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Gayseball

In the best sense of the word
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Throwing is such an essential part of what makes us human, it seems a shame to waste it on the opposite brothels of baseball and juggling, much in the same way that flying is wasted on the opposite brothels of jet manufacturing and bird watching.

There must be some gentle artistic "gay" middle way. With flying this would be human-powered flapping flight using semi-rigid body extension wings, 3d printing, modern materials and lots of experimenting to create smooth graceful human powered air- swimming.

With throwing it seems to me there should be some kind of equivalent middle way -- an art/sport that fully engages the uniquely human ability to throw, but that doesn't reduce it to the bare essentials of either speed and accuracy, like with baseball, or whatever juggling measures, which I guess is more about management than about the art of throwing.

Gayseball would just be an individual performance sport with judging and lots of Slo-mo replay technology, and might use a ball that has aerodynamic qualities that allow the pitcher to put a real spin on it, and then a firework-like aspect to exaggerate the personality of the spin.

So the ball itself could be artistically and scientifically colored so that it produces an interesting visual display when it is thrown, winged or pitted to exaggerate the spin effects and then have some kind of slow break-apart aspect or a small explosive that would send equally-interestingly accoutremented ball-lets into a swarming patern. Computing and fire could be added in at some point just to be totally gratuitous.

JesusHChrist, Nov 08 2013

Uzu http://youtu.be/RTD5m50qdMw
Learning to use this app I think would be like learning to be a good Gayesball player [JesusHChrist, Nov 10 2013]

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       Isn't this what Ultimate Frisbee is?
pocmloc, Nov 08 2013
  

       Isn't Ultimate more about the acrobatics of throwing and the team element? This would be an individual sport with the emphasis on what happens after the projectile leaves the hand -- in the beauty of the arc or rain of movement that can be created. It would be more like a fireeorks didplay without the fire, although uou could throw that in at some point.
JesusHChrist, Nov 08 2013
  

       Its like baseball with only a pitcher and the goal is to not throw the ball straight.
JesusHChrist, Nov 08 2013
  

       This reminds me of a children's book I read long ago as a child. "Horace Higby and the Scientific Pitch". It was baseball-related, and the goal was to make the thrown ball do a "double curve". I'm pretty sure such a thing is not actually possible, but it might be possible to make the thrown ball do a corkscrew-type of motion, heh!
Vernon, Nov 08 2013
  

       Left handed pitchers with an unhittable curve ball are already performing artistry and have decidedly artistic temperaments.
cudgel, Nov 08 2013
  

       All the players bat for the other team?
Cuit_au_Four, Nov 08 2013
  

       The uniforms are quite striking, though.
RayfordSteele, Nov 08 2013
  

       I agree that this is Ultimate Frisbee. Or maybe that freestyle frisbee. I understand the idea of positioning between extremes of functionality and art but I do not think that this position has much to do with gayness even in the broadest sense of the word.
bungston, Nov 08 2013
  

       // Its like baseball with only a pitcher   

       I don't think I'd want to be the catcher.
Cuit_au_Four, Nov 09 2013
  
      
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