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May 26 2010

Waterwalking Sport Video

This video is mindblowing!

And sadly, totally fake.

Rebecca Watson over at Skepchick does a great job of explaining why this is a nothing more than a superbly-produced shoe ad, and points out some clues that the video may not be on the up-and-up:

  • All men are wearing the same brand (Hi-Tec) head to toe. Why?
  • There’s a close-up of the Hi-Tec running shoe with a description of its waterproof abilities. Since when does being waterproof=flotation?
  • They are all mega-hot. Why?
  • The filming is beautiful and uses licensed music. Who paid for this?
  • THEY ARE FULL-GROWN MEN WALKING ON FRESH WATER; THIS IS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE
  • At one point, they use jet skis to increase their land speed before hitting the water. This makes no sense. Would holding onto a truck’s back bumper make you run faster?
  • NO SERIOUSLY THEY ARE MEN WALKING ON WATER

She devotes the majority of her article to edu-ma-cating people on how to use google skeptically.  Googling “liquid mountaineering” only brings up videos of the water-walking.  “Liquid mountaineering fake” or “true” or “hoax” bring up many hits explaining the awesome, but fake, nature of this advertainment.

I was totally looking forward to violating some laws of physics today, but it appears it is not (yet) meant to be.

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Thank you, WordPress!

Thank you, WordPress, for posting me yesterday on Freshly Pressed, the front page of wordpress.com  I had a heck of a lot of fun watching my stats page freaking explode all day long.  Flatlining usually isn’t a good thing, but I went from an average 15-20 views to over 1350 views yesterday.  That makes my day-to-day graph look like this:

I could have sworn there was more up-and-down on that thing yesterday…  See that little bump on May 7th?  That was previously the most exciting, traffic-filled day of my blog’s history at a whopping 86 views.  Wow.  I had 44 comments, replies and trackbacks on “Happy Nerd/Geek Day and Towel Day” compared to my usual 0-3 per entry.  Again, all very exciting.  Thank you to everyone who visited, and to WordPress for the visibility.

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  1. 1
    Erin B.

    Yay go sister! Do you have a way of knowing how many people might follow you on Google reader or Bloglines?

  2. 2
    jana

    thank for sharing – and being the first one to make me laugh this morning!

    i’ll be one of those 3-4 clicks on your graph for the next while, if you don’t mind. ’cause i kind of like these pages :)

    1. 2.1
      jana

      ugh! it’s too early: it should have read: “i’ll be responsible for 3-4 clicks…”

    2. 2.2
      Brianne Bilyeu

      Thanks for stopping by, and I’m happy to have you be responsible for 3-4 clicks :) I stopped over at your blog too, and I can’t wait to read more!

  3. 3
    cafewitteveen

    Great work, Biodork! Compensation for blogging — at least for me — is when I get that spike from a bigger blog bump. It feels so good, and then a little deflating when numbers return to normal.

    I subscribe to your blog by email (you’re one of only about 3), so oftentimes I don’t click over to actually read your posts on your blog … which might account for missing a few hits a day.

    Thanks, too, for your excellent response to that antivax mom. I wanted to give an immediate, “Hell, yeah! Bravo!” but I was waiting first for her to respond.

    Cheers and congrats again!

    1. 3.1
      Brianne Bilyeu

      Thank you for your comment. I was grinning like an idiot when I read it! Thanks for subscribing also – I love that. As for antivax mom – I’m sort of sad that she had absolutely no…zero…zilch to say to any of my responses to her outbursts. I guess she must agree with everything I said!

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