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Socialize / Re: Assassins Creed Costume - Help?
« on: September 24, 2010, 05:57:18 AM »
Just wanna add some things.

According to our statutes(Arkansas):

- "Instrument of Crime" means anything manifestly designed, made, adapted, or commonly used for criminal purposes.
- "Criminal Use of Prohibited Weapons" is defined as: (a) A person commits the offense of criminal use of prohibited weapons if, except as authorized by law, he or she uses, possesses, makes, repairs, sells, or otherwise deals in any bomb, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or rifle, firearm specially made or specially adapted for silent discharge, metal knuckles, or other implement for the infliction of serious physical injury or death. Class B Felony.
- "Carrying a Weapon" is defined as: (a) A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon if he or she possesses a handgun, knife or club on or about his or her person, in a vehicle occupied by him or her, or otherwise readily available for use with a purpose to employ it as a weapon against a person. (3) "Knife" means any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious physical injury or death by cutting or stabbing. It includes a dirk, sword or spear in a cane, razor, ice pick, throwing star, switchblade, and butterfly knife. Class A Misdemeanor.

I just pulled these from out state law book.

I know a letter opener isn't sharp, but it can most definitely stab someone. If you made a spring loaded mechanism for it, it then becomes a switchblade and a deadly weapon. Again, this is in the state or Arkansas. Keep in mind that in Arkansas, we have no knife laws anymore, other than the use of them as weapons. We can carry a 12 inch bowie on our hip and it is perfectly legal. But, even with our liberal knife laws, something like the mechanism from the game would still be considered a deadly weapon and would likely earn some felony charges.

Sorry to rain on your parade, but you have to look at it from an officer's perspective. You can't just let people make stuff like that and walk around on the street. Even as part of a costume.

Socialize / Re: Assassins Creed Costume - Help?
« on: September 24, 2010, 05:37:03 AM »
I think your stuff looks badass!

I wish I was that crafty, lol.

By the way, i'm pretty sure that carrying a letter opener is going to be illegal. If you did somehow make it to work as Altair's and Ezio's I can imagine a few charges an officer might slap on you. Carrying a Knife as a Weapon would be one. I highly recommend you check all of your state and local laws for legal knife lengths and types before considering that. Also, the mechanism you would have to build for his hidden knife would likely constitute a "Switchblade."

- Sorry. I'm in law enforcement and I don't want to see you get in trouble just for having a good time with your costume.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Use in the Military?
« on: September 14, 2010, 11:28:35 AM »
Small bit to add.

My buddy went to air assault school last year. He failed one of the first obstacles which was essentially to do a speed vault. The only thing that was allowed to touch the obstacle was one of his hands. He failed because his cargo pocket touched.

Consumer Whores / Re: Vibram FiveFingers Speed - Pics & Short Review
« on: September 11, 2010, 05:52:23 AM »
They look great for colder parts of the year. Seems like they would be REALLY hot in the summer, though. Can you shed any light on that?

I can't decide if I like the way they look or not...

Socialize / Re: ninja warrior
« on: September 11, 2010, 05:46:02 AM »
On a more serious note, have you guys seen the newest 3rd stage?

I'm not sure it is even possible. The professional rock climber from Korea wasn't able to make it past the climbing part.

I hope someone proves me wrong, though. I've been surprised more than a few times by the athleticism of those guys.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Virtuosity
« on: September 11, 2010, 05:43:35 AM »
Although i'm not a fan of Glassman, I do like this article.

Bottom line: Every structure is built from the ground up. Without a solid base, the structure eventually crumbles.

As a side note, this is also how martial arts systems USED to be taught. It was common for people to spend years doing nothing but a horse stance and possibly the first form of the system. The fact that there aren't as many quality teachers, or "masters", these days probably has to do with the world's current trend toward expediation.

