Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • It was a fine, breezy Saturday afternoon when I decided to drive the family to the park---me for some quality flying time, wife Sandra and daughter Kathryn for a duck-feeding frenzy. We duly arrived at the slightly soggy park and got ourselves sorted out into the variety of walking boots, coats, gloves, and scarves that are part of the dressing up procedure for winter weather. Hand in hand, Sandra and Kathryn headed off to the pond to feed the mass of ducks and geese that eagerly await such visitations.
  • “This afternoon has been fine and windy, and the boys have been flying kites, made of tough paper on a bamboo frame, all of a rectangular shape, some of them five feet square, and nearly all decorated with huge faces of historical heroes. Some of them have a humming arrangement made of whalebone. There was a very interesting contest between two great kites, and it brought out the whole population.
  • Kite fishing and its perils received an airing on prime time television when ESPN Outdoors last fall showed a personal adventure by George Poveromo, a network correspondent. Poveromo told about a Florida sailfishing outing. Poveromo and a pal were using live bait under fishing kites to tempt the West Palm Beach area’s feisty sailfish during their migration swim. The fish are very shy so bait presented from the sky and unassociated with an intrusive boat is effective.
  • Can one little logohead change a country’s image from the land of cold, sadness and vodka to the home of youth, playfulness and hope? An advertising agency in Warsaw, commissioned by the government to design one promoting tourism and trade, believes so. It has come up with a logo featuring a kite because, in the words of the agency, the “kite stands for youth, freedom, playfulness, and hope----in any language, in any country.”
  • Ever the kiteflying pioneer, Jackie Matisse, of Fontainebleau Forest, France, late last year collaborated on the first high-bandwidth art piece ever created by computer. Working with the Amsterdam Science and Technology Center, Matisse contributed 12 of her very long, beautifully decorated kite tails to the project. Because wind speed was added to the equation, extensive calculations were required for these real-time kinetic art pieces (kites). Computer operations, mainly at universities, around the world each took on a single one of the dozen tails.