Friday, December 24, 2010

Interesting emotion

This is a late 1930's photo of hitler I think pre WWII?  I am not sure why I find it interesting.   May be it is because it is a pic of such an incredibly destructive person looking so much like a teenage outcast who can't believe he has made an attractive woman laugh.  
Dinner Party In Obersalzburg

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fat bike film

This pic is unrelated to the film links below I just like pic's on blogs.   The pic is what happens if you stray from the center of some fat bike trails.  It is often like ridding on top of a skinny table of packed snow.   It is even harder when you auger in after falling on the side of your body.  

Fat bikers like tscheesy and endorondo among others like coast kid are really making some nice videos and posting them on the MTBR fatbike forum.  Here is one from a few days ago: Link 1  for endorondo's film of how some of this was done go here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Then is now

 Daniel Polevoy made these. 

Why is it that combining Lincoln and Ronald I see my cousin Chip?

The real Kiss

Monday, December 06, 2010

I fixed my phone and so can you

About a month ago I dropped my HTC incredible and cracked the glass digitizer.  $600 to replace straight up without a new contract.  $200 if I wait a year and a half to get a new contract.  $150 and an unknown amount of time to send it away to a place that will fix it.  Or around $60 to order a new digitizer from Repairs Universe.   The repair took a couple of weeks of psyching my self up and about 4 days with it apart to psych myself up of about each next step.  If I had to do it again today the repair  would take about 20 minutes.  The biggest challenges were figuring out how to get all the broken and glued glass off the black part.  Solution was a hair dryer.  Next was figuring out how to work the four ribbon cables.  The digitizer one is plenty big but two of them are so small you just had to use the force to guess if you put them in right and got the tiny clamp on right.  No real direction on how to reattach the new digitizer other than the tech guy saying they have some adhesive strips they didn't sell me on my first purchase.  Solution, clear liquid nails glue.  I only had to take it apart one time after the first attempt because the optical mouse (white thing on the black case on the left of the pic) didn't work.  Likely I did not get the ribbon cable in right.  I added a 16 GB micro SD card to the mix and the phone works like new.

Friday, December 03, 2010

A living fossil of life.

OK the new life finding wasn't exactly like my last post and pic predicted.  NASA did however announced that they have found a life form (bacteria in this case) on earth that is based on different building blocks from every other living thing ever found.  I will not pretend like I even know what I am talking about but I did skim a lot of headlines.  I use a new kind of in depth twitter style research.  I can use more than twitter for information but if I have read more the 140 characters of a news story or research paper I have read too much.  So after doing an exhaustive twitter style research for a few minutes I understand that basically all life  every found has (its DNA?) built up using phosphorous.   The cute little guys in the pic use arsenic.   Yea poison.  This has to be the most bad ass life ever.  Being based on arsenic has a lot of implications about life that I am unaware of and not smart enough to speculate about.  What I am aware of however is that it means life can form in more than the single way we have only every found.   This opens up the where and how life can start dramatically.   It also opens up where we can plausibly look for life on earth and on other planets.   Finally this news makes me speculate (without a shred of concern that I don't know anything about what I am saying) that life or life like structures likely formed in multiple ways on earth in the earlier times of its existence.   Our  phosphorus based life system (and by our I mean every other living thing on earth from bacteria to John Stamos) may be the end of a long line of started only to become extinct life like structures.  As the earths chemical, temperature, and other environment conditions slowly changed into its current state life systems likely began and ended over and over with the phosphorus based system being the fittest for the current state of the earth.  Is the arsenic life structure a living fossil of life itself?

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Are we all aliens?

I don't find it hard to accept that life evolved from something like a single DNA strand or single celled thing all the way into a person.  Way too much evedence to suggest otherwise.  I have however always struggled with how that first DNA strand or single celled thing came into being.   I am sure it did however happen naturally some how and somewhere.   I have often thought it was just about as plausible that it developed elswhere in the universe and ended up here as a cosmic stowaway in commet water or meteor as it was plausible that it happend here on earth since the universe is a lot bigger place with lots of wacky events going on.   Apparently Nasa is going to have a news conference today at 2pm central time to anounce some findings.  I don't think they will be mind blowing but they will likely be relavant to life potentially existing in other parts of the  universe.  

Monday, October 25, 2010

Red Green show meets old cyclocross vid

This is a link to a 1950 or is it 1960's Euro cyclocross video with commentary that sounds like the Red Green Show but not on purpose.   Great footage and at about 3 minutes or was it 1 minute?  look for the first mountain bike ever.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Canning Stock Route

Ridding the Canning Stock Route in Austrailia got Jakub Postrzygacz the Achievement of the year by the National Geographic Society.  He did this in 2006.  The link has more pics and background info.  He did this route of over 2000k in the desert self supported.  The route is considered impossible to do by motorcycle because they can't carry enough supplies.   Off road trucks apparently need fuel drops along the way.  Jakub rider lost about 40 lbs in the 33 days and ate a lot of lizards and bugs. 

Monday, October 04, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Chris Waddell rode (almost) completely independently for 29 miles up to 19,300 feet to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro on his Lightfoot/Surly endomorph tired quad cycle.  I think Mike Stoner took the pics I stole from his site

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My little Alien

Each of my girls have gone through many stages on their way to becoming fully human. For example when Maya was just born she was kind of in a larval stage. Not too much quality interaction back and forth . At about one Maya was like having the worlds best parrot. Not a ton of thoughts going on but she could copy actions and words better than a good parrot. At about 2 Maya started to get really fun. She entered the helper monkey stage. She would act goofy like a monkey, she loved to follow simple commands like to get a "dipe and a wipe," and she loved to do tricks. Best part about her helper monkey stage versus a real monkey is that she threw poop far less often than a real monkey. Maya is now entering a new stage. She now seems more like a friendly naive alien who is ready for me to start explaining this world to her. I love the way each day she asks many questions about the world and why people act the way they do. People often say the annoyingly cliche statement that "kids are like a sponge" absorbing all kinds of info at this age but I am not so sure with my little alien. When I go back to ask her to repeat the answers I have carefully taught my little alien like, "Maya what color traffic light means we can drive safely?" her most frequent response is "Harris." Her cousin. I do however feel a special responsibility to teach her the customs and ways of the human race she is entering more and more each day.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Post ride Pug

Well after our ride over the weekend I took off all the bags from my pugs and this is what it looked like.  Seems even bigger some how.   Also appears to be made out of Russian titanium.