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   Undertoad  Thursday Jun 16 05:38 PM

6/16/2005: Office Chair World Championship



Another xoB/WaPo image. Here was have a guy racing in the 200-meter course in the first Office Chair World Championships. No word on who won or what the winning times were.



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.

Where's that picture??



beavis  Thursday Jun 16 06:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lawman
I can forsee those casters breaking off on landing, causing the chair to pivot forward, and grinding his fingers down to little stumps.

Where's that picture??
then he has to pick up his teeth with said bloody little stumps.


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..........
Hope the "Jackass" guys don't see this.
If they haven't already.



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

focus

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.
hehehe........
Dude looks like he's about to have an organism......



BigV  Thursday Jun 16 09:31 PM

hay bale



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.

We get some good spins going, though.



Packey  Friday Jun 17 02:37 AM

Couldn't find anything that on this particular event, however I did run into this web site

http://www.officeolympics.net/



ToastyKen  Friday Jun 17 07:17 AM

Caption from this temporary link:

Quote:
A participant speeds down a road on a office chair during the first office chair World Championships in Olten, Switzerland June 11, 2005. The 64 office chair racers from Germany, France and Switzerland took part in a 200 metres long race in the old town of Olten.



glatt  Friday Jun 17 09:40 AM

Funny picture. I like it. The guy looks so intense.

I don't think the technical skill of the photographer is really anything too special. If there were 64 participants, then the photographer could set up shop at this one jump and have 64 tries to get a good shot. It's a bright, sunny day, so the aperature of the camera can be closed down pretty small, creating a large depth of field. The photographer can pre-focus on the center of the ramp, and still have much of the foreground and background still in focus to allow for the different paths the racers will follow. The participants are not going all that fast compared to a car race, so the shutter speed can be a little longer to create a sense of motion blur. Maybe a 60th of a second or a 30th of a second or so. The previously mentioned small aperature will allow such a relatively long exposure. As each racer goes over the jump, the photographer can hand hold the camera and pan with the motion. That keeps the racer relatively crisp, and blurs the background. Panning isn't so hard. You can't get a good shot every time when you pan the action, but with 64 tries, you will have several that will come out well.

I don't mean to say that the photographer has no talent. It's easy for me to sit here and figure out how the picture was taken. Quite another thing to set up the shot in the first place.



Ubergeek  Friday Jun 17 12:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
... Dude looks like he's about to have an organism......
Either that or he's already gone off one jump and the gas lifter under the seat is about 3 inches up his butt...

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.

Haven't you ever cheered for the inevitable wheelchair pileup at the turn at the downhill at the start of the Boston Marathon?



Ubergeek  Friday Jun 17 12:28 PM

No...

But I do have to admit that I only watch NASCAR for the crashes ... I mean, come on ... does anybody really want to watch 33 rednecks drive real fast in a circle?



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.
Well almost.
I like to see them bust each others asses too.



Brett's Honey  Friday Jun 17 10:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ubergeek
No...

But I do have to admit that I only watch NASCAR for the crashes ... I mean, come on ... does anybody really want to watch 33 rednecks drive real fast in a circle?
well.....I do.....and actually the top 43 cars qualify for race day......and not all the tracks they race on are circles .....(I could tell by your post you'd want to know this......)


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jun 17 11:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
It's a bright, sunny day, so the aperature of the camera can be closed down pretty small, creating a large depth of field.
But if you look closely the depth of field isn't that deep. Really the only thing that's sharp is the upper half of his body.

Uh...and his right knee.


Ubergeek  Sunday Jun 19 09:32 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brett's Honey
well.....I do.....and actually the top 43 cars qualify for race day......and not all the tracks they race on are circles .....(I could tell by your post you'd want to know this......)
Actually I am impressed these days ... when I was a kid (I'm 40 btw) I just cound't see what all the hub-bub was with NASCAR ... I mean come on, they were not very fast and did in those days drive only in circles. Not really very impressive.

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

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brett's Honey
well.....I do.....and actually the top 43 cars qualify for race day......and not all the tracks they race on are circles .....(I could tell by your post you'd want to know this......)
Yeah, twice a year, they turn RIGHT


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

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
Dude looks like he's about to have an organism......
Possibly the kind that bursts out of your chest!


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