Monthly Archives: October 2004

Hooping with the Scissor Sisters

scissor sisters hooper

A couple days ago on Queer Day I told readers about the new Scissor Sisters video that John Cameron Mitchell was directing filled with downtown denizens and Facts of Life star Charlotte Rae. Well, John Cameron Mitchell sent Mickey Cotrell, a friend of the WOW Report, the uncensored, bound-to-be-banned dirty version of “Filthy/Gorgeous” and asked Mickey to send it on to his friends and so they’re sending it out to you and so on and so on and so on. Here’s a clip that grooves along and then wow, who is this amazing gold hoola-hooper? Go get a taste of what you won’t be seeing on MTV. WOW Report (not really safe for work)

The Academic Side of Hooping

This year, Ramesh Balasubramaniam of the University of Ottawa, and Michael Turvey of the University of Connecticut and Haskins Laboratory were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for their study “exploring and explaining the dynamics of hula-hooping.” More about the Ig Nobel Prizes here.
If you’d like to read the award-winning study of hula hooping physics, you can check it out in .pdf formula right here. Just to give you some idea of the language, here’s a peek at the study:

In hula hooping, organized motions of the body keep the hoop in stable oscillatory motion parallel to the ground. We examined the hypothesis that the multiple degrees of freedom (DF) of the lower limbs in producing the oscillations are resolved into a few control DF. The Karhunen-Loeve decomposition was applied to the kinematics of the lower limbs in three experiments in which oscillation amplitude and frequency were manipulated.
Kinematic variance was accommodated by two modes whose relative contributions varied with task parameters. Complementary analyses of interjoint Hilbert relative phase suggested a lower-limb organization into a vertical suspension mode and an oscillatory foreaft mode. These modes might stabilize the hoop’s angular momentum by controlling, respectively, its vertical and horizontal components.

Hooping Binder!

I swung by Office Depot today to grab some ink, and low and behold, look at what I found! A bright orange hooper 3-ring binder…and for only $1! Amazing. Since when did Office Depot get so cool?


BurningMan Hooping Video

Thanks to our friends at Hulatopia, I was able to bring a Video Camera to Burning Man this year and I made another Hooping Video. Check out this years hoop hapenings in Windows Media Player here!

(warning, its a huge file — 37mb — only watch if you are on a high speed connection). Also if anyone wants a hard copy of this I can burn CDs just send me an email