Sunday, June 28, 2009

It's Over!

I am now 98% sure that I'm getting a new rig soon. Watch this simple little video, If it makes you smile you should get one too!

Rock Shox Reba Team at Big Creek from Robb Sutton on Vimeo.

See the 0:24 and 1:12 marks for the reason that I'm getting back on the saddle. The flick.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Double Standard

If liberals didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

Heh. So true, so true.


Songs That You May Be Surprised That Mike Likes

That's Not My Name, by the Ting Tings.

Fabulous! Easily in my top ten favorites of the last twelve months.



Rode a bike for the first time in five or more years last week in San Diego. A cruiser around Mission Bay. It was good fun.

Tore my hardtail to the frame, need parts, gonna cost me easily $200+. Some very hard to find... ...and I'll still have old wheels that were beat on pretty hard before the bike hit storage six years ago...

Looking at new, and am amazed at what I can get for less than my last camera lens...

Need to do some soul searching to decide if I'll ride it two or more times a week...



A Ha!

More good news for me!

Excess Pounds, but Not Too Many, May Lead to Longer Life - The New York Times

The report, published online last week in the journal Obesity, found that overall, people who were overweight but not obese — defined as a body mass index of 25 to 29.9 — were actually less likely to die than people of normal weight, defined as a B.M.I. of 18.5 to 24.9.

By contrast, people who were underweight, with a B.M.I. under 18.5, were more likely to die than those of average weight. Their risk of dying was 73 percent higher than that of normal weight people, while the risk of dying for those who were overweight was 17 percent lower than for people of normal weight.

Nice, I am now that much closer to being healthy, and I didn't have to do a damn thing! Granted, I still have some work to do... To tell you the truth, it actually encourages me to get a bit healthier, as instead of a huge ordeal, I just need to make a few tweeks to get in the target zone. More some exercise, better food, less portions, and I'll be looking (and feelin') good.

I think that I'll go under the house and pull out my bikes. Tear them down and assemble the good parts into a "franken-hardtail" urban bike. W00t!

[h/t: Lifehacker]


Thursday, June 25, 2009


Check this video out... Try to find the clues that it isn't a model (it isn't). BTW, be sure to click through to Vimeo so you can view this thing in HD quality full screen. Fabulous!

Shot with a Canon 5d mkII (my next camera) and a tilt-shift lens (which I am going to have to try soon).


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bogey, Five O'clock

Just got back from a week stay in San Diego, where the air seemed to put Mike's booger (bogey) production on ten.

So, Mike's inquisitive brain decided to look up some info on said bogeys to learn a bit more... And I came up with this.

Top doc backs picking your nose and eating it

Picking your nose and eating it is one of the best ways to stay healthy, according to a top Austrian doctor.

Innsbruck-based lung specialist Prof Dr Friedrich Bischinger said people who pick their noses with their fingers were healthy, happier and probably better in tune with their bodies.

He says society should adopt a new approach to nose-picking and encourage children to take it up.



"And eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body's immune system.

"Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do. In terms of the immune system the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.

"Modern medicine is constantly trying to do the same thing through far more complicated methods, people who pick their nose and eat it get a natural boost to their immune system for free."

You know what, that makes total sense to me. Sounds like a natural flu shot!

When I was a wee lad, I know for a fact that I ate the occasional booger. You know what, I think I have a stronger than usual immune system... Carrie says that she hasn't eaten one that she can remember, and she catches more stuff than me.

Don't get me wrong, I haven't partaken in the salty treats for thirty years and I probably won't start anytime soon. The reason is the same for why I will avoid brussel sprouts... They disgust me. I'm going to have to see some eye-popping results before I start eating either one.

It makes me wonder about how we go OCD on disinfecting our kids nowadays. Yeah, cleanliness is important, but what if we aren't letting their immune systems develop? I believe George Carlin did a bit on this (that I can't find right now.)

Could bogey eating help? Further study needed...


Monday, June 15, 2009

Coolest Video EVER!

Cockpit footage from the Blue Angels in the raw. Freakin' sweet!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Best Buy

One of the best purchases that I have made.

My Weber 'Silver B' gets a ton of use once the weather gets good. Now five years old, the thing still starts with one click of the starter and the outside looks almost as good as new. The inside looks better as it is well 'seasoned'. I think in the last month seventy percent or more of our dinners have been cooked on the thing, and that will continue well into September.

Sure many will say, and I agree, that charcoal is superior to a propane grill. In fact, I think this summer I'll probably pick up a Weber kettle. But a charcoal grill can't hold a candle to this thing. I would say that it is more convenient than our range in the kitchen. Why? Because when I make a mess, all I need to do is crank the burners for a few minutes and hit it with wire brush. Clean!

Note: Notice that the pint glass is empty, that means that the grilling is done!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bird Dog

Clyde spotted this little fella in the back yard when we went back there to cut the lawn.

He was very curious as to what the thing was, but he didn't touch it or get rambunctious.

It is a fledgling Steller Jay. Mom and dad were not very happy with Clyde and I checking out their baby. One stayed close to it and made just a minor racket while the other was raising holy hell as only Jay Steller can. he was jumping from branch to branch, pecking at them, and squawking very loud.

Here is a the only shot I got of mom, dad, and junior. As you can tell, they wern't staying still.

Last I saw the little guy he was on the ground under the trees. I'm not going to interfere with it, I'll just keep the beast away. It was like Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom back there today!


Sunday, June 07, 2009

Where is Clyde?

There he is!

Tired Clyde sleeping at my feet as I type this. He's dreaming about something because he keeps twitching. My guess he is dreaming about chasing his bumper in the Sound, which is what made him this tired in the first place.


Saturday, June 06, 2009

Timelapse [like a minature]

Timelapse [like a miniature] from 46°Project on Vimeo.

Again, fascinating...


Friday, June 05, 2009

Plastered or Not

You tell me.

Beer. Lol.


Still Under Construction

Did some hacking of the template I found to make it 'mine'. I got the general layout where I like it, now for some tweaking of the fonts, colors, and other things.

Keep watching!


Thursday, June 04, 2009

Under Construction

Sorry for the mess, changing up my template as it was a time for change.

Please be patient while I work it.

Did you see Clyde?


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