Películas vs Vida Real

mvr¿Cómo serían las escenas de las películas en la vida real? Bueno, aquí el video muestra de una manera bastante precisa (y cómica) qué pasaría si las escenas que tanta sveces hemos visto en el cine, fueran realizadas en el mundo actual, con los recursos que contamos siempre y con la exactitud de las leyes físicas.
Disfrútenlo.

How would the scenes from the films be if they were applied to real life? Well, the following video shows, in a very precise (and funny) manner, what would happen if the scenes that we so much enjoy in the cinema, could be performed in our ‘actual’ world, with the resources we have and with the physical accuracy or the real world.

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Honesty of the long-distance runner

Este post esta en inglés, no hay traducción en español, lo que significa que ahora tendrás que practicar tu inglés. ¡Buena suerte!

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1355928581_856388_1355929643_noticia_grandeIs winning all that counts? Are you absolutely sure about that? Vitoria-based athlete Iván Fernández Anaya refused to take advantage when his rival stopped short of the finishing line in a cross-country race.

On December 2, Spanish athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medallist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

“He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed”

“I didn’t deserve to win it,” says 24-year-old Fernández Anaya. “I did what I had to do. He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed if he hadn’t made a mistake. As soon as I saw he was stopping, I knew I wasn’t going to pass him.”

Fernández Anaya is coached in Vitoria by former Spanish distance runner Martín Fiz in the same place, the Prado Park, where he clocked up kilometres and kilometres of training to become European marathon champion in 1994 and world marathon champion in 1995.

“It was a very good gesture of honesty,” says Fiz. “A gesture of the kind that isn’t made any more. Or rather, of the kind that has never been made. A gesture that I myself wouldn’t have made. I certainly would have taken advantage of it to win.”

“I wouldn´t have done it. I would have taken advantage of the mistake to win”

Fiz says his pupil’s action does him credit in human if not athletic terms. “The gesture has made him a better person but not a better athlete. He has wasted an occasion. Winning always makes you more of an athlete. You have to go out to win.”

Fiz recalls that at the 1997 World Championships in Athens he was followed by his countryman Abel Antón the whole way. In the final meters Antón attacked and easily won the race, having exploited all Fiz’s hard work. “I knew that was going to happen. […] But competition is like that. It wouldn’t have been logical for Antón to let me win.”

Fernández Anaya trains in the Prado every day, putting in double sessions three times a week – when his vocational studies allow. Experts say he is one step away from entering the elite of Spanish cross-country running. His goal this year is to at least make the Spanish team for the world cross-country champions.

But according to his coach, the pressure gets to him. “He doesn’t know how to overcome the pressure, which is what differentiates champions. If he did, he would have been at the recent European championships,” Fiz notes.

“In the Burlada cross-country race there was hardly anything at stake […] apart from being able to say that you had beaten an Olympic medallist,” says Fernández Anaya.

“But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn’t have done it either. Of course it would be another thing if there was a world or European medal at stake. Then, I think that, yes, I would have exploited it to win… But I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well.”

By: Carlos Arribas

The Flash Lag Effect

dotEl efecto “flash lag” es una ilusión óptica que demuestra la dificultad de percepción en la detección con precisión de la posición de un objeto en el momento que sucede otro evento. El truco es estimar/recordar la posición del círculo azul en el momento que el círculo rojo parpadea (claro que puede ser mejorado con la práctica). Si eres un escéptico benigno (y espero que lo seas), puedes filmar la pantalla con una cámara normal (30 fps es suficiente) para verificar la posición real del círculo azul en el momento del flash que es demarcado por una línea roja.
En contraste con muchas ilusiones ópticas, ésta puede tener consecuencias catastróficas en el mundo real, que de hecho afectan el destino de naciones enteras. Me refiero al fútbol, por supuesto. Se estima que los árbitros asistentes de la FIFA, llaman erróneamente fuera de lugar el 24% del tiempo. Este error es causado por la tendencia del sistema visual de percibir un objeto (en el caso del fuera de juego: cuando el delantero recibe el balón), en el momento de otro evento (el momento del pase), por delante de la que es  la posición verdadera.

