Undertoad Thursday Jun 16 05:38 PM
6/16/2005: Office Chair World Championship
Troubleshooter Thursday Jun 16 05:57 PM
What about a body count?
lawman Thursday Jun 16 06:12 PM
I can forsee those casters breaking off on landing, causing the chair to pivot forward, and grinding his fingers down to little stumps.
beavis Thursday Jun 16 06:51 PM
Packey Thursday Jun 16 07:32 PM
Oh on, these are specialy constructed highspeed racing chair high tech in everyway. Their casters and wheels are constructed from some to the most high-tech high-impact plastic around, able to withstand speed in excess to 5 MPH!!! And they are much more safer than the typical pressed plastic cafeteria chair you find in most modern office buildings. Each chair is insured it's safety requirements by being examined by inpector No. 39 (or inspector No. 42 depending on if inspector No. 39 has a doctors appointment that day). And finally, each chairs powered by an alcohol buring engine (acutally 24 ounces of alchohol - riders choice of brand and type).
capnhowdy Thursday Jun 16 07:44 PM
I thought I donated that chair to Goodwill..........
xant Thursday Jun 16 08:01 PM
WTH-- the background is motion blurred and the guy on the chair is in focus. Another chair was flying down the street, right next to him, this one holding a guy with a camera. . .
hampor Thursday Jun 16 08:08 PM
The cameraman may just be pivoting as the rider (driver?) goes by.
BigV Thursday Jun 16 08:15 PM
Technically, those chairs swivel, not pivot.
capnhowdy Thursday Jun 16 09:12 PM
.....at any rate it takes a lot of skill to get a shot like that, the subject almost totally in focus. I wonder what the yellow blur behind him is.
BigV Thursday Jun 16 09:31 PM
capnhowdy Thursday Jun 16 09:46 PM
I'll buy that. Odd placement, tho.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jun 16 09:49 PM
Technically it's straw, not hay.
BigV Thursday Jun 16 09:52 PM
Noted. I will return to my chair in the corner now, sir.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jun 16 10:01 PM
Aw there there now. Don't take it so hard. Hey, you were right about the swivel.
daniwong Thursday Jun 16 11:41 PM
When the computers would go down at my old office - we would sometimes have chair races. But nothing like this. Frankly - working in an office - this looks like a lot of fun. But knowing my clutz-ish behavior - I would end up amputating some body part trying to get to the finish line.
wolf Friday Jun 17 01:40 AM
My office does not have room for chair races.
Packey Friday Jun 17 02:37 AM
Couldn't find anything that on this particular event, however I did run into this web site
ToastyKen Friday Jun 17 07:17 AM
Caption from this temporary link:
glatt Friday Jun 17 09:40 AM
Funny picture. I like it. The guy looks so intense.
Ubergeek Friday Jun 17 12:18 PM
Weird bit is I work for Staples ... we sell these chairs and I sure as heck wouldn't want to be putting those caster through that kind of torture. Can you say Pavement Rash boys and girls?
wolf Friday Jun 17 12:21 PM
That's all part of the fun.
Ubergeek Friday Jun 17 12:28 PM
wolf Friday Jun 17 12:45 PM
3.3 million other rednecks?
capnhowdy Friday Jun 17 03:58 PM
The only reason I watch any sport is to see someone bust their ass.
Brett's Honey Friday Jun 17 10:38 PM
xoxoxoBruce Friday Jun 17 11:14 PM
Uh...and his right knee.
Ubergeek Sunday Jun 19 09:32 AM
But in last decade or so? 200 miles per hour plus, bumper to bumper ... it might not be the same skills as an F-1 driver taking hairpin corners at 150, but that still takes some guts and real skill to pull off. You also must have to have a lot of faith in your fellow drivers... I sure as hell wouldn't want to have some guy tailgating me that speed!
jaguar Sunday Jun 19 11:22 AM
Panning is always much harder than you think. You're right, it's damn sunny so the apature was probably (thinking sunny F/8 and drop two stops for the shutter speed) 11 or 16 to get a slow enough shutter speed for the background blur but it's still a bitch to pull off right. Not a straight pan either, he just went over a jump.
CharlieG Monday Jun 20 08:10 AM
mrnoodle Monday Jun 20 10:47 AM
When I worked in a integrated circuit fab, I raced a coworker through the clean room on chairs. The floor was real clean, so it was pretty speedy. Of course, when she clipped the side of a shelf and almost tipped it over, we had to quit. Only because there was $1.5 million worth of silicon wafers on it. I swear I heard her rectum slam shut from across the room. She was pretty scared
Syrinx Tuesday Jun 21 01:50 AM