Tag Archives: Kottke

Stuck in the snow

This is a fairly terrifying video of a skier stuck in an avalance, recorded by the video camera attached to his helmet:

The run starts a minute in, and you may want to skip the middle if you’re claustrophic (don’t worry, there’s a happy ending, at about 6 minutes in). Kottke found the video, and posted a primer on avalanche survival.

Inspiration for your weekend

Ernest Hemingway kicks a can. Go kick your own.

(Via the simply indispensable Kottke)

Man in Van

Man In Van is just that, a man living in a van. Or rather, Sean Dunne’s tight six-minute documentary on a man living in a van in Manhattan – of his own accord. It’s well worth six minutes out of your long day spent living somewhere other than a van.

(Via Kottke)

A small riot ensued.

There are some profiles that are simply too wonderful for me to delay in delivering them to you. This profile of magician Ricky Jay fits the category, and thus cannot wait until next Monday’s edition of “This Week’s Best Profile.”

I don’t want to spoil any of it for you, so thankfully the beginning should be good enough to make you drop everything else:

The playwright David Mamet and the theatre director Gregory Mosher affirm that some years ago, late one night in the bar of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago, this happened:

Ricky Jay, who is perhaps the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive, was performing magic with a deck of cards. Also present was a friend of Mamet and Mosher’s named Christ Nogulich, the director of food and beverage at the hotel. After twenty minutes of disbelief-suspending manipulations, Jay spread the deck face up on the bar counter and asked Nogulich to concentrate on a specific card but not to reveal it. Jay then assembled the deck face down, shuffled, cut it into two piles, and asked Nogulich to point to one of the piles and name his card.

“Three of clubs,” Nogulich said, and he was then instructed to turn over the top card.

He turned over the three of clubs.

Mosher, in what could be interpreted as a passive-aggressive act, quietly announced, “Ricky, you know, I also concentrated on a card.”

After an interval of silence, Jay said, “That’s interesting, Gregory, but I only do this for one person at a time.”

Mosher persisted: “Well, Ricky, I really was thinking of a card.”

Jay paused, frowned, stared at Mosher, and said, “This is a distinct change of procedure.” A longer pause. “All right—what was the card?”

“Two of spades.”

Jay nodded, and gestured toward the other pile, and Mosher turned over its top card.

The deuce of spades.

A small riot ensued.

(Completely ripped from Kottke)