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Jumping Stilts – Is the Newest "Extreme" Sport Extremely Dangerous? – Here’s the Real Scoop



Are jumping stilts – the newest extreme sports equipment – extremely dangerous? One look at these radical new kinds of stilts will give any parent a twinge of fear for their “baby,” that’s almost a given. “Not my kid!” can be a pretty typical parental reaction after seeing jumping stilts for the first time. Anything that has a person standing 18 inches taller on what look like very small “hooves” on the end of very long springs just can’t be safe, right? And any parent doing holiday present Google research to find out what Johnny meant by “jumping stilts!” on his yes-I-really-was-a-good-boy list will find those wacky YouTube videos of crazy young people flipping, flying, and bouncing through the urban landscape like crazed maniacs while wearing no helmets, pads, or even shirts!

So, seriously, who could believe that this wild new extreme sport is safe at all?

It turns out, oh nervous parent, that the extreme look of jumping stilts does not translate into extreme danger. Yes, you may breathe a sigh of relief now… whew…

Here’s why: The inventor, German aerospace engineer Alexander Boeck, thought long and hard about the design of these crazy-looking stilts, and he engineered them so that when you’re strapped into them and standing tall, the stilt hooves are directly below your natural center of gravity. That turns out to be much better than even those silly regular stilts we all tried out as kids which made you feel wobbly because your center of gravity was to the inside of the stilt, which made it awkward to walk on. Most people who try jumping stilts find that surprisingly quickly they feel very comfortable and balanced on their stilts.

But, says the worried parent, what about the fact that my child can now go bouncing off down the road anywhere and since he or she can now jump up to six feet high – well, that’s a long way to fall?

Fair point, dear parent, and this is why every expert in the sport says “wear your safety gear, no exceptions!” and “never try tricks on stilts that you haven’t tried in a gym!” In fact, most bockers (what jumping stilts users call themselves in honor of the inventor) will tell you is that their safety gear – a helmet, as well as wrist, elbow and knee guards – has saved them from scrapes and bruises more than once, and they wouldn’t go bocking without them. They also know to learn their tricks without stilts first – on a trampoline or on a gymnastics spring floor – and even then, to use mats when they first try those same new tricks on stilts.

Think back about 25 years, do you remember how insane snowboarding seemed? Do you notice how normal it appears to be now? Hmm… could it just be that new sports always seem more dangerous just because they are new?

Do injuries happen to bockers? Honestly, yes, and usually, it’s because they were pushing their limits (and knew it) or didn’t put on their safety gear. Gravity will always win if you try to cheat. The bottom line is that – just as in any extreme sport – the equipment itself is no more dangerous than a baby bunny rabbit. It’s how you use the equipment that determines the level of danger and potential injury, and with proper protective equipment and by following some common sense rules, Johnny will be safe as can be as he experiences the thrill of the world as a trampoline on his new bocks that he got as his holiday present this year.

Source by Jay Gerring

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Samaria J says Toosii wants Rolls Royce for his birthday but will get Honda



Samaria J says Toosii wants a Rolls Royce for his birthday, but he will get a Honda, if she has to buy itThis year, Toosii has enjoyed his continued run on top of the rap game. Along with this, he found love. Early this year, he began dating Samaria J., a lash tech.

Toosii is celebrating his birthday and he wants a lavish gift. Like most men, he wants to have a car. The gift he wants is a Rolls Royce.

Samaria J shared Toosii’s wish list with Twitter. She revealed he wants a Rolls Royce for his birthday. But, Samaria J says she is a lash tech, so if she gets him a car, it’ll be a Honda.

Samaria J says Toosii wants a Rolls Royce for his birthday, but he will get a Honda, if she has to buy it

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Was It Something I Said – Or Didn’t?




Max DePree posits that leadership is an art. Thomas D. Zweifel explains that leadership has disparate global definitions. Morgan W. McCall, Jr. and George P. Hollenbeck add that leadership styles in one venue do not necessarily work in another. Daniel Kahneman asserts that context affects decision-making. Edward T. Hall expounds that meaning is a function of information in context.

Consider the following statements: (i) “Let’s eat grandpa!” and (ii) “Let’s eat, grandpa!” Cannibals may be indifferent to the presence of the comma. However, to most people, the statements have profoundly different meanings. Hall is right. Context matters. (So do syntax and punctuation!) Charles Ess and Fay Sudweeks impart that prudent marketing strategies include contextual considerations. For example, web designs align imagery and text with the contextural proclivities of target markets.

What happens to the art and style of leadership when the protagonist encounters a diverse global cabal of teammates? This article will probe the challenge using Hall’s cultural research.


