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I Heart Skyline

October 10, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in October 2006.

R35

Oh hell yeah.

Climbing Update

October 4, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in October 2006.

Climbed a 5.9, a 5.9+ and a 5.10a yesterday. Arms hurt.

Bluetooth Trackpad Make Geek Happy

October 3, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in October 2006.

Finally. At 200 duckets, it ain't cheap--and there's no Mac version--but at least someone realized there's a market for one of these things that doesn't including buying the whole hulking HTPC along with it.

A Long Day

October 3, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in October 2006.

Dear Internet,

I love coming home after a long day at work fixing bugs, fighting fires, having meetings, managing problems and writing about 3 billion emails. I especially love the part where I get to hang out with my dog, kick it on my sofa, listen to some music and open a cold beer. Speaking of music, Idlewild is starting to grow on me. That and Mozilla's brilliant spellchecker built into Midas. The dotted underlines are tired though, we rock that at least. :)

Yours truly,
ydnar

P.S.
Why does my dog whine and growl at me while wagging her tail.

Mission Cliffs

October 2, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in October 2006.

Sports Basement WTF

October 1, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in September 2006.

Pista at Stow Lake

September 25, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in September 2006.

Biancati? Ducanchi?

September 25, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in September 2006.

My mind is bended. My mind is bended!

Safety First

September 24, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in September 2006.

Today's shopping theme: Gear, specifically safety equipment.

Per advice from a number of people smarter than I, riding a motorcycle with someone else's helmet is probably less than wise. So I ponied up the duckets for a shiny matte new Shoei TZ-R helmet in the One True Color. Like the shoes acquired earlier, I was told there was a "break in period" and a "snug fit" was desirable. I'll defer to the experts.

Earlier today, we went by Sports Basement and snagged carabiners, belay devices and climbing shoes. The shoes are like ballet slippers except covered in sticky rubber instead of pink satin. They are equally as painful [1]. I recall being upsold on a chalk bag too, so to not have to bear the shame of renting.

I need another gear-intensive sport like I need a hole in the head, but mountain climbing piques my interest in a way that trepanning never did.

[1] This is a 5-beer story.

Random Bits

September 22, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in September 2006.

  • I decided that climbing Mount Everest is going to have to be done at some point.
  • I smelled autumn for the first time this year yesterday, biking to work through South Park. It brought back memories of raking leaves, halloween, school starting and growing up. Nice thoughts.
  • Artur and/or Ernie are going to pay for the CPU-pegging Barbie ad that's showing up on my Compose page right now. I've had to retype half this post three times because it deletes 100 chars everytime I hit Backspace.
  • Cycletouring on a track bike: I think it's possible, at least if you're staying in hotels and travelling in a 1st-world country. The equipment/clothing/stuff manifest you'd need should fit comfortably in a messenger bag. Hm...
  • Happy Birthday Ben!