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Skydiving in Slow Motion

It's hard to describe what skydiving is like to someone who's never tried it (though I attempted to a few years ago), because before you've actually taken the plunge, all you can imagine is the terror. But in between the gut-wrenching step out of the airplane and the sometimes-hairy touchdown (or tumbledown, depending on your aptitude) there are -- or were for me, in any case -- a few moments of blissful peace, when it doesn't feel like the ground is rushing at you particularly quickly, and you get sort of used to the rushing wind, and just look around and think, This is amazing. I imagine the more you've done it, the more of the jump you're able to enjoy, too.

This video comes as close to capturing that golden quiet moment as anything I've seen. It's mesmerizing.

Experience Human Flight from Betty Wants In on Vimeo.

Via Gizmodo.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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