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22 August 2014 @ 08:05 pm
Light spinning  
I've been having a blast learning light spinning (I don't want to call it poi, because I think that's disrespectful to the Maori tradition.)

I found out the LED spinners I got were too light (only 25g) so I went to the dollar store and got some light wands and some super balls, which I turned into more things to spin. I also got some lacrosse balls.


I've been using the stripped ones mainly because they have a night weight and only hurt a little when they it me. Youtube lessons have been very helpful. I feel like I'm already able to do a lot, though I'm also sure I look horrible doing it. I'm looking forward to getting smooth. It's still super fun to take long exposures with what I can do.

dollarstore poi

EDIT: found this article about using the term "poi." http://www.homeofpoi.com/lessons_all/teach/Is-our-modern-use-of-Poi-offensive-to-the-Maori-people-of-New-Zealand-34_293_1945
kelkyagkelkyag on August 23rd, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
Nice pictures! And you look like you're having fun.
champagne and formaldehydecoffeekitty on August 23rd, 2014 11:07 am (UTC)
agreed, those are great pictures. do you have any in the dark? would love to see that.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on August 23rd, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Those are 2" exposures in the dark with a flash to capture me.

I hope to record a routine on video soon, however.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on August 23rd, 2014 02:39 pm (UTC)

A.: Guy Shower Scenes ROCKbyakkodan_slash on August 25th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oooo, pretty pictures!

Alex does poi! And fire spins. He even did it at our wedding (poi with glow sticks, not the fire bit).
eub on August 26th, 2014 07:26 am (UTC)
eub on August 26th, 2014 08:04 am (UTC)
Interesting article about the word "poi". Just from what they wrote, I found it a little odd that they decided, yes, the Maori collectively 'own' the word, and some Maori do consider this usage disrespectful, but that's probably a minority, so we'll keep doing it. I guess I'd feel like, if that's the situation, why not stop? Since for those Maori, the change would apparently make a significant positive, and for these folks it's just not that big a deal. Yeah, maintaining their search engine ranking onto a new domain name. I have no context on Maori culture or opinions so I'm not trying to judge anybody, but I didn't really follow the conclusion.
Someone I am is waiting for my courage: light spinningforgotten_aria on August 26th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't follow their conclusion either, since it seems like it could be the poster child of appropriation. I think it's good to have a unique word for searching about it, but I think it would be better to be a made up one. But I'm not really in the community, so I don't know, but since I've recently be nose deep in the white people doing other culture's things, I'm a bit sensitive. It may mean I can never join the community, since I think I will insist on being respectful.