Sunday, August 31, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cool R/C Submarine Videos

These things look awesome! All I want to do is get in a swimming pool and watch these things till I'm all wrinkly!

No really, these things are so freaking cool!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tank vs Land Rover

This is how a Land Rover should be driven. Ok, maybe not that rough but I think its very possible that you could just wash it off, wax it and you are back to normal. I think that Jeremy really drives it safely and not going crazy.

But you get fools who are in a Hummer and still manage to screw things up.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

No Name

This post is going to be a lot about nothing.  Just stuff going through my head.  Nothing specific.

It wasn't too long ago that I lived in Tulsa.  Lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma!?  Yeah!  And you know what?  I miss it.  Well, I miss my old job, my friends, our old apartment our old church... but its better here (?).  It really is.

I've don't a lot.  I guess I mean in my life but I'm just thinking over the past year.  Random stuff too.  One thing that I think is pretty cool is that I helped make a movie in 24 hours.  Remember?  

TJ, Erin, Doug, that was a lot of fun.  Thanks for making me do it!

I want this flashlight, Duracell makes it, freaking awesome! [gizmodo]

From my days of directing (Sophomore year at ORU in Telenews!)

My senior schedule at ORU.  Josh and Cassidy are very familiar with these.

I don't care what you say but this is the definition of cozy.  After a Michelina's microwave dinner and half of a keylime pie... oh, don't forget an episode of That 70's Show and maybe some bootleg movies... oh and Second Life and Halo... Josh knows what I'm talking about.

Speaking of Josh, why am I holding his hand!?  Or is HE holding MY hand?!

Looking for a clean public restroom in NYC?  Use Diaroogle!

The tallest skyscraper in the world (almost). [gizmodo]

Right now I'm sitting in bed.  Jenni is asleep although it's not really bed time but she fell asleep while we were watching TV.  I'm listening to Pandora and using only semi soft stuff.  Templeton is asleep too and guess what?!  He started barking and growling in his sleep!  It's sad actually.  We thought he was having a bad dream because he sounded scared but is that possible?  Oh well, he's cute.

I don't know what I want to do when I grow up.  Yeah, I know that sounds weird but I don't.  I used to just want to be a video editor and photographer (video).  Then that evolved into web/online stuff.  Now it's evolving again but I don't know where I want to end up.

You know what?  Maybe be a consultant!  Those guys don't have to do anything except offer their opinion right?  I have opinions!  Ask my friend Matt.  We share (used to a lot more though) projects and ask for input.  He very bluntly tells me that I used a jump cut and I very bluntly tell him his font choice makes my eyes bleed.  But there are no hard feelings and I love that.

I want to save that topic for another post though.  This is too short for that.  I have to walk Templeton so I'll see you later!

VW 2

I would totally drive this!

VW 1

This thing is awesome!

Do you know who Euell Gibbons is?

Thanks Dad.

Monday, August 18, 2008

VW Military Toureg?

I'll post more on this later but check this out!

B-58 Hustler

B-58 Hustler
Originally uploaded by scrappapervlog
Wikipedia entry. I was reading about the B-58 and there were some things that caught my eye.

They used bears for ejection seat test?! And I just thought it was funny that a womans voice is more soothing and comfortable than a mans, for flight controls.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Comments (I should start moderating these things)

I got this in the comments but I thought I'd add it up here so you could see my response as well.
My comments are in blue below.
You didn't read that first article (TIME) did you. No I didn't.  I only saw Track and Field athletes on the list (Don't you think that says something?  Track and field = diversity) and according to that scoring Phelps would blow out everyone on the list with 182 points. That being said, the second article's author put Carl Lewis as the best athlete, when statistically, according to the first article (only counting track and field) he's only the third best. I understand what you're trying to say, and I'm sure scientists and true analysts (not journalists or biased athletes) could make sense of it all (I'm not SO sure... I think they need to add an event that has over 20 different events in it, like a double decathlon to determine that). Including the comparison of generational and technological differences. But come on man, let people be inspired.  People can be inspired, I'm not saying don't be.  Michael Phelps was never quoted as saying "I'm' the greatest Olympian ever." (No, but you are quoted as saying that) By gold medals in one Olympics; yeah, he's the best (At getting so many gold medals, and swimming). Other statistics are not being challenged; most golds in one Olympics is the premise. Don't be such an anti-hero and let people be inspired. It's a GOOD thing my friend. (I agree that being inspired is good, don't let me get in the way, and please, please, please don't say "my friend" you sound like John McCain.)  And lastly, why in the world would you base a criticism of an athlete that's obviously done more than 100 of us could ever do (Wow, way to sell yourself short.  And please don't include me in that 100, I don't think swimming in the Olympics is something I care much about) and then say that "Josh said"(but you did say...), no no, I just saw some amazing races where one man was perfect in all 8 (But didn't Lezak win that one relay by anchoring that last leg?). That merits the term "Best" my opinion anyway.  So watching amazing races makes him the "Best" in your opinion?  Ok, that was just to be mean.  You know me.

