Pants Challenge Response!

Alan and Mo, collectively known as Project Tandem, along with Workshops friend John Barduhn have posted a Pants Challenge Response on Vimeo. I am very impressed. At the end of their video, they call me out to come up with another challenge. Time and time again Alan and Mo have proven that they can bike further, photograph cooler and hold their vodka better. They are very competitive people, and I look forward to further battles.
In very related news, the following commercial was mentioned at work today. I hadn’t seen it until I got home, and I’m blown away. Some of it seems too crazy to believe, and it was certainly down with more production value than the visuals lead one to believe, but I do recognize legit pants talent when I see it.

Unrelated, I’d like to give a big thanks to Ben Smart for forwarding his blog traffic my way. Sweet!

And finally, happy birthday to Virginia! Hopefully the motherland is treating you well.

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5 Hot Trends I Can Guarantee for ’09

5. Awful Green Reality TV – FOX, listen up: A group of young eco-conscious, vegans living together. They compost, they use CFL bulbs, and they conserve water by never showering. Here’s the catch, one of them is a secret yuppie posing as one of Mother Nature’s children. Will the rest of the cast find out? Or will he/she convince them to start wearing leather, shampooing their hair and getting a real job? Tune in after Beverly Hills Chihuahua: The Series to find out.
4. Two-Way Audio Mobi-Blogging – Sure, it sounds crazy, but I have the feeling that by 2009 we will have the technology to audio blog one on one with another person from our mobile phones. This won’t require a computer, internet connection, or even a brain in most cases. “Boy, that Adam sure is ahead of his time.” I hear that a lot.
3. Clothes that are chosen for their function, not their fashion – Haha, just kidding! Check out what’s new at Urban Outfitters!
2. Guns – Economic trouble can only lead to one thing, people dying. There’s two sides of every death; the dead and the still alive. Trust me, if you own a gun, you’ll be sitting pretty when things get ugly.
1. Shaving Cream Earrings – I’ve been talking about this one for a while, and I think it’s time that it gets a bit more recognition. You know when you’re shaving your face, and you’ve got shaving cream everywhere, and you wash off and you think you’ve got it all, then you notice two blobs of shaving cream on your ear lobes? You wash it off, right? That is so 2008. In 2009, men will leave the shaving cream earrings on as a sign that they are recently shaven and well maintained. It will be briefly followed up with the toothpaste soul patch.


If you’re like me when it comes to computers, you should download WhatSize. It’s a freeware application that looks at your hard drive and tells you where the biggest files and folders are. This is really helpful when trying to figure out what should be moved to an external hard drive.

Fail Blog!

Hey, I’m on Failblog! That probably makes me the most famous person you know! Click this link, I’m in the bottom picture…Don’t see me? That’s my black and red backpack on the right. HA! Failblog hosted a get-together at King’s Hardware in Ballard, which is just across the bridge from where I live. They have skeeball and a burger with peanut butter and bacon on it!

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

I was recently informed that November (that’s right now) is peanut butter lovers month. I learned of this through NowPublic, a participatory news network. I haven’t spent much time on the site yet, but it does seem interesting. You can read more about what November means and see a photo that I posted a few months ago here.

NW Dog Situation

Ashlinn found a dog yesterday in Portland.

She posted a Found ad on Craigslist. The dog is very friendly and has already learned how to sit and lay down. Ashlinn thinks it doesn’t know English. If you know someone who lost a dog that matches this one, please give her a call!

BrickCon ’08 Update

As I said in a previous posting, I attended this year’s BrickCon, a yearly festival to display custom Lego creations. I couldn’t find my camera to import the photos I took, until now, so here they are.

That last one was clearly not made out of Lego, but a real BRICKHEAD must have been driving! HA! All of these photos are on my Flickr, so go there if you want descriptions.

Top 5 Reasons LOST is Better Than Fringe

1. LOST has a contingency plan: If you need a character to do or feel something, just throw in a flashback. I’m not saying they invent stuff just to save their asses, but they’ve always got the option. Fringe characters are two dimensional, and haven’t progressed since episode one. I can’t wait for the reveal that Peter is Walter’s clone, or Olivia Dunham is actually just an experiment that fits into The Pattern.
2. LOST knows it’s audience. They have such an established fan base, and know what they want and what they will accept. Honestly, if a bomb drops in the Lost world, it’s like somebody tells me that they can levitate, and then they do it. They tell me that green is red and tripods have 4 legs. It’s mind boggling.
I don’t think Fringe has found it’s audience yet ( or any audience really. HEY-OH!) I think it’s too early for them to really know who is going to stay committed to this show. Is this show going to become a weekly celebration, or is it something people will catch if their real favorite show is a rerun? But who knows, Dancing with the Stars is the number two ranked show, and there are three CSI within the top 15. TV sucks a lot.
3. Not every episode of LOST ends with a conclusion. This is such an important aspect of LOST. Weeks can go by without a resolution. I’m sure a lot of people would complain about this, and it probably keeps new viewers from really getting into it, but I think it’s one of the most crucial factors of the story arc.
Sadly, Fringe finds it more important to tidy nearly everything up at the end of an episode, with nothing but hints to a link between each of the episodes mysterious plots. So far, I’m failing to see where this is going to go, but they are only on episode 6. (Note: LOST was already in the caves and Jack was seeing his father on the island by the end of episode 6!)
4. Everybody loves a tale of survival. Maybe I like these stories more than other people, but surviving in dire circumstances is the grounds for a great story. When everything seems to be working against the protagonist, and he or she never looses sight of what they need to accomplish you connect with them on a different level. At no point have I ever feared for or connected with Agent Dunham.
5. This

Watch all the episodes of Fringe on Hulu, and all the episodes of LOST in streaming HD on
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University of California, Irvine

UCI is probably best known as the second youngest California university and the educational epicenter of Orange County. Others may know it more for having amazing skatespots. It is home to many stylized ledges and park quality handrails with large amounts of run up and pristine concrete. The best example of the skating is in Heath Kirchart’s part from Sight Unseen, seen below.

Also, there are a few shots at UCI from his part in the Emerica video.
Now, what few people know is that UCI was also the main location for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The entire opening scene was filmed in the same location as Heath’s skating. That’s pretty cool, but it’s also amazing to think that a college that was only 6 years old at the time of filming allowed the crew to shoot a huge amount of scenes there. Very impressive. I couldn’t find this scene online, but the ledges and handrails are visible in the trailer and a screenshot below.

See the whole Emerica video on
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