Unexpected modern sports

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Two lovely new sports that I’ve come across by accident.

  1. Competitive freestyle indoor skydiving (kind of unconstrained overhead gymnastics).
  2. Classical vs Pop full orchestral mash ups (Brahms vs Radiohead and Bartók vs Björk in this post).

Indoor skydiving

Here’s a recent skydiving winner. I guess it is cheating vs having gravity, but still cool.

Team Firefly's Kyra Poh Solo Freestyle with Music

Congrats Team Firefly Singapore's Kyra Poh for winning the Gold in Solo Freestyle at the The WIND GAMES 2017 held at Windoor! Catch Kyra's artistic round, perfectly synchronised to music. Difficulty of routine rated as 8.80, the highest rating amongst the competitors. Watch how she smashed all her rounds and coming out tops out of a total of 10 fellow solo flyers! Amazing Kyra has not only won the #freestyle category, she has also taken over the title of "World's Fastest Flyer", winning the #SoloSpeed category and topping almost every round! Together with 3 other legends in the indoor skydiving world, a scratch team Frends4eva was put together at the last minute in #4speed category. Despite not having flown as a 4-way team together before, they managed to take the Silver! Congrats for taking two Golds and one Silver back for Singapore, and yet again, taking over the indoor skydiving world by storm! Fly safe back to Singapore (on a plane this time)! #windgames2017 #OneTeamSG #indoorskydiving

Posted by iFly Singapore on Saturday, February 4, 2017


Here’s the third place. I love the way they finish by landing at the door and walking out.


And on to a sample of the music (NB these are full-length concerts). There are many more for your delectation and delight.

Brahms vs Radiohead

Bartók vs Björk


Blame yourself, not the media

Tom Reading 6 Comments

Another from the “I didn’t expect that” list. The written news media is reporting reasonably effectively, we just don’t use old media any more.

The two most newsworthy things that Donald Trump did in the last two days were these:

  1. He gave a major economic policy speech in Detroit which he laid out his tax policy, for example.
  2. He suggested in North Carolina that “Second Amendment people” could somehow take care of the gun-control favoring judges Hillary Clinton would appoint — words that are easy to interpret as an incitement to violence.

If you judge by the echo chamber of your own Facebook feed, the ambiguous but shocking assassination suggestion is ubiquitous, and the economic policy speech is barely present. Is this the media’s fault?

Source: Blame yourself, not the media, for salacious Trump coverage – without bullshit

Why people join Daesh

Tom Government, Reading 4 Comments

Must read article on new research into Daesh. Really not what I thought at all.

“…young people adrift in a globalized world find their own way to ISIS, looking  to don a social identity that gives their lives significance. Groups of dissatisfied young adult friends around the world — often with little knowledge of Islam but yearning for lives of profound meaning and glory — typically choose to become volunteers in the Islamic State army in Syria and Iraq, Atran contends. Many of these individuals connect via the internet and social media to form a global community of alienated youth seeking heroic sacrifice, he proposes.”

The linkage between networks is also far greater than I had thought.