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Skateboarding, jockism, sports parents, and chuds

So the latest hubbub in skateboarding is this…

A female skater of very little ability has complained publicly (on Instagram and Twitter, of course, because that’s how we do things these days) that she got 2nd Place in a contest that was won by a trans woman.

Because I clearly enjoy hurting my own psyche, I delved into this happening.

Here’s a few things.

  • She’s not very good. I mean, seriously, she’s just not a good skater at all. It is no crime AT ALL to be not a very good skater and still skate. In fact, it is just fine. However, this young woman really has no business winning any contest at all, regardless who she is competing against.
  • This is not a topic I particularly care about. I find the “save girls sports” people are usually jock parents. They never say “Save libraries and our kids freedom to read what they want”, because they aren’t really “readers.”
  • Having now said I don’t really care about this topic (I think it is overblown and really not a problem), why you may ask do I write about it here? Because I want these people out of skateboarding.  Out. O-U-T.
  • For example…this knobhead. “legitimate competitive future”?  See, this is what happens when sport-parents get involved in skateboarding, rather than simply getting their kid a board and turning them loose.  Yes, I deleted his name, because I’m not a dick, even though this chud probably needs to be shamed.

The culture of skateboarding doesn’t look kindly on whiners. In skateboarding, you try things, you fall, you get hurt, you get back up and try it again, without crying about it. Girls, boys, men, and women, and people of whatever persuasion you rock, that is how it’s done.

End of poorly organized rant.

 

 

Hawk

As any skateboarder with an internet connection now knows, Tony Hawk broke his femur last week. Really nasty break. He was in Austin a few days later, on crutches, with hardware in his leg, for the first showing of the new documentary about his life in skating at South by Southwest.

This morning on his Hawk vs Wolf video/podcast he and Jason Ellis talk about it.

It is really something to see Hawk talk about this injury. Clearly it was horrible, and he has the look of a man who already understood the effects of aging on his skating, and now understands it even more. But what is really moving is hearing him essentially say that (besides just wanting to walk normally again) he just wants to skate. That desire just to skate, regardless the so-called level of his skating. Obviously if Tony is skating at about 10% his peak, that is about 1000% for everyone else, but the point is the same. All of us just want to skate. It is very humanizing to see this legendary skater really not knowing what the future of his skating looks like, but just wanting to skate.

 

First session of 2022

First session of the year, since the weather turned to crap in November 2021. The first session of the new year is always rough, as it take about 1 or maybe 2 sessions to get my feet back under me. Legs are always a little weaker after winter, and I’m just a bit rusty in general. Was good to be back on my board and I’m looking forward to a good year of skating.

Anyway, I was a little slow today, a little afraid of little rocks, and just generally getting the feel for my board again.

Cyberpunk

The other night I watched this documentary, No Maps for These Territories. It’s an interview with William Gibson, who pretty much invented the Cyberpunk sub-genre of science fiction. There were some other author involved, but after watching this documentary and reflecting on my own readings of Gibson’s Burning Chrome anthology and his Sprawl Trilogy, I realized that in my mind that stuff IS cyberpunk. Gibson’s vision is it.

Anything else I’ve read that had the “cyberpunk” label attached has been at least a little disappointing. I think Gibson’s vision is so rich and so deep that for anyone else to really do what he did, well, they’d just be seen as copying him.

One of the best histories of the genesis of cyberpunk appears in Victoria Blake’s introduction to Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Evolution, and Revolution.

The only thing I’ve seen that really visually looks like Cyberpunk is Blade Runner. Gibson has said that he was writing Neuromancer when Blade Runner came out, and he was afraid people would think he simply copied Ridley Scott. Apparently the more recent Netflix series Altered Carbon takes its visual style from Blade Runner. You can’t overemphasize the impact of Blade Runner. Everything else I’ve seen, including the film adaptation of Gibson’s short story Johnny Mnemonic, look like over the top Duran Duran videos.

Not sure where I’m going with this. To sum up. I like the novels of William Gibson, I like Blade Runner, I will check out Altered Carbon.

Meet my new best friend…

…the Clorox Toilet Wand.

Disposable, cleaner-infused cleaning heads, shaped where they can actually get under the rim of the toilet and get all up in that nasty splatter matter that wants to hide from you. You know what I’m talking about. That stuff that comes out of you and defies the laws of physics like the JFK magic bullet? Yeah, that stuff.  This thing cleans like a glorious bastard!

When you are done, you pull that cleaning head off the wand and throw it away, and put the wand in its handy holder. No nasty brush that has just cleaned up pee and dookie (in all its forms), sitting in a nasty holder full of nasty pee/poop water.

Now, is the disposable cleaning head wasteful? Yes. Good for the environment? No. Do I care? Yes. Do I care enough not to use this device? No. Not even close. Not – even – close.

The Clorox Toilet Wand, sitting cleanly in its clean holder, after its first use, not a shit particle on it. GENIUS! Yes, those are cleaning heads inside the older.