Thursday, October 9, 2008

THE HOT DOG ERA..



This trailer is really good! but as for the ultimate message that was trying to be conveyed through the interviews, I'm still kind of unclear. I mean it's obvious that she wanted to showcase the much delayed pioneers of women's skateboarding.. but with all that licensing money and just crazy money that would go into it I can sort of see why someone would not immediately want to pick it up. Since Dogtown, the Hoisi dvd, the Jason Jesse Dvd, even deathbowl to downtown I can see that this video has a lot to go up against as far as personalities .. I mean do people want to see a movie about some insane skateboard legend murder his girlfriend and leave her body to decompose in the desert ? or like you know, a chick doing a b/s boardslide when no other women were doing it. But then that's the thing, is that I dont think anybody truly believes that these women should only be celebrated because of the fact that they were women, but just the fact that even the mere history of women's participation in skateboarding has become almost completely irrelevant and obviously ignored until now. I mean Fuck, how many people were suprised to know that there were even black skateboarders in the 70's before Dogtown came out? And it doesn't count if you skated back then or know because you're an uber skate nerd. People shouldn't be suprised at history, they should fucking know it. And it's not that the history isn't out there, it's just that for the most part it is completely inaccessible.


( patti mcgee circa 1965?)

I guess in terms of a marketable selling point for people who aren't as familiar or usually remotely interested in women's skateboarding, the questions that were asked seemed to yield pretty average responses as far as things everyone's already heard before from their male counterparts.( the streets are like playgrounds, made from a different cloth, skate or die, etc etc. ) i feel like if pam had divulged further into the unique mentality or maybe some hypothetical sociological elements that go behind the appreciation for dedicated females involved in such activities ( without coming across to blatant), the q&a in the film might have probably just answered my own questions about the subject. I mean, what about pro hos and shit? self proclaimed SKATER DATERS and how they're HELLA ANNOYING. haha! joke.. but that can't be just 21st century invention. Or the fact that people always assume if you're a chick and you skate, you're a FUCKING DYKE? There are some definite gender role questions afoot, and I personally have always been intrigued by it all.


( recent gvr footage thanks to sideproject.com )

Anyway, I think this film was meant to introduce the idea of it to people as well as fill in the historic blanks for others. There is no doubt though that with all the rare footage and the cohesive historic timeline of female skateboarding, as female skateboarders, no wonder we are particularly drawn to it. It does not seem to take missteps in that easy cheesy girl's skateboarding girl power pitfall. But it is pretty unfortunate that this woman who scoured interviews, directed, and, edited this video after many years can not find a single movie house to support such a paramount archive. Lisa Whitaker caught up with her recently to ask her about the movie. The director is now 8 months pregnant and after four years of no solid luck, has resorted to posting a miniature trailer of the movie on youtube. I guess people generally either feel that a) there is no money in girl's skateboarding or b) maybe after 100 years instead of 50, someone might deem this labor of love valid, insightful, and well worth the licensing.

But until then we can just sit on our hands until they fall off. And they probably will.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

THE VOICES TELL ME TO EMAIL..

GMAIL 'MAIL GOOGLES' STYMIE DRUNK E-MAILING
New Google service seeks to make it harder to send emails you'll regret



The Mail Goggles feature requires you to solve a few easy math problems in short order before hitting "send." If your logical thinking skills are intact, Google is betting you're sober enough to work out the repercussions of sending that screed you just drafted.

By Jessica Mintz
Updated 3:03 p.m. ET, Tues., Oct. 7, 2008

SEATTLE - Here's the scenario: It's Friday night, and what began as an innocent happy-hour margarita morphed into a few pitchers. After all, those tacos were salty.

Bidding friends adieu, you jump in a cab, head home and decide a quick e-mail check is in order. And there it is: a message from your ex. Or your boss. Or that friend you're secretly mad at.

If you're the kind of person who types tipsy and regrets it in the morning, Google's "Mail Goggles," a new test-phase feature in the free Gmail service, might save you some angst.


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The Goggles can kick in late at night on weekends. The feature requires you to solve a few easy math problems in short order before hitting "send." If your logical thinking skills are intact, Google is betting you're sober enough to work out the repercussions of sending that screed you just drafted.

And if you can't multiply two times five, you'll probably thank Google in the morning.

To activate Goggles, Gmail users should click the "Settings" link at the top of a Gmail page, then go to the "Labs" section.

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There's no shame in admitting that sometimes you need a little extra help. Gmail engineer Jon Perlow designed Goggles with his own weaknesses in mind.

"Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night e-mail to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together," he wrote when announcing Mail Goggles on a company blog.

The name is derived from the slang term "beer goggles," or the curious effect of alcohol on one's ability to see the true nature of that "cutie" at the other end of the bar.

But you can set up Mail Goggles to protect you from yourself at other emotionally vulnerable times — before your morning coffee, for example, or right after "Grey's Anatomy."


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thank you jaan sheberger for this amazing article

Monday, October 6, 2008

HOW THE BIRD BECAME THE WORD..

HOSPITAL VOGUE..


F/S 5-0's on mini ramps. I'd hardly call this a shark bite. i don't even think sharks bite this hard.

Bitch is always voguein' it up in photos. Here we see Amy's interpretation of Hospital vogue.

Six stitches, three weeks later, 5th place at GVR. not too shabby!

Periodicos Sucias. Roughly translated it means "dirty newspapers".. Ironically this has been my nickname for Mayra for a while. I want to say i don't know where it originated, but maybe it's because she reminds me of a pile of dirty old newspapers.

Nugget operating a fork lift. I'm sure they bluescreened the wherehouse background, she's really on a fucking freeway in L.A.
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photos courtesy of thesideproject.com