This website has four purposes, around three skating topics.
- Techniques of skating, with focus on doing it on inline-skates and
cross-country skis, but also about ice-skates.
- Places to skate, and styles of exploring and traveling.
- Ways to have fun and play games and appreciate the beauty of
- identify helpful or interesting questions about those topics
And sometimes identify useful categories of
perspectives and goals of skaters asking or bumping into those
- identify resources publicly available in English on the web that
address those questions.
And to describe those resources in ways that skaters
can quickly jump to the kind of information that is more helpful to
them and their current perspective and goals.
Where there are multiple perspectives or conflicting
views to a question, provide access to sources that express and
debate those different opinions.
- to fill in gaps in the information publicly available for those
topics and questions on the web.
- to provide analysis and raise questions about skating techniques
from a perspective of basic physics.
where "basic physics" here means old-time Newtonian
mechanics of force and velocity, not quarks and quantum levels.
My perspective is that someday all the information and interesting
viewpoints about skating will be richly available on the web.
now we're still a ways from that on some topics, so this website has a
role in describing and assessing the current resources, and in trying to
fill in some of the gaps. Search engines provide long lists of
matches, but they do not assess the quality of those matches, or which
ones are more helpful to a skiing-specific perspective or goal.
In the future the other existing resources will be expanded and new
resources will appear on the web. In response to that, some of the
detailed content on this website will be replaced by links to other
websites, together with brief comments describing, interpreting and
appreciating those other resources.
I hope that in some cases, the creators of the new content will have
been stimulated by my gap-filling attempts -- with the confidence that
even though their work would have flaws, at least it will fix the
deficiencies and errors in my attempts, while carrying forward the
(few?) good ideas.
Then for some topics, even the framework
of interesting and helpful questions on this website might be replaced
by a link to another resource that offered a superior framework.
For others, my framework might outlive that, and continue alongside as
helpful for a minority of persons in a minority of situations.