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The flash lag effect is an illusion that demonstrates the perceptual difficulty in accurately detecting the position of an object at the time of another event.  You should find that you generally estimate the position of the blue circle, ahead of its actual position at the time the red circle flashes (although this can be compensated for with practice). If you are a benign skeptic (and I hope you are), you might want to film the screen as you do the task (a 30fps digital camera movie will do) to verify the real position of the blue circle at the time of the flash is indeed at the red line.
In contrast to many illusions, this one may  have catastrophic real-world consequences, and indeed affect the fate of entire nations. I’m referring to soccer, of course. It is estimated that FIFA assistant  referees incorrectly call offsides 24% of the time. This error has been proposed to be caused by the the visual system’s tendency  to perceive an object (in the offside call case: the moving and most forward receiver) at the time of another event (in this case the pass), ahead of it’s true position

Una película hecha con átomos

atomAsí como lo oyen. Este cortometraje en stop motion fue creado por IBM, lo hicieron utilizando átomos individuales como píxeles para representar las siluetas de los personajes y objetos. Los átomos en el video fueron ampliados 100 millones de veces, tomando en cuenta que un microscopio digital común alcanza los 500x, te darás una idea de la tecnología que se requiere para lograr filmar a estos pequeños átomos a esa escala. Para explorar los limites de la producción cinematográfica, en IBM Research movieran átomo por átomo y grabaron cuadro a cuadro para crear este video en stop motion. Fantástico.

Primero el video que explica la ciencia detrás del producto:

Y acá la película final titulada: A boy and his atom.

Just as you hear it. This stop-motion short-film was created by IBM, they did using individual atoms as pixels to represent silhouettes of characters and objects. The atoms in the video were extended 100 million times, taking into account that a common digital microscope reaches only 500x, then you will an idea of ​​the technology required to achieve these little atoms filming at that scale. To explore the boundaries of film production, IBM Research moved atom by atom and recorded frame by frame to create this stop-motion video. Fantástic.
First the science behind the product
And here’s the short-film entitled: “A boy and his atom”

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Las armaduras de Iron Man

ironman-helmet-1570Desde que Iron Man apareciera hace más de 50 años, el personaje de las historietas de cómics ha acumulado un verdadero arsenal de diseños de armaduras. La siguiente infografía realizada por HalloweenCostumes.com presenta una galería ilustrada de la evolución de esta armadura central del excéntrico superhéroe – sin incluir armaduras especiales – revelando una línea del tiempo de cómo Iron Man ha evolucionado a través de las décadas.
La infografía presenta un total de 20 diferentes encarnaciones de Iron Man a través de las últimas cinco décadas. Desde la armadura original de 1963 hasta el último diseño revelado para la película Iron Man 3. Y decían que las mujeres son quisquillosas a la hora de elegir un atuendo.

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Since Iron Man appeared on the comic world over 50 years ago, the character of comics cartoons has amassed an arsenal of armour designs. The following image by HalloweenCostumes.com presents an illustrated gallery of the evolution of the central suit of the eccentric superhero – this does not include special armours – revealing a timeline of how Iron Man has evolved through the decades.
The image presents a total of 20 different incarnations of Iron Man through the last five decades. Since the original armour of 1963 to the latest design revealed for the movie “Iron Man 3”. And people say women are picky when choosing outfits…

Un niño va a un partido de fútbol por primera vez

kiddadEsa hermosa sensación de ir a un partido de fútbol acompañado de tu padre por primera vez, es indescriptible, cómo te ayuda a adaptarte al ambiente, y tanto él disfruta, cómo tú como novato aprendes y eres protegido. Son aquellas pequeñas cosas que tiene el fútbol: acerca a las familias, la une y agranda el lazo entre padres e hijos(as). Como escribí un día en mi muro de facebook:
“A pesar de que el fútbol tiene sus defectos, sus fallas, sus imperfecciones, necesitamos recordar su real importancia. Un día es United, el otro Liverpool, luego Arsenal y otro día será City. Pero sobre todo, fútbol es acerca de bodad humana, es acerca de fraternidad, de familia, es acerca de igualdad, justicia, juego limpio y amistad. Fútbol no es insultar a Suárez, a Cantona, a Evra, no es demeritar a Ferguson o a Mancini o a Wenger. Fútbol es acerca de salir de la oscuridad y reunirse con lo grandioso, para vivir momentos como éste:”

That beautiful sensation of going with your dad for the first time to a football match. It’s indescriptible, how your father helps you to adapt to the environment, and enjoy it as much as he is doing it. How you as a newbee are learning and feel protected. Those little things that football has. They are beautiful, they make families become closer, it enhances the bond between fathers and sons (daughters). It’s like I wrote on my fb wall one time:
“Although football has its flaws, we need to remember the real importance and significance of this beautiful sport. One day is United, one day is Liverpool, one day is Arsenal and another is City; but above all, football is about human kindness, is about fraternity, is about family, is about fairness and friendship. Football is not about trashing Suarez or Evra, is not about trashing Ferguson or Wenger or Mancini. Football is about coming back from the darkness to rejoice the greatness of this sport and live moments like this one”

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