Friday, March 30, 2012

"On top of a MOUNtain"


   Riding crew at the top of Peak 8, Breckenridge before a slightly terrifying and very rocky ride down Whale's Tail. 12,998ft makes for an exhausting ride down.  Well worth the work though.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Arrested Bohemian Rhapsody

I'm pretty sure CPD would've tased this drunken party animal until he pissed himself and passed out in the back seat of the cop car. Luckily his arresting officers appeared far more patient and tolerant.  It's hard to deny that he's a fantastic singer though.

I like how he exits with a nice sign off to the officer... "physical violence is the least of my priorities". 
Well done, sir. You stay classy.

I don't understand it, but I like it

New Sigur Ros album, Valtari, released today in the U.S..  The album which is said to sound something like an "avalanche in slow motion", is said (by only the band thus far) to be their best album yet.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Red Bull Stratos

Skydiver, base jumper, and certified maniac, Felix Baumgartner will attempt a daring jump from the Earth's stratosphere a mere 120,000 feet from the ground. Felix, who will be outfitted with a state of the art 260lb pressure suit, will leap from his pressurized capsule and plummet to the ground at subsonic speeds.

If all goes to plan, Felix will set multiple new world records and break three previously set by US Air Force Colonel, Joe Kittinger during his 102,800 foot jump in 1960:

-Freefall from highest altitude, 120,000 feet
-First human to reach supersonic speed in freefall, 690mph
-Longest freefall time, est. 5minutes 35seconds
-Highest manned balloon flight

No official launch date has been released as of yet, but the mission has been confirmed for Roswell, NM before the end of 2012.

Check out this cool interactive page on the Red Bull Stratos site

Monday, March 26, 2012

Meet Cody

Somewhere in between hundreds of clips of folks getting hit in the nuts with assorted things, AFV (yes, that's Americas Funniest Home Videos) squeezed in this gem of a video. Meet Cody the Howling Dog.  Not exactly the voice of an angel erupting out of this animal.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring break 2012

Arlight kids. Off to Breckenridge for some spring snowboarding.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

But can he Dougie?

Wow.... This is an extremely talented 16 year old.  If nothing else, this kid will at least be the future of elevator music.  Take a look at his YouTube channel where he covers everything from System of a Down to Chopin.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Underwater Dogs

Photos: Seth Casteel

I really enjoy that the dog in the last picture is absolutely losing his mind over getting that ball. The first two dogs look confused and concerned about their current situation.

Full gallery here


Monday, March 19, 2012

Puppets are people too

After a quite raucous St. Patrick's Day in Chicago I was happy to find that there were some terrific movies on TV for me to enjoy while nursing my debilitating hangover on Sunday. One of them being the hilarious Forgetting Sarah Marshall which I tend to find myself watching all the way through anytime it is on.  I was pretty sure Jason Segel would have put his Dracula puppet rock opera into production by now, but I can find little information that leads me to think this will ever happen. Maybe some day? One can hope.

While the Dracula show might be a long shot, it seems that there is a chance Segel will be making another film starring some of his puppet friends. Segel has recently purchased his own script back from an unnamed studio that he sold off back when he was a lesser known 21 year old actor. Segel describes the new film as “a kids adventure movie in the style of Goonies or Labyrinth or something like that.” Take a look at the full article from The Film Stage here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

"Cooler than a monkey wearing a tuxedo made out of bacon..."

   Texas fourth grade student, Flint, was extremely excited about his school's visit from weatherman Albert Ramon.  So excited that Flint decided to write him a letter of appreciation explaining how when he becomes "supreme ultra-lord of the universe" Albert is welcome to live in his 200 story castle with him.  Not just that, Flint has also arranged for Albert to be served doughnuts off of a unicorns horn while he sits in a throne made of platinum and gold. Judging by the illustration above, the unicorn-horn doughnut recipient is thrilled about his current situation.  Nothing says "I appreciate your work, weatherman" like not making said weatherman a slave in a fourth grader's well thought out future universe.

Source:Huffington Post Article

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Nice stalefish, Peter.

I'm getting all different kinds of stoked for my trip next week to CO.  I can't stop watching clips from '90s snowboard videos.  This one is a definite old school favorite.  Peter Line killing it 1996 style from the video "Stomping Grounds".  It's safe to say there's been some serious progression in the last 15+ years, but that doesn't make this any less gnarly.

Historic Explosions in Cauliflower

            Cauliflower Nagasaki, 1945

Cauliflower Hindenburg, 1937

            Cauliflower Space Shuttle Challenger, 1986

Another great series by: Brock Davis

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ANT Bicycles


    Not too bad of weather in Chicago, especially for still technically being in the last few days of what has been a very bearable winter. Now that it looks to be warming up enough I can get started on some projects I've been putting off all winter - mainly, building Whit's bike.  I'm thinking it's going to be a strip down and paint job on the frame, toss on the moustache bars, and add a custom rear basket for her to carry her lady gear in. I'll post some pictures of this as it progresses, but for the time being check out a real bike builder at ANT Bicycles.

