Monday, January 11, 2010
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
- Sun It Rises
- White Winter Hymnal
- He Doesn't Know Why
- Heard them Stirring
- Your Protector
- Blue Ridge Mountains
Monday, December 21, 2009
It's really just adding three more bike and a new color option to one of the bikes I showed below. The new bikes ares probably a bad decision in terms of how high I can go in price, I've seen them from $1300 to $1800, so I think its a pipe dream for right now but the 8000 is so beautiful. Here's the latest two-wheel drive action:
- 2010, Trek, 8000, 2-toned Matte White/Matte Platinum (drool)
- 2010, Trek, 6500, 2-toned Matte White/Matte Blue
- 2010, Trek, 6700, 2-toned Gloss Black/Pearl White
I think that sums it all up. I think that if I were to get any other mountain bike than the ones I've listed here thus far it'd be something used from Craigs, older bikes, a modded or custom made bike, if any.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I actually went browsing Giant's website a little more after having a discussion with my friend Chris Funk yesterday. He shared with me that he spent some time managing a bike shop and claimed that Giant carries better componentry for your dollar than other brands. This whole time for some reason I've had the opposite impression. I've felt that it was just a brand you were paying for but after a deeper dive and some investigation, I found a bike to compete in my lineup. Here's a new hardtail contender:
- 2010, Giant, XTC 1, Black with white and blue accents
The components are only a 'hair' better than the Tassajara on my previous post. Aesthetically I think its kind of classy, like a tux for mountain bikes. I also think color mods would actually look pretty cool if I try to personalize. As far as looks go, however, I'm still torn between the Tassajara and the XTC 1. I think my next point of investigation is how does the Giant warranty compare to the Gary Fisher warranty and then cross-examine model-specific reviews.
Friday, December 18, 2009
My current bike, a 1999 Mongoose that my dad bought me in 2000 is just about retired. I regularly visit parks like Amelia Earhart Park, Markham Park, and Oleta State River Park and I feel that my bike is just too tired and heavy to deliver in more advanced parks that I hope to attend like Alafia State River Park.
- Fell between $900 and $1200
- Were aesthetically pleasing
- Were hard tails
- A white bronze Rubik's Cube.
- Asylum's top 100 weirdest stories of 2009.
- I need a new watch. These are good candidates.
- A new Clash of the Titans is coming.
- Iron Man 2 is coming.
- Enhance: a video collage.
- Nuns snowball fight.
- Growing up Mega Man was one of my favorites.
- Vertebrae necklace.
- Sexy times with Kyle Johnson.
- Pin-up from Miami.
I have some postcards that I want to send out. I don't want to ruin what they look like. They aren't Christmas-centric which I think most of you would appreciate since it would be an unusual card to receive during these times. They were provided to me from a loved one in another country.
If you want to receive one, email me or comment your mailing address below.
- Dear Santa Claus - Billy Childish & the Musicians of the British Empire
- X-Mas Song - Fireflies
- A Christmas Camel - Procol Harum
- If Christmas Can't Bring You Home - Reigning Sound
- Christmas in Space - Touchers
- Little Stars - Holly Golightly and The Greenhornes
- It's Christmas Time (Yeah We're Gonna Rock) - The Flat Duo Jets
- Happy ChristM.A.S.S. - M.A.S.S.
- Come on Santa - The Raveonettes
- Space Christmas - Shonen Knife
- Happy Fucking Holidays - Starfucker
- Plastic Christmas Trees - Summer Cats
- Flowers for Albion - Parenthetical Girls
- I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without you - Claudine Longet
- Mr. Santa Claus - Nathaniel Mayer
- Ain't No Chimneys - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
- Christmas Time Is Here Again (1967 outtake) - The Beatles
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I think the first time I ever heard Explosions in the Sky it was on WVUM 90.5FM while driving some place. I managed to remember their name when I got home and I started searching for stuff. That was at least 5 years ago. So I got this record first and to this day I still think its my favorite amongst all of them. I've seen them twice, once in Toronto and once in New York and their live performances were just as good if not better than the private experience. I've been lucky to see them with amazing weather and that really helps for some reason. Everytime I see them live I wish I could teleport some people there to witness the amazingness.
They're considered a post-rock band, all their music is instrumental, the songs are long, dramatic, and require patience. If you give them a chance you just might find a special beauty, triumph, and vigilance not quickly realized from the slow churned beginnings of their songs.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Lately I've been enjoying music more and more while being stationary. For as long as I can remember I’ve always enjoyed music the most when driving by myself. Staring into the road trying to beat the light rays to the horizon and letting every special wave of music splash into the middle ear is like an instant dose of medicine that propels every thought down the canals of reason, anxiety and cerebral release – a feeling most of us know quite well.
The year is coming to an end and this record proves that’s true… “Fall Be Kind,” Animal Collective's new EP, starts off with a song that reminds me of the first time I ever rode a Disney ride – remember the kinds that would take you through different areas with different music and the themes would go from dark to light and back again? It moves on to What Would I Want? Sky, and this track is quite lovely especially after the second minute it transforms into something beautiful like the first time you’ve ever really seen a sunset as an adult or the overwhelming nature of expectations of living and loving.
I’m gonna skip the third track because I don’t understand it yet. I don’t know whats happening and it’s all out of focus in my mind. #4 or On A Highway, reminds me of a Boards of Canada song I can’t remember and seems appropriate for this cloudy day full of cold fronts and warm fronts and rain. water. a heartbeat and an exit sign.
The last track, I Think I Can, is my favorite. Just listen to it.
Download the EP in a zip from Rapidshare.
Hope you like it.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
One of the other things that I saw that really blew my mind was a piece by Yoko Ono. I don't care that it was by Yoko Ono that much. What I thought was killer was that it was two chairs and a table with a chess set. All of it was in white. At first glance you think "oh a chess set, ok thats cool." Then the coolest gallery host in the show approaches and he tells me that that this piece is his favorite (amongst a whole set of chess-related art pieces that aren't really connected.) Anyway, this piece is called "Play it by Trust" and on the back of each chair there is a silver plaque that says "Play it by Trust." What's fascinating is that all the chess pieces are white. Therefore each player needs to memorize which pieces are theirs and which are not. This presents an interesting situation when after some time playing your opponent one of you begin to forget which pieces are whose. It is a true challenge and the notion of trust, chess, and the opposition harmonizing like that is pretty fucking incredible. Do you play chess? If not, you should start. Want to hear the bonus? The host asks me to pick up one of the chairs. the chairs are painted in a white enamel and are tall but quite slender. Anyhow, I put my arms around it and.... and... I ... I pulled and it was motherfucking heaviest fucking chair I've ever picked up in my life. True story. The piece is one in 6 in the world and it goes for a hundred grand. There was good chess and great chests too! Among that gallery there were other things like other amazing chess boards, photographs, a motion picture titled "8 by 8" which shows a feature story of an actual chess games -- some hotness dressed in a dress of another time is the queen and some vile dude traps her and kills her. It was rather funny. The "good chess and chest" joke is not mine. It was the host's. I did fail yesterday though. I didn't photograph the 7 foot cheese grater.