Skate - Short Note On Rockered Skates

To Rock Or Not?

Rockering skates traditionally does wheel size:

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Full rocker or banana rocker does wheel size:

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The Bauer skates have:

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A Hi-Low chassis, Bauer skates are famous for, as they hold the patent, no other skates manufacturer can copy. Its known as an aggressive stance, as the skater leans, with his weight thrown in a forward direction.

Unconsciously, I used a different rocker this week and last. My wheels were wearing at the rear from slides I practiced, and switched the rear two wheels to the front. After rotating wheels, I was practicing backwards skate, and heavily wore down what was now the front wheel on right and left skates. It was down to around 72m.

I was now running:

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I noticed it allowed much quicker turns in the slalom and in general skate. It was donw quite by chance, as I didn't realize how worn the front wheel on both skates was till I got home and measured.

I like the set-up. It produces very fast turns and good stability. I'm gonna run with it for a while and see how it goes.


Movie - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Drug Induced Delirium

There's a fine line between genius and insanity, and Gilliam straddles that line with impunity. All his work is marked with flashes of both and show him as one of the most creative directors working today.

Depp produces a flawless performance based on Hunter S. Thomson, the infamous gonzo journalist. Depp spent time with Thomson, observing his mannerisms and reproduced them for the screen. Del Toro plays his psychotic and psychopathic lawyer, Dr Gonzo.

The movie has a feel that it's fueled by an excess of drugs and alcohol. Appropriate.

Name: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Year: 1998
Director: Terry Gilliam
Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro.


Movie - Let The Right One In

Swedish Vampires

Teen vampire flick with a difference, unlike any other you've seen. I didn't bother with any of the Twilight Saga franchise of clones. I'm not into horror or gore.

Let The Right One In is very different. No super-human powers, howling at the moon, or beast transformations.

Slow paced, moody, watchable.

Give it a shot.

Name: Let The Right One In
Year: 2008
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson.



Book - Inline!: a Manual for Beginning to Intermediate Inline Skating

Inline!

Authored by William Nealy, an accomplished cartoonist and inline skater. The book is filled with tips, pointers, insights and advice for new (me) and intermediate skaters.

Nealy offers how-tos and how-not-tos in a fun, easy, read.

You can pick it up used on Amazon.co.uk for pennies.

Or Amazon.com for cents.

If you're a newbie skater, it's worth the cost of postage.

Get it!



HBOs - True Detective

Crime Thriller

Watched HBOs True Detective, a TV series in 10 episodes. Brilliant performances from Matt McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as the detectives tracking a serial killer.

I watch almost no television, but this was essential viewing.

If you haven't seen it and you get a chance. Take a look.

Name: True Detective
Year: 2014
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan.
Episode List: Season 1


Freestyle Skating Video

Awesome Wheels

These guys are totally insane.

I love this vid; the edit, the track, the skate.

Inspired fun.

The Art of Slalom

How Its Done

Slalom video by Sinead Howick.

Great style. Great control.

Watch and enjoy!