Like it says in the picture. If you're needing to discover some new music outside of Weezy and MGMT, head on over to Pitchfork and spice it up. Lots of goodness coming out over the past 365 days that I'm sure has much better musical prowess than the previously mentioned two. After I look into it a bit more I'll highlight some of my favorites...
Steve Berra and Eric Koston have put together the largest game of skate over at the Berrics. Been waiting for this one. Was a little nervous that the old timer might have some trouble with the young buck, but The Boss once again shows them who's boss...I'm sorry for doubting.I would love to see some projects like this come up in skiing. Some of the more creative minds putting their heads together and applying the Berrics idea to snow. Any ideas, resources, locations?? Feel free to let me know...
Put the arm in a sling and hopped in the car to make the drive home. A bit of an adventure doing the 7 hour drive from Breck to SLC with my right arm disabled. Multitasking driving, eating, phone, drinks. Would have been nice to have been co-pilot on this one, but I wanted to make the drive home to get to my brothers birthday dinner as well as a Christmas party with my summer employer. Was good to see everyone from the office and hear some people get recognized for their efforts over the past year.Ever seen the movie Boiler Room? Yeah, pretty much like that...except legal.
Nurse Jennifer took this one for me today. My hand was a little too shaky to take the self portrait. Having a little too much fun in Keystone today. Feeling good on my skis, feeling like I'm getting some tricks back and getting ready for the Dew Tour....then whoops...stupid little mistake sends me into a pile driver maneuver onto my shoulder. 2nd degree ac joint tear. Bummer. First injury in a long long time. Name of the game. Back to Utah tomorrow to rest up for 3 weeks. Get back in the mix right after New Years.
Been out in Breck/Keystone for the most part training and shredding, but this past week(end) were the World Cup races in Beaver Creek. Its always a fun time because my family and friends make the trek from Utah to watch my brother compete in the speed events. The past two years he has podiumed in the downhill...3rd two years ago and 2nd last year. So given the trend we're wanting a 1st. Unfortunately that didn't happen, but a top 10 finish is still amazing. Watch his run here. Happy for him to be getting things back together after some ups and downs with injuries last year. Also was able to take some run with my pops and son number one, Michael. Doesn't happen too often so was psyched to do that.Now back in training mode, but the consistent snow is making it a bit hard. One week left until Dew Tour...
Packed my bags and made the jump to Colorado for the next few weeks.Left Utah which looked like this. Arrived in Colorado which looked like this. Drank a gallon+ of water on my way over because I felt the common cold coming on strong. Due to the heavy hydration I had to pull over 8x to drain myself and that made my drive last into the night.Happy and healthy now.
Last week my good pal Pete Rugh invited me to be a guest on his weekly radio show at K-UTE radio. Pete created a show about a month back called Pete's Famous Friends wherein the criteria to be on the show is either famous by association, inheritance or accomplishment. He kicked off his first show with my brother Steven, then followed up with some NBA and music industry peeps then onto week four with me. Unfortunately while mid-interview the fire alarm went off and we had to leave everyone with some dead sound for a good chunk of time...the alarm ended up being the main guest of the show. So Pete's guest this week was Grete Eliassen and due to commonality of the subject I got another invite from Pete and played a small part as c0-guest/host. Thanks for the rebate Pete and if you're looking so some needed noise from the radio jump on over to K-UTE radio and take a listen.
Pink Floyd's music has been a huge influence to me growing up. If the time I spent with Pink Floyd had been applied to my scholastic endeavors, I'm sure I would have received much higher marks. But their influence on me has lead to some enlightening experiences that no educational facility could ever teach. When people ask the question, "If you could see any band who would it be?" Mine would definitely be Pink Floyd. I guess there is still a possibility of that being fulfilled, but for the time being The Australian Pink Floyd Show came through Salt Lake and I couldn't pass it up. It was crazy to see a stadium full of people who paid an average of $50 per ticket coming to see a cover band. The show's focus was in recreating The Wall, which they did quite well, by following the theme presented in their movie under the same name. Once through their main act, they came back for the encore and played Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here, One of These Days (equipped with the pig!) and a few others. Good stuff.
Purchased myself a new camera finally. My last one decided to go on a journey a while back. Maybe it will show up again one of these days, but I'm definitely going to continue utilizing the camera on my phone. Don't want to put the CPFMP series to bed quite yet. So with the new camera came a new season for the U-tarh Jezz. Chris got me back in the saddle. Thanks Chris.
