Archive for November, 2009

Robot Soccer World Cup – Japan VS Germany 2007

Monday, November 30th, 2009

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Miniature intelligent robots playing soccer without remote control; in this case the robots are Team Osaka (Japan) vs. NimbRo (Univ. of Freiburg, Germany.) Robocup is serious business, but omg omg they’re so cute when they kick the ball and push each other over!!! aww….

From Wikipedia:

RoboCup is an international robotics competition founded in 1993. The aim is to develop autonomous soccer robots with the intention of promoting research and education in the field of artificial intelligence.

The official goal of the project:
By mid-21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win the soccer game, complying with the official rule of the FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup.

thx to Dawn for the link.

MANOI GO!

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

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Please enjoy this video of a robot breakdancing.
Ed can do “the robot”, but can the robot do “the Ed”? I think not.
Via

(Another) Headcase

Friday, November 27th, 2009

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1-upping Ed’s post from a few days ago. File under top-of-the-head-balance/obsession. This stuff is nuts. He jumps a bench, and skates in a bowl with a solid balance the whole time. Cheers to Ricardo for the link.
Btw; facebook has a group page for people with top-of-the-head-balance/obsession (Link: Adictos Bola en la Cabeza (Ball on the Head)

Aerial Dance – Ockham’s Razor: The Mill (& more)

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
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Well… aerial dance, physical theater…. whatever you will call it. It’s got big objects and they are manipulated in amazing ways and that’s why we at www.ministryofmanipulation.com love them to bits. (well.. there are other reasons too… read below to find out)

More videos ( and a personal note from Ryan, Jea9, Drew, Ed and Colin) after the jump

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Card Flourishes: Dimitri Arleri – “Opera”

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
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Takes a little while to get started, but then it does and there’s lots of structures, fans, spinning, a tiny bit of juggling and some very clean card manipulation. Also nicely filmed and set to music.

Emiliano Alessi – Club Manipulation and Dance

Monday, November 23rd, 2009
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Emiliano Alessi has made a video clearly showing off his beautiful combination of juggling and dance. Great shapes and he still has a keen sense of manipulation and how to make it interesting. I love it lots.

Headcase – Declan Mee

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
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Finally, a video of head stalls that doesn’t get boring for a second!

Declan Mee, a regular of the Katakomben in Berlin, and attendee of the Ministry workshops held there, shows us LOADS of stuff that can be done with a ball on the head.

This video is pretty epic, and very well edited. You may find yourself watching again and again…

Friday Fun: www.notverytalented.com

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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“Shane sings 5 octaves” from www.notverytalented.com

I found a blog the other day which is basically the opposite of our blog. While we at www.ministryofmanipulation.com troll the internet in search of gems that celebrate the dedication of individuals and amazing skill level on the internet, notverytalented.com is drudging through the leftover bins of the internet to find those especially awful and embarrasing ‘talents’.

From their site:

The world is full of super-talented singers and dancers. Those people have no place here. Who does? The guy screeching his way through George Michael’s “Father Figure” at karaoke, the woman warbling misheard lyrics to R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” (“Let’s pee in the corner/Let’s pee in the spotlight”), the freestyle rapper that’s muttering “uhn” and “er” – but still no words yet – around the 1:02 mark, the dancer that looks more like he’s having a seizure than either popping and/or locking.

So what makes for a good bad talent video? Ask yourself these questions: Is the person a legitimately bad singer or dancer? Does watching them make you laugh (and not just texting an LOL to your friend kinda laugh, but an actual laugh out loud in the middle of a staff meeting, warranting a stern look from your boss kinda laugh)? Does the person think he/she is, in fact, very talented? If the answers to these questions is a resounding yes, then welcome home.

Perhaps I should head over there and suggest they watch the amazing Ken Create promo. “Try it! I think you’ll like it!”

Interview and Video – German

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
'German' contact juggling photo by Jorge Gera

'German' contact juggling photo by Jorge Gera

I remember when a short clip of german street performing at La Rambla was first posted on www.contactjuggling.org. Everyone on the forums watched in awe of his super-tight isolations, moving the isolated ball floating along a path before connecting it to his butterflies and bodyrolls. The result was long,  flowing lines of movement and a sustained illusion and tempo that was unmatched by other contemporary contact jugglers.

Interview and new Xotico video after the jump

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Contact Jugglers Almost Obsolete II

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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More info on that ball – Rocky Mountain.

If that’s not enough, then there’s the Fiat Lux (see video at bottom of page), showing that balls don’t even need contact jugglers to make them look like they are floating…

David Menes – ‘Rosso di sera’

Monday, November 16th, 2009

David Menes writes to us:

Hey guys, I put a new video on you tube, it is the last thing I did for the school in the final show during summer. I’ts called Rosso di sera, And I’d like you watch it and see if you wanna post it…
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Thanks for all you are doing in the name of manipulation, I love your style.

david.
David Menes
www.davidmenes.com

Whoa, thanks David!
We like your style too :)

Contact Jugglers Almost Obsolete

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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This remote controlled bowling ball brings us all one step close to the point when we no longer need to practice. Muhahahahahaaaaaa!
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