Socialize / Re: I need to change
« on: September 10, 2010, 05:54:19 AM »
It's quite possible to have friends like yours and not act the same as they do. I did it. I was always a brutally honest person, though. If they asked me why I didn't think something was funny, or cool, etc., i'd simply tell them the truth. I'd tell them they were being idiots and I didn't want anything to do with it. And eventually they stopped asking me to do shit they knew wasn't cool with me.

If these guys are really your friends, they're going to accept you whether or not you participate in their crap. If they don't then it is time to find some new friends.

As a side note, if any of my friends EVER did something that goes beyond the typical "junior high" picking, I was the first to make sure that shit didn't go any further. It doesn't matter who it is, once someone steps past that boundary and begin assaulting people who are incapable of standing up for themselves(whether that be someone physically or mentally handicapped, poor, etc.) they need to be stopped, forcefully if necessary, and made a point of. That shit doesn't fly no matter what age or setting.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: kids these days...
« on: September 08, 2010, 05:45:51 AM »
I think to much blame is placed on parents and how they raise their children. Parents can only attempt to direct their children in the right direction, but ultimately, it's up to them.

I wasn't raised to be polite, ethical, or to make good decisions.

I decided a long time ago that if I wanted to break the cycle I had to do it myself. I was never shown to hold a door for someone, but I do it. I was shown that drinking, smoking, using drugs, etc. are all acceptable, but i've never even tried a cigarette. I was shown that it's okay to spend half of your life in the state prison system, but I became a detention officer instead.

When all the blame is placed on parents, it gives disrespectful kids the idea that they aren't to blame for their own actions. I say that's entirely bullshit.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: why are you doing this
« on: September 07, 2010, 02:26:50 PM »
I love you.

Haha. You actually made me laugh out loud at that.  ;D

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: why are you doing this
« on: September 07, 2010, 12:20:11 PM »
It's hard to explain, but I just feel so insecure if I'm not prepared to escape, chase, fight, whatever.
The way evolution works tells us that our capability to do certain activities (e.g. climbing, running, swimming, parkour) would have increased our chances of survival and our chances of reproducing. So there you go, that's the reason.

Physically, sure. However, I don't believe evolution happens on a purely physical level.

Parkour / Re: Roll trouble =(
« on: September 07, 2010, 12:11:07 PM »
Judo and Aikido(probably all Japanese schools...) teach a pretty effective method for beginning rolls. Try this:

- Kneel down on both knees.
- If you're right-handed(just switch if you're a lefty) put your right foot on the ground in front of you. Very much like this picture:

- Notice that the back foot is still on the toes. This gives you a little drive later on in the movement.
- Now, take both palms and place them on the ground at a 45 degree angle between both legs(your right arm will be in front, matching your right leg). Your hands should be right next to each other.
- As you do this, keep your arms solid, but do your best to round them out so they look like a big circle from your chest to your hand.
- Tuck your chin to your chest and look between your own legs. The shape of your arms and rounded back should keep you from hitting your head when you roll.
- From here it is a simple matter of rolling NOT forward, but at more of a 45 degree ANGLE. If you have to, push yourself using the rear foot that is still sitting on it's toes.
- I repeat: You do NOT roll FORWARD in a FORWARD roll. You roll at an ANGLE that allows you to safely tuck your head and round out your back as you roll from your right REAR shoulder/BACK to your left side.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: why are you doing this
« on: September 07, 2010, 11:46:24 AM »
Because I love pushing the boundaries of human potential.

Because I believe humans weren't meant to sit here at this f#cking desk all day, every day.

Because I refuse to sit back and let myself devolve into a worthless, squishy sack that is the future of the technological world.

Because I refuse to believe the people that say you have to be built a certain way, or you're not tall enough, or all the other meaningless self-important phrases that are pinned by people who have no f#cking clue what it is to be "human" in the truest sense of the word.

In summary, I do it because I believe millions of years of evolution(or God's design) made us capable of it for a reason. I don't know that reason. Yet. But, that doesn't mean it isn't worth looking for.

Socialize / Re: Nerd thread
« on: September 04, 2010, 12:06:15 PM »
If you like turn-based you would do yourself a favor to pick up Lost Odyssey on 360.

