So it’s that time of year again. The slopes are shutting down one by one here in the states and the hundreds of production companies are starting to, one by one, release their trailers for this falls offerings. Keeping up with the rise and fall of all the snowboard video companies is a full-time job. One that I don’t want to take on, especially when Exile over at Snowboard-Mag.com does such a stellar job at it. So for all you who need to see the hundreds of trailers, make sure and keep an eye on his post, it’s updated as the trailers are released. For everyone else, that trusts my judgement, you can keep checking back here where I will be sporadically posting my favorites.
To kick things off, I just wouldn’t feel right featuring any trailer but Travis Rice’s “That’s It, That’s All”. I’ve been anticipating this release ever since seeing “The Community Project”. Sit back and enjoy.
So I’m a huge fan of fitted hats and an even bigger fan of Elm Company. I know the popular thing in the industry right now is to collaborate with New Era, but in my opinion I’d much rather see snow, skate, and surf brands collaborate with other solid companies within our own industry. Companies like Elm. Why send work and money out to brands that seem to be diving in to “Xtreme Sports” just to be making a buck?
Anyway… This post is about the new Elm 2008 Spring Limited collection. They are all quite pretty and I for one will be trying to get my hands on one. This collection of fitted caps, made in Los Angeles, is limited to only 72 pieces each.
As if the X-games weren’t already crazy enough, ESPN has gone and added three new disciplines to this summers competition. The new events are BMX and Skateboard SuperPark & BMX street.
SuperPark will be a 100 percent transition-focused design – blending a variety of terrain and obstacles into one seamless course. The SuperPark disciplines will highlight the all-around abilities of the world’s best transition skaters and BMX riders. This will mark the first time ever that X Games will not have a stand-alone vert ramp. In addition to Skateboard and BMX SuperPark, BMX Street will be added to X Games where it will follow the same template as X Games mainstay Skateboard Street. The concept is simple, raw street features such as stairs, rails and ledges replicated in an arena setting.
“We are constantly striving to present new sports and disciplines at the X Games that accurately reflect the state of action sports and participants,” said Chris Stiepock, X Games General Manager. “Skateboarders and BMX riders still enjoy vert features, but most are doing so at skateparks rather than on stand-alone vert halfpipes. The proliferation of public skateparks has fostered new athletes who excel on large park features, leading us to develop the SuperPark discipline.”
BMX legend Mat Hoffman, the sport organizer for X Games BMX events, said: “The very core of BMX is to explore and be creative. This new format will promote this progression, providing the opportunity for the best riders to expand Park and Vert to new dimensions.”
As Reported on EXPN.com
About 10 suspected pirates stormed the 288-foot Le Ponant on Friday as it was returning, without passengers, from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The pirates then guided the vessel down Somalia’s eastern coast.
The hijacking comes amid a surge in piracy in the seas off the chaotic Horn of Africa nation, where a weak and impoverished government is unable to patrol its territorial waters. Pirates have seized more than two dozen ships off the country’s coast in the past year, typically demanding high ransoms to free their hostages.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told France-Inter radio that France was in contact with the pirates.
“We have established contact, and the case may take a long time,” he said, without providing more details. Asked whether France would consider paying a ransom, he responded, “We’ll see.”
“We have to do everything to avoid bloodshed,” Kouchner said.
For those of you who don’t know, NKOTB stands for New Kids on the Block. Pair that with “Reunion” and one might come to the conclusion that the boy band of the early nineties is getting back together. People magazine is reporting that the rumors of a New Kids on the Block reunion are true.
Now you may be asking “who really gives a shit?” I know I don’t. But I do think that it is extremely funny. They should consider updating their name to something along the lines of New Geriatrics in the Ward.
What’s even worse is that the reunion will most likely be a success. Followed by five successful seasons of a NKOTB reality show leading right up to the reunion tour of N’Sync! And undoubtedly some snow or skate production company is gonna think it’s a great idea to use one of their (NKOTB) hit songs for a video segment under the belief that it’ll will make them appear more “core” and “funner”. Can somebody say Mack Dawg x NKOTB? Oh I can’t wait.
For all you closet NKOTB fans, here is a flashback for your viewing enjoyment:
Sony’s has been busted for software piracy! In the words of Jesus; “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Of which, I am just as guilty of. I’ve probably stolen a few songs from Sony. But c’mon! They make millions of dollars and they can’t buy software to support a small independent company?
Here’s the story:
Sony BMG is no stranger to piracy. As one of the most vocal supporters of the RIAA and IFPI antipiracy efforts, the company has some experience hunting down and punishing consumers who don’t pay for its products. The company is getting some experience on the other side of the table, however, now that it’s being sued for software piracy.
PointDev, a French software company that makes Windows administration tools, received a call from a Sony BMG IT employee for support. After Sony BMG supplied a pirated license code for Ideal Migration, one of PointDev’s products, the software maker was able to mandate a seizure of Sony BMG’s assets. The subsequent raid revealed that software was illegally installed on four of Sony BMG’s servers. The Business Software Alliance, however, believes that up to 47 percent of the software installed on Sony BMG’s computers could be pirated.
Eleven tips on getting more efficiency out of women. Hahaha. This is great. It’s a 1943 Guide to Hiring Women from the July issue of Transportation Magazine.
8. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. You have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times daily.
I find it funny that sixty-five years later this guide is still pretty relevant!