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Brass Ones

July 20, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.


Leegin Rears Its Minimum Advertised Consequence

July 19, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.

We were for capitalism before we were against it.

iPhone Tech Talks

July 19, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.

Interesting bit here:

11:15 - 12:00 Managing Content and Synched Data on iPhone

Wonder what, exactly that means…

Breakfast Aux Champignons

July 18, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.

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Blue Bottle and eggs with dill. Pista approved.

From the Holy Sh*t Dept.

July 14, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.


QotD: Why is gasoline awesome?

July 13, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.

How does gasoline (or diesel) light up your life?
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Climbing Meta

July 12, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.

Yesterday was a milestone for me in rock climbing. I didn’t ascend a new long route, or best my previous hardest grade. What happened was the ease of which I was able to ascend bouldering problems I’d previously struggled with. On problems I’d previously only barely gotten to the top of, straining the entire way—I could climb laps on. Where I was flailing a week ago, I was able to make every move with confidence and grace. Lunges became static moves.

Bouldering problems (at least at my gym) generally fall into one of the categories: Overhangs, stemming problems, and balancing acts. The latter are usually on sheer, vertical walls with minimal hand and footholds. They tax your ability to get close to the wall, trusting your feet (and to a lesser extent, your fingertips).

Overhanging problems stress grip strength and power/endurance. You need to keep your arms straight and focus on footwork. Otherwise you fall off because your arms are pumped and you simply can’t grasp anything.

Stemming problems have few, giant holds involving flexibility and strength (pushing and pulling). A glance at a stemming/mantling problem is most likely to enlist a “how the f*ck do you climb that?” response.

My arms and grip strength are weak. My core strength is fairly decent, and my legs are most developed. I’ve found I’m climbing these grades:

  • Overhangs: V1+
  • Balancing: V2
  • Stemming/mantling: V3


Need to work on that first one.

Bush Makes Children Cry

July 12, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.

This stuff writes itself.

Amazing Free Soloing in Siberia

July 11, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.

Somehow, “In Soviet Russia” jokes aren’t going to cut it. In a part of Siberia never before climbed by an outsider, entire families free-solo up sheer cliffs. Kids, moms, dads, grandparents. Watch the video:



Chronicle Article on Healthcare in the US

July 10, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in July 2007.

Article on the front page of the Chronicle today: