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As always, comments are welcome. Just don't post longboard youtubes in the comment section. They will go unwatched, unappreciated, and unwanted. Thanks
Double dipped by CURBS ONLY at 12:24 AM
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Dragonslayer, a documentary. Pool skating, skateboarders, and the usual trouble making antics and perplexities associated with said group. A look into the 99% of skateboarders who don't enjoy big paychecks and lavish lifestyles. A skate rat with a newborn he isn't sure how to properly feed because it doesn't seem he spends a lot of time with it. He pretty much represents the quintessential scummy skateboard dude in the eyes of society. But let's face it, skateboarding was born from the infected womb of a scummy skateboard dude doing curb cuts in hell. This documentary has a lot of great little moments as it was filmed quite beautifully. I think the director did a really good job being a fly on the wall and letting this guy's reality tell it's own story. Definitely not a pre fab documentary on just another skateboarder. Dragonslayer is largely about being a sponsored skateboarder and figuring out what you need to do to get by once the sponsors get dry.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Nu Shu: A Hidden Language of Women in China
In feudal China, women, usually with bound feet, were denied educational opportunities and condemned to social isolation. But in Jian-yong county in Hunan province, peasant women miraculously developed a separate written language, called Nu Shu, meaning "female writing." Believing women to be inferior, men disregarded this new script, and it remained unknown for centuries. It wasn't until the 1960s that Nu Shu caught the attention of Chinese authorities, who suspected that this peculiar writing was a secret code for international espionage. Today, interest in this secret script continues to grow, as evidenced by the wide critical acclaim of Lisa See’s recent novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, about Nu Shu.
NU SHU: A HIDDEN LANGUAGE OF WOMEN IN CHINA is a thoroughly engrossing documentary that revolves around the filmmaker's discovery of eighty-six-year-old Huan-yi Yang, the only living resident of the Nu Shu area still able to read and write Nu Shu. Exploring Nu Shu customs and their role in women's lives, the film uncovers a women's subculture born of resistance to male dominance, finds a parallel struggle in the resistance of Yao minorities to Confucian Han Chinese culture, and traces Nu Shu's origins to some distinctly Yao customs that fostered women's creativity.
Many of the simplifications found in Nüshu have been in informal use in standard Chinese since the Song and Yuan dynasty (13th – 14th century). It seems to have reached its peak during the latter part of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).
Though a local educated worker at the Jiangyong Cultural Office (Zhou Shuoyi) had collected, studied and translated many Nüshu texts into standard Chinese, he was unable to draw outside attention to the script until a report was submitted to the central government on this subject in 1983.
During the latter part of the 20th century, owing more to wider social, cultural and political changes than the narrow fact of greater access to hanzi literacy, younger girls and women stopped learning Nüshu, and it began falling into disuse, as older users died. The script was suppressed by the Japanese during their invasion of China in the 1930s–40s, because they feared that the Chinese could use it to send secret messages., and also during China's Cultural Revolution (1966–76).
The last original writers of the script died in the 1990s (the last one in 2004). It is no longer customary for women to learn Nüshu, and literacy in Nüshu is now limited to a few scholars who learned it from the last women who were literate in it. However, after Yang Yueqing made a documentary about Nüshu, the government of the People's Republic of China started to popularize the effort to preserve the increasingly endangered script, and some younger women are beginning to learn it.- taken from a hodge podge of sources including wikipedia