[Beowulf] Re: "hobbyists"

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Mon Jun 23 10:50:51 PDT 2008


RGB,
(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).
Peter

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
>> is
>> 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.
>
>   rgb
>
>
>> Peter
>>
>>
>>
>> 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.
>>>
>>> http://blog.uwinnipeg.ca/ius/archives/003477.html
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> Kilian
>>>
>>>
>>
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