Re: Timing!

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Some of the youtube comments are pretty great. I especially liked

HERO of the day, we need more people like this guy!!! By the way, I want to ask you people does anyone of you know where I can find site which has all newest leaked movies (the same hacker's group which hacked Sony, too). I've heared that there are movies like Fifty Shades of Grey, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Ted 2 and many others, but I can't find it. If anyone knows, please reply! Thanks in advance :)

This is the second comment that shows up for me, and it has fifty two replies.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 3:56 PM
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Sucks to pay all that money for a skydive and then black out for the whole thing. I wonder if he asked for a refund.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 3:59 PM
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They better not give it to them or else everyone will be doing it.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 4:09 PM
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I was telling someone recently about the time when I went skydiving in a tandem, and the extremes to which the company went to absolve itself of liability. In addition to signing a lengthy waiver, I had to write a shorter waiver in my own hand, and then sit in front of an old VHS recorder (this was a long time ago) and recite words to the effect of "Dear family, I'm doing this in full knowledge that it is at my own risk, and it's too bad if I die, but you cannot sue this company no matter how grossly negligent they were."

No idea how much of this was prudent legal strategy versus throwing up chaff.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 6:49 PM
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Oh my god why would anyone ever.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 6:51 PM
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5 is right.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 7:01 PM
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From how the guy describes it (briefly) it doesn't sound like this happened, but often seizures can cause memory loss so that you come out of it with little to no memory of the last few hours. Waking up that way and discovering that you're four thousand feet above the surface of the earth would really have been an experience.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 7:11 PM
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I went skydiving once. It was an 18th birthday present from my stepdad. It was very fun and exciting, but then afterwards I was kind of motion sick for a while which took most of the fun out of the champagne they were serving everyone.

I didn't have to make a video, probably because it was in Montana.


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 7:12 PM
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Terrifying.


Posted by: Just Plain Jane | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 7:35 PM
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Everyone focuses on the guy having a seizure (understandably, sure), but the instructor is really incredible. We can't see it, since he's the one wearing the camera, but he basically missiles himself to the guy, somehow snags him at speed, and manages to grab and pull the rip cord. He could have tried and missed twenty different ways, killing them both, but he did it perfectly.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:01 PM
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It was also probably unnecessary, right?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:03 PM
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He could have just let the guy go splat. Probably a higher expected number of lives saved.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:04 PM
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No, the guy was wearing a thing that would auto-trigger at a certain altitude. The parachute would have deployed in time regardless.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:05 PM
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As long as what it triggered was a parachute.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:06 PM
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They talk about the automatic device here.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:08 PM
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Didn't know that. Of course, you can understand why the instructor wouldn't feel right thinking, "Ah, he'll be fine."


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:12 PM
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Then my own abilities along those lines may be great enough to qualify as a super power.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:13 PM
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16: "ooh, let's see if that thing works!"


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:31 PM
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I did enjoy the skydiving section of Fandango.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:34 PM
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Waking up that way and discovering that you're four thousand feet above the surface of the earth

It certainly might take a while to figure out just what the hell was happening to you.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 8:53 PM
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20 reminds me of the passage from, I think, Life, The Universe, and Everything about the thoughts of the whale that is suddenly called into existence plummeting toward the earth or maybe it's another planet:

And wow! Hey! What's this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like ... ow ... ound ... round ... ground! That's it! That's a good name - ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 10:19 PM
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The whole exercise just seems like such an unnecessary risk.

On the veldt, we used to have to hunt tigers. Nowadays, we are so bored in our well-appointed chef's kitchens with stainless steel appliances and 18,000 BTUs, we are willing to actually pay good money for non-essential (frivolous), "bucket-list" adventures that will make us feel alive, even at the risk of serious injury, or perhaps even of actual death.

Nice catch by the instructor, though.


Posted by: Just Plain Jane | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 10:27 PM
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That's some cutting-edge Kulturkritik.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 10:36 PM
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22: don't you talk bad about BOSS!


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 10:55 PM
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In skydiving MOOCs, the parachute can be triggered from the cloud.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 03- 4-15 10:59 PM
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I went skydiving. Do I get an 18,000 BTUs too?

It was for a friend's bachelor party. I told Mrs. K-sky that we were just going to be "hanging out." Then when I got home I showed her the photograph and she shrieked and then hit me a bunch.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 12:09 AM
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Every time I read the thread title I think "what's the secret to your success?" and wonder if everyone knows this perhaps not funny joke.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 12:25 AM
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Waking up that way and discovering that you're four thousand feet above the surface of the earth

It certainly might take a while to figure out just what the hell was happening to you.

