Wingsuits! They’re amazing! They’re like those jetpacks everyone wanted, but they work with physics!
And we’re fans of them here at The Atlantic. We’ve covered documentaries about them, stunt Chinese mountain jumps, and even wingsuiters doing non-wingsuit things (like, y’know, tightrope walking between hot air balloons). We just generally like watching people use the 21st-century devices, which are—essentially—parachutes that fill the gaps between the wearer’s limbs.
And now, you’ll see, we’ve added this particularly fine wingsuit video up above. Why is it so cool?
Because it’s one wingsuit jumper… filmed by another.
On Sunday, just a few hours before science fiction thriller Gravity would win a whopping seven Academy Awards, NASA tweeted a set of pictures showing what life in space really looks like.
Alfred Hitchcock serving tea to Leo the Lion (the mascot
for the Hollywood film studio MGM).
The object of this Essay is to explain, as clearly as I am able, the ground of an opinion which I have held from the very earliest period when I had formed any opinions at all on social or political maters, and which, instead of being weakened or modified, has been constantly growing stronger by the progress of reflection and the experience of life: That the principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes—the legal subordination of one sex to the other—is wrong in itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that it ought to be replaced by a principle of perfect equality, admitting no power or privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other.”
— John Stuart Mill certainly knew Plato’s ideas on the subjugation of women (Republic 451b-457b) and both men stressed that it was one of the chief hindrances to human improvement. (via superfluidity)