Finetune Friday

I’m taking my first crack at Jon’s Finetune Friday, although I’m already half a day late as it’s nearly noon. His theme this time is the vintage 80’s Mr Men series – I picked “Mr Snow”.

My intention was to handpick hundreds of tracks with the appropriate bpm and the perfect balance of hard beats and motivating vocals to blend into the soundtrack of an ultimate downhill skiing (or snowboarding – I’m not judging anyone) powder day experience. Instead, due to time constraints, I basically pulled the 50 most-played songs off my iPod Shuffle (my defacto ski buddy) and, well, there you go. May it motivate you to huck those jumps, grind those rails and bomb those cliffs like never before… despite that it’s July and it was 84 here yesterday. 😉


More mundane than the average trip in a Chinese subway

We are not high-tech. You may think we are, with our (mostly) digital wireless phones, our HDTV and our iPods. But we’ve got nothing on China, where they’ve gone from basketweaving to nuclear fission in only the last 50 years. Read the link and be amazed. Go ahead, i’ll wait…

… now that you’re back – is that crazy or what? Think about that the next time you buy pants.

My life is much more mundane than the average trip in a Chinese subway. I’ve just been packing things in boxes (fun!), playing Sims2 with Danielle (it’s like crack that you ingest thru your eyes) and helping Eric tear apart the motor in his Pathfinder. So i’m basically always either covered in grease, covered in papercuts, or red-eyed and sleepy. Sometimes several of those at once. 😉

I’m very much looking forward to getting keys to my new place so i can start moving stuff – packing is so futile without someplace to take it. It’s an adventure in futility, like running on a treadmill – lots of effort with no visible progress. By the time i’m settled in, it should be pretty much thanksgiving and then nearly december, putting me closer to ski season, and to a date when i can start hanging Christmas lights without incurring ridicule. I’m all set for ski season, btw – season pass hanging on my wall, and i bought the bindings yesterday, Salomon S810 Ti’s, last season’s model half-off at GI Joe’s for only $86 with tax. Just need to get them mounted, but that’s pretty trivial. So other than my jacket (which i used twice in Europe) i have all new gear to try out, a new 4×4 to get me there and a nifty pass bearing my ski-sweater-wearing torso that means i don’t have to scrounge anything other than gas money this winter in order to see lots of hill time.

I’ve also been working on my Christmas 2004 Wishlist as i find neat things around the internet that would be very welcome were they to come and live at my house. Feel free to check it out, go shopping… heck, buy a couple!