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Post by C-Fan » 29 Jan 2019 15:12

Yay Top Post Painting! Here's one of my favorite self-portraits. It's by Oskar Kokoschka, an Austrian impressionist who was friends with Egon Schiele (maybe my favorite painter ever). I always liked this painting because of the raw energy that comes through the colors, and the defiance that shines through his jawline and crossed arms. I didn't learn til recently that the arms were added by him in that position once he knew the Nazis were featuring the painting in an exhibition meant to show modern art as degenerate. That makes it like 20% more badass:

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January is almost over and I'm happy to report that I'm still doing well with my resolutions. I have played footbag 4 times in the past 4 weeks, I've been slightly better on sleep and diet than last year, and of course the dry streak is still going strong. My shreds this past month haven't been very impressive for various reasons (equipment, subpar spaces, my general conditioning, etc.) but what's important is that I'm doing them. It doesn't matter if I hit any new tricks, any good links, anything "video worthy"... what matters is that I'm making the time and effort to get exercise. I have been filming, though I'm not even sure its worth exporting the video since it's all poorly lit indoor footage of me out of shape.

Here's an old video instead:



A lot of people reached out to see if I was affected by the Government shutdown, which I appreciate. Weirdly enough my particular agency was funded through a separate bill, so I wasn't affected. I do know of 2 other footbaggers in DC though who had to stay home the whole time. They'll be getting paid for the time they missed, but it would be glib and shortsighted to claim they got a paid vacation out of it. I'm sure for the 35 days they weren't drawing a paycheck (and especially the first couple weeks when it wasn't guaranteed they'd get retroactive pay) the uncertainty of income must not have been fun to deal with.
Tjuggles wrote:
26 Jan 2019 13:30
Was that drool you were wiping off of your shirt a bit into the vid? :)
About 3 years ago we rescued an 80 pound golden retriever. I should have just thrown out all my black clothes right then, because Barkley is a shedder. We love the crap out of him though. I am still constantly amazed though to find his fur everywhere.
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26 Jan 2019 13:30

stepping same clipper > stepping same osis > rpt
gyro clip > gyro osis > rpt
Those are basically perfect; just the right level of difficulty and concepts for where I'm at as I get back into shape. While both are easy to hit a single time (especially lining them up so the links flow through my strong side), I think there'd be a lot of value for me to try and hit them starting from all 4 starting points, or just generally see how many contacts of each drill I could do. I'm guessing that number would be humblingly low... especially for the gyro one. I think that'd expose my weak spins, but hopefully also motivate me to get them stronger.

In exciting news, I ordered a pair of Ivan bags! The last pair I ordered from him was when I was training for Worlds in Portland nearly 2 years ago. I'm hoping that having some nice new bags helps me play better. Training with my current crappy bags may be better for me in the long run, but I've definitely had some frustrations with the bags setting weird and also blending into the colors of the floor.

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Post by Muffinman » 30 Jan 2019 10:56

He looks a bit like Thanos. What a chin.
Very happy to hear you're able to make time to shred!
Nice. Wet dream is my official favourite hack trick. Fun to see so many in the old vid.

For flip spins, I would highly recommend dialing those now while you're still in pretty good footbag shape for 2 reasons. Spinning is like the funnest part of footbag, and to be able to spin equally from both sides as much as you want in a run and to mix it up regardless of which clipper you're on is just so rewarding and liberating. And when you're much older and hopefully still playing, spinning is going to be one of the components that will hurt the least.

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Kokoschka chin

Post by C-Fan » 30 Jan 2019 11:31

Muffinman wrote:
30 Jan 2019 10:56
He looks a bit like Thanos. What a chin.
:lol: :lol: :lol: I totally see that. My wife actually commented he looks like the Heavy in Team Fortress 2 for the same reason. Both characters I really like, for what it's worth. But yeah, I'm guessing part of the reason for the slightly weird chin and arms in the painting is that Kokoschka didn't learn or use traditional perspective, which is why so much of his art looks a bit trippy. Also playing a role? He had a big ass chin:

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Also agree that wet dream is an awesome trick. Also underrated is the symposium version, which your boy Risden inspired me to try:

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30 Jan 2019 10:56
For flip spins, I would highly recommend dialing those now while you're still in pretty good footbag shape for 2 reasons. Spinning is like the funnest part of footbag, and to be able to spin equally from both sides as much as you want in a run and to mix it up regardless of which clipper you're on is just so rewarding and liberating. And when you're much older and hopefully still playing, spinning is going to be one of the components that will hurt the least.
I laughed a bit when I read this, because not only do I totally agree with this now...I also agreed with it 10 years ago when my plan was to radically change my game to all spins and ducks! In case it wasn't painfully obvious, I never was able to pull that off. I do think my spins improved because of the effort, but I never got to the point of spinning mastery you described where I could do flip spins without a ton of effort.


