Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Forget the Swan.
it gives me hope when those guitars kick in.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
One of my favorite parts about skateboarding is taking little day trips to the most random towns. About 3 weeks ago some friends of mine caught wind of a grind line park in Wausau, Wisconsin--so what better an excuse to drive 3 hours to spend a day in a town that hopes to one day host the X-Games. That's what one of the kids there told us. They built the skate park in hopes that it would generate enough hype that eventually Wausau would be home to X-Games IXX. Who knows how valid that is, but what's completely true is that it's still quite a bit of fun to go out on missions in the simple hopes of riding your skateboard and meet some cool people. Here's some photos.
Wayne Zerr - This park is just outside of the Wisconsin Dells, which is one of the weirder towns I have ever been to.
Seth McCallum - Feeble to Fakie - He said he tried to do this longer but the ledge was a bit sticky. At fault? The economy.
Steve Nesser- Tailslide - This is the ever so famed park that, just you wait, will one day host the X-Games. The kid also said that they were widening the highway into town to accommodate all the Xtra traffic that the X-Games with extremely bring.
Nesser- Back Smith.
Luke Hunt - Noseblunt - About 2 seconds after shooting this photo Luke thought it would be interesting to conduct an experiment to see what would happen if he shot his board out at my flash to see if it could with stand. Result. He found that shooting your board at flashes and battery packs could produce side effects of completely breaking the hell out of them.
Fetus - Hurricane to Fakie - What's also awesome about going to random small towns to go skate is that 9 times out of 10 there is a kid who kills it and this was that kid.
Fetus - Crailslide.
Good times. Tune in, 2015, X-Games Wausau.
Last week's HDF — Bill Withers' "Use Me" — is a hard act to follow.
But NPR's Elvis Mitchell interviewed the man himself about his music, his life, and where he came from.
It's leaked its way onto the internet somehow, and seems a perfect follow-up to last week's little Wither's taste.
Well, check out the trailer for Still Bill, a feature documentary on Bill Withers that's supposed to be coming out this winter.
Good time to be in this time.
Great article and video on the NY Times website on Dave Wiens (the guy who beat Lance Armstrong at the Leadville 100 MTB). Blame him for Lance's comeback.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
If'n you see anyone running around on a brown karate monkey, single speed with avid disc brakes and xtr levers, surly hubs... something like that... and they look like they don't belong on it... give a shout out to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me or James a ring... if'n you've got the #. Or call the cops or something along those lines... I suppose you could tackle them–that'd be rad. Anyhow... I'll try to get a pics of the exact bike from him asap. Good Hunting.
Monday, October 27, 2008
AND SO CAN YOU.
I'm not gonna be in the US come election day so I went down to my local Election Commissioner's Office and voted, just like on election day. Anyone can do it. Whatever your reason - If you want to vote today, you can.
Follow This Link to find early voting locations in your hood.
I didn't make a pinhole camera because I like crappy images or like to take a really long time to make exposures. I did it more just to see if I could do it and cause I like to make stuff and see that stuff work. Corbis now has a collection of neat paper pinhole cameras that you can print out and make pretty easily. Check them out adn maybe you'll feel teh urge to ditch the digital for a day adn go low tech.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
laura really scored on this one, and my hard drive is forever going to be singin' the blues... but cool video published straight to the internet has never been so easy. this was by far the best birthday present i got this year... thanks sweetheart!
it's one of time magazine's "top-25 travel gadgets," in fact. i'd heard about it, seen pictures of it, but had never touched it... never knew i even wanted one 'til laura bought it for me for me. i took it with me for the past three days to kearney and the nebraska travel conference, where i've been working. man, i just checked out the first of the videos i shot... super good quality. not saying much for guy behind the camera, but the camera itself is surprisingly good. i'm just too tired, and it's 2:37am, so i'm not going to take the time to get the videos uploaded to YouTube. sorry... but do czech it out on the flip video website.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I'm gonna miss this and I'm not at all happy about it.
because of this ...
I chingar you not. Okay, a little. The Teddy Pendergrass cassette tape is the only tape in the truck I drive at work that is listenable other than spanish radio, and, well, every once and a while it can get purdy fricken annoying. The other day while driving around, Sonia found the tape and put it in ...
the more I get,
the more I want
from you bayyyybeeeee
the more you give
the more I need
Baby, I'm down with some Teddy. Tell you what.
