I was really sad yesterday and then I watched this and I laughed so hard it scared my cat. 

I generally don’t lock in too many hand to cloth grips for several reasons:

1) It strongly increases likelihood of jacking up fingers over time.

2) Attachment via cloth can lead to psychological attachment in trying to force positions for longer than it’s wise too.

Structure of Grace - Design: Griping

I feel #2. When live rolling, I’m not super-skillful, but I have great grips for some reason. I will often grab onto a lapel in the hopes that it will eventually lead to a choke, but without the roadmap nor conviction to get me there. 


deggowaffles asked:

What's your opinion on the Marvel Cinematic Universe? In terms of what they've accomplished, and how these intertwining franchises build upon each others mythology. Apart from Agents of SHIELD of course (even that finally started incorporating the more comic-book aspects).

boiledleather answered:

I don’t think much of it, to be frank. The Iron Man films are great fun, and I enjoyed Incredible Hulk and Captain America; Thor made me sad for Kenneth Branagh, and I think The Avengers is cringingly un-charming in its attempts to be charming, which is all Whedon’s got. (That one long shot of the team working together to beat up their horribly designed alien antagonists throughout Manhattan was nice, as was the part where the Hulk smashed Loki, but that’s really it.) In general the MCU leeches out all the genuine splendor, grandeur, and weirdness of the comics — most of which sprang from the mind of Jack Kirby, the King of Comics, whose legal, financial, and ethical claim on his creations has been ground to a pulp by suits — in favor some pretty politically dubious messaging regarding the necessity of unaccountable military intelligence agencies.