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…Michel Fournier is one crazy jumper?

Michel Fournier - The Great Leap

If all goes according to plan, Michel Fournier will complete a two decade and $20 million long journey today to balloon into the upper reaches of the atmosphere and then skydive back down in what he’s calling Le Grad Saut, or, The Great Leap.

His leap begins on the ground, where he will load into a 10 foot tall pressurized gondola that will hang from the bottom of a 650-foot balloon. This balloon will take him to a height of 130,000 feet (25 miles) over the course of two-hours, at which point he will open the door and step into the blackness of space.

To survive the fall, which will last for a full 15 minutes, he’s going to be wearing a special space suit and a parachute that is designed to automatically deploy when he’s 5,000 feet above the ground.

Along the way, he will reach, and then cross the speed of sound. (And then top out at a speed of around 1,000 MPH) If that sounds crazy, it is. Scientists are still unsure of what will happen when a person crosses the sound barrier unaided.

With those speeds, Fournier will also be breaking four new records: fastest free fall, longest free fall, highest altitude for a human balloon flight and highest parachute jump.

So what are the potential risks?

If his suit fails, the pressure would cause his blood could boil, and he would loose consciousness in less than five seconds. (Which sounds like a blessing if your blood is boiling during those five seconds!)

His first try was yesterday, and was canceled due to weather related complications, so let’s hope that today provides Michel with smoother sailing, and that he finds his way back to Earth in one piece!

[Via: The New York Times]

…There are ways to behave at concerts?

Concert

Music fans beware: Much Music has got your number. Their list of the 10 Worst Ways To Behave At Concerts explains why you’re ruining it for everyone else with things like using your cell phone to record the entire show, crowd surfing in the wrong place and at the wrong time, being an unruly lout, standing at a seated venue, and more.

Are you on the list?

[Much Music – 10 Worst Ways To Behave At Concerts

…Lifestreaming is the next big thing?

App Icons

Twitter introduced the world to the idea, but lifestreaming hasn’t quite taken off yet; though if SXSW has anything to do with it, that’s all about to change.

Lifestreaming is “an online record of a person’s daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person’s online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.”

Basically, lifestreaming sites take everything you do online during the day and compacts it onto one page so that your friends can quickly and easily keep up with what you’re doing.

It’s also one of the hottest areas for development right now, with plenty of companies trying to be the next big thing. For a rundown of some of the top ones, check out ReadWriteWeb’s list of 35 Ways to Stream Your Life, and see if this lifestreaming thing is right for you.

[ReadWriteWeb – 35 Ways To Stream Your Life]

…Apples are great for autos?

Hummer HX iPhone

The iPod/iPhone is quickly becoming an automotive designers go-to gadget for futuristic tech integration.

First, there was the Land Rover LRX concept that started with the push of an iPhone button.

Now, the Hummer HX concept takes video from the front bumper mounted camera and records it directly to a dock mounted iPod.

What will they think of next?

[Via: Jalopnik]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Tony-b Machine?

Tony-b Machine

With minimal talent and a bit of a beat, just about anyone can create music with the Tony-b Machine.

By mapping specific keys to specific effects, the Tony-b Machine turns your ordinary keyboard into a fully functioning drum machine, complete with special effects and the ability to record your newly created composition.

Will you be the next Daft Punk?

Find out now:

[Tony-b Machine]