Sunday, December 20, 2009

I want this for Christmas!


This? This is called Powerstriders and they are a new kind (well not that new...) of stilts specially made to jump around cities, like Paris ;-). They were making a demonstration in Le passage des Princes where I took this photo, near the Grands Boulevards and it was fun to see (in fact it's really not that easy to use at first). Well anyway, I was kidding when I wrote "I want this for Christmas" in the title of this photo, I just read it's extremely tiring and that you can spend up to 600 calories per 10 minutes!

39 comments:

  1. Oh, no. And I just ordered these for you! ;) But really, 600 calories? How many pieces of pineapple upside down cake is that?

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  2. 600 cal per minute? Better than swimming, I think.

    Actually this would make the perfect holiday present for .. most of us, then. ;)

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  3. i wouldn't last a whole minute on those!....i am very clumsy on MY OWN 2 feet....can't EVEN imagine it....

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  4. Well, you'll just break your French neck!
    V

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  5. I saw people jumping up an'down on those in the real streets of Paris. It was so funny, a bit extra terrestrial feeling. And they were awfully quick, vanished in matter of seconds so I couldn't take a photo, and reminding of inspector gadget.

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  6. Tigger uses these in Disneyland Paris!!

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  7. This is like what Chell was wearing in Portal.

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  8. Quite amusing! So this is human evolution...we're trying to get back to the trees. ;-) Not being extremely graceful when walking without a lift, I think this biped shall remain with his nose closer to the cobblestone and sidewalk. However, there are no doubt perks in the mastery of the Powerstriders.

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  9. Quite amusing! So this is human evolution...we're trying to get back to the trees. ;-) Not being extremely graceful when walking without a lift, I think this biped shall remain with his nose closer to the cobblestone and sidewalk. However, there are no doubt perks in the mastery of the Powerstriders.

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  10. Sorry for repeating myself above. Must be all the cold weather and heavy snowfall that is freezing my fingers and motor skills.

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  11. Another example of the famous Tenin point of view ;-)

    I'm not sure it's that safe in the snow ;-) (both the Tenin's view and the powerstriders!!)

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  12. I think I could manage to break both ankles just looking at those. But you all go right ahead. Fun picture!

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  13. wow! 600 calories-definitely worth at least a try, especially this time of year.

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  14. I'd love to try this - if I was brave enough - and - if I was covered in bubble wrap or similar. I'd be scared but what fun! Er - not to be used on ice in cold weather I presume.

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  15. Passages for present shopping and photos. Excellent.

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  16. Be careful what you wish for. Santa is everywhere!

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  17. Yes Lynn, so your naughtiness in 2009 was no doubt noticed...

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  18. "Powerstriders - brought to you by the same people who brought you knee surgery!"

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  19. LOL, Michael (or FDR since you're in Paris). I would probably literally break my butt trying to use these—but to burn 600 calories in 10 minutes, I'm willing to risk it! I'll guess that the trick to staying upright is to keep moving.
    Thanks, Eric—now I know what to ask Santa for.

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  20. "600 calories per minute!" There would be nothing left of me -- I'm so thin. I am making crêpes with nutella and tangerine slices inside for brunch.

    I watched a really colorful, funny and imaginative Christmas film, "Mixed Nuts" (1994) aka "Lifesavers" the American version of the French film "Le Père Noël est une ordure" (Santa Claus is a bastard) It was originally a theatre piece created in 1979 by the troupe Le Splendid. In 1982 Jean-Marie Poiré adapted it for the screen. It is a funny comedy -- dark humor or comedy noir. Adam Sandler plays a really funny man in it. You really have to see it if you haven't already. It's pretty close to the French version. They stayed true to form. Except, I think the American version is way more colorful, and it is set in Venice Beach, California.

    Happy Sunny Sunday from San Francisco.

    http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Mixed_Nuts/60021765?trkid=921403

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  21. I've got it. A padded room. Because I don't want to break any bones, but 600 calories...

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  22. @Thib, "Another example of the famous Tenin point of view ;-)" I was reading a few weeks ago, "low angle snapshot is characteristic of the French." I do not know if they meant that it was innate, or if we have just cultivated and exploited the unconventional floor, street, grass, etc., lower angles.

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  23. I don't know how that happened, but the sun is gone over San Francisco, and in its place is a huge grey cloud.

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  24. @Deb. LOL! Alas, one or two slices...

    @כנרת. "I saw people jumping up an'down on those in the real streets of Paris" - You did really?

    @Coltrane "Quite amusing! So this is human evolution...we're trying to get back to the trees. ;-)" LOOOOOOL

    @THib "I'm not sure it's that safe in the snow ;-) (both the Tenin's view and the powerstriders!!)" LOL (bis)

    @Michael "Be careful what you wish for. Santa is everywhere!" and ""Powerstriders - brought to you by the same people who brought you knee surgery!" LOL (Bis repetitae)!

    @Lois" "low angle snapshot is characteristic of the French." Really?! I never heard of that, but that might explain my partiality for crawling while photographing!

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  25. Also in Rome there is someone who use going around with these things
    have a look
    http://lnx.romedailyphoto.com/index.php?showimage=44


    Giovanni
    romedailyphoto

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  26. Wow, that ought to take off my last few pounds in a hurry! :-)

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  28. I have a pair of these and they’re a ton of fun..skip the PS3, get off your backside, get outside and enjoy the weather!
    Power Strider

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  29. I have a pair of these and they’re a ton of fun..skip the PS3, get off your backside, get outside and enjoy the weather!
    Power Strider

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  32. That image looks really awesome, someone who uses this toy needs to have balance in his body.

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