Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

GoPro Hero

I got this neat camera to put on my scooter to record my rides. It's shoots 1080p, and it can shoot 720p at 60fps.
It's absolutely tiny. Since it's so tiny it has no viewfinder at all and all the controls are done through two buttons and a tiny LCD. That means you pretty much have to have the manual out to figure out what you're doing.
It comes with a water proof case. I can't want to take it scuba diving :)
Also picked up a suction cup mount in order to attach it to the scooters.
It's surprisingly powerful how well it sticks.

Here is a video of a scoot with it. I didn't discover until after this ride how to make the camera even more stable. I'll update with another scoot adventure after the weekend.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Scoot to the Old LA Zoo

What a lovely day for a scooter adventure! A couple weekends ago we decided to scoot around until we found something interesting.

We rode our scooters up into Griffith Park when we came across a sign that said "Old LA Zoo" We have idea what it was. So we decided to pull over and see what it was all about. (for this video, I tied my camera to my chest. It's pretty bumpy so I think I might get a camera specifically for scooter riding.)
The Scoots hanging out in a dirt parking lot.
At first it just looked like the place had been turned into a nice picnic/park area.
We walked further up the hill to what looks like old Animal habitats.
It turns out something AWESOME is there. They're old animal zoo habitats that have been turned into picnic areas.
Stylized rock work.
Most of the habitats had maintenance tunnels in them that were blocked with gates.
We found one that had been broken. Time to explore.
Up the stairs.
It makes me think of a movie set.
In side were the Animal containment areas. There were big doors for people to walk through and small doors for the animals to get through. These were used to move and separate the animals before they go to the main show area.
The human doors were all jammed shut, so you have to crawl through the animal ones.
Luckily at the top the fence was broken so we could get out.
Rusted pulley system to move the large doors to let the animals in and out.
Outside again the dirt road lead to another cage set, this was hopefully for much smaller animals.
This sign explains why the old zoo is still open. Mostly as a reminder as to how far zoological sciences have come.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

11 inch Macbook Air

I carry my laptop around on a daily basis, and as light and small as a 13 inch Macbook pro is - it still starts to hurt after awhile. So I traded up (or is it down?) to an 11 inch Macbook Air. A side from missing an SD card slot, it fits all of my needs perfectly.
1.6ghtz, 128ssd, 4gig RAM, It doesn't feel any slower than my Pro, but I never really do anything that intensive. If I do any 3D work I do it on my iMac, this is perfect to take to work and take on trips.
It came in the mail straight from China since I went for all the upgrades. I had to restrain myself from tearing into it.
It looks very comfy.
Classic Apple packaging. I'm pretty sure they have a dedicated team just working on how to package everything. It makes me wish all companies did this.
The commercials are right, the laptop hinge has the precise amount of tension that you can sit it down and open it with one finger.
I'm starting to feel like Apple is trying to phase out the power button. It really only remains on their computers and they always put it in inconvenient places. They're probably right because I haven't turned my phone off in years...nor my computers.
Very slim with USBs on both sides with Mini Display ports. (not Thunderbolt, whatever that is)
While the screen is smaller than the 13 inch, it doesn't feel smaller. It's the same width, and high enough resolution that you get used to it very quickly.
Next to a 15inch Macbook Pro (I'm not drowning in Macbooks here, this one is from work and I sold my 13 inch)
And something I'd like to see more of, OSX on a tiny USB drive.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mexican Coke

Who the fuck doesn't love Mexican Coke?
One of the greatest days was finding out that the gas station next door sells Mexican Coke. If you don't know, it's coke from Mexico and it's in a glass bottle and made with real sugar. So it's delicious.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Drawings By Tracey

After the last post,I decided to post some pictures Tracey did from Animal Kingdom a few years ago. I like them so much I have them hanging on my wall at work.
You can visit Tracey's blog at http://racuh.blogspot.com

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Expedition Everest

So it's been awhile since I've updated, this is because I have been sick and then my camera was out of commission. It was with Tracey on a business trip to Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World (I know...awesome business trip). One of my dreams is to visit Nepal, but apparently they have a pretty good recreation of it in Animal Kingdom outside of the Expedition Everest ride. I had Tracey take some pictures for me.
It's like the basecamp lodge at the real Everest, ready to start the trek up.
The Expedition Everest ride. Looks just like the real thing...except for the roller coaster track going into it.
Really neat offering center. it's the same shape as the mountain behind it.

About the photos Tracey says "These pics are from the Anandapur village in Disney's Animal Kingdom. It's a mixture of Balinese Tibetan and Thai art styles. Most of the details actually came from Bali. The truck came from Thailand. It's a beautiful place and the details are pretty damn amazing."