Ooooh! I've been raptured!


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 1:11 AM
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On the veldt, we used to have to hunt tigers.

There are no tigers on the veldt. The veldt is in Africa.

Also, we had to hunt them? No. They hunted us.

Nowadays, we are so bored in our well-appointed chef's kitchens with stainless steel appliances and 18,000 BTUs, we are willing to actually pay good money for non-essential (frivolous), "bucket-list" adventures that will make us feel alive, even at the risk of serious injury, or perhaps even of actual death.

Haha! Yeah, you'd never catch members of a Stone Age culture doing something as pointless and dangerous as bungee jumping.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 1:46 AM
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...or surfing. Or trophy hunting. Or cliff diving.

Seriously, as long as young human men have existed, they have been doing stupid dangerous pointless shit because it was fun. What kind of joyless society do you live in that you haven't noticed this happening?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 1:51 AM
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What kind of joyless society do you live in that you haven't noticed this happening?

I believe it's called "Canada."


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 2:05 AM
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Oh my god why would anyone ever.

Because it's awesome.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 2:51 AM
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29ff: and flight, and seeing the blue curve of the horizon.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 2:57 AM
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Waking up that way and discovering that you're four thousand feet above the surface of the earth

"Oh no, not again."


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 4:15 AM
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"Oh no, not again."

What are you, a bowl of petunias?


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 4:22 AM
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What kind of joyless society do you live in that you haven't noticed this happening?

A society that produces this sort of thing? [NSFW]


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 4:37 AM
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I've been para-sailing in tandem with a pilot. I thought of it as relaxing. It did not feel like it was dangerous.


Posted by: Robert | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 5:09 AM
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Yeah, you'd never catch members of a Stone Age culture doing something as pointless and dangerous as bungee jumping.

Well, you've got me there, ajay. I had completely forgotten about the ritual performances of the men of the southern part of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu.


Posted by: Just Plain Jane | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 5:11 AM
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You forgot Vanuatu. I represented Vanuatu at Model UN. Never forget Vanuatu.

27 was in fact what I was thinking of when I titled the post.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 5:28 AM
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Never forget Vanuatu.

Never again!


Posted by: Just Plain Jane | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 6:47 AM
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My impression had been that the Vanuatu jumps were the direct inspiration for the oxford dangerous sports club's invention of bungee jumping. Can't find a cite, though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 7:15 AM
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Traditionally, were they drunk when they jumped? Because that would make a lot more sense.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 7:20 AM
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41 was my impression too. David Attenborough did a show about the Vanuatu jumpers in the 1960s and that made them fairly well known in the UK and I wouldn't be surprised if the guys who saw the show grew up and went to Oxford and decided to try it themselves.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 12:12 PM
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37: skydiving is very relaxing once your canopy opens. Before that point, not so much. After was always my favourite bit.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 12:14 PM
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"So, if the main chute fails to open, how long do I have to get the reserve open?"

"The rest of your life."


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 12:21 PM
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An Idiot Abroad also had a bit about Vanuatu jumpers, which was probably less informative than Attenborough but also probably a great deal funnier.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 12:24 PM
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44: Yup. Freefall is fun, but it's also loud and relatively short, even if you're jumping from 10-14,000 feet, as was standard even for beginners in the AFF course I took back in the late '90s. Once your canopy opens, though, you have several wonderfully quiet minutes to savor the rest of the drift down.


Posted by: Stranded in Lubbock | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 12:30 PM
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HAHO jumps must be terrific from that point of view. Never done one (obviously) but still.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 2:37 PM
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Yeah, I can only imagine. I've made a total of five AFF jumps--I stopped before finishing the whole course because I couldn't shake the feeling that I was pushing my luck--and I think the highest altitude at which I ever pulled was during my first, at around 5000 feet. Even at that relatively modest height, I ended up in a cornfield a quarter-mile away from my intended landing area because of a combination of inexperience and inevitable drift.


Posted by: Stranded in Lubbock | Link to this comment | 03- 5-15 3:25 PM
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Much of my life story is due to a combination of inexperience and inevitable drift.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03- 6-15 5:16 AM
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Ha! You and me both, brother.


Posted by: Stranded in Lubbock | Link to this comment | 03- 6-15 8:07 AM
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