[Beowulf] Re: "hobbyists"
Peter St. John
peter.st.john at gmail.com
Mon Jun 23 10:50:51 PDT 2008
(re kicking) Sure, and you won't miss. Basically, you lift your foot up and
place it on my chest, with your knee bent. I bend my knees. We say "one two
three go!" and you push with your leg while I jump backwards. If people
practice doing that *quickly* it looks kinda like you are kicking me through
the air. It helps if I have a balsa-wood table to land on :-) Or one of
those sugar-glass windows to crash through.
I should be down to Chapel Hill this Christmas (last year we went to SF to
meet newest grand-nephew).
On 6/21/08, Robert G. Brown <rgb at phy.duke.edu> wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Jun 2008, Peter St. John wrote:
> The destructive radius of Little Boy was about total, up to about one mile
>> radius, and tapered down to light at about two miles. So being in a
>> lead-lined steel container at 2000 meters might be OK for Indiana.
>> In all action movies, blasts throw people unhurt for long distances; when
>> that much force (to impart that much momentum) would kill you. That part
>> just conventional Hollywood. I could teach RGB to kick me so that I fly
>> through the air as in a Bruce Lee movie; it's a stunt, and real kicks
> Ooo, you can? When can we start? What if I, um, "miss"?
> reallly hitting drop you like a sack of potatoes, I've seen it. But not in
>> movies. Similarly bullets, they drill holes in you, if they pushed you
>> through the air the recoil would do the same to the shooter.
> Yes, one does have to work a bit to suspend disbelief when watching
> movies these days. But not TOO much. Years of watching Jackie Chan,
> James Bond, Bruce Lee, Angelina Jolie, etc have gradually broken us into
> the idea that there are two completely distinct realities. The one
> where you can get hit on the head with a two by four and continue
> fighting, and the one where you can get hit on the head with a two by
> four and bits of your skull and brains spatter out onto the walls.
> They're even both hollywood realities!
> As for the scene's good taste I can't say, I haven't seen the movie yet
> Yah. Maybe this week. Maybe I'll wait for the video.
>> On 6/20/08, Kilian CAVALOTTI <kilian at stanford.edu> wrote:
>>> On Thursday 19 June 2008 11:25:05 am Mike Davis wrote:
>>>> According to one weapons designer the only safe way to use it was to
>>>> fire from a hilltop into a valley from a jeep and then drive like
>>>> hell into the next valley.
>>> Or... there's also the so-called "home appliance nuke evasion
>>> manoeuvre", as demonstrated in "Indiana Jones and the Fridge of Nuclear
>>> Doom". But, obviously, you need a fridge.
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