Foo Fighters: Learn to Fly-Rockin1000

Foo FightersNot every music fan is a rock fan, and not every rock fan is a Foo Fighters fan. I’ve never understood the occasional disdain I hear about the Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl, but whatever your feelings are, it’s hard to argue with the sound of 1,000 musicians coming together to play Foo Fighters Learn to Fly – performed by Rockin1000…

Apparently, there are a good number of Italian fans who really wanted to convince Dave Grohl to bring the Foo Fighters back to Italy for the first time since 1997. Rockin1000 was formed in mid-2014 with the goal of bringing 1,000 musicians together to play one of the Foo Fighters’ songs as a means to reach out to Grohl and convince the Foo Fighters to come back to Italy. A big gamble that paid off brilliantly…

Not only will Foo Fighters be heading out to Cesena, Italy for a gig, but Rockin1000 managed to produce an awe-inspiring version of the Foo Fighters Learn to Fly. Whether you’re a fan or not, this moving, 1,000-strong rendition is hard not love. Enjoy!

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Verrückt: Water Slide For The Insane

Verrückt Water Slide Death View

The view from the top of Verrückt. That’s 168 feet and 7 inches of thrills.

It’s hard to believe that Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, finally opened at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City this week. Delays had it looking like the attraction might never open, but it’s definitely not one of those rides you’d want to rush the opening of—nor one that I’d ever volunteer to be first on. It’s open now, however, and despite what the internet would lead you to believe, not a single life has been lost.

Having driven by the water park with my family, it never looked all that ominous from a distance during development. Photographs and videos give a very different vibe, though.  I had first thought it was a single person water slide, and then heard that you’d actually be on a raft.  In my mind, I was thinking of a giant inner tube, which sounded slightly better than the high-colonic solo version.  Having seen the 3-person raft now, however, I’m not nearly as hesitant about the idea. Or maybe it’s because my 4-year old son saw it and said that he wants me to ride it. I can’t exactly say no to that.

Verruckt Water Slide Comparison

The world’s tallest water slide! If the thought of going off the edge of Niagra Falls on a raft sounds like your idea of fun, Verrückt may just be the ride for you.

We live relatively close to Schlitterbahn, so I’ve put out an open invitation to our close friends across the country. If any of them really want to make the trip out to be scared to death on a water slide that’s taller than Niagra Falls or the Statue of Liberty, then they can stay with us for a night—and for their final meal.

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Like a Potato Gun… Only Better

Jimmy's Treehouse

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Preview: 2014 Pirelli Calendar

2014 Pirelli Calendar Preview

Preview of the 2014 Pirelli tire calendar, leaked during the 2013 British Grand Prix.  

(Borrowed from a post on the Axis of Oversteer FB page)

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Santa Claus: Taking this 2012 Business Seriously

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Hazard Fraught Tools

I’ll be the first to admit that I love going into Harbor Freight.  It’s like a guilty pleasure.  Although I still have a working impact wrench I purchased there several years ago, it’s generally accepted that you shouldn’t expect a lifetime of use out of anything there, unless it’s the lifetime of the tool. 

Thank you to whomever had the time to put this spoof catalog together…

Click image to download full Hazard Fraught Tools catalog.

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It’s All About Perspective

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Baseball From The Dark Side… In Japan

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Ready For Your Closeup?

Porsche Closeup

Extreme Closeup photo courtesy of Dedeporsches Blog

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Avengers: Greatest Superhero Movie?

Avengers Movie PosterSuperhero movies have come a long way since the early Superman movies of the ’70s and ’80s.  Even the Tim Burton Batman movies, which were a big deal when they came out, feel incredibly dated now.

It’s not just the special effects that are obviously much better these days, but even the script writing and story lines are leaps and bounds above what they used to be.  The greatest strides were made by the Christopher Nolan Batman series and the recent Iron Man movies.  

The latest in this camp is The Avengers.  I was lucky enough to see this one in a theater and then recently watched it again as a rental.  I feel quite confident in saying that it is easily the greatest superhero movie ever made… or at least ever seen by me.  Admittedly, I haven’t had the chance to see The Dark Knight Rises yet, so I’m a bit biased. I am a big fan of the latest Batman trilogy, though, so I may have to revisit this soon.

Having a cast littered with good actors working off of a great, and often very funny, script doesn’t hurt, but the way the whole movie comes together is really quite impressive.  It never feels like the movie is about any one particular character, and yet every time one of them is on screen it feels like it’s their movie.  It genuinely feels like you went from the latest Iron Man, Captain America or Thor movie right into the most recent movie for any one of them, yet without losing the “feel” of any of the the other characters’ movies.  Even The Hulk is done in a way that doesn’t skip a  beat, despite yet another actor playing the role.  Frankly, I think Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner in The Avengers is spot on.

The snarky arrogance of Tony Stark/Iron Man is never lost, and I’d dare say he’s better and funnier than in his own movies.  Steven Rogers/Captain America works just as well in this as he did in the ’40s setting of his own movie and Thor is, well, Thor.  The Hulk, as stated already, is better with some added comic relief and there’s the bonus of some new potential spinoffs from Hawkeye and Black Widow (as many of my friends are praying for).  Somehow, the combination of all the characters together brings out all of their… character.

Mind you, this was the first BIG action movie I’d seen in a theater in quite a while, but it was just as good the second time around in my living room, so I wouldn’t hesitate to own this one.  The only thing that seemed out of place and awkward to me was the ridiculous giant-horned getup that Loki wore in his full-on bad guy mode.  It was oddly distracting, though it didn’t take away from the movie at all.  

The action, story line and special effects were all incredible, but it was really the way all the characters worked together in the movie, yet kept their individual identities which I found most impressive.  I’m already looking forward to the next round of Avengers movies.  Any and all of them.

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