Combatting misconceptions...

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by andrew_carter, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. I need some ideas for the start of our movie. I want to have some text
    at the start informing non-unicyclists about certain things. At the
    moment I have:

    "All non-unicyclists please note...

    'MUni' stands for mountain unicycling
    ...and we DO NOT land drops sitting down."

    I really don't like the misconception that we somehow enjoy jumping off
    things and landing sitting down with all our weight on the seat. :)

    Any other things I should add?

    Please forgive me if this is not Rec.Sport.Unicycling-worthy.

    Thanks,
    Andrew


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  2. duaner

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    andrew_carter wrote:
    > *I need some ideas for the start of our movie. I want to have some
    > text at the start informing non-unicyclists about certain things. At
    > the moment I have:
    >
    > "All non-unicyclists please note...
    >
    > 'MUni' stands for mountain unicycling
    > ...and we DO NOT land drops sitting down."
    > *



    explaining the 2nd statement to non-unicyclists may be problematic ...

    non-unicyclists don't know unicyclists' "land"

    non-unicyclists don't know unicyclists' "drop"

    non-unicyclists may not realize that one can sit on a uni

    non-unicyclists may not realize that one can stand on a uni


    and sometimes, in a video of a seat-in drop it may appear that the
    landing _is_ made sitting down, because the transition from
    legs-extended (standing) to seat is so fast it may happen between video
    frames. I.e. the first frame that shows the wheel on the ground may
    also show the butt on the seat.


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  3. They'll soon realise all these things as soon as they watch the rest of
    the video though, and if they didn't know them to start with, it will
    whet their appetites


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  4. Borges

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    Maybe change it to
    MUni stands for Mountain UNIcycling...
    And we DO NOT land sitting down.
    If you want to make absolutely sure everyone understand what you mean,
    show a 2sec clip of a drop.
    > Any other things I should add?

    "No balls where harmed during the making of this film"


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  5. duaner

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  6. thinuniking

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  7. Construction workers stopped to watch me ride today . . .

    one started with "You lost some 'wheels'" (?!)
    and continued with "that hurts my balls just looking at it"

    non-riders don't know that we don't sit on our balls
    they don't know that they could probably learn to ride if they tried
    enough
    they don't know that we don't like the redundant comments
    they don't know that unicycling is a SPORT enjoyed by non-entertainers
    they don't seem to know how we stop, slow down or "ride that thing"
    they don't know that it is SAFER than most other sports


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  8. johnfoss

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    duaner wrote:
    > *or "No balls where -permanently injured- during the making of this
    > film" :| *

    That's good, especially if you add "Except here." and show a great,
    painful outtake. You can follow it up with something about "This is not
    the recommended method."

    Yes there's lots you can say to your audience. But show them first. You
    could even do a dialogue with a bystanding non-rider, or imaginary one.
    Then you could tackle the common questions one by one, such as "You
    can't ride those uphill, can you?" and show it. Make sure you include
    something about how people *can* learn to ride. The first thing toward
    doing it is not closing yourself off from it. It amazes me how people do
    that. It's okay to not be interested, but to be absolutely convinced
    it's impossible for you to do is not the same thing.


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  9. KJ-52

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    Yeah, I tell people when they ask me if it's hard, that it's hard at
    first, but you gotta practice. I've had my unicycle out at the youth
    center and of course a bunch of kids wanna ride it, so we juggle my 20
    inch and 24" with my three different sized seats and posts between them,
    and kids try to ride while two more hold them, it's hectic, but fun.
    Noones really ridden by themselves, but I don't expect it, I think some
    of them do, although I know if they had more then one or two tries
    they'd get it eventually. But I think it's helping me at least by trying
    to teach them, plus it's fun when they say, " can you ride that?" and
    want to see me, even if I can only ride forward, hop, and idle for a
    second.

    Andrew


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  10. duaner

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    KJ-52 wrote:
    > *Yeah, I tell people when they ask me if it's hard, that it's hard at
    > first, but you gotta practice.*



    I often remind people that it was hard to _learn_ to ride a b*ke.


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  11. duaner wrote:
    > *
    >
    > I often remind people that it was hard to _learn_ to ride a b*ke. *



    I prefer the line that I heard from someone here on RSU when I'm asked
    if it's hard to learn to uni.

    I reply with "It's hard to learn, but easy to do" :D


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  12. thinuniking

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    sorry to put the brakes on but how many non unicyclists do you think are
    going to buy this video anyway?? i mean do you buy skateboarding
    videos?
    Ben


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  13. johnglazer

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  14. > non-unicyclists may not buy it, but I know that when I buy a new uni
    > movie, I show it to all of my non-unicycling friends.

    Yes, that was my reasoning. Of course I don't expect any non-unicyclist
    to go out and buy it!

    Andrew


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  15. Checkernuts

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    thinuniking wrote:
    > *sorry to put the brakes on but how many non unicyclists do you think
    > are going to buy this video anyway?? i mean do you buy skateboarding
    > videos?
    > Ben *



    No but I download them...


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  16. Borges

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    > non-unicyclists may not buy it, but I know that when I buy a new uni
    > movie, I show it to all of my non-unicycling friends.


    andrew_carter wrote:
    > *Yes, that was my reasoning. Of course I don't expect any
    > non-unicyclist to go out and buy it!
    >
    > Andrew *



    Then, why bother combating prejudice here?
    Your friends know you well enough to know that if landing a drop felt
    like being kicked in the crotch you probably wouldn't do it. Right?


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  17. I just reckon that somewhere along the way non-unicyclists (most likely
    friends and family of unicyclists) that don't know these things will
    probably see the movie. It's not like there's any harm done in adding
    these few lines. A few of the titles have the word 'MUni' in them and I
    thought that that at least could use some explaining.

    There will be links to the movie (available for download) on
    www.unicycles.com.au and there may be some not-yet-unicyclists watching
    bits and pieces at some stage. I think it would help for them to know
    these things.

    Andrew


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  18. johnglazer

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