Hall intoned, “Meaning and context are inextricably bound up with each other.” Hall continued that “most of the [low-context] information must be in the transmitted message in order to make up for what is missing in the context.” One of Hall’s cultural juxtapositions is low-context versus high-context.

Low-context people tend to be independent and individualist. Their prose and speech are direct, literal, and explicit. Ambiguity is tantamount to effrontery. These people say what they mean and mean what they say. They engage casual relationships across many groups. In their element, low-context people are clearly understood. Metaphors are used for communication clarity-not euphemisms.

Outside of their element, low-context people may be perceived as rude-even crude. Low-context denizens communicate much like a computer algorithm with an if-then syllogism. America is the poster-child among low-context cultures. Indeed, this highly correlates with the “ugly American” phenomenon. Americans have low-context cousins. The list includes Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

Imagine the discomfort of the uninitiated when encountering a low-context person. One may easily empathize with their potential anxiety in both commercial and social settings. Some practical steps might benefit the neophyte before encroaching on the low-context person’s lair. The counterpart’s company website is a good place to start, beginning with their posted values. Next, a few leaders and followers in the organization-or familiar with the organization-may be discretely polled for stories imparting how these values are manifested in acculturated behaviors. Finally, these same people may be asked for examples of effective communications with the group. The odds are high that the cultural novice will glean some clues for sharpening the form and substance of the message.


Hall imparted, “High-context transactions feature pre-programmed information that is in the receiver and in the setting, with only minimal information in the transmitted message.” The easiest means of anchoring a high-context perspective is first reminding oneself that the majority of communication is non-verbal. Stephan Dahl explains relevant components of non-verbal communication: body language, personal space, eye contact, tactile functions, intonation, inflexion, cadence, and dialect. Whereas low-context people may harbor a blind spot for this fact, high-context people wield the subtleties of high-context with distinction. Even with word usages, it is more than the words; rather, it is the words in context.

Whereas cultures may have propensities, sub-cultures may differ. Consider an encounter between two mavens of the Deep South. One says to the other, “Why, isn’t that an interesting pair of shoes with that dress?” An outsider might regard this as an innocuous exchange, yet a native southerner recognizes the profundity of the insult! To wit, the real meaning of the parry is that the recipient of the message is devoid of any redeeming fashion sense.

Cinematic examples display the power of high-context cultures. The 1980 miniseries, Shogun, based on James Clavell’s novel, dramatizes seventeenth century Samurai culture. Richard Chamberlain portrayed the English Protestant protagonist, John Blackthorne. The merchant ship captain is chronically challenged to rewire his cognition to understand a culture whose powerful messages elude his perceptions. A decade later, a more contemporary movie, Rising Sun, based on a Michael Crichton novel, revisited Japanese culture for a twentieth century version of high-context. Sean Connery played a sensei to Westley Snipes, an impulsive detective investigating a Los Angeles murder mystery. Both films are classic examples of low-context versus high-context contrast.

High-context cultures are more plentiful than low-context cultures. They include the Asian countries of Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, Russia, India, Iran, Turkey, and the Philippines; the European countries of Greece, Hungary, France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal; most Arab countries; most Central and South American countries; and most African countries.

When transitioning from a low-context to a high-context environment, the leader must first resolve to invest the time to understand, and immerse in, the group. Acceptance is paramount. Indoctrination comes with collective support. Moreover, the leader should expect the line of demarcation to fade between professional and personal realms. Depending on the masculinity or femininity of the culture, a patriarch or matriarch, respectively, may be a definitive source of coaching and insights.


Another of Hall’s cultural juxtapositions is expressed through the coined terms of “monochronic” and “polychronic.” Monochronic people tend to focus on time management and task orientation. Indeed, time is a limited resource that must be wisely managed. “Monochrons” are the stepchildren of Frederick Taylor’s scientific management, whereby efficient processes drive productivity through economies of scale. For monochronic people, tasks have a precise, linear order largely devoid of exceptions. Such orientation also follows Edwards Deming’s plan, do, check, act rigor. Factory assembly lines are monuments to monochronic behavior.

Harry Chapin’s iconoclastic “Cat’s in the Cradle” tune frames the monochrons’ typical lifestyle. The rat-race doomed father had “planes to catch and bills to pay.” His son mimicked the steps of his dad’s role model. The father got things done, but at the expense of personal relationships. Once retired, the father pined for time with his son. Verse four of Chapin’s epic pays a painful dividend to the father:

I (the dad) called him up (the son) just the other day. I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind.”

