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  • 08.09.10
    Parkour   Simon, Sport Comments Off on Parkour

    It’s  been an age since we linked to some parkour/freerunning videos. So we must remedy that! Watch this video and marvel as gravity is defied.

    Do you like this? Go to the NZ Parkour Association website!

    ETA: some more on parkour, here’s a summary of Chase Armitage (professional free runner (which you can be)) and his talents.

    The window is the best bit.

  • 21.04.09
    More Parkour (on wheels)   Internet, Simon, Study Comments Off on More Parkour (on wheels)

    As readers of this blog know, I really like parkour/free-running. (Previous posts.) And you should too. After the ‘more’ there’s an incredible Youtube clip of someone riding a bike up, down, and over all things urban. (It’s really called freestyle BMX.) Enjoy, and don’t try any stunts yourself

    Read more…

  • 01.07.13
    New Books   Books, New, Rebecca Comments Off on New Books

    the one word titles edition:

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSurfacing, Nora Raleigh Baskin (192 pages) – Though only a sophomore, Maggie Paris is a star on the varsity swim team, but she also has an uncanny, almost magical ability to draw out people’s deepest truths, even when they don’t intend to share them. It’s reached a point where most of her classmates, all but her steadfast best friend, now avoid her, and she’s taken to giving herself away every chance she gets to an unavailable — and ungrateful — popular boy from the wrestling team, just to prove she still exists. Even Maggie’s parents, who are busy avoiding each other and the secret deep at the heart of their devastated family, seem wary of her. Is there such a thing as too much truth?

    First lines: “The most peaceful memory I have is of when I drown. And if I close my eyes, I can still see the sunlight, cut into white bands, broken at the water’s surface.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsReach, Hugh Brown (256 pages) – Will Clark thinks he’s a socially inept bookworm who just happens to enjoy cross-country running and taekwondo. But then his mother returns after a five-year absence overseas, and he has his first full-contact taekwondo fight, and the gorgeous comic-reading Conway Jones asks if she can be his maths tutor … Will must reassess himself, and his past, as he reaches towards a new future and lets his dreams take flight.

    First lines: “‘You want a hand?’ Will called. Lloyd Clark, wiry and tireless, was digging in his huge vegetable garden, his white singlet patched with sweat.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsTowering, Alex Flinn (293 pages) – Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her. Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again. Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.

    First lines: “I had not been outside in years. I wasn’t sure how many, exactly, because I didn’t keep track from the beginning. I didn’t realize I’d need to.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsScowler, Daniel Kraus (288 pages) – Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father’s physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.

    First lines: “A tooth was missing and that was never a pleasant thing. It was going on thirty minutes that Ry and Sarah had been after it.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCharmfall, Chloe Neill (242 pages) – High school can be a battlefield, but for Lily Parker, surviving at St. Sophia’s School for Girls is a matter of life and death. When a Reaper infiltrates the school, Lily reaches deep into herself to draw out her magic—and finds that it’s gone! And it turns out she’s not alone. A magical blackout has slammed through paranormal Chicago, and no one knows what—or who—caused it. But Lily knows getting back her magic is worth the risk of going behind enemy lines.

    First lines: “His fur was silvery gray. His eyes shifted color between sky blue and spring green, and his ears were flat against his head. I’d tripped and fallen, which put me at eye level with the giant werewolf in front of me.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsRun, Tim Sinclair (235 pages) – Dee lives for parkour and the alternative worlds he invents to escape his mundane life. He knows the city better than anyone – the hidden spaces at night, the views that no one else sees, from heights that no one else can scale. With parkour, he’s not running away. He’s free. But just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. Soon, Dee is running for his life, running for real.

    First lines: “I walk. One foot and then the next, just like everyday people. Feet on the ground just like everyday people.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsTrinkets, Kirsten Smith (275 pages) – Sixteen-year-old Moe’s Shoplifters Anonymous meetings are usually punctuated by the snores of an old man and the whining of the world’s unhappiest housewife. Until the day that Tabitha Foster and Elodie Shaw walk in. Tabitha has just about everything she wants: money, friends, popularity, a hot boyfriend who worships her…and clearly a yen for stealing. So does Elodie, who, despite her goodie-two-shoes attitude pretty much has “klepto” written across her forehead in indelible marker. But both of them are nothing compared to Moe, a bad girl with an even worse reputation. Tabitha challenges the three to a steal-off and so begins a strange alliance linked by the thrill of stealing and the reasons that spawn it.