But the hotel I work at in Yelapa, Mexico, opens up the weekend of the HFF, and there is no way I can't be here. I know it will be a heckteck as hell last few days before the 1st.
im way into this band. the Happy Hollows. watch/listen to this video and then i think you should click the link at the bottom and get there new EP. its free! (and really good) once you have the EP, listen to it on loop while burning your iPhone to stay warm and you will know EXACTLY what my life is like.
NEW HAPPY HOLLOWS FOR FREE
I'm not exactly quite sure the rational behind the, "party all night and sleep on the plane, train or car" mentality but it seems to win me over each time as I'm sitting on said travel device not being able to sleep from being so incredibly uncomfortable. I took the mighty mega bus on Monday from St. Louis to Chicago and stepped off the bus to this beautiful scene.
I was pretty hyped to get a photo of the skyline and a rainbow. Chicago's always been one of if not my favorite city and each time I'm there it's harder and harder to leave. So I just wanted to give an eShout to Chicago to say thanks for all the good, and bad times.
Also ... in more interesting and less personal news on the political front. People in Villa Park—one of the wealthiest suburbs in the Chicago area—who have Obama signs in their front yard are receiving death threats telling them to take their Obama signs down. Kind of scary. But then again, so is that other candidate.
An abundance of consonant-filled mispronounceables played host to last weekend's elite American cross racers, and Cyclofile has all the highlights.
cyclofile.com - 2008 Granogue Cross/Wissahickon Cross from sam smith on Vimeo.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?"
To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.—David Sedaris in The New Yorker
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Kansas City hotshoe Jason Gaikowski's got a new blog — the spoke pony express — and he's already populated it with plenty of good content. Czech it out when you get a sec.
Have a gr8 weekend. Wilderness was wet on the bike side last night. Should be good by Sunday ... maybe tomorrow night.
Can you run a power drill? A skill saw? Table saw?
Know enough about electricty and plumbing to either get yourself shocked, or drowned in a small basement room?
I need to hire a handy man to be in Yelapa, asap.
Why am I asking you? They asked me if I knew anybody.
Yeah, I know people. They are mostly 2,000 miles away.
Well, ask anyway.
"Tania crept over to my side of the bed during all this and wrapped her arms around me. 'I love you, Dave,' she said in my ear. I could tell by her tone that she was saying 'sorry.' Apologies often come in the middle of the night between us. 'I love you too, Tania,' I said. I was accepting her apology. Then she wrapped her legs around me and we cuddled. I do not fart during these occasions for fear of scaring the lady off.'
Read more at Food On Drunk
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Australians came up with another race that involves pigs
I just finished my first batch of bacon. It was a pain, but quite good.
RW: i keep listening to beirut
RW: i can't stop!
THLAT: thats cool RW. do what ya feel...
THLAT: but keep it real
RW: todd i don't like it
RW: i want to be able to listen to another song
RW: like a normal person
RW: you know, just be happy... with an assortment of youtube videos
RW: of songs other people might like
RW: instead of listening to the same unpopular youtube video over and over again
THLAT: RW, ive been there...
THLAT: ive FUCKING been there
RW: i am also drinking more mineral water
RW: but this time, it is totally disguised like a zurp from the store
RW: like in a paper cup, with one of those lids
THLAT: i like that idea!
RW: nobody knows
RW: i could just be walking down the street with a Latte™ ready at any minute to bust out my ™iphone and locate a ™wifi™ho™tspot™™ and "surf the ™™™™web!" with my ibook¡™
RW: but really it is just water!
THLAT: you are ZURPED back RW!
RW: i know but it is just water
THLAT: look at that self portrait! "(((((((@))))))))_(@@@@@@)"
RW: todd maybe if i just put the water into a zurp cup
RW: it sort of magically transforms into zurp
RW: sort of like when you go to church and drink the wine
RW: and it automatically transforms you into being rad
RW: the blood of radness1
THLAT: yeah, i could see that happening
RW: todd i gotta get out of here
RW: where "here" is the internet
RW: because i am obviously going bonkers!
THLAT: its just the internet RW>
THLAT: you are safe