The distance skating scene is a small insulated social world that includes all the main spheres and dynamics one sees in an oligarchic market polity. Continue reading The distance skating scene: a miniature market oligarchy
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. Continue reading Protected: A look at the cult of Independent Trucks (Luecke, A. (2018). Jenkem Magazine)
Is LDP a kind of skateboarding, or does it belong under the distance skating umbrella? In this post, I make an effort to define this sport. Continue reading The roots of LDP: distance sports or slalom?
You are rightly frustrated with hearsay and anecdotal “evidence” distorting consumer preferences and pointing them to inferior products. Logic doesn’t seem to help and in fact the parties involved are inclined to prefer hearsay over logic. The perfect example of this is the Bennett Vector truck. Continue reading The case against Bennett Vector
I stumbled upon the following tweet-storm the other day. It’s just too relevant to what I see in the longboard community not to post: “We lie to ourselves all the time. In fact, our thinking processes evolved to help us lie to ourselves about the facts around us. Why? Because being accurate about the world around you was often less important than agreeing with the people around you.” Continue reading Brain bugs II
Which is true?
A. Skateboarding makes the police cool.
B. The police makes skateboarding uncool.
A short analysis and (spoiler alert) it’s B. Continue reading ACAB: co-opting skateboarding
I stumbled upon two research papers that discuss the involvement of middle-aged males in skateboarding. They helped me get a better understanding of the conservatism of members of the community on various equipment-related topics. Continue reading Skateboarding and the ‘Tired Generation’
A short video survey of landmark skate spots and their significance for (rather: signification by) skateboarding by Vox. Continue reading Skateboarding and urban/industrial architecture
The skate community had better start dealing with a few of those too. Continue reading Brain bugs
“Safety regulations against skateboarding can impede commuters and threaten the idea of complete streets.”
I stumbled upon this interesting article and I reproduce here in its entirety, until somebody complains. It was published on Transfer Magazine. Continue reading Faster than walking, more flexible than biking: skateboarding as a real mobility mode
So, yeah, it exists! The pumping motion is described by these Russian mathematicians (and I must assume, avid slalomers).
The math exceeds me by far, but someone, somewhere, sometime might find this helpful, hopefully. Continue reading Peer-reviewed literature: the math behind pumping
Skateboards with women’s names, trans women being unwelcome, discriminatory advertisements. Skateboarding is still a boys’ club, no doubt. Continue reading LDP is a boys’ club: sexism in the forums