    First lines: “The people who say Portland is a place where hipster thirtysomethings go to retire clearly have never been to Lake Oswego”

  • 01.06.11
    Trailer Tuesday   Simon, Trailers Comments Off on Trailer Tuesday

    Saci Lloyd wrote The Carbon Diaries 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 and, shortly, will publish a new book, called Momentum. It is set in London, in the very near future, when energy wars, wealth disparity and martial law are constant headlines. Also it has parkour! Which is pretty cool I think. Here is the trailer:

    Happy Feet 2! Will it be about a penguin who can neither sing nor dance, but instead expresses itself through oratory?

    No, it won’t.

    Ooh and there’s a new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2. It does look good, doesn’t it? In a few years we will be able to watch ALL the films back to back, like you can do with The Lord of The Rings (or whatever).

    (Written on Monday; published on Wednesday; pretend it’s Tuesday.)
    Le Fin
  • 21.03.11
    Get fit in the city   Events, Isn't that cool? Comments Off on Get fit in the city

    parkour

    Urban Survival Series

    Tuesday 22nd March Central Library  4-5pm

    The flying guy in this photo is from NZ Parkour, come and discover how you can get in on the action at this taster session.

    Recreation Wellington will be there with some fitness freebies, and as a bonus, you can tell them what you think they should be doing for young people in this city.

  • 07.03.11
    Events this month: Urban Survival Series   Events, Pencil it in your diaries, Urban Survival Series Comments Off on Events this month: Urban Survival Series

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    Tuesday 22nd March 4-5pm at the Central Library:
    Get fit for free with Rec Welly and NZ Parkour. Find out about the free and five dollar deals in town and learn how to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

    We have some fitness freebies to give away at this session – thanks Rec Welly!

    Thursday 24th March 4-5pm at the Central Library:
    Afford toys and gadgets
    : BNZ, CAB and the Community Law Centre are here to show you how you can get the stuff you want, and what to do when that cell phone you just bought breaks down.

    Monday 28th March 4-5m at the Central Library:
    Plan your OE with STA travel and Volunteer Service Abroad. All the tips and tricks for having the most amazing experience ever.

    STA will be giving away a Lonely Planet guide book to one lucky person at this session.

    Wednesday 30th March 4-5pm at the Central Library:
    Get your music and art out there: The singer from Poppy Dust and the guys from OOsh Multimedia on how collaboration, thinking outside the square,  and following your dreams can get you, your art, your music, and your life where you want them to be.

  • 03.10.09
    Flash 5   Capt. Walker de Planck, Flash games Comments Off on Flash 5

    One more week of holidays, so why not spend it indoors in front of the computer, playing Flash games? Why not indeed. Here’s a list of some new games [we have older lists – Flash, Flash 2, Flash 3, Pew Pew Pew (which should be Flash 4, I guess)]

    Clockwords – type words to shoot down clockwork spiders. The longer the word, the more damage the spiders take. ADDICTIVE. And educational!
    Tetris Friends – Play Tetris competitively – you can send completed lines into someone else’s game. I’m not sure who I played but I won on my first attempt, which was nice.
    Canabalt – a parkour-style game. Run until you, er, fall to your death (I made 1794m on the first attempt. Not too shabby.). 
    Max Damage – Max is a kid who likes to break things with his ‘toy’ cannon. Uses real physics, so could be considered educational maybe.
    CycloManiacs
    Tane – Tane is … Tane. It’s also an actual game, believe it or not.
    Pixel – Very cool. Can’t begin to describe it.
    Steamshovel Harry – Didn’t play this (I’m at work, you know) so who knows.
    How To Raise A Dragon – Didn’t play it either but comes recommended.

    Enjoy.

  • 24.04.09
    And another week bites the dust   Grimm Comments Off on And another week bites the dust

    This week:

    That was all. TTFN.

  • 26.02.09
    Run, lol, run   Flash games, Simon Comments Off on Run, lol, run

    Mirror’s Edge is a new console game that uses the sport of free-running, or parkour. You can play a 2-dimensional platform Flash version of the game – Mirror’s Edge 2D – for free! It’s pretty addictive. I freely admit to playing it all morning.

  • 06.09.08
    Free-running championships   Competition, Simon, Sport Comments Off on Free-running championships

    More free-running news!

    The world’s first free-running championships took place in London last Wednesday. Contestants had to complete a course (and provide their own soundtrack) and were judged for their ‘flow’ by other free-runners. The BBC have a brief video interview with the organiser of the event. The winner was American Gabe Nunez (who can be seen in this 3 Doors Down music video), while second and third places were won by Britons.

    I don’t think the 2012 London Olympics have a demonstration sport picked out yet …

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