Thursday, September 25, 2008

Internet TV

My brother told me that I absolutely had to watch "Fringe."  He said it was amazing.   I get too tired to watch shows after work that aren't on tv so Internet tv works great for me.  So I turned to Hulu.  

Also, it was kinda slow at work so I managed to watch all three episodes today. Ok, here are my notes.

- Not bad, but not LOST.  Also, did they borrow music cues from LOST?

- The graphic titles are cool

- The chick hopped in a tub and the tub had a "hatch"... ok, maybe that's tying it too close to LOST

- I got real tired of all the negative remarks from the Kirk Cameron wannabe.

- Oh, numbers!  Are the numbers like LOST's?

- The more I watch the more I feel like it's an episode of The Twilight Zone.  

- "Someone has perfected this super top secret experimental anomaly... let's find him, now lets try and capture him but he escaped or killed himself... ok, now onto the next guy"


- What's with that ladies arm?!  Is this iRobot?!

*******END SPOILER ALERT********

Conclusion?  Fringe has some great mysteries and a semi-interesting cast but it just doesn't have the hook like LOST does.  I don't have a desire to "have" to watch the next episode.  It's like black guy and music from LOST have met with a polished CSI show. 

OK, so that's Fringe, but my friend Josh wanted me to watch Flashpoint.  So I watched that the other day.

Not much to say about Flash Point.  Mostly because it's  normal show.  Not to beat a dead horse but it feels like CSI just more "tactical."  Not so much story but still interesting.  I mean, I like swat teams and stuff, but I don't feel like it's real enough.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


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Looking back at some great times in college.

Blast from the past.

I think my first blog was with Xanga.  Check that out here.

Around that time I also made a free webs website.  So lame!  Check it out anyway.

It's just fun to look back every now and then.

What to do

What do I want to do?  I want to be a consultant for one thing.  I want to help people know what kind of digital camera to buy, I want to help them correct their blog or tweak their site, I want to tell them what new social networks to join... that kind of stuff.

I want to blog 24/7.  Not even about one thing.  A network of blogs that are there to help people.  That's kind of why I started the "Noob Series."  Just a bunch of random things that I'm learning about and that interest me so that we can learn together.

What jobs are out there like that?  I'm sure Gary Vaynerchuk would tell me just to do it.  But I don't know what to do.  Just hustle I guess.  Maybe that's why I stay up so late all the time!

Hi there!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Climbing Old Rag Mountain

Last Saturday, a coworker invited myself and another coworker to climb Old Rag Mountain.  It's just a nice hike with a great view and going with friends should make it a good time.  Well, we decided to meet at his place early in the morning to get to the mountain early to beat any crowds.  We also picked up another guy from work so we had two veterans and two noobs.  

It was such a great hike, though it wore me out!  There were a few things I did wrong and I had excuses but some things I knew better.  

I wore pants (because I thought it would be colder but they came in handy when scrambling, protecting my knees), I wore a cotton long sleeve shirt (once again, thought it would be cold but I had nothing else, but it was light.  my wicking shirt reeked from running, never washed it so couldn't wear that), I should have brought some more water (I got so darn thirsty!)... I think that's it.  

Back to the hike.  It started out well enough.  A quick pace though.  And it's pretty much all uphill.  A few flat spots but really I was just working the entire time.  We stopped for a quick break over a lookout but packed up and moved on.  I was fine through all of that.

Then we hit the scrambling.  It was borderline bouldering at spots.  That's what got me.  I had to take little breaks for myself.  Man was I not ready for this much of a workout.  I am starting to run again but this was just too different for me to be very ready for it.

We got to the spot where we were going to rappel and gosh that felt good.  Finally taking a substantial break and being near the top the breeze was fantastic.  I found myself some shade and kicked back.  I felt bad for holding the other guys up but there were times I just didn't want to push myself.  I'd really rather enjoy it instead of truly bonking.

Rappelling was a blast and the hike back up wasn't bad.  I didn't feel nervous at all and I thought I would!  But I had faith in Dennis hooking everything up right.  Climbing is his main sport and he had safety's in space.  He also was an Army Ranger so I think he knows a few things about knots and stuff.

Then moving on toward the summit.  I just got steeper and steeper, having to scramble over boulders.  When we eventually made it I got my energy back.  Took a few pics and then it was time to head down.  Let's get off this rock!

Heading back down, a different way though, wasn't bad at all.  Though walking downhill that long really make you adjust your walk so your legs don't get sore!  It was almost as hard as going up because of all the control needed.

We ran into a lot of people on our way down and some said that if we saw the bear to just scare it away.  Yeah, they have a good number of black bears up here.  But they are mostly afraid of people.  Although, Dennis said he talked to some climbers recently that ran into a bear and it stood its ground instead of retreating.  That's not a good sign.  But we never saw it anyway.

Then after hopping in the creek to cool off (that cold water really brings your core temp down!) we were on our way back home.  

It was a great day.  Got some great exercise and had some great "bonding" with the guys.  I'm sure we'll do it again, or at least I will.  Maybe when Josh comes to town.

Read more about Old Rag: Hiking Upward

See more of my photos from the hike: Flickr

Just hanging out.

Me rappeling.
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A nice 100 footer.

Standing at 3291 feet

Although I guess my head is at 3297 feet.

The guys

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L-R: Greg, Dennis, Me, Mike

Almost there

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You can see the mountains off in the distance.


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I haven't been this high in a long time. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Ready to go

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Geared up and ready.


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Don't worry, it's an optical illusion.

Monday, September 01, 2008

1 year ago today.

One year ago, a bunch of us friends still in Tulsa got together on Labor Day. But we moved on now and actually I'm working today. Nice. Well, enjoy the videos.

Just the highlights:

Old Rag Hike

Old Rag Hike from Mike Petrucci on Vimeo.

Some coworkers and I took a hike up Old Rag on Saturday. It was four of us, two first timers and two veterans. Dennis brought his climbing/rappelling gear so we did two 100 foot rappels and of course Dennis had to do it Aussie style!

Anyway, it was a blast, hard, but a lot of fun! Rules for next time:
- More water
- No pants
- No cotton
- No longsleeve

Though, it will be colder next time I go I'm sure. I'm certainly doing it again!