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Why Your Backside 180 Ollies Suck (Probably, if they're like mine)

I've been doing backside 180 ollies on my skateboard for almost as long as I've been skateboarding. It's not really that hard a trick to learn, except it is, if you want to do them well.Usually, when I'm practicing my backside 180 ollies on flat, my first attempt will be my best, and then my technique will kind of deteriorate from there. Except for that one jaggy attempt where I successfully land the backside 180 ollie then continue to pivot on my back truck another 180 degrees. Which is only a cool trick if you actually meant to do it.Recently I spent an entire driveway skate session working on my backside 180 ollies. My goal was to get them higher, rotate my body more effectively, and to bend my back leg more (a common problem for most people is not really bending the back leg as you ollie).You can watch my session and decide if I made any progress in the video below.The thing is, I know everything I'm doing wrong with my backside 180 ollies, and what I should be…

Microsoft Surface Duo Folding Phone - Where Have I Seen This Before?

Ten plus years ago I used to be a lot more interested in gadgets and hardware, specifically the mythical world of tablet computing (yes, tablets weren't a thing back then but they were on the horizon).Microsoft recently released its new Surface Duo Foldable Phone and I immediately thought this looks incredibly familiar...Back in 2009 Gizmodo uncovered a super secret Microsoft project, the Courier Booklet, a foldable tablet computer that looks remarkably similar in size and appearance (almost down to the hinge even) to the Surface Duo.

Keep in mind that back in 2009, no one, not even Apple, had released any kind of consumer tablet device. Below is a demonstration video that is kind of a case study as to how a designer might have used the Courier Booklet.
As a device for creatives, that seemed to have a pretty accurate stylus, I was very excited about it (as you can read in my article from the time). Had it ever been released I would've seriously considered getting one, even thoug…

More Driveway Skateboarding Sessions: Heelflips, Kickflips, and Other Tricks

Winter has pretty much kept my skateboarding sessions to the driveway where I have a little bit of cover from the wind and rain.I don't really like skating on cold days. I'm not a person who like being in the cold at all. But I don't like going for too long without skating either because it's frustrating to have to relearn how to do tricks I've only just relearned.Anyway, when I have been out in the driveway I've been working on my kickflips and heelflips amongst other things. Below are two driveway session that aren't particularly remarkable but, if you have been following my skateboarding journey, you can see where I'm at with heelflips and kickflips.The videos really speak for themselves. Both sessions were really just running through various tricks I've been trying to see if I could progress with them at all.As Spring rolls around I'm hoping to get out of my driveway a little more often with some street skating adventures. I hope you'll …

Pizza Monkey Lifeline Skateboard: Unboxing, Setting Up, and First Impressions - BoardPusher Square Nose Deck Review

The day finally arrived where I could unbox my Pizza Monkey Lifeline, Square Nose, Skateboard deck from BoardPusher. 
If you're new to TET.Life, this skateboard deck features my reworked #DesignALifeline Competition entry that I submitted to Revive Skateboards. While it didn't win their competition I still love the design, which makes even more sense as a Pizza Lifeline (we've all needed one of those at one time or another) than a Revive Lifeline.


The Pizza Monkey Lifeline is currently available to buy in my etouristSkateboards BoardPusher store on several different board shapes including your standard popsicle, longboards, cruisers, and the all new square nose shape.
In the video below you can watch me unbox and set up my new deck, going through the details of the various components and why I chose them. I also talk a little bit about my BoardPusher store because I really do love creating skateboard graphics and sharing them with you all on real skateboards that you can ride…

Movie Review: Tenet *Spoiler Free*

Christopher Nolan's film, Tenet, I wanted to see because Nolan's films are always interesting, regardless of how you feel about them after viewing, and because the trailer pitched it as a time travel movie with an angle on that theme I don't think I've seen before.Beyond that I didn't really have much of a clue on what the movie was about, and an early review I read said you should expect to be confused for at least the first hour, before the plot starts to fit together in a way you'll understand.To give you the basic outline I'm just going to give you the IMDB version because I don't really know how to expand on that in any meaningful way:Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.At two and a half hours I was concerned this film might drag a little because Chris does like his ex…

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