It's one of my all-time favorite RPGs and you can pick up a used copy at Gamestop for like 10-15 bucks. It's like 3 or 4 discs long.

Great story, cool spin on the turn-based genre(a timed attack button for added damage and such similar to Legend of Dragoons), great graphics, good voice-overs, and lots of length and depth.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Nickname help?
« on: September 04, 2010, 11:35:49 AM »
Levi and Brian have nicknames that started as forum names.

I know.

When I think of them I still think of their actual names, though. If I was trying to tell someone else about their performances on Ninja Warrior, I wouldn't refer to them as Skynative or NoSole. I'd say Brian Orosco and Levi Meeuwenberg(I totally had to look up the spelling).

It just seems rather silly to me.

Wow, good job dude. Sounds like you had the wind knocked out of you for a bit. I f#cking hate that feeling so much because no matter how many times it happens, it always becomes a near-religious experience as your brain starts shouting at you to breathe. No fun.

On a similar note, I had a VERY similar thing happen to me a couple days ago.

I was out running at the local university when it started raining like crazy. I was attempting to practice my vaults over things that I knew would be okay, even when wet.

So, I did a perfect monkey vault over this concrete wall, knowing there was a large patch of grass on the other side. The thing was, I was already running downhill and the grass sloped down as well.

As soon as I got a good look from above the wall, I noticed it was a few feet farther down that I had suspected. No biggie, I just changed my positioning a little and landed no problem. However, due to the height adjustment, I decided to roll out of it just to be safe.

I don't know if you guys know this or not, but wet grass sometimes gets a smidge slippery.

As I landed for my roll, I felt my feet immediately slip and try to shoot out from underneath me. I was going into the head tuck at this point and still managed to do an ugly, ugly roll. I'm just glad that I had my neck to break my fall, lol. I saw stars and was very close to knocking myself out(having been in that situation numerous times before in muay thai). I walked it off, though.

I ended up rolling on the side of my head and neck, closer to the back side. If I had been just a fraction of a second slower in tucking my head it could have gone a LOT worse. Face plant, neck break, etc.

It certainly looks that way from all the videos...

If they do, I doubt it has anything to do with parkour. These are all young, fit, attractive guys we're talkin' about here.

It's probably guys like me who are married, have children, etc. that just don't care enough to shave their chests, lol.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Nickname help?
« on: September 04, 2010, 09:31:15 AM »
What is the obsession with people having these "nicknames" just to practice parkour?

I just don't get it. And, frankly, I think it is ridiculous.

Maybe they think it helps them get recognized? Or makes them better?

I don't know about you, but when I think of all the greats, I think of their names, not their "team names."

Daniel Ilabaca
David Belle
Tim Shieff
Ryan Doyle
Damien Walters
Brian Orosco

Why can't we just use our names?  ???

Socialize / Re: Nerd thread
« on: September 04, 2010, 07:26:30 AM »
Can anyone tell me some great RPG's for Nintendo DS, or xBox 360? Much appreciated :P

Depends on the type of RPG you're looking for. Turn-Based? Action?

DS has a ton of old school remakes. Not to mention the ones that were remade for GBA, but are playable on the DS. Pretty much all the old Final Fantasy games and a lot of Square games.

360 is kinda sparse when it comes to RPGs. Final Fantasy XIII, Mass Effect 1 & 2, Fallout 3, Oblivion, Eternal Sonata, Tales of Vesperia, Dragon Age: Origins, Fable II, Lost Odyssey, Star Ocean: The Last Hope. There's a few more, but they aren't worth mentioning in my opinion...

Pics & Vids / Re: Will Sutton Reel 2010
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:15:25 AM »
A dash vault to a flip?

You've got to be shitting me...

Arkansas / Aspire Gymnastic's Open Gym last night...
« on: August 28, 2010, 05:41:24 AM »
...someone mentioned last night that Gymnastics Joe's in Fayetteville has an open gym too.

Just trying to remember if it was on Thursday nights or not.

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