Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More SkateBoarding.

Man in Grey Shirt and Blue Denim Jeans Playing Skateboard  I teach a physics class which is looking at skateboarding right now.  I have a couple of students who are finding the whole thing exciting.  Yes, there is a place to use a skateboard but its not much more than a boardwalk.

I'm checking with the principal to see if she'll let us do something with them in the school but I'm don't know.  A few people do have skateboards in the village but none of the kids spend hours doing it.

So for the moment, until I get things squared away for that, we will find out how skateboards are actually made.  We will also look at what you need to know to buy one.  I  did learn you do not really want one from any of the regular stores like Target or Walmart because they are not as durable as the ones you buy from a specialty shop.

I downloaded a video to show and the guy on the video stated he bought one from a regular store and it broke the first time he used it.  It makes sense because if you want a bicycle, it is recommended you go to a bike shop to get a good one. There is no place to buy a skateboard locally so they'd have to do it in Anchorage when there.  This way, they know what to look for.

In addition, I've got a video to show them that discusses making your own board.  In many cases, this is taking a blank deck and creating the artwork for it.  While checking things out, I saw some really cool.  This leads me to the conclusion the artwork on a skateboard can be a good as you see in neighborhoods with graffiti or in the galleries.

 Green and Yellow SkateboardFree stock photo of glass, architecture, leaves, inside  these are just a couple showing they don't have to be plane.

I am so glad I decided to teach this unit.  I've come away with a better appreciation of skateboards and the sport of skateboarding. No I do not plan to learn to ride one only because I've got bad eyes and if I ever fell wrong, it would be bad.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Last Friday

Free stock photo of melting, snow, thawing, winter  It is that time of year when the temperatures have finally risen to something resembling warm (above zero) and the snow is melting so we see the mud/dirt/brown grass.

Contrary to popular opinion, this is the time of year when most Alaskans get cabin fever.  We have to be at work but the outdoors calls our name to go play.

I hear the wind calling my name but I'm stuck indoors working when I'd rather be out walking across the tundra, enjoying the sun light.

In a couple weeks, the early greens will start poking their heads out of the ground and everyone goes out to enjoy these beautiful reminders of spring.  The birds are returning so instead of the usual motorized sounds of ATV's and Snowmachines, one can hear the hello chirpings of the returning birds.

It is a huge celebration when birds return.  I love walking up the road to the old airport with the wind gently tickling my ears while I listen to the birds singing in joy at returning home.  In the distance, some of the lakes are still frozen and ringed with snow but more have melted.  Its almost to the point where the men can pull their boats out and put them on the river.

Every spring, the local school celebrates spring by having three days devoted to the local culture.  Usually, trips are arranged to take students out to ice fish but this year, everything has melted so much, they can't do that.  I think the trips will actually be walks out on the tundra with the elders giving students lessons.

This is the time of year I love best.  In addition, the school hosts dancing two to three nights so children can dance for their parents showing what they've learned during the year.  The first night they dance alone, the second night the parents and other family members join in.  It is a joy to see.

Usually, Friday night would signal the beginning of Winterfest, a celebration where dancers come from other villages but this year it was held back in March so there will be no added dancers this year.

I'll be taking photos of activities and dancing to share with everyone.  Have a good day.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Skateboarding, Skateboarder, Skateboard  Over the past few days, I've been checking out skateboarding.  I actually teach one physics class so I decided to spend some time looking at the physics involved in skateboarding.  I realize many readers are not into skateboarding but many children are.

Its amazing because so many kids and adults will spend hours practicing on their skateboards at shopping malls, parks, anywhere with a flat surface.

They are not wasting time. They are actually learning so many skills which are applicable to real life.  The skills included but not limited to are:

1.  Perseverance. They try again and again until they succeed in learning a trick.  It doesn't matter how many times they fall down, they pick themselves up and try again.  Even when they've learned a trick, they still fall due to a slight miscalculation.

2.  Physics.  Each trick they learn requires an acquired knowledge of physics.  They may not always know the exact terms but they know what they have to do to do the trick.  I've been watching videos which explain the physics behind certain tricks and its amazing how much physics is involved.

3.  If they become good enough, they could become a professional skateboarder.  The top of the top earn between $500,000 and a million dollars per year.  Those who are mid - level, only make $50,000 to $100,000 per year.  Not bad for just riding a skateboard.

4.  With a bit of college education, skateboarders can go into designing parks, the ones which are considered the best for these athletes.  Parks can range in size from very small to covering a whole block.  I've seen a park tucked in behind the city library. I've also seen other parks which covered a whole block with walkways and curved skateboarding areas intertwined to challenge the skateboarder.

The problem with where I live?  There are no paved streets or flat areas.  There are a couple new boardwalks which can be used by skaters but the boardwalks are inclined.  Remember, these kids are developing great skills.  Keep that in mind the next time your kid heads off to spend time outdoors.

Let me know what you think.

Best Clothing To Wear In The Summer.

White Male, 3D Model, Isolated, 3D  Summer is approaching and its time to look at the best clothing to wear when the temperatures increase.  As you know, you should not be wearing items which expose most or all of your skin, especially if you do not want to get skin cancer later in life.

You should look for clothing out of cotton because cotton acts like a towel and pulls moisture away from your skin, thus discouraging the growth of bacteria and yeast.

Another good fabric for the summer is linen.  It is more often produced with a loose weave and breathes well.  I have some light weight linen I made a cover out of so I can wear my tank tops, yet stay cool.

Do not choose clothing made of synthetic fibers because the material that does not breath causing the moisture to stick to you rather than providing the desired cooling effect.  In addition, the lack of wicking can cause people to break out in a rash.

In addition, make sure the fabric feels light.  If you hold it up to the light and can see through it a little, that is perfect.   Although it is recommended a person choose lighter colors such as white, tan, or pale yellow because they reflect light rather than absorb it, there is some research out there that indicates in certain conditions dark loosely woven materials are better.

Choose loose fitting clothing because your blood vessels dilate in the summer, causing your body to release heat through the skin. The loose clothing allows your blood to circulate better while tight fitting clothing can slow down the cooling effect.

The ideal clothing consists of long sleeves, long pants or long skirts so your skin is covered. The summer heat makes us want to wear tank tops and shorts but exposure to UV rays can cause sunburns and the heat can cause your skin to dry out making it more prone to wrinkles and aging skin.

So if you plan to spend time outdoors this summer, be sure to dress appropriately so you avoid sunburn and aging.  Let me know what you think.