Here's another thought. Who else has been called the "Greatest Athlete" in the world, or other such arenas and times? Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, etc. Did anyone say greatest "endurance" athlete or "strongest" athlete?  Where did endurance come into this?  Is this about the Adventure Race?  I was just using that as a away to show diversity in skill.  They can't just be world class at one event.  If Phelps did a triathlon, he would probably ace the swimming but get left behind in the biking and running.  That's all I'm saying.  No. Same with Michael Phelps. Just like the others, any who challenges him comes up short and gets beat (for a time anyway). This is what makes all these men worthy of being called the "Best". At swimming, not Olympics greatest athlete.  So get a Triathlete to challenge Jordan or Federer in their sports.  I don't know if people said Jordan and Federer are the greatest athletes in the world, just greatest basketball player and tennis player, respectively.  No challenge, it's not about endurance, it's about skill. "Athlete" isn't synonymous with "endurance".   I know it's not, why do act like I said it was?  Athlete is any person that does any sport, in my book.  You run from time to time right?  I consider you an athlete.  But to get the title of Olympics greatest athlete, there needs to be more criteria than just winning one sport, but if you do win and dominate then you get the title of Olympics greatest swimmer or even "fastest and best swimmer in the universe."  And to compare physical exertion (stop being picky), well, let's get the astronauts involved, let's talk to the Army Rangers or the Navy Seals or the mom that picked a car up off her baby. If we're going to blow it wide open and out of context, then you might as well include those people too. Again, in proper context, Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian (i.e. most gold medals in one Olympics). And swimming is not easy, (So you think swimming, running, then biking is any easier?  Or the decathlon?  Think how much harder adding more events to it would be!  Let Phelps prove his title of Olympics Greatest Athlete by doing more than one event, but no, he can't.  He trained his whole life just for swimming) if you were ranting about ping pong or shooting, I'd understand a little more. 

I said 182 before, it's actually 148.5. Still beats the others, and he'll probably get at least 4 or 5 more golds minimum in his career. Not that I'm a real analyst.  Yeah, I would like to think he would get another 4 or 5 golds because all he has do is swim.  So as long as he keeps training, eating 14,000 calories a day (he does! but he burns all of them I'm sure!) and doesn't get arrested for drunk driving again, he should win like 10 more.


Here is an inspiration article for you Josh.
- Phelps sets world marks, becomes winningest Olypmic athlete (oh, and I like THAT title much better...)

One more thing, a side note, I feel bad for his teammates.  It's like Neil Armstrong touching the moon first then the next 5 people are totally unrecognizable.  Well, maybe you knew of Buzz Aldrin but I guarantee you don't know the rest.

While my words can sometimes seem very harsh and hard headed, I usually argue for arguments sake.  Sometimes its about having to be right and other times its about people trying to see things from a different perspective.  None of my notes are meant to hurt so don't feel sorry for Josh, he knows me and he knew what he was getting himself into when he commented.  Love ya Josh!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

What's the big deal?

Josh, you knew this was coming...

Ok, so what is the big deal with Michael Phelps?  Yes, he's a good, actually great swimmer.  Yes is very built (that dude is cut!), yes he has won a million gold medals... but I don't see the big deal.  

Let me explain.

My friend Josh said that he was the greatest Olympic athlete of all time.  I totally and complete disagree with that statement.  In his defense, he did say that he makes swimming entertaining.  That I agree with.

After all, he's just swimming.  Unless I'm mistaken, that's just one event.  I think and this my personal thought, but someone who should have the title of greatest Olympic athlete should do more than one sport.

What about the decathlon?  Thats like 100 events (ok, maybe just 10) and it shows your true ability to excel in a number of sporting events.

Also, Josh tried to hit me where he thought it would hurt.  He compared Phelps to Lance Armstrong.  Big deal.  That guy isn't my hero, plus I mountain bike.  He then pulled the "Lance is a triathlete" card too.  With that said, I think that Lance is more of an athlete than Phelps is.  But I would never say the worlds greatest athlete.

Lance did do triathlons when he was younger too, lying about his age so he could race, beating pros, turning pro himself when he turned 19.  That's cool, but he's not my role model (not to say that Phelps is Josh's, I'm just saying).  I mean, the guy has some issues.

I don't know... I'm not trying to pick a fight, I don't even mean to be nit picky, I just think that saying he is (or even among) the best Olympic athletes of all time is a stretch.

I want to see him run.  I want to see him bike.  I want to see him do some more events.  Oh, and I didn't mean to use running and biking in a way that reflects a triathlon as being the qualifications of a true athlete but I think that they do more than Phelps could do.

Actually, speaking of triathlons, let me give you some stats...  A full triathlon goes like this:
- Swim 2.4 miles
- Bike 112 miles
- Run 26.2 miles

You have to be pretty in shape to do that.  Really, think about that for a minute.  Those should all be separate events but they are all combined for one event!

For the Ironman Triathlon the record is something like just over 8 hours.  Holy cow!

Oh, you know what I like a lot... adventure races!  They do so many different things!  Orienteering (compass course), mountain biking, kayaking, trail running and rock climbing.  These people have to be on the move the whole time and there are no lanes, there are no, tracks, they just have their compass and their water, and sometimes a tent and stuff but super light.

Those guys (and girls) must be intense!  Like Bear Grylls!  Running, navigating, having to "survive."  Cool huh?!

Look, I apologize for ranting and raving and you probably think that if I don't care about him, why do I go through the trouble to bash him (gently).  Well, I don't know. 

Overall: I think Phelps is a phenomenal swimmer.  Incredible!  He could probably outswim anything short of a dolphin.  But to say he is one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time?  No.  I don't care if he won 100 gold medals in one day.  He only does one event.  

Further suggested reading:

I know someone famous!

My old roommate, Cassidy, yeah, he's famous.  Really!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

McCain's New Secret Service?

I don't know who this little girl is or why she is dressed this way but I thought it was interesting none the less.

During McCain's town hall meeting in York, PA this morning, I was watching him walk around and as the camera panned, there was this girl with a helmet and flak jacket.  Whaaaaaa?!

I know, odd.  Anyway, I took some screen grabs and thought I'd throw them out for you to check out.  Thoughts?

Office War

Some day, I want to work at an office where we can have a full Nerf sponsored office war.  How freakin cool would that be!

If anyone is hiring at a workplace that has office wars every Friday let me know because I'm interested in a position.  Any position.

My weapon of choice?  The N-Strike Recon CS-6.  I think that's all I need to say.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008