How Jackie Chan wins

Tony Zhou’ video is genius, as are the nine principles of action comedy he’s identified:

  1. Start with a DISADVANTAGE
  2. Use the ENVIRONMENT
  3. Be CLEAR in your shots
  4. Action & Reaction in the SAME frame
  5. Do as many TAKES as necessary
  6. Let the audience feel the RHYTHM
  7. In editing, TWO good hits = ONE great hit
  8. PAIN is humanizing
  9. Earn your FINISH

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Eduard Khil, Mr. Trololo, Dead At 77

Eduard Khil is dead. The man, whose work and career had earned high praise, including the Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1971), Lenin Komsomol Prize (1976), Order of Friendship of Peoples (1981), Meritorious Artist of the RSFSR (1968), People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1974), Order of Merit for the Fatherland (2009), and international fame with his performance of Trololo. The 1976 performance that made him famous: A 1984 […] » about 100 words

Composited Timelapse and Real-Time Skateboarding Video

Russel Houghten‘s Open Horizon is part skate film, part time lapse, and mostly awesome.

Then somebody pointed to this Jimmy Plmer/Z-Flex video that shares a number of features with Houghten’s work, but is less ambitious in scope. At least they did a behind the scenes video that shows the sweet Red camera and rails.

What The Critics Are Missing About The Apple TV

It’s not just the critics, nobody seems to get the story on Apple’s new TV-connected device right. Darrell Etherington at The Apple Blog says it’s a non starter for him, and Ars Technica’s John Siracusa describes it as just the most recent entry in a product line that has been “a persistent loser” for the company. […] » about 800 words

I’m a carnie huckster, you know it and I know it, but that’s OK

The title is a quote from Seth Stevenson piece on pitchman Vince Offer, where he explains that Vince’s “smooth-talking condescension” is the most appropriate sales tactic in today’s cynical world. “Jaded consumers expect to get snowed and almost distrust the very pretense of trustworthiness.” The Rap Chop remix of Vince’s Slap Chop actually ran […] » about 100 words