Daily Archives: 05/18/2012

Nike’s new dimpled track suits are going shatter records at the olympics this year

Taking inspiration from golf, one of the slowest sports on the planet, Nike’s new track suits are covered in dimples. Just like a golf ball, these dimples decrease wind resistance. Nike claims that these suits can shave off a whopping 0.23 seconds off a runner’s time, which for the Olympics, can make the difference between first place and fifth place.

The Pro TurboSpeed, as Nike calls it, leaves no doubt as to what the suit is designed to do. Taking inspiration from what is probably the world’s laziest sport, golf, the suit is covered in hundreds of tiny dimples designed to reduce its aerodynamic drag. And after thousands of hours of testing in a wind tunnel, Nike claims it can cut 100-meter dash times by as much as 0.23 seconds compared to the company’s previous generation track suits. Which of course could easily be the difference between a world record, a medal, or not placing at all.

The suits are also designed to be as comfortable as possible to not hinder an athlete’s performance. They’re created with fabrics that are lighter than ever, and have all of the elastics and edge finishes placed on the outside so there’s nothing rubbing against their skin that could distract them.

Yeah you could make the argument that running should be about the athleticism, not the technology and you’d be right. But at the same time, high technology is at every level of the sport when it comes to world competition— it’s what makes today’s runner much faster than runners decades ago.


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Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pinocchio” will have Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, and possibly Daniel Radcliffe

Guillermo Del Toro announced that they will begin production on his take of Pinocchio sometime next summer. Del Toro says that his version of Carlo Collodi’s 19th Century book will be much more “surreal and slightly darker” which I don’t think will surprise anybody who is familiar with his films. He has just started casting and so far he is doing a fucking tremendous job.

While no one’s locked in just yet, del Toro said he does have a few names in mind. He revealed that Christopher Walken and Tom Waits were on his wishlist, and let slip that Daniel Radcliffe had already expressed an interest in joining the project. More details after he jump.

The filmmaker spilled the beans to the Cannes Marché du Film attendees via video conference earlier this week. According to del Toro, Radcliffe has approached del Toro about “getting involved” in the project. While he did not mention whom Radcliffe might be playing, the obvious guess is that he’d take the starring role of Pinocchio.

Del Toro also named Waits as a hopeful for an unspecified role — likely that of Pinocchio’s father, as mentioned last week. Interestingly, he also floated the idea of Walken playing the fox in the story, although he said not long ago that Donald Sutherland was in consideration for that same part. In any case, it’s all just talk at this point. As del Toro himself was careful to emphasize, no actors are currently signed on to the project.

During the call, del Toro also confirmed that production is on track to hit theaters sometime in 2014. The shoot is expected to take about a year. “Stop motion takes that long to gather footage,” he noted. Pinocchio will be del Toro’s first time helming an animated feature. Fortunately, he’ll have help from folks with more experience. Co-director Gustafson served as animation director on Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the project is being backed by the Jim Henson Co. As of last year, UK company McKinnon and Saunders, which also worked on Fantastic Mr. Fox, were on board to make the puppets.

As previously reported, del Toro intends for his Pinocchio to be ”more surreal and slightly darker” than earlier adaptations of the tale, as well as more faithful to Carlo Collodi‘s 19th century book. However, the story will be modernized somewhat, taking place in Italy between the two World Wars (“when everyone was behaving like a puppet, except for puppets,” says Del Toro). Nick Cave is lined up as the film’s music consultant, while the visuals will take inspiration from the work of Gris Grimly.

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Watch “Moon,” one of my favorite movies of all time, for free on Youtube right now

For whatever reason, the spectacular film ‘Moon’, directed by Duncan Jones and starring Sam Rockwell is streaming for free on YouTube. If you’ve never seen it, you really should, it’s one of Rockwell’s best flicks, and he has been in some pretty solid flicks.

Watch the movie HERE

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