29 June 2005

Two Things: Google & Unesco, and some magic

First, magic. Funny. And I normally hate magic shows. These guys were clever, putting some nice twists on things.

Second, this guy has used Google Maps/Satellite imagery to find all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which honestly, I think is COOL. Many interesting landmarks. And a LOT of work to create them-- there are 768 UNESCO landmarks!


Blogger Lee H. said...

Heh heh... the "Men In Coats" thing IS pretty good. :D

11:13 AM, June 29, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

That was pretty awesme. I'm not a magic-hater, but I do tend to be picky about it. (if you've seen Penn & Teller Get Killed, Teller answers the "what do you hate about magic" question quite well.) But there are some amazing things. In the fun stuff, I really dug the Men In Coats thing. That was awesome. And in the more serious stuff, P&T have a couple of bits that are just amazing -- one is Penn's "Blood Balloon" (Penn has a balloon sitting next to him filled with blood and he talks about some of his friends, some of them who've gone through really insanely physically tough accidents where they should have died -- during which he'll beat the balloon with a pipe or something similar, but it'll stay together, and the human body is in those cases really resillient and stuff, but other times, people just go (the balloon pops) with no prior warning; it's a really touching, poignant monologue, and I'm totally not doing it justice here), and the other is Teller's "Shadows" (Teller has a rose in front of a sheet; on the sheet is the shadow of the rose. He prunes the shadow, and the rose petals fall; apparently, this is the only copyrighted magic trick. Although I'm not sure if it matters as I've never known anyone to figure out how he does it -- I sometimes think about it. But it is a truly beautiful and amazing trick; perfectly executed.)

1:30 PM, June 29, 2005  

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