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New Units!

Post by C-Fan » 08 Feb 2019 13:02

Epic good news: I have new G-Units! Brand new G-Units! In my size!

A couple weeks back Haley found a pair of G-Units on eBay in my size. This in itself is extremely rare, as most G-Units that appear on eBay and other sites tend to be in larger sizes like 11 and 13. When I checked out the link it almost seemed too good to be true, as the seller claimed they were brand new in the original box. I was a bit skeptical but the photos seemed to bear it out. I hadn't bought anything on eBay in probably over a decade, so I did a little homework to check the seller's reputation before pulling the trigger. They seemed reputable so I bit the bullet ($115! At least that included shipping) and placed the order. I figured my worst case scenario would be they didn't come or they were in bad condition, but I could probably get a refund from paypal if that were the case. I felt like I owed it to myself to at least try since who knows if I'll ever see another pair of G-Units in my size come up for sale again. The whole time I waited for them to arrive they felt like Schrodinger's shoes. As long as I didn't get them, or really as long as I didn't open the box, they'd be simultaneously perfect and disappointing...only turning into either outcome once I opened them. The day they arrived I was pretty nervous about them and tried to temper my expectations. The packaging made me wary; it was a shoebox wrapped in blue electrical tape. No brown paper wrap, no post office sleeve, no nothing. Skeptically I unwrapped the electrical tape until the Reebok shoebox was revealed. I took a deep breath and opened it...and they were fucking perfect. I looked at the soles to see if they showed any sign of wear, and was surprised to find the original "no marking sole" sticker still on there. Wow. The leather didn't feel too dried out or stiff either. Almost like they came out of a time warp from 2005. It felt like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one. I can't remember getting this excited over a physical object in years.

I haven't modded them yet, but I probably will next week. I'm hoping to shoot a quick, very basic modding tutorial in the process. I was on the fence about it, since so few G-Units are out there anymore and the few that exist will probably be acquired by people who already know how to mod them. But then I figured the basic concepts of modding are applicable across shoes, and that somebody getting Lavers could get value from a modding video too. Now I just need to not fuck up the modding, and then find time to edit a video.

In unfortunate news, my phone did a hard reset when it stopped recognizing my touch ID and I got the password wrong too many times. From a footbag perspective, the biggest loss for me was a podcast I had recorded with Brian McKenzie while I was in DC. I had actually tried to pull it off my phone a few times, but it was too large to airdrop or remove in easy fashion. Maybe the lesson there is that if I record more pods in the future I break them up into smaller chunks as I record them so they're easier to work with. Sucks pretty hard though, as I thought the conversation with Brian was one of the more entertaining ones I had recorded.

The other footbag impact of my phone dying is I lost a bunch of footage from my recent gym sessions. I'm not really bothered by that though, since it was all indoor footage and nothing groundbreaking. I was more annoyed and sad about the podcast, as well as losing a bunch of baby photos/videos. I need to be better about backing up my stuff.

In promising footbag news, I saw a beginner post on the Freestyle group on Facebook who lives in the town where I work. I reached out to him, so hopefully after I get back from a work trip we can meet up and we can kick. I get the impression he's a total beginner, but coaching a beginner might motivate me to play more. We'll see.

Since my phone re-set, I have no new footage to post. Instead, here's an old video of Vasek I always liked. Lots of weird, atypical stuff you don't see him do much. I just hate that HD video didn't exist during some of the prime years of Vasek/Jorden:


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Re: Fanzine

Post by boyle » 09 Feb 2019 19:20

Great that you got those shoes. I think if they were there in your size, like you said, you have to go for it. If it didn't work out, it's something to complain about, chase down a refund, blah blah.

Too bad about the phone reset, what a pain. How big are the audio files coming up?

Actually I had a similar feeling when I got a few pairs of quantums - but then they didn't last very long before getting damaged, but hopefully yours go well. Different kind of shoe though, and that it's brand new out of the box.

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Re: Fanzine

Post by Dio » 10 Feb 2019 05:33

Cool Vasek vid!

I love finding shoes on eBay but they are so expensive in Canada, shipping+import duties can add up to almost as much as the shoes themselves. Plus our dollar is weak.

Looking forward to hearing about this new recruit...

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