Ever received one of those emails saying that your unknown great 2nd Uncle in Zaire just died and you are the sole recipient of his fortune? And in order for the funds to be transferred all you need to do is send your bank information and then you'll be rich beyond measure! I got an updated version of that email last night. I wonder how many idiots actually fall for this??
United Nation's/European Union Palais des Nations, Room 142 CH-1211 Genève, Switzerland
NOTIFICATION FOR CASH AID. Personal identification number; UNO395/GN/200
This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the Board of trustees of the UNITED NATIONS as one of the final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for your own personal, education and business development.
Association Of European Charity Foundations in conjunction with the UNITED NATIONS is giving out a yearly donation of Two Million United States Dollars each to 50 lucky international recipients worldwide in different categories for their educational pursuit, health care, personal Business development and uplift of their environments. These funds are freely given to you to use for your business educational and personal development and at least 30% to be used by you to develop a part of your environment, as this is a yearly program, which is a measure of universal development strategy, and eradication of poverty.
Based on the random selection exercise of internet service providers (ISP) and millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the UNITED NATION/Association Of European Charity Foundations. Note that, your email was selected from either the internet, or a Shop's cash invoice around your area in which you might have purchased something from.
kindly note that you are not the only beneficiary in your country this year, and your country is not the only country that is benefiting from this donation, as beneficiaries have been chosen from countries from all continents. The idea of this donation is that within ten years from now, there will be notable richness amongst many unusual people around the world.
This will give many people the opportunity to get their lives to a stage where they had always wanted. Kindly note that you will only be chosen to receive the donation once. Which means that, subsequent yearly donation will not get to you again, so it's your choice to spend the donation wisely on something that will last you a long time.
Due to security consciousness we cannot mail or send you a cashier cheque (draft). We will send a cheque to the paying Bank to transfer your entitlement to you in receipt of your mail proving you to be the rightful beneficiary. You are required to Contact the Paying Bank with your personal identification number for the swift transfer of your funds.
Nationwide Bank PLC (ACCOUNTS CONTROLLER) Colin David E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 44-70-4573-7566 Fax: 44-87-0490-8045
Please note that this donations/Grants are strictly administered by "European Union" under delegated powers from the FBI. you are hereby advised to keep this whole information confidential until you have been able to collect your donation, as there have been many cases of double and unqualified claim, due to beneficiaries informing third parties about his/her donation.
On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations Yours Sincerely, Mr. Kofi Annan (United Nations Secretary-Genaral)
Had my first day on snow last Wednesday. Was planning on a bit of a randonee, but couldn't find my needed tools, so we hoofed it up Brighton and slid some steel. Jordan made a video of his first hours on snow, but there are a couple shots of friends so I'm going to bogart that ish.
A few days down the road aka the weekend, Alta was giving away 500 vouchers to their resort if you brought in some outerwear to donate to the homeless shelter. Sean, having the great mind that he does, went to DI bought this little gem......to earn himself a free day at Alta. Little did he know 17,000,000 other people had the same brain capacity as he did but an alarm clock that actually worked. Needless to say, he dropped the baby saver in the snow and we made our way to Brighton. Fun day nonetheless. Thank you Earth for tilting like you do at this time of year and getting us all excited for the coming months.
Remember these days?! A lot of nostalgia with this shot. Too bad video games have had a similar pattern to gas prices. You could go a long way with a dollar when I was a young lad. Now that will only get you one turn when you sell yourself short. Cave Bwoi! made this glow stick edit of us tapping into our younger days and his first day on snow with Pistol.
I just signed this petition asking that Obama appoint a Treasury Secretary who can clean up Wall Street, not one who helped deregulate it. Right now, the leading candidate for the post is Clinton administration official Larry Summers, who had a hand in reducing regulations on banks in 1999.
We can't fix this mess by handing control to the people who made it.
I occasionally enjoy a minute or two of video games. I might take a guess and say most people do. If you try to say otherwise you might be lying. Anyway, a buddy wanted to go to the store to pick up a new game being released at midnight. I enjoy some good people watching and thought that is a crowd you don't get to experience in full because most of the time they're locked up in their houses, giving full attention to their digital lives as opposed to basic human interaction. They love it. This will be the nature of these people in line in about 20 minutes...
