Thursday, July 29, 2010
Two recommendations for slinging at the beach. First, make sure nobody is around. This can be difficult since beachs usually have at least one lonely walker looking for seashells or beached whales. Second, bring a target. Despite the ubiquitousness of the perfect slinging rocks, there were few targets to be found. Occasionally the seagulls were tempting.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
The goal of Straight Up, aside from practicing the completely inapplicable skill of slinging tennis balls straight up in the air, is to have the tennis ball fall as close to your position as possible. Counting the distance by paces, this one was three paces away, obviously if the tennis ball hits you on the head, you win... or lose rather.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Here's the challenge. Stand 20 paces from any object about a foot in diameter and sling away until you've hit the object twice. Divide your score of 2 hits by the total number or throws. A perfect set will be of course 2 hits divided by 2 throws with 100% accuracy. The idea here is to aim at repeatability. Anyone can hit anything after an infinite number of throws but how long does it take you to hit the same thing twice? We shall see. To submit a score, send a YouTube link of an un-clipped video of the event to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The beaches here are composed mostly of rock, so I will be traveling to the Pacific Coast this month to get some good sling footage, hopefully be able to catch a rock in mid air, leaving the pocket. I asked a friend of mine to come and he said that he had at one time planned on doing photography and filming making as a career. It was one of those situations when the only possible way it could get any better would be if a chocolate ice cream truck driver ran up to us screaming, "help! my truck has broken down and I need somebody to help me eat it before it melts!"
visit to sling-heaven coming soon
Monday, July 5, 2010
My first idea for a contest aimed at improving accuracy was this: five slings at twenty paces aimed at a common everyday item, the milk jug. "Difficult, yet do-able" I thought. Well, I was half right. On this attempt I slung zero out of the five. So I'm posting this video for two reasons. First it's a good baseline, we can only go up from here. It's a kind-of "before" picture for the slinging world. Second, I've included floating "o"s that show the approximate strike spots for the stones which is a bit encouraging as I was at least close on three of the shots. I was reminded that David wasn't slinging at june bugs. Perhaps I should increase the size of my common everyday item to something a little closer to his preferred target size, a lake perhaps.
Reconsidering the rules
Reconsidering the rules