The joy of movement

I’ve mentioned here before that the joy of movement in both parkour and Gung Fu is one of the reasons I’ve taken to them both so strongly. This video looks like it’s made by someone who trains for that same joy in movement.

I’m particularly struck by some of the times he lands without using his hands to soften the impact – the backwards flip/roll/thing at 0:35 is a good example. A quick flick through the internet shows he’s an Aussie gymnast who went professional with the circus around 2010. The Kinesthesist blog has a bit more information and another great video. I’m amused by their incredulous ‘who thinks of this stuff?’ at some of his unusual combinations of moves though – my guess is it’s someone who’s training for the joy of it.



The Short Goodbye


Dear reader,
Rather than subjecting us both to the pain of half-considered posts, I’m taking a break from blogging for a few weeks. I’ll be using the time to finish the project you see above (and then post photos here), settle into a new role at work and hopefully organise some overseas travel.
I’m planning to be back here regularly by mid-October, but you can expect a smattering of posts before then, whenever I see something to share with you.
Until that next post, good night and good luck.

The Lorem Ipsum Conspiracy


As a linguistics geek, I have an unnatural love for the words ‘lorem ipsum’. So I was fascinated to read this account from security researchers who found that the phrase ‘translated’ through Google Translate to some key phrases that definitely didn’t exist in the original Latin:
A table showing the words 'lorem ipsum' and their 'translations' from different capitalisation. Translated words include 'China' 'Internet' and 'The company'.I’m not sure if I should read this as a clever modern-day spy story or a fascinating conspiracy theory, but it’s entertaining either way.