In the vein of my in defence of figure skating post from a few years ago, I have apparently decided to make an in defence of skateboarding post.

I expect it will bore 99% of you to tears... Not sorry :\

I can't really make a 'my favourite skaters' list, because that would invariably involve pretty much everyone who's even been on Flip (consistently the best, most interesting and most international team ever assembled) plus about two thirds of everyone from Pennsylvania or New Jersey (what the hell is in the water there?!) before I even got round to actually thinking about it.

(ETA: I've thought about it. It's Mark Appleyard. Apples is my favourite skater. <3 But: not the point of this post!)

So I thought I'd do this sort of 'why skateboarding is actually stupidly awesome' post instead. A short list designed entirely to make you smile, maybe gasp and go "woah" a little, with no prior knowledge or understanding of skateboarding required.


Everything goes behind a cut except this, because if you don't really care but maybe have time to watch just one vid, then WATCH THIS ONE.

This is Rodney Mullen. The sheer existence of Rodney Mullen, and the ability for him to do even, like, an *eighth* of the things he can actually do, I'm pretty sure breaks ALL LAWS OF NATURE EVER. All of this incredible - nay, incomprehensible... unfathomable... - tech-trick insanity wrapped up in a 40-something-year-old bundle of quiet, unassuming niceness.

So once we've picked our jaws up off the floor from that, I'll see you beyond the jump for the slightly more conventional stuff, and one intense bail.

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Mar. 7th, 2010 11:37 pm
I haven't journalled since about a month before I left Perth...? Proper ages ago. And I feel like I'm kinda forcing myself to now. But I have this shiny new Dreamwidth thanks to [personal profile] apatheia_jane... I'm sure things will pick up when media season comes around again. NuWho obviously is going to be massive this Easter, plus a final season of Ashes to Ashes, which I think I'm stoked about.

I don't know why I didn't weigh in on The End of Tennant, given that I was getting it in real-time with a whole nation. I guess, what was their to say? You couldn't miss the blinding Doctor/Master gheyness even if you wanted to, and I totally cried at most of the Doctor/Wilf interactions, like most everyone; go on, try to deny it.

So what's new on the tubes of late? [ profile] ontd_skating is addictive crack. And the Winter Olympics anon kink meme needs more love, go write for it.

This photo popped up in an official capacity in one of my old (but undying) fandoms recently, much joy ensued. Bam Margera's always been pretty queer, let's be honest, and he's never not been out if you had half a brain to see it (on tele shows and radio in ways you could choose not to see if it bothered you; later in real life in ways you couldn't ignore, but only if you happened to be there to witness it), but this is certainly the most consciously public display yet. So props for that. I have waited many a long year for my first out queer skate rat :) (Me and Larry Clark both.)

I saw A Single Man recently, the Tom Ford film. It's beautiful the way American Beauty was beautiful. It's also MASTERFULLY directed. Incredible use of softly implied paedophilia/sexualisation of children to fvck with people's perceptions of older gay men. Also proved a point to me that homo stories do need to be told, additional to hetero stories, because both [ profile] _porcelina and I reacted with sadness to this plot line in a way I would not expect to react to a similar plot with straight characters. I just found that interesting...



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