is so funny – maybe you should just watch it first. Sledgehammer Funby Stressmaker I don’t really know why these guys are putting explosive on sledge hammers. Sure it looks fun, but I think I would…

I have been wanting to look at this whole curved bullet thing, but I wasn’t sure how to approach it. In case you are familiar with the myth, this is from the movie WANTED (which I did not see). Apparently, some people learn how to make bullets curve by moving their gun. Here is a…