Friday, November 30, 2007

School of Life, bicycle gangs and Queen

When I was a kid, I lived in Huntington, WV. Easy on the incest jokes. My family and I lived in little neighborhood with rolling hills, a 7-11, two grocery stores one elementary school, and of course I had friends from said ‘hood. One friend, Dave Elmore, who was a year older than I was, lived a street over. He’d come over and we’d lip sync to Queen’s We Will Rock You/We are the Champions. He’d also swim in our pool, and we had a bicycle gang with other kids in the ‘hood. For some reason, our gang mantra was something like: we turn our hats at midnight. Don’t ask. Because I don’t remember. We also played little league baseball and basketball together. Today, it was brought to my attention (I haven’t talked to him in like 100 years) that he is down in Roatan, Honduras; he has started a non-profit last year called SOL (School of Life) International Foundation. Their mission: SOL (School of Life) International Foundation is working to initiate and support community-based programs designed to promote education and increase the quality of life in developing areas.
Check out their website. Help if you can.
Click here for a recent article on Dave.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I'm thankful that

the Creation Museum has finally made it clear. I've always wondered what happened to the dinosaurs. This brilliant piece of religious Americana is located somewhere in Kentucky, which apparently was created some 6000 years ago.
Here are a few pictures from the museum.
Click on the image to enlarge.

Biblical History is the key to understanding dinosaurs!

How did the dinosaurs fit on Noah’s ark?

What happened to them after the flood?

But what happened to them!?!?!?!

Eve feeding a carrot to a squirrel. OMG! WATCH OUT, EVE! DINOSAUR!

The Hall of Torment

See the rest of the photos HERE.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Bicycle

5 min. video by Brad Davies of Australia. Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal by Bicycle, October 2007 Amazing scenery including Everest. If this doesn't get your adventurous spirit out of park, I don't know what will.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

By the Numbers

*I’m 6’0”
*38 years old
*185 lbs.
*BMI is 25.1 (25.0 is overweight for someone my height, age, weight and frame)
*I need 2500 calories per day to maintain the 185 lbs. This is with exercising 3 to 4 times a week.
*I need 2000 calories per day to lose 1.5 lbs. per week.
*1.5 lbs. per week times 12 weeks, 6 days (90 days) = 20 lbs.
*185 lbs. minus 20lbs. = 165lbs = the ideal weight for me.

I’ll be using Fit Day to help keep track of my calorie intake. I hit the gym after work today. My goal is to lose the 20 lbs. in about 90 days, but I want to get back in shape. This is all part of the plan to travel again by bicycle. I’ll start commuting to work by bike next week.

Calories taken in today according to Fit Day = 1135. I have a feeling it's more that b/c of my inputting that data. Which is fine b/c I think I need more than that to function. I did 35 mins. on the elliptical machine at the gym burning 350 calories. I was surprised how good I felt during the workout.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Bike Vs. Hummer

This is the reason why cyclists should ride with traffic and not on the sidewalk

Cyclist vs. mountain

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Check Out This Shat

William Shatner sings Elton John's Rocketman at 1978 Sci-Fi Awards show.

Seattle Has It Right

Average gas price in the US is 3.051 today. More people are obese in this country than ever. Oil is at an all time high lurking around $100 a barrel because of greed. What better time to ride a bicycle when you can?

Seattle City Council approves bicycle expansion plan

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (November 6, 2007)

SEATTLE -- The Seattle City Council has approved a 10-year plan for 118 miles of new bike lanes and 19 miles of bike trails.

Mayor Greg Nickels hopes the number of bicycle commuters will triple -- from 6,000 to 18,000. It's now about two percent of the workers.

The plan approved Monday would establish a 450-mile network of lanes and trails for bicycle riders.

The city has budgeted $27 million for cycling projects. Completing the plan will cost $240 million.
(Seattle P-I, Times)

They're Baaaaack

The boys over at 77 Santas are back at it. This is the second year they are saturating the interwebs with “Christmas and holiday music during November and December.” Admittly, I hate the holidays and everything that goes along with them. Every year, from the day after Halloween until a little after Valentines day, I would rather pull out my toe nails with pliers than take part in the festivities. BUT. I have to say, last year JV and PC made it a little more bearable. I look forward to seeing/hearing what they have for us this year.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Deals and Steals

Here are a few cool websites that feature one outdoorish item at a time. These sites are designed for the cheap people who like to get outside -- camping, clothes, wetsuits, board bags, camp stoves, shoes, snowboards, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Gear Engine keeps it's deal up for 3 mins. and then switches to another. Gotta be on the ball for that one. Steep and Cheap keeps their deals going until they sell out. Same concept at Whiskey Militia but they are more in the realm of board sports and board sports culture.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Free Legal Music Downloads

Check out Spiral Frog.
The catch: you are subjected to some advertising while the music is downloading. I see no problem with that; I'll just walk away from the computer for a bit. I plan on testing it out tonight.

Spiral Frog is for PCs only. If you have a Mac, like I do, your out of luck. So, if someone with a PC wants to give it a try and report back, please do. I'll test it out on Monday from work...shhh, don't tell.