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The WRX gets racked

WRX gets racked I bought my little Subaru in the beginning of 2008, and a few months later I bought the Thule rack for it. One problem; nobody had the fit kit for it! Thule didn’t even have it available to buy yet. And so I forgot about it. And then when I remembered, I was too broke. Then I forgot again.

Regardless, I finally got the missing pieces – 3 years later – and the car is now officially ready to ride. I sent this picture to my brother Carl and he instantly pointed out a major flaw: There isn’t a second bike tray for him. :/

Apple busts out the Golden Ratio

Yeah, they went there. The Golden Mean is a mathematical formula that is both complex and simple at the same time. Basically when you compare two objects and the difference between the two is the same ratio as the difference between the two objects combined compared with the larger object. Or a ratio of 1.618, if you are like me and didn’t study math. The Mona Lisa, the front side of Parthenon in Athens (intentional or not), works by Salvador Dalí and more all use close approximations of this equation, and lots of people will argue that it helps make the art more appealing and physically balanced. Well add Apple’s new iCloud logo to that list. Although to be totally honest, I don’t get what all the internet buzz is about (harmonious? Really?? gag). It just looks like someone got a little bevel/ emboss crazy on a couple circles.

Mountain biking with an IMAX point of view [vid]

I finally dragged my butt of the couch and got my first mountain bike ride of the year in. It always takes the first ride to get the single track fever back and now it’s hit me in full force. Between scouring Google maps for trails and pondering which bike parts I need to upgrade, there’s a whole slew of videos to I need to watch. Framed is a short but gorgeous video showcasing just how awe-inspiring mountain biking can be. Some scenes were filmed with the Red One; one of the highest quality digital video cameras out there.

Everything seems more extreme with the Go Pro Hero HD[vid]

Ever since that space video, I’ve wanted a GoPro HD camera; I just didn’t want to drop 300 bones on one. Thanks to the REI Used Gear sale and some chump who returned a perfectly good camera, I scored one for $20. Here’s my first pass with it on the Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain. I can’t wait to hook this up to my mountain bike and hit some trails.

Forget Branson; see space on the cheap [vid]

I’d like to say I’ve grown wiser and more mature in recent years, but lets be honest: I still hate those kids that went to Space Camp. And with Sir Richard Branson taking his sweet time getting the commercial space tourism industry launched, options are dwindling for chumps like me to see the global horizon. That’s why this experiment done by a father and son in Upstate New York seems so awesome. Using little more than a weather balloon, GPS tracker and an HD helmet cam – the so very awesome GoPro HD – they got legit HD quality footage from space. Seriously badass.

The infernal roommate hunt

Finding a roommate has always been the bane of my existence. Well I just found a way to make that process even more painful: live in a “luxury” apartment. Yep, when your rent is more than twice what most people are willing to pay, surprisingly you don’t get many inquiries.

Update: We’ve been saved! Two days before we got the boot, we got our bail out by an awesome guy named Paul, who was ready to move in the next day. Thank you Craigslist!

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Chris Nolan, pick your Catwomen

Possible Catwomen It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion. The next Batman movie is going to have a Catwoman in it. they blew up the love interest in the last film and need a new villan, so this would kill two birds with one actress. At least that’s the consensus amongst my co-workers and myself. So the real question is who? Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie and even Cher (?!) have all been rumored to play the role, but Meagan can’t act, Angelina is too crazy ( and too well-known), and Cher is older than my grandma. Sorry Halle, you had your shot. So here’s the criteria we came up with over a brainstorm lunch session at Woodranch: Athletic, edgy, a little crazy, and not too well known.
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