Gripen video

Wow. Just… wow.

You’ll need HD and full screen – the bigger the better – for this.
It’s going on my large Smart TV as soon as I get home this evening.

This comes from SAAB, the Swedish Air Force and production company Blue Sky, and apparently, it’s a big step forward in aeronautical video.

If you want to make a video like this, you’ll need a custom-designed gyro-stabilisation system, a 6k (nice number) Red Dragon digital cinema camera and a $40,000 Canon camera lens.
Oh, and a Saab JAS 39 Gripen multirole fighter at $60,000,000.

But that’s pocket change to make something this spectacular.

Oh Danny Boy

Danny MacAskill (you may remember him from such posts as Epecuén and Imaginate) is back, and this time, he’s in the Skye. The Isle of Skye to be exact.

Well, there we go. Fairly astonishing once again.
Scenery, cinematography, colours, skills – and this image:


Music this time is by Martyn Bennett – it’s called Blackbird. And do click on that link, because his story is hugely inspiring too.

Sign Him Up!

After last night’s dreadful, dire, downright emboeressing Bafana Bafana performance at Cape Town Stadium, I’m not sure I want to mention Norway, but I’m going to anyway. Here’s a Norwegian doing something with balls that only Titak Elyounounssi managed in 90 minutes of the worst football I can remember seeing in years – kicking them accurately to other people and sticking them neatly and skilfully between some posts:

The Norwegian in question is Harvard Rugland and unsurprisingly, the New York Jets American Football team is very interested in getting him to come and play for them.

At a time when people are increasingly taking to social media to showcase their talent, Rugland might be on the verge of going from viral-video-of-the-week to pro athlete. “I never would have thought it would come to this,” he said during a recent phone interview from his home in southern Norway. “I put the film up mostly for friends and family. But as it turns out, there were a lot more people who liked it. It’s overwhelming.” Must be, for someone whose only previous experience with football was the European soccer version, and who has only a sketchy familiarity with the rules of the American game. Living in Aalgaard, a town with less than 10,000 people, he started kicking for fun about a year ago after his local soccer club shut down and he needed another outlet.

Rugland went over to the US for training and trials in November and has been invited back for further evaluation in March this year.

UPDATE: The music is The State of Massachusetts by, appropriately enough, Dropkick Murphys – YouTube.