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It was for SCIENCE! [Feb. 19th, 2013|07:57 am]
kyle cassidy
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I first became aware of Geologist Matt Kuchta's high speed (slow motion) videos when I saw a video he'd made of Neil dumping a box of bees into a hive at 2,000 frames per second. I started following him on Facebook and watched his ever more inventive videos of things like liquid nitrogen blowing up trash cans filled with rubber ducks and more obvious geologist things like rocks being smashed by hammers. Matt Twittered asking if I wanted to do any photo-stuff while I was out at the Castle and I suggested that we could hit Dill Hero in the face with a snowball at super high speeds. Dill wasn't too keen on this, but novelist Kelly McCollough said he'd be happy to do anything for science.

Matt showed up with physicist Todd Zimmerman and the most amazing camera setup.

Here's a behind the scenes photo that Elyse took of the shenanigans.

Clickenzee to Embiggen!

The camera is constantly capturing video as soon as you arm it, but it can only save four gigabytes of data, which translates into about two seconds. After that, it takes about 10 minutes to save to a hard dive, so everything needs to be pretty much properly set up or you're going to waste a lot of time.

So, without further ado, here's Matt and Todd's super slow motion video of me, Dill, and Kelly getting blasted in the face by snowballs.

After that we tried opening a container under great pressure -- in this case a foamy can of beer that I stab with a knife that Dill Hero bought from a pirate at a Ren Faire.

This is all epically SCIENCE.

In the time it took us to do this, Joan of Dark had knit a glove for Neil's zombie hand.

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[User Picture]From: kellymccullough
2013-02-19 04:16 pm (UTC)
I believe Matt was going to make that happen, though I'm not sure how soon he can get to it.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-19 04:08 pm (UTC)
there are photos of the glove. Elyse took some.
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2013-02-19 02:28 pm (UTC)
The highspeed video of Neil emptying out the box o' bees is truly amazing. Being able to actually see bees beat their wings and hover in place is stunning.

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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-19 04:08 pm (UTC)
and how they flip right-side up after they fall out upside down....
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2013-02-19 04:14 pm (UTC)
The videos I've seen of beekeepers populating a new hive with bees. Most of them recommend that you place the opening on top of the hive, in the gap made by removing some of the slotted frames. (You can see the gap in the video) They also suggest that you slam the Cage Full o' Bees on top of the overall hive frame to "shake out" any stragglers.

Tapping the Cage I can see. Banging it? Not so much.

Btw, did you know bee suppliers can MAIL those containers of bees? Suppliers recommend that you contact your local Post Office to warn them ahead of time that they're going to be receiving a package that is BUZZING LOUDLY.

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[User Picture]From: valya_dl
2013-02-19 02:36 pm (UTC)


Nothing like a little slow-motion to start your day.
Really enjoyed these, and I like to imagine the conversation that preceded the videos:

Kyle: That slow motion guy is coming to shoot something awesome outside.


Kyle: We could totally get hit in the face in with snowballs...in slow motion.

DIll: In the face?

Kelly: Yes!

Kyle: We could call it...SNOW motion!

Dill: In the face?

Kyle: For SCIENCE!

Dill: I have a knife I bought from a pirate?

Kyle: Let's stab a beer with it!

Kelly: Isn't that a waste of good beer?

Dill: It doesn't have to be good beer.

Kyle: For SCIENCE!

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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-19 04:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Morning

It was kind of like that. Except I said "we should hit Dill in the face with a snowball" and Dill said "I don't think so" so I went first and Dill realized HOW AWESOME SCIENCE WAS. Or something like that. (And I said "Can I use your knife?" to which Dill said "I bought this knife from a pirate! At a ren faire!"

but apart from that, your dialogue is pretty much spot on.
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[User Picture]From: tithenai
2013-02-19 03:39 pm (UTC)
The contrast between your stalwart determination and your happy Frog Hat while you get hit in the face is truly wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-19 04:10 pm (UTC)
I was unaware of just how much love the frog hat was going to get. Of course, I fell in love with it when I saw it at the truck stop. It just means the Internet has excellent taste, as do I.
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2013-02-19 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed by people not jerking their heads at all when getting hit by snowballs! Of course, it's not a total surprise.
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2013-02-20 06:39 am (UTC)
I swear, that zombie has better knitwear than I ever will.
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