He (the son) said, “I’d love to, Dad, if I could find the time. You see the new job’s a hassle and the kids have the flu…”

And as I (the dad) hung up the phone, it occurred to me (the dad), he’d (the son) grown up just like me…

Interestingly, Gen Ys entering the workforce are rejecting this lifestyle wholesale in favor of work-life balance. Specifically, Gen Ys want to experience things in sharp contrast to their monochronic parents. These Gen Ys view their parents as cottoning to a lifestyle encapsulated in a couple lines from the Eagles’ “Take It to the Limit:”

You can spend all your time making money.

You can spend all your love making time.

Perhaps Gen Ys have figured out something that eluded their parents: the winner of the rat race remains a rat. Rhetorically, one might ask whether Gen Ys are becoming higher-context polychrons. Polychrons are our next subject.


To monochronic people, polychronic people, or “polychrons,” may appear to have attention deficit disorder. Polychrons are flexible and malleable. They are the quintessential multitaskers. Daniel Pink reminds us that multitasking is inefficient, but to polychrons, this is the Ecclesiastical point: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…” Tasks are evaluated for their contribution to the macro objective in keeping with personal values-not expediency.

Life for polychrons is heuristic and relational. Connectedness to a group is sacrosanct. To polychrons, the idea of a Gordian knot may be more appealing than perplexing. The compatibility of polychrons and high-context people is readily apparent in Latino cultures. Hall communicates that polychrons welcome change as an escape from monotony.

One of the prime polychronic behavioral traits is the nonchalance about time. Punctuality is its casualty-and this to the chagrin of monochrons. Carol Kaufman-Scarborough and Jay D. Lindquist point out a seeming irony: compared to monochrons, polychrons organize goals more easily, feel more likely to reach daily goals, are less inclined to procrastinate, and are more likely to be comfortable performing under pressure.

Normal Rockwell’s depiction of grandma might be the polychronic prototype. She was always baking something, doing the laundry, cleaning house, weeding the garden, answering the phone, sewing, carry a covered dish to sick neighbor, volunteering for church functions, reading to grandkids, and painting the parlor-a typical day for a polychronic woman in Rockwell’s era. What’s the punch line? Grandma was unflappable. The grandkids adored her and never recall grandma having an indisposed instant. Grandma had chi before chi was cool.


Navigation through low-context and high-context, and monochronic and polychronic attributes is increasingly relevant. William B. Gudykunst and Young Yun Kim impart that people are more cognizant of their behavior when interacting with people from other cultures than is the case when engaging their own cultures. This is a good thing. A local leader may need to be more globally cognizant than is immediately obvious. A simple example frames the point. American technical universities, e.g., The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are magnets for international students. Some of this genre of students remains in the United States to launch fabulous ventures such as Google which require superb software engineering competencies. While marquis case studies are easily recognized, more modest examples are abundant.

A staple component of my project management coaching to middle market companies is a video clip of Laurel and Hardy’s classic routine, “Who’s on First?” The objectives of this allegorical enlightenment include operational definitions for terms, a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities, and recognizing process critical path. The clip has provided consistent, predictable utility for making the desired points-until an eventual group defied the norm and mysteriously sat quietly through the video with no apparent reaction.

The root cause was hiding in plain view. The business model is high-tech, providing global software solutions to a complex life sciences clientele, i.e. B2B. Half the group was non-Anglo immigrants; their childhood national pastime was not baseball. To acculturated U.S. participants, the clip was about a low-context, monochronic example of miscommunication. To the remainder of the group, the example was high-context, polychronic gibberish, and a waste of their time. True to their high-context heritage, they were too polite to ask what the clip had to do with the big picture.

The take-away is clear. The U.S. has prided itself for generations as the cultural melting pot of the world. As the population is diverging from its western European roots, even local leaders must think more globally in order to connect with their increasingly mixed employee ranks. Such competencies are integral elements of effective communications for inspiring teams toward strategic success.

Source by John Lanier

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Grizzlies at Clippers | Full Game Highlights



Last night, the Memphis Grizzlies visited the Los Angeles Clippers. After a win, over the Warriors, to make the 2021 playoffs, the Grizzlies lost to the Utah Jazz. Coming into the season, their momentum is high, and they won their season opener. The Clippers, meanwhile, lived down regular season expectations, but came up, big, in the playoffs. In the second round, they upset the Utah Jazz, making their first-ever Conference Finals appearance. They’d fall in six games, to the Phoenix Suns. Tonight, the Clippers looked for their first win of the season, but the Grizzlies took the win, to open the season 2-0.

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