Archive for October, 2009

Dead Mans Bones.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

This is old and you have probably already watched it and forgotten about it. I know I did . . . But I happened to notice it again on one of the many blogs I check in 3 minute increments throughout the day while waiting for revisions/proofs/ideas to come back across my desk.

This Youtubery seems perfect for a Hallowe’en weekend. I forgot it was Hallowe’en tomorrow. My Lady-Friend and I are headed way out into the woods to sleep in a tent, we probably should have looked at the calendar. Extra Spooky!

The Edward Scissorhand’s off to the left makes me smile.

Stereo.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Maybe you are not into skateboarding, but maybe you enjoyed watching My Name is Earl, or Mallrats, or Almost Famous. In that case, you probably like Jason Lee.

Jason Lee, inventor of the 360 flip, resurrected his skate brand Stereo a few years ago with co-partner Chris Pastras.

If you follow this link, Steve Berra will take you on a mini-tour of the Stereo office + warehouse. I really like behind the scenes stuff like this, seeing where people work and create . . . it’s cool with me.

So Rad!

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Via

Mad Mat.

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

On Thanksgiving weekend, I re-watched the Mat Hoffman bio from Props Issue 50 (released a few years ago) with a couple of people who hadn’t seen it. Mat Hoffman is wild, to say the least. I’m rather interested in seeing the full length version of this:

Down.

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

We had a rather major issue with our server this week, which had Awesome Internet Site offline for a couple of days . . . A few posts have disappeared, but I think that is the extent of the damage.

Bruuks told me this would be the best picture I will see all day.

Wookie on a Trickstar

A Wookie on a Hutch Trickstar! Are you kidding me? So much geekery is colliding for me at this very moment.

PhotoBlogJammin: Back Home.

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

This past Sunday and Monday I traveled back home to make good on a promise to shoot some family portraits. It had been a while since I have been back there . . . I should have shot more photo’s (outside of the portrait shoot), but I was more into just walking around and looking at stuff.

Outside-Pool

In the summer of 1988, this pool (just as it appears here) was drained. Every kid in the vicinity who owned a skateboard scaled this very fence and sessioned it non-stop, until the spot finally became a bust. Which took quite a while.

Think about how different skateboarding was back then. There was a big community celebration happening in the park across the street while the pool was open for skating. The number of kids skating it was unreal, there were police hanging out in the park along with a large number of community residents. I do not recall a single person saying a word about us climbing the fence or skating the pool. I can’t imagine anything like that happening today.

Pool

As you can see. This isn’t even a good pool for skating. But it was ours. You would push in and just carve, in one side and out the other. Kids lined up on either end, depending if you wanted to carve frontside or backside. It was cordial. No snaking, everyone taking runs. It was special because I don’t think any of us had skated something like this before. We had Beasley in Hamilton, but that really wasn’t much of a bowl . . . and you always ran the risk of getting punched in the face down there sooner or later. This was a good time.

I do recall Greg Urban getting wild and doing wallrides out of it. That was pretty burly for the time.

Home-Plate

The local ball diamond. This is the very scene of many, many strike outs for Yours Truly. You would think 11 some odd years of little league would make you better at the plate. It didn’t.

Work-Table

I used to work here. We would make tea at this table. It used to be inside a huge greenhouse. The greenhouse is gone, but the table remains unmoved.

Julio

Julio is a good dude. He came with me because he likes cameras and is learning how to use them better (though, he already uses them quite well). He was a big help with the portrait shoot, moving lights, flashes, and holding fill cards. Thanks Julio! This is one of several light test shots. I think Julio is channeling his inner Menudo (we all have an inner Menudo).

The Worst.

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

I am into kitsch. I have very little trouble watching blatantly horrible movies. (See yesterday’s post). Multiple times. This couldn’t be any closer to the mark:

so_bad_its_worse

I have attempted to watch the Star Wars Christmas Special twice. Once on my own, once with David Lapsley. David Lapsley could hardly make it past the four minute mark, and this is the kind of thing he is known for. George Lucas has made some missteps with the Star Wars franchise (ones we will not delve into here), this nearly tops them all . . . of course the whole Greedo shooting first debacle is hard to beat.

Yikes. I need to shut this post down.

Also note: Christmas in the Stars, the Star Wars Christmas Album — comprised of songs about some intergalactic version of christmas, as sung by C-3PO . . . is really bad.

I need to shut this post down.

Plot Device.

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Bangin.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I promise, I will lay off the skateboarding posts after this one. This one, however, is way too good not to share. Chris Cole is awesome.

Watch it here.

Schaaf.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

While I don’t ride motorcycles, I do like old motorcycles. And I like skateboarding. I have been looking forward to this next series of Epicly Later’d episodes for a while.