May 12th, 2009
I am going to set that as my computer's background and never do anything ever again.
What factors would he have to adjust in the smallest increments to complete a second flip?
a) the force with which he falls backwards once landing on the ball
b) the velocity with which the ball rotates
c) his mass
d) the elasticity of the ball
e) the density of the atmosphere
f) the frictional coefficient between the ground and ball
g) the normalized frictional coefficient between the ball and his feet, shorts, and skin
EDIT: while replying to comments on this post, I accidentally scrolled up. It's still mesmerizing.
I just edited in a g. Nice try.
OH WAIT, SINCE I JUST COMMENTED, YOU CAN'T EDIT THIS COMMENT!
I got in on a permanent account forever ago.
I've gotten my $$ worth.
I think you should start testing out some of the parameters! It doesn't look that hard for a SUPERGENIUS, right?
I hate to think of how many wrong tries it took, and how close his head comes to the floor just before he flies into the air.
It'd be fun to know how repeatable it is. Does he have this down to a science? Or does he crash and burn more of the time?
I move that it is in our best national interests to follow this man around with a camera all day long just in case he screws up.
You gotta figure that if the guy steps in front of the camera to pull this one off, then he's got a pretty good idea of how this thing goes down.
(I have this secret picture in my head of the guy looking like Sylvester Stallone at the end of Rocky getting up from the ball stunt and saying "Yo, Adrian! We did it!")