Mike Flanigan (Ant Bike Mike) has been in the bicycle trade since 1983 and has been running ANT full time since 2003. Mike constructs his bikes from scratch in his machine shop in Holliston, MA.  If you're interested in learning how to make and take home your own bicycle frame from raw steel tube you can check out the one week frame building class. If you want to learn how to make your own bicycle business check out Mike's six week frame building class. What's that? You're not feeling up to the grueling labor of building your own bike? That's alright, you can just purchase one of mikes handmade rides here.

Make something cool every day

6/1/09 community service

1/6/09 anti-fingerboarding signs

1/05/09 a scene from the fictitious horror film "Honey Bear, Sweet Honey Bear"

1/16/09 can you find the ghost?

11/10/09 ice cubes

5/30/09 stubble self portrait (drawn with toothpick)

Project: One piece of creative work every day for 365 consecutive days.
By Brock Davis

Full project here

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wing Suit

 Not too bad of a way to get around.  These suits are so rad.

Thank you for the donut, Beaver.

If you see the Beaver's Coffee + Donuts food truck, I highly suggest you give them a try. You can click on the link to see when they will be in your area. Looks like they'll be in River North tomorrow at Flair Tower (Erie/Franklin) from 7-10am.

Wrapping sausage in bacon. Not good for you?

      I know, I know. I was just as appalled and surprised by that headline as you are, but thanks to the guerrilla reporting techniques practiced by the NPR news team we now know the truth. I admit I was skeptical at first, but any article that starts out with "Bacon has been called the gateway meat" tends to pique my interest. Like you, I'm sure, I assumed it was the gateway to other delicious foods only to (sadly) learn it was the gateway to an early death.

You might want to take a moment and ask yourself "is that 13% higher risk of mortality worth NOT eating bacon?"  It's times like these you should ask yourself "what would Ron Swanson do?".  WWRSD?

Full Article Here

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Shins - Simple Song

The Shins new album, Port of Morrow available 3/20/2012.  Preorder available today.

Tips for Single Women, 1938

Today we have some dating advice for the single ladies circa 1938.  While some of these gems of wisdom may be slightly outdated, I think it's safe to say that tips such as "if you need a brassiere, wear one" and "don't tug at your girdle" qualify as timeless.

From the looks of it, I would assume that the charming gal in the picture was unable to close the deal with the dapper gentleman. Although, it looks like she got a free meal and a couple dozen drinks out of the deal. Here's an interesting article my wife sent me with a little bit more up to date info on dating in the modern world. Warning: the information in this piece is far from sugar coated, but in my opinion, very on point.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Beautifully deep

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.

Feeling a bit sluggish today

And this good looking fella shares my sentiment.  Whit snapped some pictures of these huge slugs while we were outside a church in Neudstat (Wied), Germany waiting for a friend's wedding to begin.  This creature (Arion - rufus for you slug buffs?) really captures the ALL of the excitement that normally resides in this sleepy German village.  We took the opportunity to liven things up for the weekend we were in town.  Thank you for your hospitality, Neudstat (Wied)! We're sorry that you almost had to kick us out of your 5 room hotel/bowling alley/restaurant/bar and glad that you didn't... it was the only hotel in town.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mom hide your bears!

   Brooklyn MFA, Kent Rogowski offers us an inside-out view of of our beloved childhood companions - stuffed animals.  Kent's works are often provocative alterations things we see and use in our daily lives. He uses anything from jigsaw puzzles to teddy bears and transforms them into a vehicle of self expression.

Npr blogger Robert Krulwich takes a moment to talk, "inside-outing" and taking a different perspective on the things you see every day. 

"The point here is to use this exercise to free your mind, to notice the things that over the years you have stopped noticing, or never noticed. The effect can be very liberating and can lead you...well, it can lead you anywhere."

Full Article

Monday, March 5, 2012

I've found you, Bob the Builder!

       Just another day at the office.

Bacon Sprouts

I think we all know the one surefire way to always make veggies delicious... add bacon.  I happen to dig Brussels sprouts, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I dig them much more when they're cooked in bacon grease. This is a spin off of the Broccoli side dish at PumpRoom at Public Chicago which is outstanding, and reasonably priced for the area.

Bacon Sprouts:
1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1/2 lb bacon
1/4 cup pistachios shelled and finely chopped
1/4 to 1/2 (depending on desired heat level) medium jalapeno diced 1tpsp ground cayenne
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of cane sugar

Cook bacon (not too crispy) in large pan, drain and set aside. Do not dump bacon grease! Place trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts directly in pan with grease on medium heat. Add jalapeno, pistachios, cayenne, salt, pepper, and sugar.  Cook uncovered until sprouts are carmelized but still firm in the middle, about 13-15 minutes. Chop bacon in 1/2" pieces and mix in to sprouts while in pan.  

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cameras shooting cameras shooting

You always know a snowboard video is SUPER rad when it actually induces anxiety while you're watching  Not a bad way to end an evening. If you have not seen Art of Flight I highly suggest you do as soon as possible.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

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