More Skateboarding Funtimes: Getting Nowhere Faster

Hey buddies.

Remember last time how we talked about those interesting Aberrican Me vids? We I wondered about female representation? Well now there are skateboards where my mouth is! Are you sitting down?

Get your sweet, sweet skateboarding here Getting Nowhere Faster. Thats a link to the movie. 45 minutes. Watch it, I’ll wait.

Fun, right? So impressive. Jaws dropped when Vanessa Torres skated on two skateboards at once!

GNF stars a great number of talented folk: Torres, Faye Jamie, Amy Caron, Alex White, Stefanie Thomas, just to name a few. Someone called Nugget jumps off a porch on to a board and skates off like it was easy.

They are crazy good, and clearly having so much fun. The movie looks like it was made by a bunch of friends. It also stars a large barbie doll and a thieving cupcake in a series of funny shorts that make very little sense but provide story interludes between the amazing skating skills.

Inspiring, funny, impressive, fun. What else do you want in a sports movie? Did you think they were good or do you think I’m easily impressed?

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What does Blackface represent? Insightful Writings

Hi-ya thinkers. Be prepared, really great articles are coming up! Reading!

Coming up to halloween, there was a campaign run by Ohio Uni students asking people to think twice before dressing as a culture.

Their point is that is it disrespectful to make a culture a gimmick exaggerated for the laughs. They feel to dress as a culture takes away a members personal legitimacy. This can be true, if you see an excellent parody of a serious film, for example, it is hard to take the serious film, well, seriously. Brokeback Mountain, for example. You know what I mean.

Blackface is a popular “costume” and very entrenched in our not just American culture.

Post halloween, amongst some black faces there was a neat costume idea (though tricky to pull off) ‘Her face is black, but its not blackface‘ (below and link) and we got blackface.

Would you accuse her of using blackface?

Blackface has been known to make some people laugh and it can insult others with its representation of oppression, so ‘When has blackface ever ended well?‘ Here, too, the author asks that people just think about what they are dressing as. The link explains with great links that blackface is used to perpetuate and justify the oppression of black people.

Coming up to December and the holiday Sinterklass, blackface is a dangerous topic in the Netherlands as well. For Sinterklass wiki link a gift bearing man arrives with his “helpers” who are traditional parodies of North African slaves. In a new generation of non-slave owners, the story of the helpers has been changed to explain away the blackface as soot from chimney climbing. Our writer here argues while the story has (flimsily) changed, the feeling and underlying message of blackface is to ridicule a race and culture. 

All these wonderful articles go on to ask other important questions, and give more information and opinions about blackface. Did you find them interesting?

So what do you think? Is racism entrenched in our culture? What did you dress as for halloween? Can blackface be funny? What is stronger, the history of blackface and what it represents, or the attitude that we are in a different, more neutral, age now? Bad, y/n?

Ambrigrams

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Have you seen this cover of the movie The Princess Bride? fFull credit here to one of T-Shirt Avalanche’s cool shirts, and him, for the intro to ambrigrams.

Not only is this an awesome movie, it has a striking cover to go with it. This crazy amazing writing that you can read from both sides is called an ambrigram.

These are such a neat idea. They seem super tricky to design. Although there are a bunch of generators online, they are no where near as readable as The Princess Bride.

Do you think creating them is a matter of looking at the words like a picture, so you aren’t distracted by what the letters would normally look like? Or do you think it is more technical, maybe plotting what needs to be where to be understood?

Here is a breakdown of a clever person drawing a super sweet ambrigram of John Meyer’s name! They have a good understanding of letters and fonts, and they just play around by drawing with what they have written down.

You can also get ambrigrams that make one text read as two different words – one for up and one for up-side down!