I hate banks; the times I’ve been screwed by a bank is easily in the double digits. So I remember the first time I was excited for a new bank, when Washington Mutual came around. They were the closest thing to what could be called an un-bank (a bank without all the B.S.). I guess that plan didn’t really work out so well for them since they went bankrupt and became a part of Chase. And just like that, all the cool factors (no-fee atm charges, individual teller kiosks, actual customer service) went out the window with the rest of their liquid assets. Enter Simple.
From Tokyo With Love
It’s been a dream of mine for a while now to go to Japan, although to be honest I’m not 100% sure why. I guess it’s some combination of what I imagined to be the urban insanity of Tokyo plus the hi-tech gadgets they’ve had for years before we did. William Gibson novels like Neuromancer didn’t help either. In fact, I think the most accurate information I had about the country came from the Simpson’s episode where Homer loses all their money in Japan and have to compete on a wacky game show to get back home. Maybe that’s it; the unknown factor. Still so much of Japan is foreign and unknown to Americans, and that was really what sold me. So when my wife and I compared wish lists of places to travel and Japan was at the top of both of our lists, I knew we were in for a crazy trip.
Happy Beard Day
Yesterday my wife successfully pulled off a legitimate surprise party for my birthday, which until now I honestly didn’t think was possible. We had already planned for my parents to come down for the weekend and stay at our apartment, which for me was a big step on its own. Even though I’ve lived on my own for the past 16 years, this was the first time my parents actually came and stayed with me. Kind of a big deal in the feeling-grown-up sense. Previously I either had roommates, lived in too small of a place or lived a couple thousand miles away. Not quite that convenient.
Stud of the week: Aki Hoshide
I mean, if you are gonna take a Facebook profile pic, go big or go home, right? At least that’s the mantra Aki Hoshide lives by, Astronaut for JAXA (Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency). He casually snapped this shot while “hanging out” on a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station. Stud. Check out the rest of their Flickr photoset here.
What happens when you make a music video that is an homage to Scanners, X-Men, X-files, Fringe, Push with a little Children of the Corn mixed in? You get this video. I will admit that the visual FX are rendered fairly well; I’d say on par with Fringe and better than any other sci-fi on network tv these days. This video probably cost more than the last 5 SyFy originals combined.
Audi makes awesome cars. Lets just get that out of the way. I love ’em. I would never buy one but I can really respect them. So much that some jerkface used to park his 2010 R8 in the handicapped parking spot at my gym and I kept catching myself trying to justify that kind of behavior, because… it’s a freaking R8! Needless to say they know how to design automobiles that not only look killer but are monsters on the road. But how much of that knowledge really can carry over into the world of bikes? Enter their offering, the Audi eBike.
At first glance, this electric bicycle certainly continues the Audi tradition. The laundry list of tech in this carbon fiber beast is ridiculous. Built-in head and tail lights, electric motor, touchscreen display and wifi? Even a wheelie mode where it balances on the back wheel like Segway? All crazy awesome features. But my question is this: who is this (I can only assume) insanely-priced machine aimed at? Commuters? People doing freestyle tricks? Trail riders? With practically no rear travel and those puny front shocks it can’t be trail riders. And it looks like the frame’s rear suspension is a unified rear triangle, aka the worst kind of rear suspension ever. All modern bikes have some sort of variant on the 4-bar linkage suspension so that as the shock compresses your bike doesn’t shrink in size or get chain slack. And lets be honest, commuters aren’t riding any real distances on that seat. Oh yeah, that seat! Ridiculous. Looks like a one way ticket to the proctologist. No, but for real. Nobody’s sitting on that seat.
After the solar eclipse on Sunday, awesome photos capturing it started cropping up all over the internet. This one instantly showed up all over Twitter and Facebook, claiming to be a picture shot from the ISS space station. Unfortunately this too-good-to-be-true pic has joined the ranks of The Tourist Guy on the World Trade Center and Shark Attacking Helicopter; a.k.a. it’s a total fake. A convincing fake, created by a this user from the DeviantArt forum. Even though it’s a fake, its still pretty inspiring and worth the hype.
It really doesn’t take much to get me excited about Rallycross: Fast cars driven at top speed over rough terrain with a good chance of glorious crashes? You had me at “Fast”; not to mention how big of a Subaru nerd I am. So naturally Puma sponsoring Subaru’s 2012 Global Rallycross team got me more than a little interested.
Came across this the other day during some tangential internet search. I mean, come on. This is crazy. The skinny ties and hand-guns are rad, but it’s the freakishly accurate hair for both characters that is blowing my mind. To compare it to the original flick, check out this screenshot here.
It’s official. The dishes are done, man. Yup, I got married! On October the 15th, my fiancé Kat and I tied the knot here in Los Angeles. It was a whirlwind of crazy planning and a heck of a lot of last minute scrambling, but we somehow were able to get everything in place and we pulled it off.
And of course by “we” I mean my wife. She did the lion’s share of the planning (and bore a lot of the stress) to get this done, along with an amazing rag-tag team of awesome friends who helped get so much done. They were like the A-Team of wedding helpers and we couldn’t have done it without them. After the reception we went straight on our honeymoon to Playa del Carmen. We just got back so when I get a chance I’ll put a post with some Mexico pictures.