Sorry to regurgitate this one, but it comes from Dave Pires comments. Ja I stole your comment for my main event, so thanks for that. I hope you don't mind. Given the political heat here in the States, I had to "run some game." This snippet comes from the 1960's piece of literature titled, "Basic Values of Western Civilization" and reads as...
"Whatever deviations from the ideal values of Western culture exist because of differences in education, status in society, or professional affiliation, the fact remains that the most remarkable digressions from the norms are the result of extraordinary situations. In the case of war, for example, we throw off our respect for human life, our taboos regarding killing, our appreciation for conducting ourselves according to the Golden Rule, and our ideas about progress toward higher levels of civilization. All things which we consider to be the very goals which constitute purpose in life are, at least temporarily, thrown into the discard. That our basic values should be put so completely aside under the stress of certain situations is extraordinary. This very fact constitutes an aspect of our cultural behavior which requires serious consideration, for it prompts the question whether or not certain values are really basic if they cannot control our actions in moments of crisis. An easy way to avoid this problem would be to say that in the case of war some groups within the culture - and very small groups at that - decide to get what they want by means which are incompatible with our values and that part of the culture which is attacked has to defend itself. Thus all the culture is thrown into a deviant position by a minority, and a struggle goes on in which some values are disregarded in order to preserve most of the values in the longer run. In some instances such a rationalization of our shortcomings might be in conformity with the facts, but there are others when it is not... ...Because the maintenance of our value system depends so heavily upon social organization, it follows, of course, that when there is social disorganization, the behavior of people departs from the culture’s norms. If, for example, men are brought under arms and told to kill to preserve their nationality or themselves, they have to give up some of their values in order, so they are taught to believe, to keep other values. Moreover, both the military and nationalist leaders provide sanctions against those who do not conform to wartime behavior. Then, too, as men are separated from those groups from which pressures emanate to make them adhere to the peacetime value line, they indulge in behavior that is at odds with ordinary basic values. Consequently, any movement in society which results suddenly in social disorganization - that destroys those agencies which make people conform to social prescriptions or which free men from those agencies - is certain to result in variations in our value behavior. From this it follows that if we would keep our value system intact, we should maintain our organization of society. There may be a necessity for change, but change is realized with the least amount of disorganization if it takes place slowly. Peaceful change and effective social organization are the chief pillars which sustain our value system.”
August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003. The guy was talented, hands down. May or may not like his music, but he was one of the better lyricists that's shared his music with the world. Sean, I expect you to hold up to your claim of remembering Ronnie Dio or some other rocker when their time comes.
The good friends behind Ranch Exit shared their latest work with "Freedom of Space", an insight into the culture and adaptation of skateboarders. Either use or find an hour of your time for this film, it will be well spent. Here is a taster for the film, but follow the link below to watch the whole piece from the convenience of your computer. Enjoy.
The floor is falling out from underneath us. Heard an interesting story on NPR this morning. Gave a brief, simple explanation of our current situation. Follow the link and click "listen now" to hear the audio story... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95591162 Also came across this stock market visual on Yahoo Finance. "The times, they are a changing." - Bob Dylan
I work with this guy named "Tall". I think he's shorter than me though. Anyway, he's the type of guy you can usually rely on for some interesting entertainment. The other day he showed up at the office with a wasp tied to floss. Good pet for a day.
My digi camera has taken some beatings and the shot quality hasn't been able to quite keep up with the current technology, so I've been utilizing my cell phone camera a lot. Due to that, I'm going to start a series of photos for this blog titled, "Crap Photos From My Phone". This will allow me to make more frequent posts on my blog that don't require as much effort because my job is still currently consuming approximately 94% of my week. Anyway, enjoy. The Godfather. Discovered somewhere in the middle of Wyoming. This beaute is about 7' tall and has to be broken down into three separate pieces to fit in a car.
I slowed down my concert going a few years back. Generally don't go after the shows like I used to, unless its one of those artists that you can't pass up. So on that note Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket and Nine Inch Nails all came sometime in August and I couldn't really pass them up. Had to take a small road trip to Morrison, Colorado to see My Morning Jacket at the Red Rocks Venue. Well worth it. Best venue in the States. I decided to pass up Sigur Ros the other night...hopefully there is a future opportunity to redeem myself. Anyway, here's some pictures... Bobby doing his thing on the right. There was a torrential downpour that night, which added a great element to the show. Jim James and company putting on one of the better shows I've seen. Red Rocks Amphitheater. Google it. Trent Reznor and his mega bucks light show. Good stuff, but a little over produced.